Mermaid’s iconic Christmas Ball, taking place on Sunday, the 3rd of December, will put you in the holiday spirit with its great atmosphere and entertainment. It will be a night of “glitz and glamour while you live out your very own Fairytale of New York”. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity of asking Shaina Sullivan a few questions about the ball and give you an insight into what this magical evening holds.
What is the vision for this year’s Christmas Ball? And why did you decide on this?
The vision for this year’s Christmas Ball is one of class and elegance. With different areas of New York having such varied characteristics, we wanted to make sure all of this was captured for the night by having different parts of the city represented throughout the Kinkell Byre, including SoHo, Brooklyn, and Broadway. As New York is such an iconic place, we did not want the visuals to be lacklustre, so the creative team has gone all out to make sure this is not the case.
Why is it going to be better than last year?
We really tried to build on the successes of last year—figuring out what worked and what maybe could have worked better, to keep the event running smoothly and still exciting for those who have attended in past years!
What stands will be featured in the marquee? (E.g. food, games)
We are so excited to have BlackHorn, The Cheesy Toast Shack, The Crepe Shack, and the Fine Food and Dining Society serving some wonderful food this year! We will also have some fabulous specialty drinks and cocktails, and Class Gift will be selling some Christmassy temporary tattoos!
Are there any live performances?
We will have performances from The Accidentals on arrival as per tradition, as well as a lovely performance from The Hummingbirds in Santa’s Grotto! On the main stage, we try to cater to all music tastes; we’ll be hearing some jazz from the incredible Jazzworks, blues from The Black Sheep Music Society, alternative pop from Ricky Thunder & The Thought Police, and a great mix from our DJs Adam Powrie and Jerome Gano!
Is there going to be a focus on Christmas music? Or on all musical styles?
We like to incorporate most musical styles into the line-up but of course love for the acts to play a few Christmas tunes as they are so fun to sing along to!