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. This year due to the pandemic though, visitor numbers are drastically reduced, for those that can make it to Hong Kong or are already here, this is the perfect time to enjoy the fantastic holiday spirit without the usual crowds.
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. The arrangements, lights and decorations are getting fancier and more elaborate each year, as hotels and
shopping centers try to outdo each other...
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.
All the buildings along the water are richly decorated
Christmas in Hong Kong 2020
Plan Your Stay
Holiday Highlight Events
The following Holiday events have been confirmed for 2020, we will be adding to the list as they trickle in...
- Kissmas In Town at New Town Plaza - November 6, 2020 - January 3, 2021
- "beautiful: find your Christmas sparkle" at IFC Mall - November 23, 2020 - January 1, 2021
- Festive Illuminations at Tsim Sha Tsui East - November 5, 2020 to January 1, 2021
- Countdown to a White Christmas at 1881 Heritage - November 11, 2020 to January 10, 2021
- The Upper House Christmas Market - November 29, 2020
- Pop Up Christmas Market at the Landmark - Now until December 31, 2020
- Winter Wonderland at A1A Vitality Park in the Waterfront - December 1, 2020 - February 1, 2021
- Ahoy! The Steamship Santa Adventure at Pacific Place - November 19, 2020 - January 2, 2021
- A Disney Christmas - November 21, 2020 - January 1st
- Discovery Bay Sunday Holiday Markets - November 22 and December 6, 2020
- It's Christmas Time at Times Square - November 26, 2020 to January 3, 2021
- Feel The Christmas Kisses at Citygate Outlets - November 30, 2020 to January 3, 2021
- Christmas Every Day at Harbour City - December 3, 2020 to January 3, 2021
- Peppa Pig Christmas Carnival at Plaza Hollywood - November 18, 2020 to January 3, 2021
- Christmastime @ Stanley Plaza - Weekends in December: 12-13, 19-20, 26-27
- K11 Musea Christmas Village Pop Up - Select dates in December
- Lan Kwai Fong Christmas and New Year's Eve Street Party - December 24 and 31, 2020
- Hong Kong Mega ShowCase - December 24 - 27, 2020 Christmas and New Year's shopping on steroids!
- New Year's Eve Fireworks and Celebrations - December 31, 2020
Holiday Concerts and Entertainment
Top Picks Christmas Events for Kids and Families
What's On This Christmas in Hong Kong...
Holiday Hours - What's Open And Closed
The Christmas and New Year Holiday period starts towards the end of November, is in full swing in mid-December and culminates with the New Year's Countdown on January 1st.
December 25 and 26 are public holidays, as well as New Year's Day January 1st Like all public holidays in Hong Kong, government offices and schools will be closed on these days but shopping centers, restaurants, attractions, markets, etc. remain open throughout the period.
In many cases special holiday hours will apply during the Christmas and New Year period. In the case of attractions, that means later closing times, shopping centers and malls maintain their usual hours, normally from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm., markets expand their hours from their normal schedules to capitalize on the increased traffic.
Most restaurants and hotels will be running special menus and events during the period. Needless to say, if you are planning on dining out on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, New Year's Day, reservations are a must!
Public Holidays December 25 - 26 and January 1st
Shopping centers and malls
Attractions and Theme Parks
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...
And as you head towards Tsim Sha Tsui East, this area puts on the yearly Festive Illuminations display, don't miss the humongous LED multimedia video walls with happy holiday wishes and the sea of snowflakes and happy greetings in Mody Lane.
Here are some wonderful displays thorugh the years...
Christmas Lights and Displays Island Side
If you are on the Island side, your starting point is of course Statue Square, where the city's centrepiece awaits (PLEASE NOTE: The HKTB has announced that there will not be a Christmas tree installation in Statue Square in 2020) and by the Observation Wheel at the waterfront, 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...
Kissmas In Town at New Town Plaza
Christmas traditions have it that couples should kiss as they pass underneath a sprig of mistletoe. This year, New Town Plaza is making it possible for all lovebirds in town. From 6th November to 3rd January, New Town Plaza opens its gates and welcomes all to its mistletoe-themed, 1,000-square-feet Christmas scenic spot Kissmas In Town.
The set design took inspiration of one of London's most iconic Christmas attractions, as well as a 300-year-old classic landmark: Covent Garden.
Five scenic spots nestled in the 1,000sqft Covent Garden-inspired decor will send lovebirds off to the historical London landmark for a White Christmas.
When?: November 6, 2020 - January 3, 2021
Where?: New Town Plaza in Sha Tin - Entrance Arena, 1/F, Phase 1
How Much?: Free
"beautiful: find your Christmas sparkle" at IFC Mall
Visitors will see a six-metre Christmas bauble sparkle at the oval atrium along with a sensory light show titled "Spread the Glow" paired with a symphony every half-hour.
To enhance the holiday experience, visitors can use their smartphones to create a personalised digital Christmas town right in the palm of their hands. Through an AR technology-enabled website, they can decorate their town with Christmas trees, little houses and snowmen, and watch it instantly come to life through a festive greeting video to share with friends and family.
When?: November 23, 2020 - January 1, 2021
Where?: Oval Atrium, Podium Level One, IFC Mall
How Much?: Free
Hong Kong Disneyland's 15th Anniversary: Magical Christmas Celebration at Lee Gardens
The Lee Gardens Area will transform into a joyful, magical celebration this Christmas. In addition to installations paying tribute to Hong Kong Disneyland's 15th Anniversary Celebration and the long-anticipated Castle of Magical Dreams, Mickey, Minnie and their friends will also greet you in their new 15th anniversary costumes. Join them at three different whimsical photo check-ins to celebrate the season and the Resort's anniversary, including a glittering 3-meter Christmas Tree, a 5-meter Snow Globe shaped like Mickey's head and a Magical Christmas Town.
When?: Early December 2020 - January 10, 2021
Where?: Hysan Place, Lee Garden Two and Lee Theatre Plaza
How Much?: Free
Festive Illuminations at Tsim Sha Tsui East
Organized by the Tsim Sha Tsui East Property Developers Association, the "Tsim Sha Tsui East Festive Illuminations" event is celebrating its 38th anniversary this year. The glittering illuminations turn Victoria Harbour into a sparkling attraction and fill the holiday season with thanks and blessings.
Come and walk along the stunning Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, explore the 12 fun snap spots, enjoy scrumptious food, shop for the best holiday gifts and don't forget to spend time enjoying the unique spacious open area at Tsim Sha Tsui East!
And don't miss the massive Christmas LED Video Wall at Tsim Sha Tsui Centre & Empire Centre, the multimedia LED facade will turn into the largest "dance machine" Hong Kong has ever seen. Citizens will be invited to dance along the eye-catching festive animation and enjoy themselves in this citywide Christmas party.
When?: November 5, 2020 to January 1, 2021
Where?: Tsim Sha Tsui East
How Much?: Free
Countdown to a White Christmas at 1881 Heritage
1881 Heritage has been magically transformed into a winter wonderland this Holiday Season! As soon as you enter the Grand Piazza, you and your loved ones will be warmly greeted by an adorable family of giant polar bears ready for your snuggles.
An extravagantly decked out Christmas tree sits at the center of the piazza surrounded by beautifully wrapped gift boxes filled with festive delights and surprises. Get into the spirit of the holidays and visit 1881 Heritage this winter for an unforgettable white Christmas.
When?: November 11, 2020 to January 10, 2021
Where?: 1881 Heritage on Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
How Much?: Free
K11 Musea Christmas Village Pop Up
This season, see your Christmas dreams come alive with cultural, art, and festive happenings at K11 MUSEA to awaken your holiday spirit. Be transported away at the authentic Christmas Market, immerse in a transformative light and sound experience at the Globoscope, and enjoy the theatrical Santa Muse Parade that will be sure to awaken your holiday spirit!
See your cherished Christmas traditions and memories come alive in warm, glowing scenes lit by fairy lights stocked with piles of artisanal crafts, seasonal lifestyle products and gourmet delicacies from Europe. Finish your Christmas shopping and get that perfect dreamy holiday snapshot all at the Christmas Village Pop-up!
When?: December 4 - 6, 11 - 13, 17 - 27, 2020
Where?: K11 MUSEA, K11 Art & Cultural Centre - 6F Tsim Sha Tsui
How Much?: Free
Discovery Bay Sunday Holiday Markets
Handmade Hong Kong brings together the crafting community of Hong Kong to inspire making and creating and at the Sunday Holiday Markets you can expect to find all sorts of beautiful hand-crafted one-of-a-kind items, from jewelry, plush toys, arts and crafts, clothing, indoor and outdoor plants, teas, baked goods and delicacies... it's a fabulous space to browse for that special something for the holidays!
When?: - November 22 and December 6, 2020 - 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
Where?: Discovery Bay Plaza
It's Christmas Time @ Times Square
It's Christmas Time! This winter, Times Square joins forces with urban oasis specialist Botanic Union, to present an ornately green Christmas with cultural experiences and many shopping rewards surprises. Discover a green Christmas utopia at the heart of Causeway Bay without the traveling to the suburbs. The atrium on the second floor of Times Square and the Open Piazza on the ground floor will transform into a Christmas greenery; showcasing the Hong Kong's largest 15-meter high elegant Christmas chandelier, a 27-meter-long festive garden area, and a 2.5-meter-tall box planted Christmas tree and more.
Make this Christmas celebration merrier by visiting Botanic Union and Mr Simms limited-time pop up stores! At Botanic Union, you can bring home specialty plants and holiday decorations from all over the world; at Mr Simms, a traditional candy store from the UK, you can discover over a hundred types of European sweets and chocolates (oh, and Christmas candy canes for sure)!⠀
When?: November 26, 2020 thru January 3, 2020
Where?: Times Square
Peppa Pig Christmas Carnival at Plaza Hollywood
This Christmas, Peppa Pig and her family and friends will dress in winter looks and host the "Peppa Pig Christmas Carnival" at Plaza Hollywood. The first Peppa Pig Bumper Car Zone will also be installed to share joy and love to everyone!
There will be four check-in hotspots including the Peppa Pig Christmas Theater, a 5-meter-high dazzling Christmas tree, the Dream Reindeer Gift Car and a Gift Party Station.
When?: - November 18, 2020 to January 3, 2021
Where?: Plaza Hollywood 1F at 3 Lung Poon Street, Diamond Hill, Kowloon
Feel The Christmas Kisses at Citygate Outlets
This year at Citygate Outlets you are invited to "Feel the Christmas Kisses", meet Kissy Christmas Elves in a 6m-tall Kissy Tree House,
snap your best shots in Four Instagrammable Woodland-themed Scenes, send a Christmas Tag printed with Your Kisses from the Holographic Kissy Post Office and redeem Sweet Christmas Rewards including Christmas Kisses Online Workshops,
Christmas Gifts from renowned brands and up to HK$800 Cash Coupons from designated merchants
When?: - November 30, 2020 to January 3, 2021
Where?: Citygate Outlets
Christmas Every Day at Harbour City
Harbour City's Christmas displays are legendary, this year they don't disappoint, and what's more, even if you are not here, you can take part and take your snapshots at any of the twelve Christmas Photo Hotspots as if you were here.
This year, many of the Christmas installations have moved outdoors to the very spacious Ocean Terminal Deck which has been transformed into a "Christmas Lighting Garden" and a "Christmas Camp Fire". The entrance of the mall has turned into a "Beary Christmas Shop".
There's the music shows, interactive colouring games, and online Santa Meet & Greet.
When?: - December 3, 2020 to January 3, 2021
Where?: Harbour City
Christmastime @ Stanley Plaza
Enjoy your Christmastime at Stanley Plaza with an array of festive booths featuring wonderful gifts and seasonal goodies. Shop over 30 festive pop up stores placing at various floors of Stanley Plaza as well as Murray House selling all kinds of festive gifts.
When?: Weekends in December: December 12-13, 19-20, 26-27, 2020 - noon to 8:00 pm
Where?: Stanley Plaza. Here's how to get to Stanley
How Much?: No Admission Charge
Pop Up Christmas Market at Landmark
Find yourself enchanted by a traditional European Christmas Market experience.
From now till Dec 31, enjoy the Christmas Market at LANDMARK, a magical one-stop shop for checking off your gifting list. Visit now and get into the festive spirit.
When?: Now until December 31, 2020
Where?: The Landmark Atrium - 3F
How Much?: Free
The Upper House Christmas Market
Tatler and The Upper House invite you to celebrate this year’s Christmas with culinary experiences, live entertainment and curated shopping.
This year, Tatler celebrates the holidays with the debut of Hong Kong's most exclusive Christmas market - an immersive journey that'll take you from a luxury retail wonderland at The Lawn all the way up to the iconic hotel's 49th floor, where a spectacle of immersive experiences, gorgeous gift ideas and culinary journeys await.
Bring your friends and family for a fun day out—and shop from some of your favourite brands, just in time for the holidays!
When?: Sunday, November 29, 2020 - 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Where?: The Upper House, Pacific Place at 88 Queensway, Admiralty
How Much?: HK 100, redeemable for food credit from Level 6 vendors at The Upper House
Winter Wonderland at A1A Vitality Park in the Waterfront
Witness the spectacular Hong Kong winter lights skyline from the very top of the Wheel. After your ride, go saunter along the glittering AIA Vitality Park to soak up the atmosphere with your loved ones. Enjoy our many fun activities including a classic carousel.
When?: December 1, 2020 - February 1, 2021
Where?: A1A Vitality Park and the Observation Wheel in the Waterfront
How Much?: Tickets for the Observation Wheel are HK20 for adults, HK10 for children (3-11) and seniors, private gondola HK160, Carousel HK30, combo packages available.
A Disney Christmas
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...
And this year it is extra special as Hong Kong Disneyland celebrates its 15th Anniversary with the opening of the newly remodeled castle: the Castle of Magical Dreams, the first of its kind in Disney's history!
What's more, you don't want to miss the magnificent Christmas Tree, the parties, the parades and of course the light-up ceremonies!
When?: November 21, 2020 - January 1st
Where?: Disneyland Hong Kong
How Much?: Christmas events included with admmission ticket
Remember you can buy discount tickets online at Klook.com:
HK Disneyland Discount Tickets Adult
HK639 HKD580 US$75, Children HK475 HKD435 US$56
More Info and Booking at Klook.com
Ahoy! The Steamship Santa Adventure at Pacific Place
Ahoy! Christmas has Set Sail! The Steamship Santa is en route from the North Pole and will soon be docking at Pacific Place.
What's coming? From adorable arctic animals, Christmas markets and festive workshops, to sacks brimming with amazing presents, exhilarating surprises, to a never-before-seen AR experience at Santa's Cabin!
Join in for a once-in-a-lifetime Christmas adventure. All aboard!
When?: November 19, 2020 - January 2, 2021
Where?: Pacific Place
How Much?: Santa's Cabin HK$90+, Elf Workshops HK$150
Lan Kwai Fong Christmas and New Year's Eve 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, 2020
Where?: Streets of Lan Kwai Fong. Take the MTR to Central Station Exit D2, on to Theatre Lane and up D'Aguilar Street.
Hong Kong Mega ShowCase
Christmas shopping on steroids! One mega event Ten Mega Themed Zones
combined under one roof, open to the
public, the largest Christmas indoor carnival in Hong Kong.
The Hong Kong Mega ShowCase is one big indoor festival that takes place at the Hong Kong Convention Centre every year just around Christmas
time and combines several major expos and theme trade shows that are held concurrently, all under one roof for a total of ten themed zones:
- Hong Kong Homex
- Hong Kong Car Show
- Hong Kong Food Festival
- Hong Kong e-Expo
- Beauty and Health
- Books, Gifts and Toys
- Trendy Fashion and Accessories
- Baby and Kids
- DIY Crafts and Creativity
- Pioneer Zone
When? December 24 - 27, 2020
Where? Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How Much? HK$20 this covers entrance to all zones and mega events
Holiday Concerts and Entertainment
Hong Kong Ballet: The Nutcraker
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 17 - 27, 2020
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 Fantasia
Apollo Wong leads The Hong Kong Children’s Choir and Hong Kong Philharmonic Chorus, together with the HK Phil, in a beautiful programme of sacred and secular music in a Christmas Fantasia.
Programme features The Nutcracker selections, Anderson's Christmas Festival, Handel's Messiah: Hallelujah and more.
When? December 24, 2020 - 8:00 pm
Where? Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall
How Much? HK$220, HK280, HK$380, HK$480
For Ages 6 and Above
Hong Kong Philharmonic's A Viennese New Year
Renowned soprano Louise Kwong performs arias from operas by Verdi and Johann Strauss II, while the Waltz King Johann Strauss II transforms the concert hall into a ballroom with his stunning dance music. Ages 6 and above.
Programme features Rossini's William Tell Overture, J. Strauss' Kaiser-Walzer and Masked Ball: Quadrille, and more.
When? December 30 - 31, 2020 - 7:00 pm
Where? Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall
How Much? HK$220, HK280, HK$380, HK$480
More Christmas Cheer...
Check out some of this year's beautiful Christmas decorations throughout Hong Kong, follow our Pinterest board!
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