As the cool season slowly creeps in, the most beautiful time of the year is upon us. Christmas is coming! We know, we know... it’s only November. But knowing what we have in store with you, we can no longer contain our excitement. Revealing the next Christmas @ Raintree, where the season comes alive through creative pop-up stalls, scrumptious foods and drinks, live music and of course plenty of instagrammable spots.
Any place can string up a few lights and call it a holiday celebration, but Christmas @ Raintree has so much more to offer. This year’s theme ‘Siem Reap in the City’ brings some of our favourite Siem Reap artisans to our rooftop space for the last weekend of this month - Friday 29th and Saturday 30th November.
Why Siem Reap?
We always want to show the best side of Cambodia. So when we discovered the first design publication focusing on the iconic city of Siem Reap was being published this year, we wanted to get involved. Raintree is super excited to co-host the official launch of the beautiful book Siem Reap: A Designer’s Perspective by prolific designer and photographer Nataly Lee and well-loved architect Hok Kang (and of course, one of our co-founders too!)
Venturing beyond the conventional portrayal of temples, museums and rice fields, the book celebrates contemporary Cambodian culture in all its forms. It features the finest design, crafts, architecture, and cuisine found in the city amidst the ancient temples of Angkor. Readers will discover the most inspirational places, spaces, and faces of Siem Reap, and delve into their many stories through intentional curation for the discerning traveller, as well as those interested in style and design.
The city holds a special meaning for Hok. “For me, Siem Reap is a retreat - a sanctuary I can escape to. As an architect, I am continuously looking for inspiration in the arts and crafts. I am excited to see the remarkable growth of the creative community in Siem Reap,” said Hok. “Ultimately, I want others to experience what Siem Reap has given to me.”
What’s special this year?
Whether you’re looking for a day filled with festive fun, music and live performances that make you want to dance your socks off or delicious food that takes you back in time, we’ve got you covered. Get ready to feast your eyes on the Siem Reap book, and be the first to get your hands on the publication by pre-ordering exclusively at Christmas @ Raintree. Enjoy a 20% discount off the absolutely stunning book by making your pre-order at the festival!
To mark the launch of the book, we feature incredible new artisans from Siem Reap such as Cambodia’s first chocolatier Wat Chocolate, exquisite designer apparels and accessories from Maison Sirivan and handmade woven homewares and accessories from Manava.
For the first time ever, we welcome to the Kingdom some special musical guests talented percussionist Derrick Siow and friends. Having played at iconic venues all over the world, including the KLCC Concert Hall, home to the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Derrick will be bringing his funk vibes alongside soulful vocalist Tasha Aleia.
Join the party!*
Come discover a new perspective of Cambodia - and step inside our festival to explore the beauty of Siem Reap in its artisans and crafts. Gather your family and friends to celebrate with our spectacular Christmas bonanza this season. We’ve teased you enough, so here’s a sneak peek of some of our featured artisans and creators this year below.
Christmas @ Raintree: Siem Reap in the City
is happening @ the Canopy and Crown - Raintree Rooftop (RF)
Friday 29th Nov 6PM-10PM | Sparkling Christmas Cocktail + book launch
Saturday 30th Nov 9AM-6PM | Family Fun Day
More event details on facebook here
Siem Reap features
Asana - specialty tea purveyor based in Siem Reap
Biniky Chic Nomad - curated design product brands for life and home
Happy + Co - Siem Reap’s favourite organic farm and juicery
Maison Sirivan - exquisite designer apparel and accessories by French designer Sirivan Chak-Dumas
Manava - handmade woven homewares and accessories from independent designer Ka-lai Chan
OKO Gallery - artwork and interior decor with unique pieces and small handcrafted series
Saarti - poured Blessing Bowl candles, body, skin & hair care
Wat Chocolate - Cambodia’s first bean-to-bar chocolatier
Pop-up Gifts and Arts
A.N.D - Cambodian fair trade brand, working with local artisans to blend design development with traditional skills.
Amboh - contemporary Khmer espadrilles
Atelier Kampot - specialty Khmer pepper and salt purveyor
Bloom Cakes - handmade cupcakes, sensational occasion cakes and gift cards
Frankitas - ethnic chic bags, homewares and resort wear from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Joyfully Nutty - yummy nut buttery goodness
Mantraband - wearable metallic inspiration
Slanh House - handmade clothes and hair band made from kroma khmer
Weavers Project - locally handwoven accessories and gifts
Ginger & Grace - bespoke stationery and gifts
Monnyreak.Shop - relatable moments in art prints, postcards, stickers and pins
N.o.w.h.e.r.e. - art studio offering original prints, illustrations and live portraiture
Penkuro & Kjel - digital paintings of fictional characters and comics
Travel Roll - original watercolours and prints from Cambodian travels