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A Hong Kong Countdown to Christmas & New Year!

We give a rundown on the best festiveactivities for this holiday season in Hong Kong, leading up to Christmas and New Year!

Christmas comes early to Hong Kong, even before December. It starts with festive lighting decorations and Christmas scenes appearing on building facades and in public squares and shopping malls, until the city is decked in red, green and gold. Similarly, the pace of holiday shopping accelerates as retailers entice customers with promotions, attractions and all the bells and whistles they can muster. Christmas parties and celebrations gather pace, taking a respite after Christmas, only to be followed by the excitement of the city’s biggest party – the countdown celebration to the New Year, capped by a spectacular fireworks display!
 

Christmas is one of the most important and celebrated holidays in Hong Kong, certainly one with the longest prelude. As in most cities across the world, the holiday has become more secular, representing an occasion to exchange gifts and take a year-end break. But for the large and longstanding Christian community in the city, Christmas is still a most religious occasion that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. Whatever Christmas means to you, the city’s festive spirit is infectious and joyous, making it a wonderful place to visit during this period. So, why not join us as we count down to our holiday celebrations and best of all, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, Hong Kong style!

Shopping Galore

Frenzy is the only word to describes the city’s Christmas shopping scene, as shopping malls and shopping centres pull out all the stops to attract shoppers. Look for Christmas bargains and promotions as you shop!

tmtplaza, Tuen Mun

One of the largest regional malls in Hong Kong, located in the northwest New Territories, tmtplaza is ground zero for the blockbuster movie Justice League and its six Superheroes this Christmas.

Citygate Outlets

The largest outlet mall in Hong Kong houses over 80 international brands offering attractive discounts all year around. This Chr istmas, Citygate Outlets collaborates with Korean illustrator DearDays for its Christmas decorations. And don’t miss the chance to redeem coveted gifts as part of its holiday promotion.

China Hong Kong City

This convenient ly located shopping complex next to the city’s ferry hub has it all: dining podium with a panoramic view of the harbour, branded products, and a chance to win a grand lucky draw and redeem attractive gifts.

ISA Boutique

known specialty shore for luxury branded products, ISA operates 12 stores in Hong Kong, Macau and Guangdong, offering the latest models of a wide category of products at competitive prices. It’s a perfect one-stop shop for all your Christmas needs.

Grand Plaza, Gala Place and Hollywood Plaza, Mongkok

This trio of retail centres host a diverse mix of flagship stores, trendy fashion brands, watches and international dining outlets and is quickly becoming Mongkok’s urban gathering place where trends meet.

Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay

Want to pick up some stylish fashion gifts for your family and loved ones? Fashion Walk in the heart of Causeway is the place to be. You’ll find tasty nourishment at its famous Food Street as well.

Chinese Arts and Crafts

Want to find a unique gift or two to take home? This renowned store has been offering quality, authentic Chinese jade artefacts and other products for over 60 years, made by some of China’s finest craftsmen.

 

Lights and more lights

Statue Square, Central

The lighting of the Christmas tree in Statue Square each year symbolises the arrival of Christmas in Hong Kong. As the heart of Hong Kong Winterfest, Statue Square’s Christmas themed display is always keenly anticipated. Expect throngs of crowds flocking to check out this year’s decorations, and get their pictures taken.

TST East Harbourfront

Each year, the buildings of Tsim Sha Tsui East facing the harbour are lit up with colourful Christmas lighting display. This year, the facade of Tsim Sha Tsui Centre and Empire Building are converted into gigantic LED screens, creating a more fantastic display. Watch the lighting displays on site and enjoy dining offerings at Alfresco Lane.

Lighting Extravaganza in Tsim Sha Tsui

The nightly Symphony of Lights has had a revitalising makeover just in time for Christmas. The 3-D Pulse Show that follows at TST’s Cultural Centre makes it a twin feast for the eyes.

Christmas Displays

Malls all over Hong Kong are decked out with themed Christmas decorations and offering performances vying to outdo each other. Among them, the New Town Plaza in Shatin with a magical Starlight Garden; Lee Tung Avenue with its spectacular outdoor lighting display; and the 1881 Heritage in Tsim Sha Tsui will be even more beautiful than usual.

Street markets

Many Christmas markets organised by the various expatriate community groups take place during November. Luckily there are a few still held in the early part of December, just in time for your Christmas shopping.

Hullet House Christmas Market

This three-day Christmas Street market at 1881 Heritage attracts a large crowd looking for all the Christmas knick-knacks that you’ll need for your holiday decorations. 1 to 3 December.

Christmas Gift Festival

The last of the Prestige Event series for Christmas market, here is where you can look for some cool gifts for Christmas. Conrad Hotel Ballroom, 10 December.

Sai Kung Sunday Market, Christmas Edition

Why not combine a visit to the idyllic town of Sai Kung with browsing through the Christmas edition of its famed Sunday flea market. You’ll be swept away by the outdoor beauty and treasure-hunting fun! Hong Kong Academy, 33 Wai Man Road, 3 December.

Celebrating the birth of Christ!

Christmas is after all the celebration of the birth of Christ. All the many churches in Hong Kong will be holding Mass or worship services on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Of particular note are St. John’s Cathedral (Anglican) in Central, the Rosary Church (Catholic) in Tsim Sha Tsui, and St. Andrews’s Church (Anglican) in Tsim Sha Tsui.

Partying and entertainment through the holidays

Hong Kong loves a party. A plethora of entertainment and social gatherings await partygoers, to celebrate non-stop from Christmas to New Year.

A Disney Christmas

Every Christmas, Disneyland is transformed into a winter wonderland as the whole park is decked out with dazzling lights, glitzy ornaments, holiday attires, and a huge Christmas tree that lights up the Main Street, USA.

Ocean Park Christmas Sensation 2017

Celebrate Christmas by trying out Hong Kong’s first ever VR (virtual reality) multi-sensory roller-coaster ride at Ocean Park. Take tn the Christmas tree lighting every ovening, enjoy festive decorations and visit Santa’s cottage as part of your christmas escape.

New Year Eve Countdown!

All eyes will focus on Victoria Harbour on New Year’s Eve as the city hosts its annual giant party to welcome in 2018. You may also wish to attend the Lan Kwai Fong New Year’s Eve Street Party which takes place one week after its Christmas Eve Street Party, where food, drinks and entertainment await in abundant quantities.

 

 

 

(Edited on 1 Dec 2017)

 

 

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