With the festive season upon us, we’ve rounded up the best Christmas displays in Hong Kong bound to get you into the seasonal spirit.
Clear your schedules – tis the season! As we near the end of what’s been a rather turbulent year, Hong Kong is busy gearing up for the holiday season – decorations and celebrations galore. Whilst COVID infections may have haltered our Christmas plans, there’s no reason you can’t get into the festive spirit in a safe and socially-responsible manner; Hong Kong’s elaborate Christmas displays have been the talk of the town for many years now, and this year is no exception. Hive Life has put together a compilation of not-to-miss displays you need to check out this month.
A long-standing tradition in Hong Kong, The Peninsula boasts of some pretty stunning decorations around this time of the year. Standing tall at the heart of the grand lobby, head on over to check out the intricately-decorated Christmas tree, and sneak in a photo or two while you’re at it.
For those of you with the little ones, this will surely double down as a family affair with the central theme of the year’s festivities being Stories From The Tree. The live story-telling session centres around The Peninsula’s very own digital storybook, “The Red Robin’s Enchanting Journey”, promising to take you on a virtual globe-trotting Christmas journey. If you’ve got the budget to spare, we also recommend looking into its astounding array of exclusive dining experiences to wrap up what could be a truly magical Christmas.
When: From now – Jan 2, 2020
Where: Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Lee Tung Avenue makes for a beautiful photo op at any given point of the year, so you can expect this walkway to be the talk of the town this Christmas. Acclaimed, home-grown visual director, Victor Wong and artist Josh Tang have been roped in to bring this year’s theme to life: Butterflies of Hope. As an impressive 22-metre stained glass butterfly towers over the atrium, complemented by 300 odd AI butterflies scattered across the boulevard, Lee Tung Avenue is definitely a sight to behold.
It also can’t be Christmas without a Christmas tree and the organisers have spared no effort in making this a display to remember – replete with Christmas jingles and light shows to round up the experience.
When: From now – January 10, 2021
Where: Lee Tung Avenue Atrium, 200 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
After making its grand debut in France – among much fanfare – the Globoscope installation finally made its touchdown in Hong Kong. And we’re happy to announce, it was totally worth the wait. A symphony of lights touted to be a fully immersive experience for its spectators, this display is the highlight of K11’s ‘A Very Musea Christmas Village’ popup.
While you’re there, the winter market is also definitely worth a visit. With artisan handicrafts to European gourmet treats up for grabs, you can finish all your Christmas shopping under one fairy-lit roof, no fuss, no muss.
When: From now –January 3 2020, from 5:30 pm –10 pm. You will need to make reservations beforehand. Each session lasts for 20 minutes.
Where: 7/F, Bohemian Garden, K11 Musea, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
1881 Heritage is known for its extravagant spectacles come Christmas, and they are kicking things up a notch this year. Aptly named the ‘Countdown to A White Christmas’, the piazza will be taking the form of a grand-scale winter wonderland, fit with gigantic polar bears and delicately wrapped present boxes to amp the experience. With the beautifully-decked Christmas tree taking centre-stage, 1881 Heritage guarantees an unforgettable festive treat for you and your loved ones – not to mention the sights to take in as you stroll around TST’s quaint PMQ headquarters.
When: From now – January 10, 2020
Where: 2A Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Image courtesy of Pacific Place via Facebook
Gone are the days of convention as Pacific Place’s winter display takes a quirky spin on age-old traditions. Inspired by Hong Kong’s trademark city lights, the mall’s knockout feature has to be their quirky 3D Doodle Tree – an ode to the city’s heritage without being too kitschy. To top it off, the Christmas special also encompasses two standalone exhibits; the Christmas market at the Elf Workshop and the Santa’s Cabin for a truly unique encounter with the old man himself in 3D style .
With an array of lucky draws and fun fair specials in addition to the plethora of gifts and souvenirs to be won, Pacific Place makes for the perfect Christmas retreat for children and adults alike.
When: From now- 2 January 2021, from 10 am to 10 pm. You will need to make reservations to go to Santa’s Cabin.
Where: 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong.
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