|Santa Claus is checking his list at the Mandarin|
Yesterday Cheung Kong was one of the last few buildings to put up Christmas lights while the shopping malls and other office buildings are in full swing.
Shall we do a quick round up of who's are pretty and who's are weird?
|A knitted forest with reindeer at IFC mall in Central|
And then at Elements in Kowloon station they have created a scaled-down display compared to last year. In 2011, the Christmas-themed display was literally floor-to-ceiling and had a gigantic throne theme a la C.S. Lewis' The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. We wondered who was supposed to sit there... Santa Claus, Mrs Claus, and ? Or were they harking back to Harry Potter and the houses of Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin?
|Brilliant colours at Elements but what's with the toadstools?|
Then further along in the mall is a weird living room set up that is completely wrapped a la Christo in a haphazard selection of knits. The "fireplace", coffee table, the floor and even the baby grand piano are covered in these funky knits that don't quite exude a festive feeling.
|Funky living room setup for Christmas at Elements|
Or are they promoting a DIY Christmas crafty thing? Then we wouldn't be spending money in a mall, would we?
Meanwhile at the Mandarin Oriental cake shop, there's a massive sculpture made of marzipan of Santa Claus going over his very long list with his elves getting ready for Christmas Eve. we like that he isn't dressed in his red suit yet. But in another display window is a beautiful three-layered cake... made entirely of pink marzipan ribbon.
We appreciate the intricacies in creating such a piece... but don't quite understand the meaning of it. Perhaps it's more appropriate for Valentine's Day?
|Check out the moving gondola up above at The Landmark|
However the mall periodically has ice carvers creating something out of block of ice using chainsaws which is interesting. It's an art where you have to work fast otherwise it's melted by the time you're done.
Nearby is Chater Garden where the Christmas event is sponsored this year by Tiffany & Co. The jeweller built a working carousel for people (ie children) to ride on and there's a small gift shop to buy candy. Too bad no Tiffany jewellery-inspired candy as I can't afford the real thing.
|Kids in front of the Tiffany-coloured carousel at Chater Garden|