Xinyi to celebrate Christmas with global landmarks

By Mo Yan-chih  /  Staff reporter

Sat, Dec 14, 2013 - Page 3

Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Xinyi Plaza in the Xinyi District (信義) is to feature international landmarks and be illuminated in Christmas lights as part of this year’s Taipei City Government’s Christmas festivities starting this weekend, a spokesperson said.

“Taipei International Christmas City” will feature installation art pieces in the shape of Taipei 101, Yuan Zai (圓仔) — the first panda born at Taipei City Zoo, and world-famous tourist attractions, including New York’s Statue of Liberty, Paris’ Eiffel Tower, the Sydney Opera House and Moscow’s St Basil’s Cathedral.

At the launch of the Christmas activities, Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌), said that Taipei has become an international city that attracts a large number of visitors every year and added that he expects the planned activities will create a festive atmosphere for local residents and overseas visitors.

“Christmas is a time to share love and peace with friends and family, and we hope Taipei residents and visitors to the city can come to the plaza and enjoy the Christmas atmosphere over this period,” he said.

The Department of Information and Tourism said the city’s Christmas decorations will remain in place until Dec. 25, and that the lights will be turned on everyday at 6:30pm.

It added that there will be performances by domestic and international groups at the weekends.

On Christmas Eve, there will be an international Christmas carnival at the plaza.

People can participate in a game of treasure hunt and they will also receive gifts, the department said.

To promote the city’s public bicycle rental service — YouBike — a “Christmas delivery” service will be available from today until Dec. 22, allowing the public to apply to have their Christmas gifts delivered.

Staff from the event will deliver gifts riding the special YouBikes for the first 500 people who register for the service, according to the department.