Christmas 2021 isn’t quite what any of us had planned. Normally, lots of Hong Kongers head home or on holiday over the festive season, but with international travel curtailed, we’re all looking to buy Christmas trees in Hong Kong and slices of joy this year.
With so many more people staying in the city this year, you can expect Christmas trees in Hong Kong to be hard to come by later in the year.
That doesn’t mean you can’t keep looking, so we’re going to cover:
- Where to buy real and fake Christmas trees
- The best types of Christmas tree to bring into your house
- How to choose the right tree for your home and your ethics
- How to dispose or recycle a Christmas tree in Hong Kong
- Alternative Christmas tree ideas for your Hong Kong home
To get you through Xmas 2021 and have you prepared for the festive season like a pro.
7 best places to buy a real Christmas tree in Hong Kong
You can expect that once again Christmas trees in Hong Kong will be in short supply since there will be so many more people in the city than usual at this time of year.
If you’ve got the time and patience, it can still be worth hitting the road, expending a bit of shoe leather, and trying to find the perfect Christmas tree. Otherwise, dive into our list of places you should hit up.
1. Mongkok Flower Market
Hopefully, you’ve already been exploring around this market when looking for cheap days out in the city. There’s a good chance you will be able to pick up a real Christmas tree in the famed Hong Kong market; try talking with the stallholders to see what they know about new deliveries or the best times to get there.
Be ready for some bustle. You can also pick up flowers to make a Christmas wreath or try to find a ready-made one. Be sure to check out our alternative Christmas tree suggestions a little further down, too.
Location: Flower Market, Flower Market Road, Mong Kok, Hong Kong.
Insider tip: get off the MRT at Prince Edward rather than Mongkok and thank us later.
2. Sophie’s Trees, New Territories
Although out of stock at the time of writing, it may be worth contacting Sophie’s Trees to see if they have any deliveries due before the 25th December. If you can get an order placed, Sophie’s offers delivery to your door, which would save a lot of trailing around.
You can also get the Christmas staples of Poinsettias and wreaths for your front door from here. Be sure to order ASAP.
Location: Sophie’s Christmas Trees, 42E, Ha Pun Shan, Ma On Shan Road, Ma On Shan, New Territories, Hong Kong.
In 2020, IKEA sold out off its stock of Nordmann fir trees, but they eventually had a restock of Christmas trees available for sale.
Either way, prepare for the worst and order your Ikea Christmas tree early. At Ikea, you’ve also got some options for fake plants, which you can buy in person or request a delivery. There are lots of Christmas decorations available here, too.
Location: IKEA, various locations across Hong Kong.
4. Anglo Chinese, Central
It’s possible that Anglo Chinese may have some real Christmas trees in stock but they do tend to sell out fast – contact them directly to see what’s available. Their trees are imported directly from Oregon, USA, with Noble and Douglas firs both being sold.
Remember this store when you’re thinking about your tree alternatives a little later. Plus, they’ve got Poinsettias, which will cheer you up if you’re down about not having a real tree.
Locations: Anglo Chinese Florist (Central), 13 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong, 2921 2986
5. Alfa House, Central
A small shop with not much online presence, Alfa House has been selling real Christmas trees. If you’re local to the area – they’re on Wellington Street – pop on down and see what’s in stock or use the contact details from their Facebook page.
6. P & F Garden
This landscaping company also grows and sells Christmas trees. There’s no word on what their stock is like at the moment, but if you do head down to P&F, it might give you a little nostalgia for home since you can pick your own tree – stock depending, of course.
Location: P&F Garden, GF, Block I & J, Scenic Villa, 18-20 Scenic Villa Drive, Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong, 2812 0948
7. Chun Hing Garden
When we were publishing this article, Chun Hing Garden still had some 8-9ft trees in stock. Call ahead to avoid disappointment, and be sure the tree is actually going to make it into your home! Check out our guide to measuring up for your Christmas tree a little further down.
Location: Chun Hing Garden, Yuen Long, Kam Tin, Shui Tau Tsuen, New Territories, Hong Kong, 2572 6430
5 best places to buy an artificial Christmas tree in Hong Kong
Want to bring some Christmas joy into your home but can’t commit to looking after a fresh tree for weeks on end? Artificial trees could be the way to go.
They look like a Christmas tree, sparkle like a Christmas tree, but don’t cause the same mess or have the same disposal issues. Here’s a quick list of where to get fake Christmas trees in Hong Kong:
- IKEA has a wide range of styles and sizes for your artificial Christmas tree needs.
- Amazon stocks a huge variety of artificial Christmas trees. The shipping costs of the trees are reasonable.
- HKTV Mall offers artificial Christmas trees on their website; although the range of sizes isn’t huge, they’ll see you through in a pinch.
- Oncor Trees is a company specializing in sustainably produced, artificial Christmas trees in Hong Kong and has a massive selection of sizes and types to check out.
- Your local supermarket or market is a useful place to check out for a fake tree – be sure to ask the staff about deliveries if you can’t find any trees on the shop floor.
How do I choose the right Christmas tree for my home?
When you’re buying a real Christmas tree, there are different types available. It can feel a little overwhelming to have a choice over something that seemed so simple when you were a kid.
To help you break through the jargon, here are the pros and cons of the three most common real Christmas trees you’ll find in Hong Kong.
- Has the traditional cone shape you know and love
- The needles should last a full month.
- It’s rather bushy, so your decorations can feel a little lost.
- Missing the smell of Christmas? This tree brings it right to your living room.
- The needles are going to stay on for the whole holiday season.
- Branches aren’t very strong, so you can’t hang your heavier or glass ornaments on it.
- Will fill your home with the scent of Christmas.
- Deep green color offers a lovely backdrop to your decorations.
- The foliage can be a little bottom-heavy and sparse up top.
What type of Christmas tree is most sustainable when I live in Hong Kong?
Real Christmas trees are seen as being sustainable because:
- Trees store carbon, so by chopping one down, you’re keeping that carbon stored – as long as you don’t burn the tree after
- Real Christmas trees are easily recycled by being chipped and used for gardening purposes.
- As long as you choose one from a sustainable farm that plants as many trees as they chop down, you’re not taking anything away from the eco-system
- Even if a tree ends up in a landfill, it will decompose quickly since it’s 100% natural.
On the flip side, a good quality artificial tree can have long-term positive impacts. An artificial tree can become more sustainable in the USA than a real tree after ten years of use. That takes into account shipping the fake tree from China so that carbon is negated when you’re living in Hong Kong.
Where to dispose of or recycle my Christmas tree in Hong Kong?
If you do decide to go for a real Christmas tree this year, be sure to dispose of it properly. It’s really easy to do as long as you’re organized.
Here are some of the best ideas in town:
- The Hong Kong government has a free drop-off scheme where you can take your tree, and they will organize for it to be recycled, check out the details, and drop-off locations.
- If you’ve bought your tree from IKEA, they have a scheme to come to your home and collect it for recycling into gardening material. You might have been rather excited when you got your tree, so double-check your receipt to make sure you added this option.
- Got your tree from Anglo Chinese? They will come and collect your used Christmas tree for a small fee, be sure to organize this when you buy.
- Drop your tree off at Eco Park which is a recycling business park- while you’re there check out their visitors center.
To get rid of an artificial Christmas tree that’s in good condition, consider donating it. There will always be families arriving as you’re leaving the city, so passing it on to new Hong Kong residents is a kind gesture.
What are the alternatives to buying Christmas trees in Hong Kong?
Who says you need to have a green, conical, fir-inspired tree in the corner of your living room for Christmas? You can use loads of different ideas to bring in twinkle and sparkle in unique and interesting ways.
You can buy ready-made alternative ideas from places like IKEA, or get creative and make some yourself. To give you some inspiration, here are our top five alternative Christmas tree options. Remember, you don’t just need to buy live Christmas trees in Hong Kong!
1. Decorate a local tree
Take yourself down to Mongkok Flower Market, find a sturdy-looking potted tree, take it home, and put the fairy lights and baubles on it. The great thing about this is you can keep the tree all year round to brighten your home.
2. 2D Christmas tree
A great space-saving idea, a 2D tree is basically branches or lengths of bamboo that start long at the top and get shorter to form a pyramid shape. Hang it on your wall and add baubles and tinsel like a normal tree.
3. Invisible Christmas tree
This might take a little effort and engineering, but it’s totally worth it for the stunning effect. Check out this video to see how to make one yourself and adapt it to your needs.
4. Tee Pee Christmas tree
Get timber or bamboo lengths and form them into a teepee shape, securing them with wire or rope at the apex. Wind fairy lights and tinsel around the beams to create a Christmas tree feel and pack the beams away once the festivities are over.
5. Many mini Christmas trees
All the big trees might be sold out, but there are still mini evergreen shrubs that are similar in shape and style to Christmas trees. Fill your home with mini trees with lights and baubles and even stock up on Poinsettia plants with tinsel wrapped around the pots. Christmas can be in every single room!
FAQs on where to buy Christmas trees
What size Christmas tree do I need?
The first thing to remember about a Christmas tree – the taller it is, the wider it will be. Once you take off the protective wrapping, the branches can take a couple of days to settle – don’t be fooled by slender-looking 7-footers. Measure your free space and take a tape measure when you go tree shopping. If your short or floor space but want a tree with some height, consider putting a shorter tree on a table with a festive covering. Also, be aware of the size and height of any elevator you need to use. It’d be devastating to have to chop off the top six inches to get your tree up to the 10th floor.
We hope this article helps put you with the dilemma of where to buy Christmas trees in Hong Kong in 2021. If you’re too late to buy a real Christmas tree, we hope one of the alternatives we have suggested does the trick.
Have we missed any tips on where to buy Christmas trees in Hong Kong in 2021? If so, please share in the comments section below.