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 2021
Plan Your Stay
Holiday Highlight Events
The following Holiday events have been confirmed for 2021, we will be adding to the list as they trickle in...
- Discovery Bay Sunday Holiday Markets - November 7 & 21, December 12 & 19, 2021
- Kakao Friends Christmas Carnival at Plaza Hollywood - November 4, 2021 to January 2, 2022
- Sweetmas Christmas Market at New Town Plaza - November 5, 2021 - January 2, 2022
- Festive Illuminations at Tsim Sha Tsui East - November 10, 2021 to January 2, 2022
- Christmas Terminal at Harbour City - November 18 to January 2, 2022
- Christmas Chocolate Carnival at Ngong Ping Village - November 18, 2021 to January 2, 2022
- A Disney Christmas - November 19, 2021 to January 2, 2022
- A Monchichi Christmas at Discovery Bay Ice Rink - Month of December
- Christmas House Market at The Upper House - December 4 - 5, 2021
- Christmas on Top of the World at Pacific Place - November 19, 2021 - January 2, 2022
- Christmas Joy House at Landmark - Now until early January 2022
- Christmas at 1881 Heritage - Now until early January 2022
- Orient Express Is Coming To Town at IFC Mall - December 9 - 23, 2021
- Citygate Outlets Jolly Christmas Markets - November 26, 2021 to January 2, 2022
- Christmastime @ Stanley Plaza - Weekends in December: December 11-12, 18-19, 24-27, 2021
- Sparkling Wonderland by Pucky at Times Square - November 25, 2021 to January 2, 2022
- Hong Kong Mega ShowCase - December 24 - 27, 2021 Christmas and New Year's shopping on steroids!
- Lan Kwai Fong Christmas and New Year's Eve Street Party - December 24 and 31, 2021
- New Year's Eve Countdown Celebrations - December 31, 2021
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. December 26 is on a Sunday in 2021, so the holiday will be observed on Monday December 27, 2021. 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 - 27, 2021 and January 1st 2022
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: Christmas tree installation in Statue Square for 2021 has not been announced) 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...
2021 Hong Kong Winterfest Christmas Town in West Kowloon Cultural District
This year, the city's signature mega Christmas Tree will be set up for the first time at the West Kowloon Cultural District which will draw the visitors to the newly opened M+ and Art Park on this side of Victoria Harbourfront. They also bring the European Christmas Town modelled after the renowned Christmas Market of Colmar, France.
The 20-meter hight tree will be surrounded by 8 Santa Lodges dotted by smaller Christmas trees, golden reindeers and antique lampposts. Festive music and lighting effects round up the European Christmas experience for all visitors.
2021 Hong Kong Christmas Displays, Events, Entertainment
Kakao Friends Christmas Carnival at Plaza Hollywood
This Christmas, Kakao Friends, the popular Korean characters, appeared in Hollywood Plaza, and the mall's atrium has been transformed into a "Kakao Friends Christmas Dreamland". Ryan, Apeach, Tube, Con, Muzi, Neo & Frodo and Jay-G together with Chun Zhi will be spending Christmas with you!
The Fest will be featuring many interactive game elements and play zones, including slides at "Ryan Flying Over the Pirate Ship" and bounce house at "Apeach Bouncing Coffee Cup".
When?: - November 4, 2021 to January 2, 2022
Where?: Star Plaza on the first floor at Plaza Hollywood, 1F at 3 Lung Poon Street, Diamond Hill, Kowloon
Sweetmas Christmas Market at New Town Plaza
This year New Town Plaza brings you a dreamy Christmas Market and Carnival with plenty of sweets and games. Don't miss the Ferris Wheel, Christmas Tree and six other selfie-check in spots. There will be the typical Carnival booth games, Toss the Ring, Fishing games, etc.
And of course, the Sweetmas Food Market, direct from Belgium with a fantastic selection of goodies, Godiva and all!
When?: November 5, 2021 - January 2, 2022
Where?: New Town Plaza in Sha Tin - Entrance Arena, 1/F, Phase 1
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 7 & 21, December 12 & 19, 2021 - 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
Where?: Discovery Bay Plaza
Festive Illuminations at Tsim Sha Tsui East
Every 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 multimedia LED Video Wall at Tsim Sha Tsui Centre & Empire Centre composed of 82,000 color-changing LED dots this year will display familiar Disney+ characters including Marvel Heroes and Star Wars.
The three flyovers at Mody Road will use Christmas cards as the lighting theme, surrounded by snowflakes to create a gorgeous winter atmosphere... At Wing On Square, Santa Claus puts on skates and gingerbread man presents gifts for everyone... And Royal Garden Hotel will hang 38 giant snowflakes with flickering dynamic effects, simply gorgeous...
When?: November 10, 2021 to January 2, 2022
Where?: Tsim Sha Tsui East
How Much?: Free
Christmas Terminal at Harbour City
Harbour City's Christmas displays are legendary and one of Hong Kong's must-see holiday attractions.
This year, Harbour City Ocean Terminal Forecourt turns into a "Christmas Terminal". Look forward to sharing the holiday season with a bunch of cute animals! The animals who haven't travelled for a long time were so excited that they dropped the travel items and Christmas decorations from their suitcases on the ground...
For the first time ever, Harbour City is inviting the public to attend the Lighting Ceremony on Thursday, 18 November. Proceeds to benefit the Hong Kong Blood Cancer Foundation. Reserve your spot here.
Come and board the giant suitcase "Charity Photo Zone" to enjoy the fascinating scenery and Christmas lights while raising funds for Hong Kong Blood Cancer Foundation!
When?: - November 18, 2021 to January 2, 2022
Where?: Harbour City Ocean Terminal Forecourt
Christmas Chocolate Carnival at Ngong Ping Village
Ngong Ping 360 is collaborating with beloved Italian chocolate brand Venchi to bring a chocolaty Christmas carnival to you during this festive season.
An Instagrammable giant chocolate-themed Christmas decoration will be set in Ngong Ping Village. Christmas game booths will welcome kids and families to join in the fun for a chance to win gifts.
When?: - November 18, 2021 to January 2, 2022
Where?: Ngong Ping Village. Here's more on Ngong Ping 360 and how to get there
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...
You don't want to miss the magnificent Christmas Tree, the parties, the parades and of course the light-up ceremonies!
When?: November 19, 2021 to January 2, 2022
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 HKD570 US$73, Children HK475 HKD435 US$56
Effective October 19, 2021 pricing for Peak Days Adult
HK699 HKD638 US$82, Children HK524 HKD488 US$62
More Info and Booking at Klook.com
A Monchichi Christmas at Discovery Bay Ice Rink
This holiday season, Discovery Bay Ice Rink partners with Japanese cartoon character Monchhichi to present the first Monchhichi-themed ice rink in Hong Kong, bringing guests an unparalleled skating experience.
Throughout December, Monchhichi decorations will be seen everywhere at DB Ice rink, and there will be various photo-worthy spots for guests to capture precious moments with Monchhichi.
Many holiday activities are planned including figure skating performances, songs and stories performed by skating school students on December 18 and 19, a figure skating show at 4:15 pm daily from December 20 - 26, 2021, Santa and Christmas Carols in the evening sessions on December 24 and 25 and a Christmas Skating Camp from December 25 - 27, 2021 and last but not least, a New Year's Eve Skating Countdown Party
to welcome 2022 in swirling style.
When?: Month of December
Where?: DB Plaza Ground Floor, Discovery Bay
How Much?: Admission for public skating session HK$60 weekdays, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day "Busking on the Ice" HK$100, Meet with Santa Skating session HK$80, Skating Countdown Party HK$100, Group and Semi-Private Skating Lessons available. Book at Klook.
Christmas House Market at The Upper House
The Upper House welcomes the festive season with the return of the popular House Market to The Lawn and Sky Lounge, offering a treasure trove of festive gifts, decorations and culinary treats.
Christmas House Market brings together a collection of homegrown brands specialising in locally made products with unique stories to tell. Sip on mulled wine, sample festive treats, try a Christmas wreath workshop, and browse the stalls as the little ones enjoy activities. From kids clothes, fragrances, and bamboo homeware to jewellery, artisan culinary products, and bottled spirits, you’ll find something for everyone on your Christmas list.
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?: December 4 - 5, 2021 - 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
Where?: The Lawn, Level 6 and Sky Lounge, Level 49 at The Upper House, Pacific Place at 88 Queensway, Admiralty
How Much?: FREE, 10% of profits from the Christmas House Market sales will be donated to Hong Kong Down Syndrome Association.
Christmas On Top Of The World at Pacific Place
Welcome to Mt. Christmas Resort! This year, Pacific Place is taking you on the vacation of a lifetime to Mt. Christmas Resort.
Head for the hills to the alpine retreat with the adorable Yeti family.
Take in the majestic views of the mountain, the thrills and spills of a virtual skiing adventure, online festive workshops, a fun Baby Yeti hunt for the kids and a one-of-a-kind AR Santa experience.
When?: November 19, 2021 - January 2, 2022
Where?: Pacific Place
How Much?: FREE, Workshops and Santa's Cabin TBA
Christmas Joy House at Landmark
Christmas is finally here at LANDMARK! Explore around the Christmas Joy House and meet our Toy Friends up close. They have been busy... Dinoshaun and the Pink Bobos are putting up the baubles, Dr. Zoom and Coco are firing up a delicious feast, while Teddy Paws is putting the final touches on the gifts. And the magical Merry Fairy is placing the star at the top of the tree.
Come and join in, hop onto the Slinky Slide, play with the fun, immersive experiences around the mall, shop for all the festive goodies and plushies to take home for you and your loved ones.
All proceeds will go directly to selected charities empowered by Hongkong Land HOMEFUND.
When?: Now until early January 2022
Where?: The Landmark Atrium
Christmas at 1881 Heritage
1881 Heritage has been magically transformed into a forest wilderness wonderland this Holiday Season! The gorgeous centerpiece in the Grand Piazza in dashing autumn and holiday colours will warmly greet you together with a collection of adorable forest animals, all decked out in their holiday best!
This former Old Marine Police Headquarters relic in a prime location in Canton Road with its Victorian flair is a must see this holiday season!
When?: Now to early January 2022
Where?: 1881 Heritage on Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
How Much?: Free
Orient Express Is Coming To Town at IFC Mall
This year, the Orient Express is coming to IFC Mall, taking you on a fascinating blast-from-the-past journey through locomotives with artefacts and historical displays, reliving the traveler experience on a train in the golden age.
Advance booking required on first come first served basis.
When?: December 9 - 23, 2021
Where?: Oval Atrium, Podium Level One, IFC Mall
How Much?: Free
Citygate Outlets Jolly Christmas Markets
The scent of cinnamon, the seasonal atmosphere and festive cheer, and row of Christmas trees adorned with dazzling lights - does that make you reminiscent of Christmas markets that populate the streets of Europe this time of a year? This winter, Citygate Outlets is celebrating the beloved tradition... let the Angels guide you to explore seven enchanted photo spots and hunt for hidden treasures in a digital interactive game.
The Outdoor Christmas Market, which will debut in December, will feature more than 40 unique stalls and live music performances for three consecutive weekends, making Christmas a truly memorable occasion!
When?: - November 26, 2021 to January 2, 2022
Where?: Citygate Outlets
Sparkling Wonderland by Pucky at Times Square
Get ready and discover the Sparkling Wonderland with numerous jolly lights that shine bright like a diamond! Take your time in the dreamy fairytale and indulge yourself with an array of fun activities!
Play Hide & Seek with Pucky Beanies, walk into the Christmas Tunnel, come dance with Flute Girl, step into the interactive zone and help the Beanies glow and shine, visit the Pucky Santa Poko and indulge with the festive ambiance!
Join the Symphony of Light with Pucky and be part of the extravaganza! Once per hour from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, twice per hour after 6:00 pm.
When?: November 25, 2021 to January 2, 2022
Where?: Times Square G/F Open Piazza and 2/F Atrium
Christmastime @ Stanley Plaza
Enjoy your Christmastime at Stanley Plaza with an array of festive booths featuring wonderful gifts and seasonal goodies at over 60 festive pop up stores, lots of theme games and activities, Santa meets... Stanley is that perfect place to get into the holiday spirit and take care of the shopping wish list!
When?: Weekends in December: December 11-12, 18-19, 24-27, 2021 - noon to 8:00 pm
Where?: Stanley Plaza. Here's how to get to Stanley
How Much?: No Admission Charge
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, 2021
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:
- Toys and Figure Zones
- Leisure Outdoor Activity and Gym Equipment Zone
- Hipster Pop-Up Street
- Beauty and Health Care Products
- Personal Care and Sanitizing
- Local Brands Bazaar
- Fashion Accesories
- Hong Kong Car Show
- Hong Kong Food Festival
When? December 24 - 27, 2021, Food Expo until December 28, 2021
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 11 - 26, 2021
Where?: Hong Kong Cultural Centre - Grand Theatre
How Much?: HK$180, $320, $480, $680, $1,000 (Limited VIP)
Suitable for ages 3 and above
A Magical Nighttime Symphony with the HK Phil at Hong Kong Disneyland
For the first time ever the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (The HK Phil) will join Mickey and friends with a live orchestra performance "A Magical Nighttime Symphony" in front of the majestic Castle of Magical Dreams where they will perform classic Disney and Christmas songs for a unique magical symphony experience.
Led by guest conductor Chiu Tsang-hei, the HK Phil will present a dazzling programme of popular Disney songs, such as "A Whole New World" and "Frozen Heart", alongside Christmas classics like "Joy to the World" and "Jingle Bells".
When? December 3 - 4, 2021
Where? Hong Kong Disneyland
How Much? Included with Park Admission. Register to win a free ticket to A Disney Christmas and the orchestral Disney music experience from November 9-15, winner announced November 19 (HK residents only)
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 Tchaikovsky, timeless melodies from Handel's Messiah, a musical visit from our neighbour Totoro, and tuneful treats from around the world, including all your favourite festive songs.
When? December 23 - 24, 2021 - 8:00 pm
Where? Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall
How Much? HK$220, HK280, HK$380, HK$480
For Ages 3 and Above
The Harmonics LGBTQIA+ Choir Hong Kong Concert - Love Endures
A concert of choral music presented by The Harmonics Choir Hong Kong, the largest local LGBTQIA+ and Allies community choir.
In the wake of the pandemic, the hush that fell over the performing arts and music industry left a loud silence over a global society already isolated by lockdowns, quarantines, and grief. As the light at the end of the tunnel draws near, The Harmonics Choir Hong Kong will emerge with a renewed and united voice of hope that we are eager to share. Join us for a celebration of human connection, collective power, and enduring love in a concert featuring songs in diverse languages, and of different eras, styles, and rhythms, as well as some magic Christmas music for the season!
When? December 15, 2021 - 8:00 pm and December 18, 2021 - 3:00 pm
Where? Methodist International Church (1st floor, the Sanctuary)
How Much? HKD250 (Regular) HKD200 (Student)
Hong Kong Philharmonic's New Year Celebration
We've got Viennese waltzes and sparkling polkas, stirring marches and beautiful love-songs. There's Spanish passion, French elegance, British pageantry and of course a generous selection of Hong Kong favourites too. It's all there for you to enjoy, stunningly performed by Principal Guest Conductor Yu Long and the HK Phil, plus special guests - two of Hong Kong's very finest vocalists, Yuki Ip and Samantha Chong, guitarist Xuefei Yang, and Yiwen Lu plays erhu. Join in, as we toast a new year with melodies that never get old.
When? December 30, 2021 - 8:00 pm
Where? Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall
How Much? HK$220, HK280, HK$380, HK$480
More Christmas Cheer...
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