Malaysian winter wonderlands

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 21 Dec 2004

KUALA LUMPUR: The Christmas spirit is in the air and shopping malls everywhere have displayed the season’s decorations – some traditional while others have opted for more unique themes.  

The newly-opened and much-awaited The Curve in Mutiara Damansara has chosen to celebrate Christmas with a “sleek and modern” theme.  

Magicians performing close-up sleight-of-hand tricks and “human statues” holding signboards to advertise the various shops in the complex were scattered all over the mall, much to the delight of shoppers, especially the little ones. 

Bemused passers-by smiled as they passed “statues” dressed up as legendary characters, like Julius Caesar and Elvis Presley, who stood rooted to a spot for five minutes before walking to another spot.  

HARD TO MISS: Eye-catching marron lights and gold ornaments adorn The Curve's Christmas tree.

The Curve’s head of advertising and promotions Natasha Nazra Musa said: “We have decided to use an ‘urban’ theme by providing unusual entertainment such as the moving human billboards and fashion shows.” 

“We had a ceremony to light up our Christmas tree on Thursday night,” she added. 

Shoppers who were strolling around, stopped to admire a huge Christmas tree decked in maroon lights and gold baubles in the concourse area. 

Christmas carols resounded in the background, enhancing the mood further.  

Fashion shows on winter wear by some clothing shops also added to the Christmas atmosphere by conjuring up images of winter. 

Not far away, Bangsar Shopping Centre (BSC) is offering a more traditional showcase of Christmas.  

Its right-wing concourse offers huge blue and white snowflakes suspended from the ceiling, and quaint show-topped “cottages”, which were actually stalls selling scarves and wine. 

Artificial snow powdered the cottages and shoppers daily for an hour starting at 6pm. 

The left wing features wooden stalls that look like houses, selling soft toys and household Christmas decorations. 

M. Suresh, dressed up as Santa Claus, has amused and delighted some 1,000 children this week alone. 

Seated at the left wing to entertain shoppers, the 18-year-old said: “I’ve come to accept my important role in making children happy.”  

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