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Christmas and Holiday Season

Christmas in Hong Kong: what to do

Feng Wei poses with one of his optical 3-D paintings at Gold Coast Piazza.

Each year, Athena Chong's family plan their Christmas holidays well in advance. If possible, the family of four travel abroad. Last year they spent a week in Australia, as part of the joint Christmas-birthday bash for their son, John, who was born around Christmas.

Sunday, 23 December, 2012, 12:19pm

The survival guide to the holidays

Perhaps the most serious traps of the season are emotional.

For many, the holiday season is a time to gather with loved ones, feast on seasonal delicacies and celebrate. But for others, these activities are fraught with worry. A few days of feasting can ruin a year's hard work of getting trim. Family tensions can rise and tempers can flare. For the lonely, feelings of depression can be exacerbated.

19 Dec 2012 - 8:21am

Travel Picks: Top 10 Christmas decoration spots

The Christmas illuminations in Madrid, Spain. Photo: Xinhua

Just like each family has their own holiday traditions, so does every city. Whether it's a special event or seasonal decorations, if you're traveling this month, you don't have to forgo the excitement of the holidays.

15 Dec 2012 - 12:07pm

Holiday chill warms retailers' pockets

Cold weather and HK$6,000 cash handouts from the government are helping retailers sing a happy tune this year as the numbers of shoppers, and their spending, have risen sharply during the holiday season.

28 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Let's tone down those lights

People associate the Christmas holiday season with gifts and pretty decorations. Yet we should think twice before we admire the colourful Christmas lights.

All those seasonal lights that bedeck buildings across the city add a great deal to light pollution. Such showy displays are a side effect of economic and industrial prosperity. But they don't come without a price.

19 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

A listening ear can be a gift for all seasons

December is usually a month when we get extraordinarily busy, and so is February. This year, with the Lunar New Year falling at the end of January, there will be two months that keep us on the go - not because of gift shopping, but because we are giving emotional support to people who need a listening ear.

7 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Record spending over holiday

Consumer spending soared to new heights over the Lunar New Year break, up 16 per cent on last year to 160 billion yuan, as more mainlanders embraced shopping as a holiday pastime.

17 Feb 2005 - 12:00am

Asian export prospects cloudy

Merchandise trading information provider Global Sources' chairman Merle Hinrichs is cautiously optimistic for United States' sales by its customers this Christmas.

While sharp price cuts by US retailers since the September 11 terrorist attacks helped boost sales in October, US-bound exports from Asia would face a tough Christmas season.

3 Dec 2001 - 12:00am

Asian export prospects cloudy

Merchandise trading information provider Global Sources' chairman Merle Hinrichs is cautiously optimistic for United States' sales by its customers this Christmas.

While sharp price cuts by US retailers since the September 11 terrorist attacks helped boost sales in October, US-bound exports from Asia would face a tough Christmas season.

3 Dec 2001 - 12:00am

The lights are on but few are drawn to shopping

The lights are on at night and the pavements are thronged with shoppers but retailers say that they are not expecting a bumper Christmas season.

21 Dec 2000 - 12:00am