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As an Asian shopping mecca and one of the world's centers for Christmas festivities, Hong Kong has many advantages for Christmas shopping: food, warmth, deals, fun, exotic — Hong Kong is the natural place to go for enjoyable Christmas shopping. We cover luxury shopping, bargain shopping and middle-price shopping below.
The generally mild and sunny weather in December is an attraction for people wishing to escape frigid, dreary northern climes. It is also low tourist season, so prices and congestion are less.
It is considered one of the world’s freest economies, and the low taxes makes for price/selection advantages. You'll find deals for all budgets. The electronics, toys, and fashion markets are particularly excellent.
Hong Kong is popular for a lot of reasons, and is by far the most popular tourist city in the world. See more on Shopping in Hong Kong.
CNN named Hong Kong's WinterFest (December 1 – January 1) as one of the top 10 places in the whole world to spend Christmas. You'll see some of the world-class Christmas displays. See more on Christmas in Hong Kong.
The IFC Mall in the IFC Towers complex houses a large Apple store and Bose and Oregon Scientific for sophisticated electronics products. For fashion, there are Lane Crawford, ZARA, and Burberry and many others. There are famed jewelers such as Chopard, CARAT, Pandora, and BVLGARI.
The Landmark Mall and its boutiques are about 200 meters southeast via the Central Station underpass.
The cluster of shops includes the interlinked Prince's Building for Chanel, a. testoni, Cartier, and Ralph Lauren. Alexandra House has Prada and Dolce & Gabbana. Chater House closest to the IFC has Armani shops.
The IFC Towers complex houses the "6-star" Four Seasons Hotel with a 2018 Michelin 3-star Cantonese restaurant in the region called Lung King Heen and the Caprice that is one of the best French restaurants ranked 2018 Michelin 2-star. They are on our list of Hong Kong's Top Restaurants for Tourists. You can watch the evening light show and the harbor from the windows while dining.
See more on Luxury Shopping in Hong Kong.
Unfortunately, unlike in other countries, there aren’t pre-Christmas sales with lower prices to attract shoppers. Prices actually go up. However, the malls try to attract customers through special Christmas displays, decorations, and entertainment.
The main shopping streets are places to find bargains to compete on prices. The best places for bargain shopping are Temple Street, Sham Shui Po, Ladies Market and adjacent streets in Mong Kok. These shopping streets in Kowloon are probably the best places for the average tourist because transportation to them and between them is quite easy, and the selection is great.
Temple Street, a Hong Kong shopping highlight, is a good place to shop for souvenirs in the evening and enjoy dinner. You can browse through a plethora of items ranging from inexpensive Chinese clothes to watches, children's clothing, and accessories.
The streets of the Ladies Market area between Mongkok Station and Prince Edward Station offer a wide variety of products at low prices. Expect crowds, small stores, outdoor stalls, and street snacks. Many stores will not give refunds, so check the products carefully for defects.
Sai Yeung Choi Street at Exit D2 of Mong Kok Station is known for cameras, lenses, computer devices, computers, and electronics.
The Ladies Market street is the next street to the west called Tung Choi Street. There are bargains on Chinese factory outlet clothing, accessories and factory rejects. You’ll see brand names such as Giordano, Bossini, and Baleno. Carefully check the articles
Fa Yuen Street is fifty meters further west with bargains on sports clothing, brand names and the latest fashion if you are prepared to search and examine carefully. Most shops only take cash, won’t make exchanges, and don’t provide fitting rooms.
Flower Market Street is about 300 meters east of Prince Edward Station. You find real live Christmas trees and about a hundred flower shops. It is off of Sai Yee Street parallel to Prince Edward Road.
Computers and electronics: The best computer and accessories deals you will generally find in Hong Kong are in Sham Shui Po. It is also where you can find repair shops for computer repairs and second-hand products. Beware of stolen goods and fake products though.
Golden Computer Center is a large electronics market for electronics bargains. Everything from blank CDs to entire computers. It is internationally famous and crowded. It is about 100 meters north of Sham Shui Po MTR Exit D2.
Wholesale Christmas decorations and toys: Besides its electronics market, what makes Sham Shui Po famous are its stores that specialize in Christmas decorations and wholesale children’s toys. If you want to buy in big lots for a Christmas party for example, this is the place to go in HK.
Fuk Wing Street about 100 meters north of Exit B2 is a treasure trove for Christmas stuff such as fake trees, tinsel, decorations and party articles.
The area around Nam Cheong Street about 200 meters west has dozens of clothing stores and tiny shops that sell cheap kids clothing and jewelry. It is said that for Christmas decorations, you can’t beat the prices in Sham Shui Po.
Go to CityGate Outlets for savings on a wide selection of brand name products. The mall is across from Hong Kong International Airport. Most of the 80 or so brand name stores sell clothing, shoes, and sports clothes.
These are quality goods, not factory rejects. Their claim is that prices are 30 to 70 percent below regular prices. You’ll see Chinese with suitcases buying products in quantity to take back to China.
There are for example: Bally, Brooks Brothers, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Giordano, Adidas, Nike, Puma, and Esprit. There is also a Fortress for electronics, but it isn’t a discount store.
The Food Republic food court at the mall has stalls that provide a variety of international cuisine at prices around 50 to 100 HKD (6.50 to 13 USD). There are a variety of other restaurants there too.
There is a large Toys R Us in Harbour City Mall next to the TST Star Ferry at Victoria Harbour. Children generally like the ferry ride. Toys R Us is a large toy supermarket with the latest toys and gadgets that kids like.
Harbour City is HK’s largest mall. It is considered more of a middle-price mall with 450 shops, 50 restaurants, 3 hotels, and 2 movie theaters.
If you live in China, see our Recommendations for Expats Shopping in Hong Kong.
Low Season: The last half of December is an excellent time for touring in Hong Kong. The busy crowds of Chinese tourists don't arrive until Chinese New Year, and many foreigners visit during their Christmas and New Year holidays.
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