Seasonal festivities will include a 24-foot gingerbread house, fashion show, holiday décor and a tree lighting ceremony
Mohegan Sun’s annual World of Holiday Marvels celebration will bring holiday cheer, festivities and an array of entertainment to guests beginning with a fashion show and a tree lighting ceremony slated for December 5th.
Holiday Fashion Show
Mohegan Sun will host a holiday fashion show featuring fashions and products from The Shops at Mohegan Sun at 4:00pm on December 5th, in the shops concourse. The event will give guests an opportunity to enter for a variety of prizes and check out the latest designs and holiday fashion trends at The Shops at Mohegan Sun. Participating shops include Brookstone, Cachè, Chico’s, Galina’s Boutique, Lux Bond & Green, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, Mohegan Sun apparel, Sunglasses USA, Sun Shoes, Swarovski, Tiffany & Co. and Trailblazer.
Tree Lighting Ceremony
Mohegan Sun will kick off the sixth annual tree lighting ceremony on Sunday, December 5th. The ceremony begins at 5:00pm on the rooftop of the Thames Garage including an appearance from Santa and a holiday Acapella performance by talented musicians, What’s On Tap? Following the performance, guests will be greeted with a few words from Mohegan Sun executives and the lighting of the 66-foot holiday tree, located on Mohegan Sun Boulevard.
Immediately following the ceremony at 5:30pm, a fireworks display by Pyro FX will light up the sky. Dollar refreshments will be available including Hot Dogs, Pretzels & Soup which will benefit the New London Firefighters Burn Foundation Inc., as well as complimentary Cider, Hot Chocolate and Gingerbread Cookies. The ceremony concludes at 6:00pm.
In the event of inclement weather, the tree lighting ceremony and fireworks display will be rescheduled for December 6th. All other events will still take place.
28-Foot Gingerbread House
Mohegan Sun’s holiday mainstay returns to The Shops at Mohegan Sun in the form of a 28-foot life-size gingerbread house. Created by Executive Pastry Chef Lynn Mansel and Mohegan Sun’s culinary team, this year’s house incorporates approximately 6,525 gingerbread bricks, four 7-foot soldiers made out of milk chocolate and Rice Krispies®, man-made icing, and white, dark and milk chocolate. Assisted by Mohegan Sun’s culinary team, local children from Mohegan and Oakdale Elementary Schools will assist in the construction process. Visitors of all ages can walk through the home to view the tiny rooms inside filled with a standout stone fireplace made from gingerbread and dark icing grout, chocolate stockings, a holiday tree, a chocolate rocking chair and a chocolate glass with assorted cookies for Santa to enjoy. Topping off the house is a cupola and weathervane with four chocolate chefs.
Holiday photos will also be available on selective dates throughout December as guests will be able get their picture taken next to the gingerbread house.
Mohegan Sun’s Facebook Ugly Sweater Contest
Mohegan Sun really gets into the holiday spirit with the return of the “It’s Not You, It’s The Sweater” Contest. The contest is currently in progress and runs through December 8th at 10:00am. Participants are asked to send a photo of themselves in an ugly holiday sweater to email@example.com and include their full name, email address and phone number.
On December 9th, the collection of ugly sweater photos will be posted in an album on Mohegan Sun’s Facebook page where users can vote for their favorites by clicking the “like” option by the photo. The photo with the most “likes” as of 10:00am on December 15th will win a $250.00 gift card to The Shops at Mohegan Sun.
Throughout the property, Mohegan Sun has set up a variety of holiday decorations. Casino of the Earth features ornaments and illuminated wreaths measuring over ten feet tall. The Shops at Mohegan Sun will bring the picturesque New England winter indoors with 17-foot ice light curtains and custom-designed snowflakes suspended over iceberg islands. The hotel lobby will be transformed into a whimsical world brimming with adventure including an 18-foot tree of cascading water in an icy atmosphere filled with frosted trees and friendly forest animals. A 16-foot illuminated wreath and a theatrical lighting display of snowflakes will fall above the already-spectacular Taughannick Falls.
Maps highlighting the World of Holiday Marvels displays can be found at any Player’s Club booth throughout the property and during the tree lighting ceremony. Guests can also visit select outlets in The Shops at Mohegan Sun to purchase a United Way Wrist Band for $2.00. All proceeds benefit United Way programs.
Nearly forty stores are located in The Shops at Mohegan Sun for holiday shopping. For a complete list of the stores and holiday hours, please visit mohegansun.com/shopping.
Mohegan Sun, owned by the Mohegan Tribe, is one of the largest, most distinctive and spectacular entertainment, gaming, shopping and meeting destinations in the United States. Situated on 240 acres along the Thames River in scenic southeastern Connecticut, Mohegan Sun is within easy access of New York, Boston, Hartford and Providence and located 15 minutes from the museums, antique shops and waterfront of Mystic Country. More information is available by calling 1.888.226.7711 or visiting mohegansun.com.