Hong Kong Christmas 2018

Best of this WinterFest Season
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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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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

Open

Shopping centers and malls
Markets
Restaurants
Attractions and Theme Parks
Public Transportation
Museums

Closed

Government Offices
Schools
Post Offices
Banks
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 Christmas Tree Lighting will take place on November 29, 2018 at 7:45 pm

When? November 29, 2018 to January 1st, 2019 - illumination times 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm
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 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. This year, rather than the short 8-minute sessions, the winter show is being held in conjunction with the Symphony of Lights, the city's nightly multimedia dazzling experience that can be enjoyed from both sides of Hong Kong. There will be special lighting effects on specific nights.

When?: November 29, 2018 - January 1, 2019, special days: November 29, December 1, 8, 12, 15, 22 and 29
Where?: Along the Harbourfront Check out the Symphony of Lights page for best vantage points.
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...

In addition there are some fantastic light art installations set up this year in the Central Harbourfront.

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

Light Art Installations at the Central Harbourfront

Central Light Art Installation: Angels of Freedom

There are some fantastic light art installations set up this year in the Central Harbourfront just in time for the holiday season. The collection includes selected light art pieces by artists from Hong Kong and overseas, including Belgium, France, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, Singapore and the USA.

Some are interactive displays, some are walk-through, many with sound and music effects...

When?: November 29, 2018 - February 24, 2019 - illumination time from 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm, except light up on opening night at 7:45 pm
Where?: Along the Central Harbourfront
How Much?: FREE

2018 Christmas Lights and Displays

Harbour City "World Largest Video Kaleidoscope Christmas Treasures"

Christmas Kaleidoscope Tunnel at Harbour City

What?: A Christmas tradition, Harbour City's Christmas displays are legendary. This year they bring you an unprecedented "secret garden" with the the world's largest video kaleidoscope, a 16-metre long tunnel that take you through a journey with dynamic Christmas theme scenery... snowflakes, Christmas trees, stars and rainbows all refracted through the triangular mirror and LED screen walls.
When?:November 14 - January 1, 2019 at 12:00 noon to 9:00 pm, sessions last 10 minutes
Where?: Register at Level 3, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City (Near OT 313 Ralph Lauren)
How Much?: HK$50 Donation to "The Hong Kong Blood Cancer Foundation"
More info: www.harbourcity.com.hk.

A Christmas Coronation at 1881 Heritage

Christmas Coronation at 1881 Heritage

What?: This Festive Season, the Grand Piazza at 1881 Heritage will be transformed into a majestic 13-metre tall Christmas Kingdom where you will be greeted by amazing mythical creatures all around. Proceed to the throne and be crowned for a day in your own coronation ceremony, or ride off on an adventure on one of the beautiful mythical creatures. You can also enjoy an immersive AR experience and star in your own Christmas fantasy.

There will also be live music performances of your favorite Christmas melodies to help you and your friends celebrate this most magical of all seasons.
When?: November 25 - January 1, 2019 - Performances on selected dates from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Where?: Level 3 Landscape Deck 1881 Heritage
How Much?: FREE
More info: A Christmas Coronation at 1881 Heritage.

The Spirit of Christmas by Regent Street at Lee Tung Avenue

Lee Tung Avenue Spirit of Christmas

What?: Lee Tung Avenue is proud to partner with The Crown Estate to bring the world-renowned Spirit of Christmas by Regent Street to Hong Kong this year.

London's Famous Regent Street Christmas Lights Come To Lee Tung Avenue with five stunning Spirits suspended above the iconic shopping street and a host of thematic programmes, Lee Tung Avenue offers visitors the opportunity to experience the festive season in true London style right at the heart of the city.
When?: November 16 - December 31, 2018 - 8:00 am to 11:00 pm
Where?: Lee Tung Avenue
How Much?: FREE
More info: Lee Tung Avenue.

2018 A Miniature Christmas at Times Square

A Miniature Christmas at Times Square

What?: This Christmas, local miniatures artists Tony Lai and Maggie Chan bring six sets of Hong Kong Christmas scenes from the 1980s, displaying how Hongkongers spread holiday cheer at that time - enjoying good food, buying gifts and having a good time with loved ones.
When?:November 24 - January 1, 2019 - 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
Where?: G/F Times Square
How Much?: FREE
More info: Times Square FB page.

2018 Pacific Place Where Christmas Comes To Life

Pacific Place Christmas Decorations Garden Court

What?: Join Santa and his elves, arrived fresh from the very snowy North Pole, in the warm halls of Pacific Place. From floating staircases, levitating objects, and a self-playing piano, get a sneak peek into Santa’s mind as you stroll through his private study and watch his Christmas ideas take shape. Enjoy the silver sounds of Christmas as you journey through the mall and be a part of the magic this year at Pacific Place, where Christmas comes to life!
When?:November 22 -January 1, 2019
Where?: Pacific Place Theatre at Garden Court, Level LG1, Pacific Place
How Much?: FREE

Santas's Grotto: 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?: December 1 - 25, 2018
Where?: Pacific Place Level L1 (near HON10)
How Much?: HK80 - HK110 For entry up to 4, includes photo with Santa and a pack of candies.

Christmas Workshops: Craft a special gift for someone dear to you at the elves' workshop. Create a festive lamp featuring a surprise miniature Christmas scene, or a little winter cabin with a chimney diffuser to get you through the dry winter months, and bring Christmas to life at home.
When?: November 24 - December 24, 2018
Where?: Pacific Place Level L1 (near HON10)
How Much?: Free but all participants must register. Registrations are on a first-come, first-served basis and spots are limited so hurry!

Santa's Little Helper Treasure Hunts: Children can take part in a treasure hunt to help Team Elf find Santa’s lost present. Complete fun tasks and collect rewards at each station for being a part of the Christmas magic. Ages 4 - 12.
When?: Saturdays and Sundays, and Public Holidays between November 24 - December 25, 2018
Where?: Pacific Place meeting point to be announced after registration
How Much?: Quotas are available on a first-come-first-served basis upon registration.

More info: Pacific Place Where Christmas Comes To Life 2018.

2018 Santa Academy At IFC Mall

IFC Mall Santa Academy

What?: IFC Mall proudly presents Santa Academy, an engaging seasonal installation to bring out the Santa in you and to transport visitors on an imaginative journey through time and place. Comprised of six interactive checkpoints, you are invited to learn how Santa does it all during the holiday season! Be prepared to hone your skill through the engaging activities at ifc!
When?:November 16 - January 1, 2019 - 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Where?: Oval Atrium, Podium Level 1 at IFC Mall
How Much?: FREE but you must register

Live Performances
When?: December 13 - 26, 2018 - various times
Where?: Oval Atrium and Podium Level 1 near Club Monaco and Rooftop Garden at Podium Level 4
How Much?: FREE

More info and Registration for Santa Academy: Christmas 2018 at IFC Mall.

2018 Create Joy With Cocoa Monsters at Landmark

Create Joy with Cocoa Monsters Christmas at the Landmark

What?: In the centre of the LANDMARK ATRIUM, a luscious cocoa forest has appeared. Every 30 minutes it comes to life, as the Cocoa Monsters lovingly create their chocolates for all. But there's trouble in paradise: the Greedy Monsters are always hanging around, and they want all that delicious chocolate for themselves...
When?: November 22 - January 1, 2019
Where?: The Landmark Atrium
How Much?: FREE
More info: Create Joy With Cocoa Monsters at LANDMARK.

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?: November 15, 2018 to January 1st, 2019
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 HK639 HKD560 US$74, Children HK475 HKD431 US$55
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?: 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: December 8-9, 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?: December 15 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 HK498 HKD404 US$52, Children HK249 HKD210 US$27

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!

With fantastic features every year, last year we had The Great Circus of Europe, a heart-pounding thrill show for families with a mind blowing new show with never before seen acts and many favorite classics. This year's programme is TBA.

When?: TBA - Mid-December through February - 11:00am to 11:00 pm
Where?: Central Waterfront Event Space, at the Central Waterfront next to the Ferris Wheel
How Much?: TBA, last year General Admission: Adults HK 130 (includes entry and 10 tokens), Child (3-11) HK 90 (includes entry and 7 tokens), bundles available
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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Best of This Holiday Season!

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