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SHANGHAI Times Square has been turned into a European Christmas Fantasy Garden with 10 Christmas trees and exhibits from 10 European countries.

The exhibit in the second-floor lobby features Christmas traditions of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland and Portugal.

The trees were lighted on December 3 in a ceremony joined by consuls general of the 10 European countries and Jiang Xiaolong, deputy director of Luwan District.

The European Fantasy Garden gives Shanghai residents a chance to experience traditional European Christmas festivals, says Cathy Hau, deputy general manager of Shanghai Times Square.

The exhibitions run through January 3. Also featured are Italian candles, Danish design jewels and Bulgarian rose products.

The shopping hub looks like the Christmas map of half of the European Union. The second-floor lobby is the "snowy" fanciful garden. A meandering green path draws visitors to the 10 trees and exhibitions.

The tree of Portugal is decorated with delicate gold threads of the country's northern classic art. The theme is "Heart from Portugal to Shanghai" and the colors are exuberant black and gold, signifying festival and fortune.

Under the tree are gold-thread handicrafts, porcelains and gifts wrapped in green and red for the audience.

The 3-meter-tall Netherlands Christmas tree is upside down. It's decorated with red, white and blue, the colors of the national flag. There are hundreds of colorful Christmas flowers and silk balls.

The 12 little white angels on the tree symbolize the creativity of the Dutch, while the beautiful tulips and clogs under the tree indicate tradition.

Denmark's tree is decorated with 24-carat sparkling gold ornaments by Georg Jensen.

As the country where many say the Christmas tree originated, Germany decorates its tree with porcelain balls and traditional candles.

The tree of Austria, where "Silent Night" was created, is intertwined with star-show lights. Belgium's tree is decorated with cookies and chocolates. The Irish tree is decorated by the children of Le Cheile, the Irish Community of Shanghai.

Date: through January 3, 10am-10pm

Address: 99 Huaihai Rd M.

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