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A Glittering Hong Kong Christmas

Come and celebrate Christmas in Hong Kong where you’ll be awed by dazzling lighting, extravagant displays, bargain shopping and still have time for Christmas worship.
Christmas in Hong Kong is unlike anywhere else in Asia. The city's substantial Christian community and its pervasive shopping culture together mean that Christmas transcends boundaries and ethnic lines and Hongkongers celebrate Christmas with both reverence and gusto. In a spiritual and commercial winter wonderland of high -rise buildings draped in colourful lights you will find shopping malls outdoing each other in Christmas décor and nativity scenes, events, performances and sale promotions; restaurants offering gastronomic Christmas meals; carolling groups out and about singing all the favourite Christmas songs; and legions of Santa Clauses, stout and otherwise,
injecting joy and happiness to all they come across.
So, you’ve come to the perfect place to celebrate Christmas – there is so much to choose from. Please, join in the Yuletide spirit and have a very Merry Christmas!
Christmas bazaars, fairs, and markets
It's always fun to explore Christmas markets and fairs and find interesting gifts and knick-knacks for Christmas. As Asia's World City with a large Western expatriate community, Hong Kong has loads of them, organised by community groups and churches, often for charitable causes. While most take place in November, a few hold out into December. Check out the Christmas Lifestyle and Gift Fair by Prestige Fairs at Conrad Hotel (Grand Ballroom, 16 December, 10am to 8pm) and the Stanley Plaza Christmas Happy Chemistry, 7-8 , 14-15, 21-22 December, Stanley and browse to your heart's content.
Lights and More Lights 
In a city already famous for its neon light billboards and light displays on high-rise buildings, the Christmas period transforms the city into an even more impressive lighting extravaganza.
Statue Square Christmas Tree, Central
Each year, as the mid-winter celebrations approach, Statue Square is transformed into a lighting wonderland. Be sure to take plenty of pictures in front of the Statue Square Christmas Tree and its other Christmas displays.
Symphony of Lights
This iconic light show dazzles Victoria Harbour with myriad searchlights, lasers, LED screens and other lighting, accompanied by music performed by the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.
Tsim Sha Tsui East Christmas Illuminations
Every year, the buildings on Tsim Sha Tsui East, near Alfresco Lane, facing the harbour are lit up with colourful Christmas lighting displays that can be seen from miles away.
The City's top amusement parks and attractions are all featuring Christmas themed events and performances. Ocean Park is featuring its Christmas Sensation 2019. The AIA European Carnival will again visit Hong Kong's Central Harbourfront, always a hit with the whole family; Disneyland Hong Kong celebrates “ A Disney Christmas” where you celebrate Christmas together with all your favourite Disney characters; Noah 's Ark is featuring Merry Cuddly Christmas Party; and Ngong Ping 360 is hosting the We bare bears holiday hangout at the village during the holiday period. Check out as many of them as you can.
Almost all shopping malls in Hong Kong will be decked out in eye-catching Christmas displays, some more extravagant than others. Collectively, they've become the focal point of Hong Kongers' Christmas activities, be they shopping, taking in the decorations and performances , taking selfies or pictures with Santa Claus, or just soaking in the atmosphere. Some of the top destinations include Harbour City, Heritage 1881 Heritage and the newly opened K11 Musea in Tsim Sha Tsui; Landmark (Central), Lee Tung Avenue (Wanchai) and Times Square (Causeway Bay ) on Hong Kong Island; and tmtplaza (Yuen Mun) and New Town Plaza (Shatin) in the New Territories, among others.
Shopping Galore:
Frenzy is the only word that describes the city’s Christmas shopping scene, as shopping malls and 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 northwest New territories, tmtplaza annual Christmas promotion always attracts locals and visitors alike.
Citygate Outlets:
The largest outlet mall in Hong Kong houses over 90 international brands offering attractive discounts all year around. Look for special deals on offer during the holiday season.
Grand Plaza, Gala Place and Hollywood Plaza, Mong Kok.
This trio of retail centres which host a diverse mix of flagship stores, trendy fashion brands, watches and international dining outlets is quickly become Mong Kok’s urban gathering place where trends meet.
Peak Galleria, The Peak
This iconic landmark is reopening after a 21⁄2 year modernisation programme that incorporates a stunning all-glass facade and a new portfolio of over 60 high-end tenants that include some of the most innovative retail, dining and entertainment brands.
China Hong Kong City: This conveniently 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: Arguably Hong Kong best known specialty shore for luxury branded products operates 12 stores in Hong Kong, Macau and Guangdong, offering latest models of a wide category of products at competitive prices. It’s a perfect one-stop shop for all your Christmas needs.
Christmas Feast:
Eat, drink and be Merry! In Asia's culinary capital, expect the city to indulge in a non-stop gastronomic pig-out during the Christmas period. Between Christmas lunches, Christmas parties and balls, social lunches and dinners, it's hard to keep the waistline from ballooning. For quality Christmas buffets and dinners, the city's high-end hotels plus the many trendier Western-style restaurants are your best bet. Check out our dining suggestions and take full advantage of the rich selections on offer.
Church Services:
We save the most important for the last. If you wish to have a place to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, Hong Kong's many churches welcome you with open arms. The St. John's Cathedral (Anglican)and St. Joseph Church (Catholic) , both in Central, offer many sessions of Mass. Other Protestant denominations also offer worship services on Christmas eve and Christmas Day.
Christmas is also a time for giving, so, if you can, give generously to the needy whether at your church or elsewhere.


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