Hong Kong Christmas 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

Christmas Decorations at Harbour City
Christmas Decorations at Harbour City

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

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


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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, 2019 are public holidays, as well as New Year's Day January 1st, 2020. 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, 2019 and January 1st, 2020

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 Holiday events sponsored by the Hong Kong Tourism Board 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.

This year's centrepiece is an 18-metre geometric Christmas tree which transforms continuously using sensors that absorb the colours of its surroundings and the colour transitions of day and night. It's the tree's unique shape that makes it both a standout Christmas tree and also perfectly in-keeping with the metropolitan setting of Hong Kong.

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.

2019 Hong Kong Christmas Centrepiece

The Christmas Tree Lighting normally takes place at the end of November.

When? December 2019
Where? Central's Statue Square
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.

Here are some of this year's most memorable displays!

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. NOTE: Pulse and Light Art Installations have not been confirmed for the 2019-2020 holiday season

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

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. The winter show is 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?: TBC
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 city's centrepiece awaits (2019 TBC), 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... Here are some of this year's most memorable displays!

In addition, fantastic light art installations sparkle throughout the Central Harbourfront during the holidays; however, installations for the 2019-2020 season have not been confirmed.

Hong Kong Pulse 3D Light Show

City's Centrepiece 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

International Light Art Installations at the Central Harbourfront - Not Confirmed for 2019 - 2020

Central Light Art Installation: Angels of Freedom

There are some fantastic light art installations set up every 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?: 2019 - 2020 season installations to be confirmed, typically would run from November 2019 through February 2020 - 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

2019 Christmas Lights and Displays

"Christmas Light Fantasia" at 1881 Heritage

Christmas Light Fantasia at 1881 Heritage

What?: Wander through a village of Christmas lanterns and let the 360-degree immersive interactive projections transport you to a fantasy world of pure joy and romance.
When?: November 20 - January 5, 2020
Where?: 1881 Heritage at 2A Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
How Much?: FREE
More info: Christmas Light Fantasia at 1881 Heritage.

"Wings of Christmas" at Lee Tung Avenue

Lee Tung Avenue Spirit of Christmas

What?: "Feathered Ascent" created by international multimedia and lighting installation artist Nicholas Cheung will be displayed at Lee Tung Avenue. This alchemy of lightness and darkness within a flock of over fifty doves mobile sculptures skillfully demonstrates the use of robotics, electronics and advanced materials to create a much-needed icon for our times. This is a work that marries science with creativity to represent hope and harmony.

And the world renowned "Spirit of Christmas" light installations by The Crown Estate's Regent Street will also return to Lee Tung Avenue this year.
When?: November 20 - December 31, 2019 - 8:00 am to 11:00 pm
Where?: Lee Tung Avenue
How Much?: FREE
More info: Lee Tung Avenue.

"Pokémon Is Coming To Town" at Times Square

A Pokemon Christmas at Times Square

What?: Pokémon will be making special appearances at Times Square this winter! Visitors can expect to be bedazzled by Pokémon statues, interactive photo booth, stamp rally and workshop. Snorlax will also make his debut apperarance in Hong Kong this time! Get ready to catch them all and enjoy an exciting Pokémon-themed winter!
When?:November 15 - January 1, 2020 - 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
Where?: G/F Times Square
How Much?: FREE
More info: www.timessquare.com.hk.

"Let's Spend Christmas Together" at Pacific Place

Pacific Place Christmas

What?: Join Santa and his elves, arrived fresh from the very snowy North Pole, in the warm halls of Pacific Place. 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 2, 2020
Where?: 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, 2019
Where?: Pacific Place Level L1 (near Lane Crawford Home)
How Much?: HK90 - HK120 For entry up to 4, includes photo with Santa and a pack of candies.

Christmas Workshops: There will be as usual many workshops throughout the holiday period: Snowglobes, Stamp-making, Greeting Cards, Deer Wreaths, etc. Check out the schedule for offerings. Prices from HK$150 per workshop.

More info: www.santa.pacificplace.com.hk.

A Joyful Christmas at Lee Gardens

A Joyful Christmas at Lee Gardens

What?: From the atrium at Hysan Place to Hysan Avenue at Lee Garden One, you can explore three aesthetic photo hot spots offering the perfect backdrop for great photos day and night. On designated dates, you can also meet and greet Santa Claus and the adorable Piggy, watch Christmas performances, and enjoy shimmering cocktails at the Happy Friday "Light" Christmas Pop-Up Bar. Moreover, over 80 restaurants in the Lee Gardens Area have launched deLEEcious festive menus, perfect for a gathering with friends and loved ones.
When?: Now through January 1, 2020
Where?: Lee Gardens in Causeway Bay
How Much?: FREE

More info: www.leegardens.com.hk/.

A Disney 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... and for the first time this year, Hong Kong Disneyland will be hosting a New Year's Eve Countdown party to welcome 2020!

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

When?: November 14, 2019 - January 1, 2020
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 HKD560 US$74, Children HK475 HKD431 US$55
More Info and Booking at Klook.com

Starlight Garden at New Town Plaza - This Year Not Confirmed

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?: This year not confirmed
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

Christmas Market At Stanley

A Nutcracker at the Christmas Market

This year's market theme is "Christmas Happy Chemistry" and will present an innovative, interactive, creative celebration, enticing everyone to discover luck and spread happiness as they explore over 50 festive booths featuring wonderful gifts, special treats and exclusive shopping redemptions.

When?: Weekends prior to Christmas in December: December 7-8, 14-15 and 21-22, 2019 - noon to 9:00 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 of the holiday season is the debut of a brand-new thrilling ride, "Wild Twister". Santa Claus and his elves will also make special appearances at the gift-box-shaped "Santa's Christmas Cottage", where guests can capture their Christmas memories with these celebratory icons.

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!

The Park will also launch its latest night-time entertainment experience, "Gala of Lights", in January 2020, most likely to coincide with the Chinese New Year celebrations. The new experience will feature spectacular multimedia shows, a unique interactive and customisable shopping experience, eating options galore as well as a collection of show and dining packages.

When?: December 7, 2019 to January 1st, 2020
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 HKD418 US$53, Children HK249 HKD235 US$30, weekday daytime tickets are only Adult HK249, Children HK130

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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 TBC, and of course, festival food from around the world!

Also, back with brand new performers is The Great Circus of Europe, raring to leave you gasping in disbelief.

When?: December 12, 2019 - February 16, 2020
Where?: Central Waterfront Event Space, at the Central Waterfront next to the Ferris Wheel
How Much?: Adults HK 120 (includes entry and 10 tokens), Concession HK 80 (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 HK $550 - Family package available. 2-for-1 ticket deal on all shows from 17-20 December. This offer is only available online at zicket.co

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, 2019
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 25 - 28, 2019, Food Expo until December 29, 2019
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 only US$37
More Info and Route: Big Bus Tours Hong Kong (select the Night Tour option) ››

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 19 - 29, 2019
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: A Jazz Night With Hiromi

Hong Kong Philharmonic Christmas  Concert

It has some elements of classical music, it has some rock, it has some jazz... Star Japanese pianist and composer Hiromi Uehara brings her unique style of music to the stage of the HK Phil to add glitter and sparkle to our Christmas celebrations.

What better Christmas presents than her dazzling display of virtuosity and compelling showmanship?

When? December 23 - 24, 2019 - 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

Hong Kong Philharmonic New Year Concert

Blue Danube Waltz , Radetzky March and more...

Christopher Warren-Green 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, 2019 - 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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