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Christmas sleigh restaurant rides into tropical Malaysia


Jingling amid a skyline, nearly a dozen people sit in a hanging sleigh-like restaurant as it is raised by a some 45 metres (147 feet) above the street below.

Strapped into rollercoaster-like seats, the Santa in the Sky patrons dine next to prancing reindeer models and a mannequin of jolly St Nicholas far above the city's busy traffic.

"We have all of our guests having their dinner in the sky (up) 45 metres on Santa's sleigh," told AFP.

"We have the whole mood going on, carols... and " The Christmas-themed eatery is a holiday edition of the Belgian-based novelty restaurant, which has lifted dinner guests in over 40 countries around the world.

Malaysia, a tropical country which rarely sees temperatures dip below 24 degrees Celsius, is also the second country after to host the Yuletide concept.

As a team of chefs and safety officers serve dinner to up to 16 guests up top, a small team down below pulls on cables attached to the platform, turning it slowly for patrons to take in the urban skyline.

"When the table is up, we need to get great pictures of KLCC," Singh said, referring to the Petronas Twin Towers skyscrapers.

"We have the table turning around 180 degrees both ways." The restaurant's dinner menu is priced upwards of 499 ringgit (USD 119), with a Christmas-period seating available until December 31.

While more than half of the Southeast Asian nation's 32 million people are Muslim, is celebrated by the large Christian minority.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, December 06 2018. 18:21 IST