The essential to top all essentials, what would Christmas be without a tree? Whether you’re after a real one, dropped needles and all (and yes they DO exist in Hong Kong!), or an artificial one that you can recycle for years to come, here are all the best places in Hong Kong to buy your Christmas tree.
Prince Edward Flower Market
Follow the signs to the Flower Market from Prince Edward MTR and you can’t go wrong! This stretch of road is home to tonnes of fresh flower and plant sellers, including a few bigger gardening shops too, who should be happy to arrange home delivery – and prices are likely to be much more reasonable here than on the Island.
50 Shui Choi Tin Village, Victoria Road, Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong, 2812 0948
We’ve heard loads of tip-offs for nurseries selling Christmas trees, but unless you have an exact address and time to spare, finding them (especially without a car) can be tricky. Well, here’s one specific for you – P&F Garden, a local nursery with have many years experience in the gardening game. They sell Christmas trees and poinsettias, plus all sorts of other plants and flowers if you fancy stocking up; for further details, give them a call or stop by one weekend!
Chun Hing Garden
Wong Nai Chung Road, Happy Valley, Hong Kong, 2572 6430
Chun Hing Garden is another family-run business with over 20 years experience. Tree-wise, they’ve got Noble Firs, Douglas Firs and Fraser Firs all imported from the US, plus a nice range of other seasonal decorations like poinsettias and wreathes. They can also arrange home delivery; check out their entire range here.
Anglo Chinese Florist
9 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong, 2921 2986
With over sixty years experience, Anglo Chinese Florists have become one of the most trusted and reliable plant suppliers in Hong Kong. This year, they’re selling a range of Douglas and Noble Firs from the US ($700-3270 ranging between 3-10’), plus artificial trees either with or without decorations ($1000-10,200 ranging between 5-9’). They also have a huge range of wreathes, poinsettias, garlands table decorations and arrangements, both real and silk. Check out all their store locations, plus details for ordering (you can pay for both delivery AND removal of your trees!) here.
It’s also worth remembering that many local florists and nurseries will be arranging special orders for Christmas trees – we’ve already seen a few in Wan Chai and on Hiram’s Highway leading up to Sai Kung (try KK Horticulture, 2792 7440 or Greenhouse Nursery, 2573 3627) plus Stanley Flower Shop in Stanley Market (2813 0624). So always enquire individually… and you’ll never know if you don’t ask!
Causeway Bay, Megabox, Sha Tin
Ahhhh… trusty Ikea. Expect to see plenty more of the Swedish giant on this list, as they’re brilliant at providing everything festive you may need around the house in great designs and at reasonable prices. The order cut-off date for their real trees, all grown in sustainable eco-environments, is December 12 with last deliveries on December 17; choose from either a 4’-5’ ($549) or 6’ ($629) Scandinavian Fir. They should also be offering some artificial trees in-store.
This HK-based e-tailer has a good range of artificial trees – from the cheap, cute and cheerful (only $40 for their 1.5’ baby ones) to six-foot snow-topped giants (around $500), plus fairy lights, baubles and window stickers to go alongside them! Delivery is free for purchases over $500 or if you pick up your order from their office in Wah Shing Centre, Kwun Tong – see full address and more details here.
Japan Home Centre
All over Hong Kong – see all locations here
One of HK’s best-kept secrets for homeware at el cheapo prices, Japan Home Centre usually have some artificial Christmas trees perfectly suited for HK’s small apartments around this time of year. Check out bigger stores if your smaller neighbourhood store doesn’t stock any.
Toys R Us
All over Hong Kong – see the full list of stores here
Hiding amongst the aisles of brightly coloured toys and games, Toys R Us actually has a nice range of artificial trees – from tiny little tinsel ones (around $50) to bigger, more realistic trees (up to around $500). They also do some really fun Disney piñatas (perfect for Christmas parties – come on, not even adults can resist smashing one up for sweets!), Santa hats and stockings.
Various locations including Times Square, Harbour City, IFC – see all locations here
City’super’s range of artificial trees is fantastic, covering everything from the classic to the trendy and everything in-between. The bonus? Most of them come with their own fairy lights in the form of fibre optic tips plus have matching ornaments included (4’ $1080, 5’ $1380) – cutting out half your shopping to save you time for buying more presents! Meanwhile, artificial trees sans decorations come in sizes from 5 foot up to a whopping 9 foot ($580-1980)… good luck finding a ceiling that high!
DECORATIONS, STATIONARY & EVERYTHING ELSE!
There won’t be much festive cheer if all you have is a tree – it’s all the little details that will turn your place from average apartment into winter wonderland!
221-224 Landmark Prince’s Building, Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong, 2801 5512
6/F, Horizon Plaza, 2 Lee Wing Street, Ap Lei Chau, Hong Kong, 2555 0540
So many people mention Indigo, a HK interiors favourite since 1979, as one of their festive must-visits that they must be doing something right! One look at their classy and chic range of Christmas decorations ($79 upwards) should be enough to convince you – and with their help, you’re bound to have one of the most stylish trees on the block! If you have time to spare, check out their huge flagship store at Horizon Plaza, whilst they’re also happy to arrange home delivery – get more details, including all their locations, here.
228 Landmark Prince’s Building, Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong, 2520 1611
1/F, Horizon Plaza, 2 Lee Wing Street, Ap Lei Chau, Hong Kong, 2877 3295
Tequila Kola has become another HK lifestyle favourite, with a great range of modern decorations that are certain to get your house into the Christmas spirit. Whether you want to stay traditional with your table settings, with deep reds and shimmering silvers, or go contemporary, with bright bold turquoise and icy blue, they’ll have everything necessary to create a cohesive and Christmassy colour scheme! They also have a huge flagship store in Horizon Plaza, so why not you can make a day of it (they have a Sift cupcakes there too, hint hint)!
2/F Horizon Plaza, 2 Lee Wing Street, Ap Lei Chau, 2555 2997
Still in Horizon Plaza and we’ve been hearing great things about this home décor store (more like warehouse!); they have lots of fantastic festive items at reasonable prices to spruce up your pad. If you’re looking for funky table pieces, this is a good bet.
Causeway Bay, Festival Walk, K11 and Horizon Plaza – see full addresses here
If you fancy bringing some chic and clean Japanese style into your home for the festive season, look no further than Francfranc, who do an extensive range of inexpensive but charming decorations (from $40) in their trademark minimalist style. Expect beautiful baubles, classy candles and cute funky mini Christmas trees and wreaths, mostly in their festive colours of choice – glimmering gold, red, silver and white.
Jusco Living Plaza
Everywhere – see the full list of stores here
Just in case this name isn’t ringing a bell, this is the shop formerly known as Jusco $10 Store, which in turn is known everywhere else in the world as Daiso! Now more like the 12-ish dollar store, this is still phenomenally cheap stuff that definitely rates more expensive than it looks (must be the great Japanese design!). In our experience, they’re great for rolls of sparkly shiny wrapping paper and other packaging paraphernalia (gift boxes, ribbons, craft scissors etc), whilst they also have some fun Christmas decorations (reindeer antlers and Santa hats ahoy!) and ornaments.
Lane Crawford Home & Lifestyle
Level One, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong, 2118 3668
For the artiest (not to mention most expensive) decorations from the most renowned brands and designers, then Lane Crawford is the way to go. Their dedicated Home & Lifestyle flagship in Pacific Place is your best bet, although all stores should have some Yuletide items available.
The Stalwarts – Ikea, Marks & Spencer, City’super
All over town!
These are our three fail-safe options for shopping in general in HK and, as usual, they’ve got some great quality but reasonably priced items for the festive season. Marks & Spencer is fantastic for big rolls of wrapping paper that should keep you going until NEXT Christmas – not just the never-big-enough one-sheeters that most stationery shops here specialise in. Ikea also has bumper rolls of chic wrapping paper, plus cool Christmas decorations in their quirky Scandinavian designs. Meanwhile, City’super has completely taken over Times Square’s basement with a huge section dedicated to all things Christmassy – ornaments, stockings, wreathes, decorations, snow globes, cuddly reindeer and pretty much everything else you can think of!
The General Store
41 Gage Street, Shop H, Central, 2851 8144
Have yourself a vintage little Christmas with The General Store’s range of beautiful ornaments and Christmas tree toppers – and we know if owner Shelly has chosen them, they’re bound to be awesome!
Unit 4, 12/F, Sungib Industrial Building, Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen, 2580 8552
For cool and quirky vintage-style Christmas tree ornaments that hold back on the cheese factor, head to Attic Lifestyle – or order online here (delivery is free for orders over $500, in case you needed further temptation to spend)!
Many of the city’s holiday fairs and bazaars will be selling all sorts of festive bits n’ bobs, including Christmas tree ornaments, house decorations and Christmas cards and wrapping. There are too many to list here… but you’re in luck! We’ve already made a bumper guide to all this year’s festive fairs – check it out here.
For cheap and cheerful decorations that might not last much longer than the twelve days of Christmas themselves but at that price who cares, hit up your local markets – we suggest Wan Chai, North Point, Mong Kok Ladies Market, Price Edward, Sham Shui Po, Jordan or even the small stretches of stalls in Central as potential hunting grounds for wreathes, stockings, tinsels and other inexpensive ornaments. A few shops dedicated solely to Xmas goods usually pop up on Lyndhurst Terrace and Wellington Street in Central and on Queen’s Road in Wan Chai too. Just remember, Central or Causeway Bay will never be your cheapest ports of call, Island East is generally cheaper than Island West and Kowloon and the New Territories should be the cheapest of them all!
If you want unique decorations with a personal touch, how about DIY-ing your décor (just Google DIY Christmas decorations and marvel at the results)? The go-to place is Sham Shui Po, which has plenty of awesome craft supplies; if that’s too much of a trek, head to your local wet market (or the ones mentioned above) where you should find fabric and haberdashery stalls selling ribbons, lace and glitzy odds and ends at bargain basement prices. For other cheap crafty bits and bobs, Jusco Living Plaza is fantastic.
Consider your halls well and truly decked!