‘Tis the season to be jolly and strike a pose with all the Christmas trees popping up around town. The celebratory sentiment is definitely here as we’ve all been starved for festivities during these past few years. Thai malls have always been crowd-pleasers when it comes to festive decorations, so you can most likely expect fanciful decorations wherever you go. Here’s what Bangkok’s biggest names have put up this year, some which should be applauded for their eco-friendly thoughtfulness.
Playful yet sleek, Siam Paragon literally brings Thailand’s ‘Land of Smiles’ catchphrase to life with their Smiley collaboration. Besides their slick, silver Christmas tree, the Parc keeps it classy with humongous Smileys in golden and purple tones – sprawled across fairy light tunnels and a golden tuktuk. It is also the 50th anniversary of the iconic smiling symbol and this display is the one and only largest collaboration with Smiley in Southeast Asia. If you’re a fan of this smiling entity, make time for the art exhibition and local brand product collaborations with Smiley inside Siam Center. All the more reason to smile.
Head to ICONSIAM for what looks like the most Thai Christmas tree ever. It takes inspiration from the bai sri su kwan ceremony, which is a blessing ceremony from the Isan region to bestow prosperity and happiness to a person or place. The Christmas tree is a mish-mash between a traditional fir tree and a bai sri centerpiece, which is made of pandan leaves and looks similar to a krathong (a lotus shaped float). These bright lights are sure to usher in auspicious fortune and good luck for visitors, after the tough pandemic that everyone has weathered. What’s even better is how these lights are smart solar lights. Clean energy of 9,915 watts, equivalent to 1,840 bulbs, is produced here, all of which serves to reduce greenhouse gases and electricity usage.