Pacific Place has launched its Christmas installation for 2016. The mall invites you to take a “journey through Christmas”, with a “Sensory Garden” stimulating all five senses.
“We’re hoping to encourage childhood Christmas memories with sounds and smells of Christmases past,” said a spokesperson.
The aromatic scents of pine, marshmallows, a burning fire and chocolate, plus the sounds of crunching snow, Christmas songs and crackling fires can be experienced via loudspeakers conveniently placed at child-friendly levels.
The Garden is also home to Santa’s “glass grotto”, where he will be on-hand for photo opportunities until December 25 – tickets can be obtained from an adjacent kiosk inside the mall. Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without that classic family christmas photo op after all.
Glass-domed miniature worlds of different Christmas scenes fill the mall between various workshop areas. As you peer through magnifying glasses at the detailed little worlds, you are also bombarded with smells and sounds. These charming globes are all designed by Hong Kong artist Shannnam – amazingly she says they only took a month to create.
There are also various workshops running throughout December, from creating your own little Christmas world, mixing up a personalized hot chocolate in a test tube courtesy of Belgian chocolatier Frederic Blondeel, engraving chocolate at La Maison du Chocolat or creating mini gift bags, bunting and wreaths with Swedish stationner Kikki-K.
A gift wrapping service is available for the first time with 50% of the proceedings donated to Operation Santa Claus. All workshops must be booked in advance online on a first come, first served basis.
Pop up stores are scattered throughout the mall, including Fortnum & Mason, One Bond Street and Stella Artois.
Workshop registration is at firstname.lastname@example.org
Talk to Santa on Facebook: @PacificPlaceHK
For more info, call 2844 8988.