Christmas 2020 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, Christmas trees in Hong Kong are now hard to come by.
That doesn’t mean you can’t keep looking, so we’re going to cover:
- Where to go looking for 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
- Getting rid of a Christmas tree in Hong Kong
- Alternative Christmas tree ideas for your Hong Kong home
To get you through Xmas 2020 and have you prepared for next year’s season like a pro.
Where can I buy Christmas trees in Hong Kong?
At the moment, not many places! Christmas trees in Hong Kong are in short supply since there are 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. Here’s our list of places you should hit up and try your luck.
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 chance you could still 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.
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. 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.
For 2020, IKEA had previously sold out off its stock of Nordmann fir trees, but due to their own late delivery arrivals, we are hearing they now have Christmas trees available for sale.
Either way, it’s going to be handy to know for next year that you can order your Christmas tree at the furniture store but plan ahead.
At Ikea, you’ve still got some options for fake plants, which you can buy in person or request a delivery. There are lots of decorations available here, too.
4. Anglo Chinese, Central
It’s possible that this florist may have some real Christmas trees in stock; 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.
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.
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.
Where can I buy artificial Christmas trees 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 at a pinch.
- Oncor Trees is a company specializing in sustainably produced, artificial Christmas trees in Hong Kong and have 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?
You might have been told that having a real Christmas tree is a better choice to live a sustainable lifestyle. Living a plastic-free and eco-friendly life is something we care about here at Savvy, so we’ve dug into some detail to see if real Christmas trees are better for the environment in Hong Kong.
The reasons real Christmas trees are seen as being sustainable are:
- 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.
As valid as these points are, you need to understand where your Christmas tree comes from, too. The distance a tree has to travel can quickly negate all the positive environmental impacts it can have.
In Hong Kong, most Christmas trees are imported from the USA or Europe by plane. This adds a huge amount of carbon to the mix, and they can quickly become unsustainable.
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.
Check out Oncor Trees that we noted a little earlier. All of their artificial Christmas trees sold in Hong Kong are made out of recycled materials.
What size Christmas tree do I need?
Floor space in Hong Kong real estate is at a premium. If your apartment is pretty full already, you might need to get creative to squeeze in a Christmas tree.
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.
How do I dispose of 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.
Want to get rid of your Christmas tree ethically in Hong Kong? Here are some of the best ideas in town:
- The Hong Kong government have 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.
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.
If all else fails, you may need to dispose of your artificial tree in a landfill. Before you do this, check over everything to see if you can use pieces for crafting or other purposes. Metal pieces may have scrap value to other people, even if not to you.
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!
We hope this article helps put you with the dilemma of where to buy Christmas trees in Hong Kong in 2020. If you’re too late to buy a real Christmas tree, we hope one of the alternatives we have suggested does the trick.