Ready to deck the halls with boughs of holly? No? In that case, read on for a list of the best places to get Christmas decorations in Shenzhen.
Ikea's Christmas decorations are on the classy side: think minimalist ornaments and simply lit Christmas displays. Unadorned fake trees, priced from RMB199-599 depending on size, are also available in-store. To save yourself the trek, call 400-800-2345 in advance to check that items in the online catalog are still in stock. Conveniently, service is available in English and Chinese.
Olé is not a top decoration destination but they do sell plastic Christmas trees (RMB268-598), and apparently to warm reception: the Holiday Plaza location was out of stock by December 1 last year. Be sure to call ahead before you make the trip.
Or why not just get decorations delivered to your door?
Baopals.com is an English version of Taobao and Tmall, though what arrives on your doorstep may be of the cha bu duo quality if you don't check the product ratings carefully.
JD.com (Jingdong) has made a name for itself by mostly shipping (and checking for quality) the products it keeps in its own warehouses. Make sure you are buying directly from Jingdong before hitting 'purchase', though navigating the website will take some Chinese capability.
Combine shopping and adventure at what TripAdvisor ranks the number 108 most interesting thing to do in Shenzhen. Sellers may shout at you from the clustered seasonal shops and sure, they will sell you a single Christmas stocking – but be prepared to bargain when buying in bulk. Our guide to haggling in fake markets has some priceless advice on this.
If putting a tree in the corner and pasting snowflakes on the window is enough holiday cheer this season, a trip to Walmart will sort you out. Walmart's plastic trees come in a variety of heights, ranging in price from RMB30-300. Some come pre-decorated, according to a Walmart employee who stressed we really ought to just come down and see for ourselves instead of calling.