Despite the months of turmoil in Hong Kong, December is still shaping up to be a festive time, with lots and lots of Christmas events to enjoy.

From the biggest malls and their over-the-top decorations, to special Christmas events at Hong Kong’s most popular tourist attractions, you’re bound to find something to get you into the spirit.

Here’s our long, long list of fun Christmas events for 2019, and where to find them:

Top attractions

  • Hong Kong Disneyland

  • The Happiest Place on Earth doesn’t fail to disappoint at Christmas time. Their 2019 theme, Treasure Your Traditions, includes glittering lights, a Frozen Fantasy Garden, a huge tree lighting ceremony, Santa Stitch, and more. The park’s restaurants also offer special Christmas meals for the season.

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    Photo by Hong Kong Disneyland
  • Ocean Park

  • From December 7 until New Year’s Day, Ocean Park’s Christmas Sensation is in full swing. Kids can visit Santa’s Christmas Cottage at Ocean Park, stroll through a Shimmering Christmas Forest, and watch a Glittering Tree Lighting every night. The restaurants have adorable Christmas-themed desserts and drinks, and the waterfront plaza has been transformed into a festive zone.

  • Victoria Peak

  • With lots of live entertainment, special performances, and Christmas photo zones, Victoria Peak’s Joyful Christmas is sure to get you in the Christmas spirit. Up at the top of the Peak, you’ll find buskers, magicians, jugglers and more. From December 21 to 25, catch Christmas carollers singing sweet songs at 3 pm, at the Peak Tram Lower Terminus in Central.

  • Ngong Ping 360

  • Ngong Ping Village is being transformed this year into the We Bare Bears Holiday Hangout. Grizzly, Panda and Ice Bear from the beloved TV show will be there to meet and greet with the kids, and you can take lots of cute snapshots at the We Bare Bears Snapshot Gallery. Kids also get a special ticket price to ride the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car, for just HK$30.00, until January 5, 2020, which is a nice bonus.

    Photo by Ngong Ping 360
  • Hong Kong Observation Wheel

  • During December there are actually two different Christmas events going on at the Observation Wheel. The first is a Finnish Christmas Market from December 6 to 8, with more than 30 stalls, food and drink, a chance to meet Santa, and a games zone. The next is Feast HK, which takes place on December 14 and 15, is a gourmet dining experience with festive meals from some of Hong Kong’s top chefs.

    HK Christmas events
    Photo by Hong Kong Tourism Board

    Popular malls and shopping areas

    It’s tough competition amongst Hong Kong’s most popular malls, each trying to outdo each other with decorations and Christmas themes every year.

  • IFC Mall

  • The IFC Mall in Central always goes above and beyond at Christmas time, and this year’s theme is ‘Once Upon a Christmas‘. You’ll enjoy Christmas music, lots of decorations, live performances, and massive Christmas trees. It’s worth walking through the mall just to get the Christmas spirit, even if you don’t buy anything.

  • Harbour City

  • The entrance to Harbour City in Tsim Sha Tsui is flooded with people every Christmas season. With huge Christmas trees, thousands of lights, LED light shows and more, it’s a gorgeous and festive sight, a stone’s throw from Victoria Harbour.

    HK Christmas lights
    Photo by Gregory Lane
  • Pacific Place

  • Like IFC Mall, Pacific Place in Admiralty takes its Christmas themes seriously. This year’s theme, Sincerely Yours, has lots of fun family activities. Kids can make Christmas cards, visit Santa’s Grotto, listen to Christmas storytelling, and more.

  • 1881

  • This beautiful heritage hotel and shopping centre in Tsim Sha Tsui is always gorgeously decorated at Christmas time, with elaborate displays, Christmas trees, and lots of lights. The theme this year is ‘Christmas Time Fantasia‘, with the Grand Piazza transformed into a festive village of Christmas lanterns.

  • The Landmark

  • The Landmark‘s large, open atrium makes it a perfect spot for Christmas displays. Every year the mall has a new theme, plus visits with Santa, Christmas carollers, and sometimes choirs and other performances.

    Other Christmas activities

  • Statue Square

  • Statue Square in Central puts on an festive theme every year, with a massive Christmas tree as the star of the show. Be sure to pass through the square to see the sparkling lights, surrounded by Central’s most distinctive buildings.

    Statue Square Christmas
    Photo by Hong Kong Tourism Board
  • The Peninsula

  • Even if you can’t afford to stay in the ‘Grand Dame of the Far East’ you can enjoy Christmas festivities at this classic hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui. The Peninsula has announced a calendar of events, such as live storytelling, gingerbread baking classes, free concert performances, and more. Their legendary High Tea also has a Christmas theme, with part proceeds going to charity.

    Christmas ornaments from Peninsula
    Christmas ornaments available at The Peninsula | Photo by The Peninsula Hotel
  • YUM CHA Christmas Dim Sum

  • Dim sum chain YUM CHA is known for its incredible inventive and super cute dim sum. This Christmas they are offering special festive dishes for the season, including Gingerbread Man lotus seed buns, and these adorable Polar Bear Custard Buns. These sweet treats are sure to warm your heart and fill your belly.

    Photo by YUM CHA
  • Stanley Plaza Christmas Market

  • The annual Stanley Plaza Seaside Christmas Market is one of the biggest outdoor Christmas markets in Hong Kong. This year the market will run for the first three weekends in December, and stay open until 9 pm.

    Aerial view of Stanley Christmas Market
    Photo by Stanley Plaza
  • Lee Tung Avenue

  • This outdoor shopping street in Wan Chai decorates in style every Christmas. This year’s installation is called ‘Wings of Christmas‘, with more than fifty sparkling glass doves hanging in the air, sending a message of peace and love. You can also enjoy chestnuts roasting on an open fire, choirs singing Christmas carols, and special festive items on sale.

  • Noah’s Ark

  • Head to Park Island (Ma Wan) for a Cuddly Friends Christmas Party at Noah’s Ark. Every weekend from December 7 until New Year’s Day, Noah’s Ark is having lots of family activities, like a Little Reindeer Riding Zone, a KIDSmas Market, and a stuffed bear builder workshop. There’s no entrance fee but you will need to buy the tokens for these experiences.

    Hong Kong Christmas events
    Photo by Noah's Ark