24 Nov Have Yourself a Merry Little Hong Kong Christmas
Here’s our pick of Hong Kong Christmas Festive Fun and Events
All aboard for the Lazy Days Christmas Lights Cruise throughout December. Cruise through the harbour with festive mince pies and free-flow drinks, including mulled wine.
Prices from HK$500-HK$800.
Movies by Moonlight
Moonlit Movies is a smorgasbord of films that will be screened outdoors. It’s a mixed bag of Christmas themed offerings and crowd-pleasing favourites. 27 November – 22 December.
Tickets are HK$80 per person, + HK$10 admin fee when booking.
First up, Christmas almost isn’t Christmas without the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. This timeless Christmas classic, set to Tchaicovsky’s famous score, is showing at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre from 20 to 29 December.
Ticket prices start at HK$ ranging up to HK$1000
Sleeping Beauty Pantomime
Next we recommend the Sleeping Beauty Christmas Panto. Hong Kong Players are staging their 58th Christmas Pantomime. The Pantomime is a British Christmas staple. If you’re unfamiliar with this seasonal genre, it’s a completely family friendly slapstick show based loosely on our favourite fairy tales, with plenty of audience interaction, smoke, mirrors and magic.
Sleeping Beauty runs from 5-15 December 2019. Prices range from HK$300-400.
Have yourself a Disney little Christmas
Obviously, The Magic Kingdom is already sprinkled with fairy dust, but with Christmas coming, there is even more sparkle. Hong Kong Disneyland has a number of festive events including a Frozen Fantasy Garden village to coincide with launch of the new Frozen 2 movie. Meet your favourite characters and watch the parade.
Pacific Place Santa’s Grotto
Pacific Place in Admiralty is THE place in town to visit Santa. According to their website tickets are on sale now and the grotto will be open from December 1-25. Once they go on sale, we promise you they will fly out the door faster than Santa’s reindeer on Christmas Eve, so you need to be quick!
You can also register your little ones for a Treasure Hunt and Storytelling Sessions.
Christmas at the Peak
The new-look Peak Galleria at Victoria Peak is a place to check out for some great Christmas events. See our list below also which includes some Christmas dinner suggestions at this location as well.
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Hong Kong Christmas Lights
The annual Christmas lights on Hong Kong’s skyscrapers are free, just take an evening stroll along Tsim Tsa Tsui promenade for a spectacular view. Nearby Harbour City and 1881 Heritage are also known for impressive Christmas displays, so we suggest starting or finishing your promenade walk here. Alternatively hop aboard the Star Ferry for just a couple of dollars and see the lights from the water.
Christmas Carols and Services
St John’s Cathedral hosts a Christingle service on Christmas Eve, but it’s highly popular, so we’d recommend getting there early. There are plenty of services throughout the festive period.
Please check here for a list of times and dates.
Celebrate Christmas Day in Style
Quite a few of our favourite Christmas markets have already been and gone, but don’t worry, we’ve put together a Homegrown Hong Kong Gift Guide with plenty of ideas to help you with any last-minute seasonal shopping.
O Christmas Tree!
If you’re spending Christmas in Hong Kong, then you’re going to need a tree.
- Sophie’s trees has been supplying Hong Kong residents with Christmas foliage for 20 odd years.
- Sai Kung’s Wah King Garden is ready for Christmas shoppers, supplying Christmas trees and a beautiful crop of poinsettia plants.
- Head to Mongkok’s flower market for your Christmas tree and decoration needs.
- Ikea sells affordable real and artificial Christmas trees and also supplies decorations, gift wrap and a few edible festive goodies. Outlets are in Causeway Bay, Kowloon and Shatin.
If you fancy gorging on traditional Christmas fare without all the hassle of cooking and washing up, you can try to make a reservation at any of the following during the festive season:
- The Envoy at boutique hotel the Pottinger marries British influences with Asian food in a old school setting.
- Jimmy’s Kitchen in Central has been a stalwart of colonial nostalgia and British comfort food for over 90 years.
- Oolaa is a sleek bar and restaurant with a steak and wine kind of offering.
- The Globe is Hong Kong’s original Gastro Pub. We took a peek at the menu and were delighted to discover that Christmas crackers are included.
- The King’s Belly and The Fat Belly Butcher and Gin House are in Tai Po up in the New Territories. The King’s Belly is a sports bar and the Fat Belly is it’s more upmarket counterpart.
- Rajasthan Rifles is a new addition to the Peak Galleria, emanating Anglo-Indian vibes of the 1920’s, a great setting for some classic Christmas lunch with a twist
Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall is hosting A Viennese New Year on 30 and 31 December. Enjoy this well-loved repertoire including classics such a The Blue Danube and Champagne Gallop. The performance features Hong Kong’s Philharmonic Orchestra, soprano Danae Kontora and Conductor Christopher Warren-Green. Performances start at 8pm, tickets are from HK$180.
New Years Eve Cruise
Enjoy the free-flow hospitality and freshly cooked menu onboard a luxury yacht for a New Year’s Eve party like no other. Hong Kong Greeters are the ticketing agent for this exclusive cruise on 31st December, don’t miss it! New Years Eve Cruise
Price HK$2,500. Adults only.