Top photo via: flickr
Christmas in any country can be one of the most exciting times of the year. Spending time with family with The Grinch on loop whilst indulging in copious amounts of food is enough to bring a smile to even, well, the Grinch.
Hong Kong at Christmas is one of my favourite places. Whether you’re a resident of Hong Kong or just here for the festive season, there are a multitude of activities that will keep you busy during these holidays.
Until Dec 20
The Christmas season tends to release the creativity in ourselves that isn't always evident throughout the year, or rather doesn't have an opportunity to shine. With the DIY Upcycle Christmas Tree classes you can create your very own eco-friendly Christmas tree.
The workshop provides all of the tools and materials necessary to help bring out your inner hipster and create something beautiful. Whether you want a small tree or a giant wooden one, this is the place to make it – so start gathering up your inspiration!
Maker Bay, Block 2, Yau Tong Industrial Bldg, 16 Sze Shan St, Yau Tong
10am-1pm (everyday) and 2pm-5pm (extra classes on Saturday).
EAT: KELLY & MOSS. To continue on this sustainable and eco-friendly path, suggested is a trip to Kelly & Moss to indulge in an organic and natural coffee. With their concept of sustainability and renewable energy whilst providing high quality products, you can admire your eco-friendly tree while consuming an equally eco-friendly drink.
FREE - Christmas ExTREEvaganza
Until Thu Dec 31
If you do not wish to create your own tree and simply want to marvel at the creativity of others, or consider yourself a fashionista, this has got to be the most stylish celebration of the season. With fashion houses including Michael Kors and Kurt Geiger, twelve designers have created their very own Christmas trees, which light up Paterson Street in the most elegant way. For those who own a selfie stick there’s even a giant selfie tree in the main building, if you so desire.
Fashion Walk, Gloucester rd, Causeway Bay
EAT: PASSIONE. The sophistication of PASSIONE is a delightful way to end a stylish stroll down Paterson Street. This new Italian restaurant in Causeway Bay offers rustic and minimalistic elegance with food for the palate that is both adventurous and traditional.
Ocean Park Christmas Sensation
Dec 12-Jan 3
Ocean Park, at any time of the year, or any age for that matter, is always a day of fun. But during the festive season they always organise something special for the holidays. This season it’s bedecked with Christmas decorations and is hosting a number of special Christmas activities for kids, or for you if you wish to bring out your inner child, no judgement. If past years are any indication of the wonder of Christmas, this winter wonderland is not one to miss.
Ocean Park, Aberdeen, 3923 2323
$345 (adult) $173 (child)
EAT: The food at Ocean Park has been given a Christmas makeover too, and full details of their Christmas menu can be found here.
Alternatively, suggested is Meen & Rice in Repulse Bay. After a fun day of rides and shows, an enjoyable meal at a Cantonese restaurant with outstanding food is definitely in order. With Chinese favourites like stir-fried rice noodles with beef, supreme roast goose and pork offal, this restaurant is a popular destination and ideal for take out of towners.
Dec 18-20, 22-26
As far as performances go, the ballet production of The Nutcracker has got to be one of the favourites this Christmas. Experience a little bit of magic as performers from the Hong Kong Ballet recreate this festive institution in the most enchanting way.
22-27, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2734 2009
Tickets via Urbtix
Photo via: hkballet
EAT: InterContinental Hong Kong. Whether you're hungry before or after your enchanting Nutcracker experience, head over to the jaw-dropping Lobby Lounge for a wonderfully decadent Festive Afternoon Tea Set and show your ballet tickets to receive 15% off!
Photo via: Hong Hong Intercontinental
The Hong Kong skyline at Christmas is a truly magnificent sight, world class, and one of the best ways to admire its grandeur is by boat. Perfect views of the 20 minute Symphony of Lights Show which includes a spectacular display of laser beams bouncing off 33 key skyscrapers on both sides of the harbor. This 1.5 hour cruise (with an unlimited open bar) around the Victorian Harbor with breathtaking views of the Hong Kong skyline is a recipe for an unforgettable night with friends.
Book tickets here.
Prices range from $350 - $400
Photo via: flickr
EAT: Porterhouse by Laris. If you're still buzzing after your amazing harbor cruise, indulge in Celebrity Chef David Laris’ traditional Christmas sharing menu. This menu is designed for groups of six or more making it a perfect dinner destination spot for a bunch of friends. Choose from prime roast rib roast, roast turkey, and much more, with sticky plum pudding for dessert. A perfect way to enjoy everything Christmas (and Hong Kong) has to offer.
Photo via: Porterhouse by Laris
The Four Seasons is ideal for those hankering after a traditional feast with their Family Christmas Lunch Buffet in the hotel’s grand ballroom, replete with presents and visits from Santa.
$988 adult / $480 child
Lobby of the Four Seasons
If you're looking for a classy dinner with ample seafood, then giddy up all the way to The Clipper Lounge for a sumptuous Seafood Buffet Dinner. Accompanying this delightful dinner is The Festival Chamber Choir who will be singing on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
View of the Clipper Lounge
When considering the day's activities on Christmas Day, suggested is a celebration of Santa’s arrival with an unlimited selection of Japanese and Italian dishes, Christmas cocktails and flowing Veuve Clicquot champagne at Aqua’s Christmas Day Infinity Brunch. Because that's obviously what Santa would want.
Photo via: Aqua
Hearing the local school choirs singing Christmas carols in the famous lobby of The Peninsula every afternoon from 22-26 December whilst enjoying the scrumptious Festive Season Afternoon Tea is a wonderful way to spend your days around Christmas. At $458 per person, this is an experience that will leave you feeling incredibly festive.
Photo via: Hong Kong Peninsula