DECEMBER has arrived.
The final month of the year when people look forward to shopping for gifts and bargain buys at Christmas and year-end sales.
The other thing December brings, which never fails to impress, are the beautiful festive decorations in shopping centres.
There is always a feast for the eyes in the malls as the year end approaches.
It is no different this year despite the challenges brought on by Covid-19.
Malls in the Klang Valley are not letting shoppers down as quite a few have made the effort to deck their premises with all things nice.
Bangsar Village and Bangsar Village II
There is no sight of Mary Poppins but Bangsar Village and Bangsar Village II are using lots of red umbrellas as props to usher in the festivities.
The umbrellas, attached with positive messages such as hope, love, peace and joy, hang from the ceiling and beckon shoppers from afar.
The umbrellas, StarMetro learns, symbolise protection as the world battles Covid-19.
The theme hinges on sincere wishes for everyone in braving the pandemic.
After all, it seems apt to have hope, peace and joy “lingering” overhead as these represent wishes we want for our loved ones.
All of the decorative items used in the mall are made from repurposed and recycled items, apart from using energy-saving decorative lights.
The overall decorations make for a pretty picture and great Insta-worthy shots.
The Christmas bazaar is until Dec 27.
Christmas at Metrojaya is always a sight to behold.
Presenting its “Tartan Tradition” theme this year, Christmas at Metrojaya stores will be an awesome experience for shoppers.
Tartan prints resemble chequered motifs similar to the textile pattern of stripes and colours on Scottish kilts.
Those looking for ornaments for their Christmas tree can find something to suit the home at the “Mad About Plaid” corner.
Here, attractive tartan-inspired ornaments in the form of Christmas trees, reindeer and even pine cones await their forever homes.
At the Christmas ornament corner are two unique and eye-catching trees, standing 2.7m tall with handsome mannequins as tree toppers.
Arbiter of taste and style Bill Keith lends his design flair in making these mannequin-trees stand out.
Metrojaya is known for selling exquisite Christmas ornaments and decorations for decades and is not disappointing its customers.
Be dazzled by the range of decorations at its stores in The Curve, Mid Valley Megamall and Brem Mall.
Some of the ornaments are being sold for as cheaply as RM1.
Those who spend RM200 in a single receipt are entitled to pick a gift from the store.
Shoppers also stand a chance to win a staycation in a hotel in the Klang Valley.
Parkson has opted for a “White Christmas” theme this year.
Being in a tropical country has its bonuses but we will never experience a white Christmas as people in cold climates do.
Thanks to Parkson’s conceptualising the winter magical feel with its decorations, shoppers can have some semblance of a white Christmas.
The department store’s ceiling is decked with white, silver and gold baubles.
Parkson has launched “A Truly Merry Different Christmas” sale campaign too.
The sale is until Jan 3 and seasonal products as well as festive gifts are available while stocks last.
Five lucky shoppers at Parkson stand a chance to win a three-day/two-night stay at a hotel in Langkawi.
Winners will be flown there.
Shoppers can also win Parkson gift vouchers after purchasing items to deck their homes.
Sunway Putra Mall
“Blessed Christmas” seems like an apt theme as this is a year to be thankful for the small blessings in life.
The pandemic is a reminder for us to be grateful for every thing that we have and most importantly, to care for our health.
In line with its theme, the mall is granting the wishes of 30 underprivileged children.
An eight-metre tall wooden house surrounded by Christmas trees has been built at the concourse.
One of the trees is, in fact, a wishing tree with the children’s wish list.
Among the wishes are requests for toys, apparel and stationery.
Visitors can step into Santa’s shoes and help grant their wishes.
Just pick a wish card attached to the tree, purchase the gift and pass it to the personnel at the mall’s concierge counter.
The underprivileged children are from the Angles Children Home and Persatuan Harapan Selesa The Comforter’s Hope.
These homes, located in Kuala Lumpur, are sanctuaries for orphaned, abandoned, abused and neglected children.
The decorations at the concourse are attractive, providing shoppers the ideal background for a Christmas snapshot with friends and family.
Sunway Velocity has set up a mini photo-worthy corner at its main atrium.
Here, the main Christmas tree stands at an impressive 10m tall.
Words such as happiness, health, wish, joy and hope decorate the tree in wishing shoppers a healthy and prosperous year ahead.
These words are indeed great wishes to make this Christmas.
The trees at the main atrium are also filled with toys and large colourful, shiny baubles.
There are replicas of Santa and his elves surrounded by push cart stalls selling gifts such as toys, candies and Christmas ornaments.
The main Christmas tree is divided into six layers and is dressed with toys and wishes for the new year.
Adding to the Christmas decorations are colourful postcards addressed to “Santa” and hung from the ceiling attached to strings of white lights.
IOI City Mall
Christmas is always associated with the joy of giving and the fun in receiving.
Colourful candies and sweet treats inject merriment among young children at IOI’s “Jolly Lolly Christmas”.
Be mesmerised by the magnificent candy tower at the mall’s centre court, featuring delectable treats.
The highlight is a giant replica of an ice cream, measuring three metres, surrounded by large doughnuts, biscuits and candies in this sugarland.
The “sweet” scene will definitely put a smile on the faces of both children and adults alike.
This is yet another place to pose for photos that are worthy of your social media pages.
Atria Shopping Gallery
Christmas is not just about presents or elaborate Christmas decorations.
At Atria, simplicity is the flavour as the shopping centre is marking the season with a 5.1m Christmas tree.
Decked in gold baubles and ornaments, the tree located at its centre court is the centrepiece of festive decorations here.
Themed “Colourful Christmas Wonder”, the mall is making the most of repurposed Christmas ornaments from previous years.
Despite keeping things simple with a touch of Christmas, one can find many hidden charms in this neighbourhood mall in Damansara Jaya, Petaling Jaya.
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