Fair go for the festive seasonLocal | Bernard Charnwut Chan 4 Dec 2019
Christmas is undoubtedly Hong Kong's biggest annual festival after Lunar New Year.
It is especially popular among students and teenagers. There is a theory they enjoy it because they do not have to spend a holiday visiting older relatives to pay respects and sit through long meals!
If you need to get presents or just do some festive browsing (and eating) there are a lot of Christmas fairs in the coming weeks.
Stanley Plaza hosts a big fair from noon to 9pm over the next three weekends. Also this weekend, from 11am-7pm, the Finnish Christmas Market takes place near the Observation Wheel at Central harbor front. Amazingly, Santa Claus will probably be present at both events.
Additionally, the Hive co-working space in Sai Kung will hold a Christmas market featuring DIY workshops and items made by local craftsmen this Saturday. And on Friday, December 13, there will be a similar event at the Hive in Smithfield Road, Kennedy Town.
For most of us, Christmas is of course a time for the whole family - and a big excitement for kids. Among the attractions will be dazzling lights and displays in many shopping malls and other public spaces.
The Statue Square Christmas tree, often with carol singers nearby, is always a big draw.
Tsim Sha Tsui offers an exceptional range of displays from TST East to the Peninsula Hotel, 1881 Heritage and Harbor City, and of course the view from the harbor front of the lights on Central's office towers.
Bernard Charnwut Chan is chairman of The Jockey Club CPS Advisory Committee