IF adults are the least bit daunted by the number of places in Hong Kong to shop for Christmas presents, imagine how the children feel: all those Santas ho ho-ing to have their picture taken and knee sat on every time someone steps in the door. Fortunately, these days, most things the average Christmas shopper is looking for are available under one roof. Be it Armani or Athlete's Foot, Waterford Wedgewood or Wing On, U2 or three Big Macs and fries to go, all the big names are represented in complexes which often resemble orbiting space stations. So, with all the territory's vast and varied shopping centres, malls and districts, filling Christmas stockings should be as easy as catching the MTR and sparing a few lunch time hours. If it is a family outing, to save time and transport costs - and the kids' confusion over who the 'real' Santa is - check out one of the following. Cityplaza at Taikoo Place, Quarry Bay, is one such 'space station'. Complete with ice rink and children's theme park, Cityplaza fits the family's day out bill perfectly. Its bustling chrome and open-plan walkways and atriums will be filled with streamers, fantasy frescos, art and craft stalls and special exhibitions. The Cityplaza management said the complex would adopt an international theme for Christmas, with daily stage plays and dancing, cooking demonstrations, flower arrangements and arts and crafts. A special merchandise booth will offer products from around the world and a Santa photo spot will be adjustable to various international themes. A toy collection centre will open today and remain open until December 20 with donations going to the paediatrics centre of Eastern Hospital. Pacific Place's Santa opted to fly Cathay to Hong Kong from the United States where he graduated top of his class at the summer school for Santas. He will be pride of the Place in an 'enchanted garden' featuring 100 trees, mystery paths and life-size animated figures. The Christmas theme at the massive Queensway site will be courtesy of Hollywood set designers Michael Lee and Lonnie Hanzon and, from Monday until December 25, there will be a Christmas gift parade. Shoppers will have the opportunity to select from a 100-page glossy catalogue featuring ideas from the more than 100 retailers in the mall. There will be daily choir performances throughout this month under what is believed to be the territory's biggest indoor tree. Central, meanwhile, is tailor-made for any devoted shopper. The Centres of Central consist of four buildings connected across the busy downtown streets by a network of suspended walkways. The Landmark, Alexandra House, Prince's Building and Swire House have some of the territory's most upmarket fashion retailers, fine food stores and eateries, home entertainment equipment outlets and stylish home decorating shops. At the same time, a great range of small gifts and bargains can be found. World Wide House, next to Swire House, features a range of low-priced eateries and bargain-basement clothing, gift, souvenir and accessory stores. There are also computer shops, a video centre, book stores and a top-floor antique dealer whose range of clocks and watches is a collector's dream. The centres are offering several Christmas promotions associated with their Landmark refurbishment project, including a four-tier raffle draw with prizes and proceeds going to charity. Harbour City, on the Kowloon side of Victoria Harbour, is perhaps the most diverse and stunningly situated centre. It is actually three centres - the Ocean Centre, Ocean Gallery and Ocean Terminal - although it is difficult to tell where one centre stops and another begins. Stretching from the busy Star Ferry terminal along Canton Road to Kowloon Park, its cool, arterial passageways seem to go on forever. At the Star Ferry end is the Ocean Terminal, a mooring point for cruise ships that welcome passengers through entrances located in the centre. Pausing to gaze up at these vessels, docked not 15 metres away from the thoroughfare, is a highlight of any shopping experience here.