Hong Kong Christmas 2018

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

Holiday Highlight Events

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, 2018 are public holidays, as well as New Year's Day January 1st, 2019. 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, 2018 and January 1st, 2019


Shopping centers and malls
Attractions and Theme Parks
Public Transportation


Government Offices
Post Offices
Public Libraries

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.

2018 Hong Kong WinterFest Christmas Centerpiece

This year's highlight is TBA.

When? TBC December 1st, 2018 to January 1st, 2019
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... 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 which are new this year and the sea of snowflakes in Mody Lane.

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

Christmas Displays Tsim Sha Tsui East

Tsim Sha Tsui East Festive Illuminations...

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?: Dates TBA - 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

2017 Christmas Lights and Displays (2018 TBA)

Harbour City "Christmas In The Air"

Christmas in the Air at  Harbour City

What?: A Christmas tradition, Harbour City's Christmas displays are legendary. This year's theme "Christmas in the Air" will offer not only the stunning visual feast Harbour City is well-known for but also a fantastic LED show, first of its kind, where a number of UAV drones will fly in different patterns over Victoria Harbour.
When?:November 21 - January 1, 2018 at 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
Where?: Ocean Terminal Forecourt, Harbour City
How Much?: FREE

Aerial Drone Show:
When?: Sundays from November 26 - December 26 and December 25 and 26, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Where?: Ocean Terminal Forecourt, Harbour City
How Much?: FREE
More info: www.harbourcity.com.hk.

Snoopy Celebrates Christmas at Times Square

A Snoopy Christmas at Times Square

What?: This Christmas, Snoopy will bring you his happy scenes at Times Square, sharing the joy and sending you all the best wishes.
When?:November 21 - December 26, 2017 - 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
Where?: G/F and 2/F, Times Square
How Much?: FREE

Snoopy Photo Booth:
When?: December 4- 29, 2017 - 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
Where?: Covered Piazza, Times Square
More info: Times Square FB page.

Pacific Place Christmas Spectacular

Pacific Place Christmas Theatre

What?: This Christmas, be transported to a magical theatreland as Pacific Place puts on a show like never before. Christmas Spectacular will set your yuletide spirit soaring with world-class performances of music and dance, dramatic stages adorned with thousands of sparkling Broadway lights, heartwarming gifts and show-stopping surprises.

Highlights include performances by the Hong Kong Ballet, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, The Hong Kong Bach Choir, Opera Hong Kong and Elia Astorino.
When?:November 24 - December 26, 2017 - Performance Schedule
Where?: Pacific Place Theatre at Garden Court, Level LG1, Pacific Place
How Much?: FREE

And of course no Christmas experience can be complete without having your photo taken with Santa, and Pacific Place will happily oblige. All proceeds are donated to Operation Santa Claus.
When?: November 24 - December 25, 2017
Where?: Pacific Place Level L1 (near Lane Crawford Home)
How Much?: HK80 - HK110 For entry up to 4, includes photo with Santa and a pack of candies.
More info: Pacific Place Christmas Spectacular.

Joy Out Of This World At IFC Mall

IFC Mall Christmas in Space

What?: A space-inspired carnival entitled "Christmas in Space", where Christmas trees become rocket ships and a gift-bearing Santa Claus becomes an astronaut, presents the theme of "beautiful: joy out of this world" and creates a heartwarming and lively ambience to celebrate Christmas beyond our own planet.
When?:November 13 - January 2, 2018
Where?: Podium Level 1 at IFC Mall
How Much?: FREE
More info: Christmas In Space at IFC Mall.

Jolly Rockin' Xmas at 1881 Heritage

Jolly Rockin' Xmas at 1881 Heritage

What?: To rekindle the childlike magic of this festive season, 1881 Heritage has transformed its Grand Piazza into a 13 meter high antique toy shop atop an elegant vintage rocking horse. Thrill yourself with rides on our different rocking horses or take a charming festive picture in different costumes with the rocking horses to capture beautiful memories.

Showcasing trio music performances, 1881 Heritage welcomes you and your loved ones to immerse yourself in traditional Christmas melodies and joyous atmosphere this festive season.
When?:November 19 - January 1, 2018 Performances on selected dates at 7:00 pm
Where?: Level 3 Landscape Deck 1881 Heritage
How Much?: FREE
More info: Jolly Rockin' Xmas at 1881 Heritage.

Greatest Christmas Show at Lee Tung Avenue

Lee Tung Avenue Greatest Christmas Show

What?: This year's Greatest Christmas Show at Lee Tung Avenue includes beautiful light displays with Starry Starry Light, Let It Snow at the Central Piazza, a Christmas Market, the Christmas Tree Space Walk, and Christmas Greeting in a Night of Song, a series of performances ranging from Church Choirs, School Organisations, the Hong Kong String Orchestra, and many more.
When?:December 1 - 31, 2017
Where?: Lee Tung Avenue
How Much?: FREE
More info: Lee Tung Avenue.

Unlock Your Imagination Christmas at Landmark

Unlock Your Imagination Christmas at the Landmark

What?: Simply gorgeous... The fanciful world featuring charming animated characters across 10 amazing displays, has been created by acclaimed French illustrators Claire Le Meil and Gwen Keraval. The characters invite shoppers to marvel at their "inspired" ideas to make the world a better place...
When?: November 24 - January 1, 2018
Where?: The Landmark Atrium
How Much?: FREE
More info: Unlock Your Imagination at LANDMARK.

"Jungle All The Way" at PMQ

Jungle All The Way At PMQ: an environmental-friendly, design-centric Christmas installation

What?: "Jungle All the Way", an environmental-friendly, design-centric Christmas installation that uses recycled drink cartons to craft a festive jungle of Christmas trees. Visitors can be mesmerised by the jungle and its various inhabitants, including paper crafted "local wild animals" made by local design team Stickyline. In addition, PMQ has worked alongside the Go Cup team and various creative parties to come up with several unique experience markets for visitors to raise awareness and understand the importance of reducing waste during the celebrations.
When?: December 15 - 31, 2017 - noon to 9:00 pm
Where?: Courtyard & Marketplace, G/F PMQ
How Much?: FREE
More info: www.pmq.org.hk/.

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, and of course the light-up ceremonies!

When?: mid-November - January 1st
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 HK619 HKD524 US$67, Children HK458 HKD404 US$51
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.

This year's fantastic display features a Rosy Christmas, and you guessed it, it's a fairy tale of romantic rosy hot air balloons, carrousels, ferris wheels...

When?: TBA Mid-November 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 Christmas Market At Stanley

A Nutcracker at the Christmas Market

This year's traditional market turns to Scandinavia, sponsored by the Finnish Consulate and the Finnish Chamber of Commerce, the Finnish Christmas Wonders market opens on two consecutive weekends in December.

Reindeer sausage, herring and salmon, and a range of bakery items including traditional Finnish Christmas "joulutorttu" and all sorts of Finnish delights... beautiful ornaments, handicrafts and wonderful gifts... all in that fantastic Northern Light atmosphere!

When?: Weekends in December: TBC Weekends in December: December 8-19, 15-16, 2018 - 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! This year's highlight is a whole new multi-sensory VR experience as you get on the first Virtual Reality roller coaster in Hong Kong to start an exciting and transformative—escape to nature!

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?: TBC Mid-December to January 1st
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 HK480 HKD404 US$51.50, Children HK240 HKD210 US$31.90

More Info and Booking at Klook.com

The Great European Carnival

Great European Carnival Rides at Night

A giant, amazing outdoor event in one of Hong Kong's most iconic settings with sweeping views of Victoria Harbour.

What is it? Thrilling rides for all, carnival games, live entertainment including local and international music artists and comedy performers, Hong Kong's biggest ever outdoor ice rink, and of course, festival food from around the world!

This year's highlights are TBA. Last year we enjoyed The Great Circus of Europe, a heart-pounding thrill show for families, featuring over 25 fantastic performers from around the world and several world-class acts including The Motorcycles in the Globe, The Gerlings Highwire, The Space Wheel...

When?: TBA - from Christmas season through February - 11:00am to 11:00 pm
Where?: Central Waterfront Event Space, at the Central Waterfront next to the Ferris Wheel
How Much?: General Admission: TBA, last year Adults HK 130 (includes HK$100 e-token), Child (3-11) HK 90 (includes HK$70 e-token)
Number of tokens required for each attraction/ride vary.
Tickets for the Great Circus of Europe HK $200+

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, 2018
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

Hong Kong Mega ShowCase

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 22 - 25, 2018, Food Festival December 22 - 26, 2018
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

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 14 - 26, 2018
Where?: Hong Kong Cultural Centre - Grand Theatre
How Much?: HK$180, $320, $480, $680, $1,000 (Limited VIP)
Suitable for ages 3 and above

Father Christmas

Father Christmas

Join Father Christmas as he gets ready for his busiest day of the year, Christmas Eve.

Watch as he prepares his Christmas deliveries, feeds his reindeer and finally takes flight into the snowy night.

This heart-warming adaptation is full of merry touches with plenty of live music, songs and playful puppetry. It's a perfect introduction to theatre for young children!

Play is in English and 55 minutes long, no minimum age.

When? Thursday thru Saturday November 29 - December 1, 2018 - various times
Where? The Hong Kong Jockey Club Amphitheatre, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Wanchai
How Much? HK$329+

Hong Kong Philharmonic's Christmas For The Family: A Harry Little Christmas

Hong Kong Philharmonic Christmas FAmily Concert

When? December 23, 2018 - 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm

Where? Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall

How Much? HK$220, HK280, HK$380, HK$420

For Ages 3 and Above

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? December 30 - 31, 2018 - 8:00 pm
Where? Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall
How Much? HK$220, HK280, HK$380, HK$480

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More Christmas Cheer...

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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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