While children across the world are waiting for Christmas to come in the next few weeks, shoppers in Phuket are already dreaming of next year’s holiday after Central Pattana announced its THB 20 billion Central Phuket mall is already under construction with the shopping centre expected to open before Christmas in 2017, according to local media.

The newest Central mall sits on 111 rai and is located at the Darasamuth Intersection. Central Festival Phuket is just across the way from the new shopping centre and the two will be linked by pedestrian skybridge complete with a travelator to ensure guests can get back and forth easily.

“Central Phuket will house world-class service and world-class merchandise to serve urban lifestyle needs for Thais and foreigners. It will be the only place that will perfect the tourist destination concept, the real ultimate gateway for Phuket,” Dr. Nattakit Tangpoonsinthana, Executive Vice President of Marketing at Central Pattana, says. “Investment for this project is THB 20 billion. Construction has begun and we expect it to be open for business in December 2017.”

Central Phuket, dubbed a mega mall by locals, will be able to accommodate 4,150 cars as well as more than 4,000 motorbikes. The mall also has a unique design with three main concept areas to entertain shoppers.

“The Mystic Forest, which will cover 5 rai, will combine modern technology with Thai culture and transform the green area into a magical and heavenly garden. This area will have activities ranging from relaxation to adventure. It is a must visit destination when you are in Phuket,” Dr. Nattakit explains to the Phuket News. “There will be more places to eat to choose from, including bars and bistros, lifestyle restaurants, family restaurants, cafes and bakeries, a food park and takeout food options.”