Christmas Lights

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.

Monday, 19 December, 2011, 12:00am

Up close and personal

Spending several Christmases in Hong Kong as a child, the city always struck me as magical - the buzz of the streets, midnight markets and neon lights - my favourite pastime then, as it is now with my son, is to take the Star Ferry across the harbour to view up close Hong Kong's famous Christmas lights.

2 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Lai See

Holy Barbie! Times Square pulling a grotesque festive joke

The geniuses who design the 'events' for the Times Square shopping mall have come up with a cracker -pardon the pun - for this year's Christmas festive period. Last year, if our memory serves us correctly, there was a kind of nativity theme to help lure shoppers to part with their money.

29 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

More Christmas cheer, despite downturn

Undaunted by the financial crisis, commercial property owners remain determined to show their enthusiasm for the Christmas season by, in some cases, spending more this year on lighting and decorations.

7 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Light up your Christmas safely, Consumer Council warns

People are being warned to be aware of fire hazards from Christmas lights after the Consumer Council found that only one in 16 passed safety tests.

The council tested 16 types of Christmas lights priced from HK$15 to HK$99.

Six of the samples that carried a brand name and supplier information had a safety deficiency.

15 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

The Christmas season is a special time of year

Christmas is my favourite festival. Tall Christmas trees with sparkling decorations can be seen in almost every shopping mall.

The whole city is also illuminated with bright lights during the festive season.

But it is a pity that there is no white Christmas in Hong Kong.

It would have been fascinating to see the streets covered with snow.

6 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Cab chat

Kwok Ho-wai, 40, says the Statue Square Christmas tree is the ultimate symbol of Hong Kong's tourist attractions - big, ornate and eye-catching, but devoid of aesthetics

Ride from Sai Kung to Central. Cost $197.80

12 Dec 2003 - 12:00am

Festive glow extends far into the future

Extra-safe Christmas bulbs that could be used for the next 20 years are among products developed by Neo-Neon, one of the exhibitors at the Hong Kong International Lighting Fair.

'The next big trend in Christmas lights will be non-replaceable bulbs,' says Keith Lam Hei-che, assistant general manager - marketing, Neo-Neon Holding.

11 Oct 2002 - 12:00am

Perfect parties

AFTER YEARS OF attending other people's Christmas parties, it's payback time and you've decided to host your own seasonal soiree. Easy you think, a few crates of ice-packed booze in the bath (beer for the boys, white wine for the laydees) and some bumper bowls of Doritos should do the trick. In certain circles, perhaps, but that ain't gonna swing it in the style stakes.

10 Dec 2000 - 12:00am

In search of light relief

When Donald Tsang Yam-kuen flicked the Christmas switch this year, he said the lights were 'increasingly attractive and vibrant - like the local economy'.

24 Dec 1997 - 12:00am

Christmas lighting 'wasteful'

AS Christmas becomes increasingly commercial, environmentalists have questioned whether the Yuletide use of resources needs to be so excessive.

From tomorrow until January 9 next year, Tsim Sha Tsui East and Central will be ablaze with the light of more than one million bulbs.

Friends of the Earth spokesman Lisa Hopkinson questioned the need for so many lights.

17 Nov 1994 - 12:00am