Monday, December 10, 2012

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like...

The holidays are quickly approaching and here in Hong Kong there is no shortage of beautiful decorations. The first signs of the season showed up on the escalators. All 800 meters are lined with tiny hanging lights and each of the flyovers has a lighted greeting on the side.

Every mall (and there are LOTS of malls) decorates to a theme and we have been stopping by to see many of them. Individual buildings also decorate and often the route from point A to point B will go through several office buildings/hotels/shopping spots along the way. I always have my camera handy for such moments.

Times Square is paying tribute to 75 years of Lego with their life sized villages both inside and out. A group of Santas are even perched on an I-beam hanging over the crowds.

Harbor City looks like Christmas exploded on the entrance walkway. The individual elements are quite nice, but there is so much in the space it is almost overwhelming. It reminds me of Christmas meets carousel meets Alice in Wonderland meets Dali.

Festival Walk in Kowloon Tong boasts the largest Christmas tree in Hong Kong. It is about four stories high and decorated with Swarovski crystals. Every ten seconds the lights change colors. The mall has wonderful hanging ornaments and even an ice rink.

We went to the flower market and found a woman roasting chestnuts on an open fire. They smelled wonderful.

Our local mall at IFC used textiles to make all of their decorations this year. The lighted fashion tree is quite unique and the giant reindeer are impressive. A few of the trees are knitted, some are woven and some are made from skeins of yearn.

Out wandering with Tamara and baby Sasha we passed through The Landmark where they have built a small mountain complete with a working gondola ride. Their tree was a vision in white. The lighting was also perfect for for capturing a sleeping baby.

In Tsim Sha Tsui the Miramar Mall put together a Christmas Garden complete with fairies and a walk through tree. 

Our most recent excursion was to Pacific Place to take Sasha to see Santa Clause. Preparations were made and she was in a good mood.

Pacific Place has been turned into a winter wonderland featuring ballerinas and all things sparkly.

Visiting Santa was a lovely experience. There is a fee of HK$100 (about $12.50US) which gives you time with Santa, a photo, the option to take two photos on your own camera and a gift of Jelly Belly candies. ALL of the money goes to charity. Boys and Girls Club of Hong Kong is this year's recipient from Pacific Place. Each mall that has a Santa chooses it's special charity. I think this is a lovely way to encourage giving. They even placed a giant chair for family photos outside of Santa's house.

The season is in full swing and there is lots more to see. I am sure I will be adding to my collection of Christmas lovelies over the next few weeks.