Hong Kong Christmas 2017

Best of this WinterFest Season
Hong Kong Christmas Tree and Decorations Central

Christmas is such a wonderful time to visit Hong Kong. As if Victoria Harbour wasn't striking enough on a normal day, during holiday time it really comes to life with the glittering lights that decorate every corner of the territory.

Christmas might not be a typical Chinese holiday but the territory certainly embraces any chance to celebrate, shop and enjoy great food, and Hong Kong is clearly a magnet to visitors during this season.

Shopping centres, hotels, theme parks, streets, plazas, buildings along the harbour, will all be oozing in lights, glitz, extravagant displays and holiday cheer.

The Christmas decorations start making their way just as the Halloween goblins and pumpkins are being taken down.

Seems like they are coming earlier each year, but one thing is for sure, the arrangements, lights and decorations are getting fancier and more elaborate, as hotels and shopping centers try to outdo each other...

Christmas Decorations at Harbour City
Christmas Decorations at Harbour City

The Christmas lights are of course one of the attractions of the season, most of the buildings on the harbour front are brightly decorated. An evening Harbour Cruise during the season is truly a breathtaking experience.

Buildings in the Harbourfront richly decorated for Christmas
All the buildings along the water are richly decorated

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What's On This Christmas in Hong Kong...

Hong Kong WinterFest

Hong Kong WinterFest

Hong Kong WinterFest is the series of events sponsored by the Hong Kong Tourism Board which kick-off late November/early December and run up until the New Year's Countdown on January 1st.

One of the highlights is the centrepiece in Central's Statue Square, which becomes the season's icon and is always a stunner.

Theme and commercial sponsors vary from year to year, so it's always a very much anticipated surprise of what the current season will bring.

We have had some real dazzlers in previous years. We can all recall the 30-metre crystal beauty presented by Swarovski encrusted with over 20 million pieces of Swarovski crystals, and Tiffany's indulgent Treasures complete with fairy-tale merry-go-rounds...

More recently Bvlgari's Serpenti, a 50,000 LED light-art installation, was quite the sight in Statue Square...

And so every year, the landmark centerpiece is a widely anticipated event, it could be a specially commisioned piece of art, a strikingly decorated christmas tree or something or other that will certainly bring the spirit of the season to the fore.

2017 Hong Kong WinterFest Christmas Centerpiece

When? Mid-November to January 1st, 2018
Where? Central's Statue Square, Winterfest events throughout the territory
How to Get There? Take the MTR to Central Station, exit Statue Square and follow the crowds...
How Much? There is no admission fee

Follow The Christmas Lights... Hong Kong Fabulous Christmas Displays

These are some of our favourite places to get into the spirit of the holiday. Themes may vary from year to year, but every time, no exception, they go all out and put extravagant displays, some with live music acts and entertainment, interactive games for kids, or simply fantastic lights and decorations. Warning... watch out for extreme crowds during the holiday season!

Christmas Lights and Displays In Tsim Sha Tsui

If you are in the Tsim Sha Tsui side, you can start your walk at Harbour City, the largest shopping center in the city and conveniently located right next to the Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry then follow the glitter towards the waterfront... More striking displays at 1881 Heritage, the Peninsula Hotel, and along the water, stop and admire the fantastic skyline which will be beautifully illuminated...

Christmas Decorations at Harbour City

Lavish Christmas Displays at Harbour City, the largest Shopping Center in Hong Kong

Christmas Decorations at 1881 Heritage Mall

The 1881 Heritage Mall transforms itself into a magic wonderland every year

Christmas Decorations at The Peninsula Hotel

...The Peninsula Hotel, the Grand Dame in all its glory...

Christmas Lights Victoria Harbour Waterfront

Don't miss a stroll along the Promenade where you can take in the awe-inspiring skyline, all decked up in bright holiday lights

Hong Kong Pulse 3D Light Show

Pulse: Hong Kong's 3D Light Show in the Harbourfront by the Clocktower

Christmas Decorations at Elements Mall in Hong Kong

If you're catching the Airport Express at Kowloon Station, the Elements Mall sits right above

And while you're here, check out the times for Pulse, the 3D Light Show at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.

Pulse: Hong Kong's 3D Light Show in the Harbourfront

Hong Kong Pulse is a great FREE show with spectacular 3D audiovisual effects in the Kowloon harbourfront at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre and the TST Clock Tower, just a short walk from the Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry station and the Avenue of the Stars.

In December, the show runs through the Winterfest season and the theme is of course holiday related. There are several nightly sessions, each 8 minutes long.

When?: December 1 - 28, 2017 - 8:20pm, 8:40pm, 9:00pm, 9:20pm and 9:40pm nightly
Where?: Hong Kong Cultural Centre and Clock Tower
How Much?: FREE

Christmas Lights and Displays Island Side

If you are Island side, your starting point is of course Statue Square, where the Winterfest centerpiece awaits, but also check out the fantastic displays at the shopping centers. Here are some of the most elaborate that go all out every year and worth checking out: The IFC Mall, The Landmark, Pacific Place, Times Square, Lee Tung Avenue...

Hong Kong Pulse 3D Light Show

Winterfest Centerpiece at Statue Square Central

Christmas Decorations at IFC Mall

IFC Mall

Christmas Tree and Decorations at The Landmark Mall Hong Kong

The Landmark

Christmas Decorations at Pacific Place

Pacific Place

Christmas Displays at Times Square

Times Square

Christmas Lights and Decorations at Lee Tung Avenue in Hong Kong

Lee Tung Avenue

Hong Kong Disneyland Sparkling Christmas

Christmas at Disneyland Hong Kong

Parades, Carols, Christmas Trees... The entire park is transformed into a wonderland full of the holiday cheer, shiny ornaments, dazzling lights, fluffy snow, bows, balls and garlands, holiday wreaths... all decorate every corner of this magical world and make it even merrier...

You don't want to miss the magnificent Christmas Tree, the parties, the parades, the light-up ceremonies and of course the fireworks.

When?: November 16, 2017 to January 1st 2018
Where?: Disneyland Hong Kong
How Much?: Included with Admission Ticket

Remember you can buy discount tickets online at Klook.com:

HK Disneyland Discount Tickets Adult HK589 HKD520 US$67, Children HK419 HKD375 US$48

More Info and Booking at Klook.com

Starlight Garden at New Town Plaza

New Town Plaza Christmas Starlight Garden

Starlight Garden at the New Town Plaza in Sha Tin always rises to the occasion during the Christmas holidays.

Each year, it brings a different display, light show or some other array that has become a highly anticipated crowd magnet.

One thing they all do have in common is the mesmerizing Instagram-worthy designs full of sparkle and brilliance.

When?: TBA, early December to mid-January
Where?: The New Town Center is located in Sha Tin, the New Territories, not exactly in the main central areas of Hong Kong but very well worth the trip. It is very easy to get there with the MTR (Sha Tin Station) and you can easily combine it with a visit to the colorful Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery. The displays are at the Outdoor Gardens on Level 7 of the New Town Center Shopping Mall.
How Much?: Free

Traditional German Christmas Market At Stanley

A Nutcracker at the Christmas Market

Sponsored by the German Consulate and the German Chamber of Commerce, this is as close as we get to the real thing!

Roasted chestnuts, mulled wine, sausages, handicrafts, Nutcrackers, beautiful ornaments and wonderful gifts... all in that fantastic Weihnachtsmarkt atmosphere!

When?: Weekends in December TBA - Noon to 8:00 pm
Where?: Stanley Plaza. Here's how to get to Stanley
How Much?: No Admission Charge

Ocean Park Hong Kong Christmas Sensation

Christmas at Ocean Park Hong Kong

Lots happening at Ocean Park during the holiday season...

There is always a holiday highlight, we've had stunning ice skating shows, Cyber Illusion Spectaculars and all sorts of spellbinding cutting-edge live entertainment!

And you can always count on the giant 70-foot Christmas tree at Waterfront Plaza, Christmas Candyland, the Holiday Street Shows at the Summit, Santa feeding the fish at the Grand Aquarium, and of course Christmas Menus, snacks, cakes and tons of souvenirs to highlight the season!

When?: Mid-December to early January
Where?: Ocean Park Hong Kong
How Much?: Included with Admission Ticket

Remember you can buy discount tickets online at Klook.com:
Ocean Park Discount Tickets Adult HK438 HKD380 US$49, Children HK219 HKD193 US$24

More Info and Booking at Klook.com

Lan Kwai Fong Christmas and New Year's Eve Street Party

Lan Kwai Fong Christmas Street Party

One huge street party...

As if this wasn't already the liveliest spot in Hong Kong, during the merry season Lan Kwai Fong goes all out with its renowned Christmas street party and then a week later, ready to do it again, to welcome the New Year.

Food, drink, entertainment... all restaurants, bars and clubs will be at capacity so reserve early!

When?: Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve December 24 and 31, 2017
Where?: Streets of Lan Kwai Fong. Take the MTR to Central Station Exit D2, on to Theatre Lane and up D'Aguilar Street.
How Much?: Varies

Night Views Panoramic Tour of Kowloon

Big Bus Night Tour of Kowloon

What best way to experience the Christmas lights and fantastic atmosphere than in the open top Big Bus Night Tour?! This is an ongoing tour offered throughout the year, but during the Christmas and Holiday season it is particularly breathtaking!

If you are already taking the Hop-On-Hop-Off, be sure to add the "Night Tour" Option which is only a couple of dollars more and well-worth it. You can also opt for the Night Tour only.

When? Every night
Where? You can board the Night Tour in Hong Kong Island or Kowloon:

  • Central Star Ferry Pier 7 at 6:15 pm
  • Peninsula Office Tower at 7:00 pm

How Much? Night Tour Tickets US$35 Klook.com Offer US$29 Choose the "Single Route Ticket"
More Info and Route: Big Bus Tours Hong Kong ››

Holiday Concerts and Entertainment

Hong Kong Ballet: The Nutcraker

Hong Kong Ballet: The Nutcracker

Christmas just isn't Christmas without The Nutcracker and a visit with Clara and her Prince, the Sugarplum Fairy, King Rat, the Snowflakes and all the fascinating characters from this favourite of childhood classic holiday entertainment.

Set to Tchaikovsky's iconic music with live accompaniment by the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, this is Hong Kong's ultimate family holiday tradition.

When?: Several performances December 15 - 26, 2017
Where?: Hong Kong Cultural Centre - Grand Theatre
How Much?: HK$180, $320, $480, $680, $1,000 (Limited VIP)
Suitable for ages 3 and above

Hong Kong Philharmonic's Christmas For The Family

Hong Kong Philharmonic New Year Concert

When? Saturday December 23, 2017 - 8:00 pm and Sunday December 24, 2017 - 3:00 pm

Where? Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall

How Much? HK$180, HK280, HK$380, HK$480

For Ages 3 and Above

More Info and Tickets: www.hkphil.org

Hong Kong Philharmonic's A Viennese New Year

Hong Kong Philharmonic New Year Concert

Blue Danube Waltz , Radetzky March and more...

David Angus conductor.

Like the spectacular Viennese celebration that inspires this always-sold-out performance, the concert will culminate in the Blue Danube Waltz and the Radetzky March (clapping and foot-stomping encouraged!). Ages 6 and above.

When? Saturday December 30, 2017 - 8:00 pm and Sunday December 31, 2017 - 3:00 pm
Where? Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall
How Much? HK$180, HK280, HK$380, HK$480

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More Christmas Cheer...

Check out some of this year's beautiful Christmas decorations throughout Hong Kong, follow our Pinterest board!

We want to thank you for your support and
wish you a safe and Merry Christmas to you and your family...
Happy travels and all the best in the coming year!

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