Christmas not all about commerce

Local | Bernard Charnwut Chan 19 Dec 2018

If you're passing through Central with your kids over the festive season, here's a few free and eye-catching attractions you might like to check out.

One is in the atrium at the Landmark. Most of Hong Kong's major malls have some sort of Christmas attractions, typically with a Santa Claus theme, complete with reindeers and snow. The Landmark, which always has bold and even unusual Christmas and Chinese New Year displays, this year showcases a cocoa forest and chocolate factory inhabited by cocoa monsters.

And over in Statue Square next to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, don't forget the traditional -- or at least Hong Kong style -- giant Christmas tree and lights.

Even in our core business district, it's not all about commerce and Christmas. The Central waterfront is currently hosting the International Light Art Display.

Sponsored by the Hong Kong Tourism Board, this show features more than a dozen dazzling and fascinating electronic illuminated sculptures and installations, created by various local and overseas designers.

Cultural critics can argue over whether they're works of art or massive ornaments. But they're big enough for visitors to walk around or through, impressive to look at and great fun.

Needless to say, this is a great place for photo taking.

The installations make the most of interactive and three-dimensional possibilities. One is a piano, where you can "play" lighting. And one is a tapered towered arrangement of glowing green cubes. After a minute, most visitors realize it is, of course, a Christmas tree.

Bernard Charnwut Chan is chairman of The Jockey Club CPS Advisory Committee

standard@bernardchan.com

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