A 2012 Guide to Christmas in Hong Kong

A GUIDE TO CHRISTMAS IN HONG KONG 2012

Although it’s not traditionally a Chinese holiday–Hong Kongers love to celebrate Christmas. Forget decking the halls, the whole city becomes transformed with giant Christmas trees, holiday lights and mall displays galore.

Many of the most popular tourist places also hold special Christmas events.

And while you certainly won’t find a White Christmas here, neither will you find a lack of Christmas spirit.  It’s no wonder CNN listed Hong Kong in the Top 10 Places to Spend Christmas.

Here are some of the many events in Hong Kong to bring you cheer this Christmas season

A Brilliant Tiffany Holiday

This Christmas, Statue Square is yet again being bedazzled by Tiffany’s diamonds and signature blue color. This year they will feature an 18-meter tree as well as the beloved fantasy carousel.

A GUIDE TO CHRISTMAS IN HONG KONG 2012

Similar to last year, there will be other activities such as Santa’s House, Bridge of True Love, Tiffany Funland and Tiffany Candyshop–all for a fee. There will also be various entertainment performances held there throughout the Christmas season.

Date: 24 November 2012 – 1 January 2013
Time: 3:00 pm – midnight
Where: Statue Square, Central
How to get there: MTR Central Station Exit K

Bling Bling Christmas in the Sky at sky100

Sky100 already offers a stunning 360 view of Hong Kong’s skyline, but with all the Christmas lights shining bright, it’s even more a reason to visit. Last year sky100 was a Christmas sweets paradise, but this year they’re going to bring the bling.  At the top of the observation tower there will be plenty of “bling” decorations including the Bling Bling Sparkling Ferris Wheel, Bling Bling Christmas Avenue and Bling Bling Santa Chair.

Date: 15 November 2012 to 2 January 2013
Where: ICC, Kowloon
Website can be found here

How to get there: MTR Kowloon Station Exits C and D

Love Christmas at The Peak

The Peak is always romantic, but this Christmas it will be even more so with love-themed decorations everywhere. Don’t forget to make a wish at the lovers heart-shaped stand!

Date: 9 November 2012 to 2 January 2013
Where: Mid Levels, Hong Kong
Website can be found here
How to get there: MTR Central Station Exit J2. Walk north to the Peak Tram Terminus 

Hong Kong Disneyland Sparkling Christmas

Main Street U.S.A. has transformed into a winter wonderland. Come see Mickey and the gang during the “Toy-riffic Street Party” or stay for the magical tree lighting ceremony. As usual, Disney has a variety of street performers and entertainment, as well as an assortment of holidays gifts and festive food.

A GUIDE TO CHRISTMAS IN HONG KONG 2012

Where else can you see it snow in Hong Kong?!

Date: 15 November 2012 to 1 January 2013
Where: Hong Kong Disneyland, Lantau Island
Website can be found here
How to get there: MTR Disneyland Resort Line

Ngong Ping 360 Musical Winter Wonderland 2012

Ngong Ping Village will turn into an outdoor music festival. Here you can enjoy many performances from choirs, a cappella groups, and the like, all while taking in beautiful nature scenery.

Date: 15 December 2012 to 1 January 2013
Where: Ngong Ping, Lantau Island
Website can be found here
How to get there: MTR Tung Chung Station

Noah’s Ark Hong Kong Christmas Popping Fun 2012

Noah’s Ark will celebrate Christmas through sensory overload. There will be carolers and dance performances to feast your eyes and ears on. If it’s a feast for your stomach you’re looking for, you can take part in building gingerbread houses and eating popcorn with your loved ones. From coffee to mango, there are 30 unexpected popcorn flavors to try!

Date: 8 December 2012 to 1 January 2013
Where: Ma Wan, New Territories
Website can be found here
How to get there: MTR Tsing Yi Station Exit C. There is a bus terminus that services Noah’s Ark.

Ocean Park Christmas Sensation 2012

Santa Cosplay is the highlight of this year’s Ocean Park celebration. Here you can meet Santas from around the globe, as well as a few uniquely dressed Santas. There will also be a few Christmas themed shows such as Santa Academy and family activities such as the DIY Penguin Christmas House Dessert Making Workshop.

A GUIDE TO CHRISTMAS IN HONG KONG 2012

It’s fun for the whole family–so why not join Whiskers and his friends to celebrate Christmas this year!

Date: 15 December 2012 to 1 January 2013
Where: Aberdeen, Hong Kong Island
Website can be found here
How to get there: MTR Admiralty Station Exit B. Take the 629 bus to Ocean Park.

New Town Plaza Starlight Romance Christmas Illumination Show

Over 100,000 LED lights synchronized to Christmas music and a magical Starlight Garden are the highlights of New Town Plaza’s Christmas display this year.

Date: 2 November 2012 to 1 January 2013
How to get there: MTR Shatin Station Exit A 

Love is All Around @ Harbour City

Giant carousels and Christmas trees light up Victoria Harbour outside of Harbour City.

Date: 6 November 2012 to 1 January 2013
How to get there: MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station Exit A1 

1881 Heritage – Holiday Magic at the Heritage

A display of gigantic proportions, a 10-meter rotating Christmas tree and a 5-meter teddy bear are on display at 1881 Heritage. On Christmas Eve they will also be featuring a cappella and choir performances.

Date: 19 November 2012 to 8 January 2013
How to get there: MTR East Tsim Sha Tsui Station Exit L6

Times Square LEGO® 80th Anniversary Xmas Villages

Hong Kong may not have a traditional Christkindl Marktbut they do have European Christmas Villages crafted from over 2,000 LEGO figurines and giant LEGO models!

Date: 16 November 2012 to 2 January 2013
How to get there: MTR Causeway Bay Station Exit A

Illuminated Forest @ Langham Place

Langham has transformed into an enchanted forest covered in snow. Besides skipping through snowflakes and icicle lights, you can meet furry winter creatures such as polar bears, caribou, and penguins.

A GUIDE TO CHRISTMAS IN HONG KONG 2012

Date: 13 November 2012 to 1 January 2013
How to get there: MTR Mong Kok Station Exit B2 

ifc mall’s Fantasy Forest

Similar to Langham, ifc is also taking part with the fantasy forest theme. Christmas trees, hundreds of woodland animals and a Reindeer tree centerpiece are all crafted from textiles and yarn this season at ifc.

Date: 22 November 2012 to 2 January 2013
How to get there: MTR Hong Kong Station Exit F

The Nutcracker

The classic story of the Nutcracker is being performed by the Hong Kong Ballet–only this version has a twist with a dance number showcasing 21st century jazz choreography.

Date: 14 December 2012 to 26 December 2012
Where: Hong Kong Cultural Centre’s Grand Theatre, Tsim Sha Tsui
Website can be found here for more information and tickets
How to get there: MTR East Tsim Sha Tsui Station Exit L6

Great Eagle Festive Series: Harry’s Christmas Featuring Hong Kong Philharmonic

Come and enjoy music by the Hong Kong Philharmonic, before joining in with Harry’s Christmas Sing-along of all your favorite carols.

Date: 23 December 2012 and 24 December 2012
Where: Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall, Tsim Sha Tsui
Website can be found here for more information and tickets
How to get there: MTR East Tsim Sha Tsui Station Exit L6

Other Christmas Pointers…

  • If you’d love to hear some Christmas carols but maybe can’t afford tickets to Harry’s Christmas, don’t fear! There are schools who put on free Christmas performances and plenty of groups who wander the streets Christmas Eve caroling. Just follow your ears and enjoy the free show.

A GUIDE TO CHRISTMAS IN HONG KONG 2012

  • With all of the Christmas lights on skyscrapers, the Victoria Harbour skyline shines even more brightly during Christmas. Even if you’ve seen the skyline before, take another look. Symphony of Lights also incorporates the Christmas lights making it even better than usual. (Honestly, the first time I saw Symphony of Lights was during Christmas and I was pretty wowed. The next time I saw it was in July and I was hardly impressed–Christmastime makes all the difference!)
  • That being said, go on a Symphony of Lights cruise, Star Ferry or The Big Bus Night Tour to get a better view of all the lights and decorations.
  • Hong Kong is always a big shopping destination, but don’t expect any Christmas deals! Unlike in the US, prices actually increase right before Christmas in HK. So if you’re planning to hit up the malls, go to enjoy the Christmas displays rather than actual shopping. And if you need to buy Christmas gifts, try shopping at smaller stores or markets instead.
  • Hong Kong restaurants also change their menu to embrace the holiday season, so enjoy some of the seasonal specialties!

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What fun Christmas events are taking place where you live? How will you celebrate this season?

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