Despite the weather still not feeling particularly wintery (or even autumnal), the very next day after Halloween in Hong Kong means pumpkins and bats are out and Santas and reindeers are in. Yes, Hong Kong has officially entered the holiday season and it’s already hard to escape the Christmas songs (cue Mariah) and excessive decorations.
With covid restrictions at the most relaxed they have been in over two years, there are lots of events and festive markets in the line up to enjoy this year, so even if you’re the scroogiest of scrooges, there’s something for everyone to get excited about. To get you started, here are six markets we think you should check out this year.
K11 MUSEA Christmas Village Market Pop Up
Glitzing up as well as extending Christmas this year, K11 MUSEA are putting on their pop up market for two whole months. Limited edition products, pet supplies, food and beverages and workshops, this ‘glam’ Christmas village will be made up of 19 booths with rotating vendors across the weeks.
Where: 6F, Art & Cultural Centre, K11 MUSEA 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
When: 5 November-2 January 2023, 12:00pm–9:00pm
Link: K11 MUSEA Christmas Village Market Pop Up
The Upper House Christmas House Market
The popular Upper House’s Christmas market is back for another year of festive fun held on the outdoor Lawn and the scenic Sky Lounge of the hotel. While there is nothing “Cheapo” about the location, the well-curated market itself supports homegrown brands and will feature locally made gifts, food and drinks and more—with activities for your little ones too.
Where: The Upper House, 88 Queensway, Admiralty
When: 26th-27th November 2022, 11:00am–6:00pmCost: Free, visitors must pre-register online
Link:The Upper House Christmas House Market
Discovery Bay Christmas Market
Want to explore slightly further afield for your festive fun? Discovery Bay’s usual Sunday Market is donning its tinsel for the run up for Christmas, with two more Sundays left in the calendar to get your dose of one of the most vibrant (and varied) community markets in Hong Kong.
Hosted by Handmade Hong Kong, Discovery Bay’s Sunday Market is a regular homegrown craft market aiming to foster a sense of “old-fashioned neighbourliness”.
Head to their website to see the full list of full vendors and when you’re all shopped out, treat yourself to a post-shop festive beverage before hopping on the ferry home.
Where: DB Plaza, Discovery Bay, LantauWhen: 27th November & 11th December 2022, 11:00am–6:00pm
Link: Handmade Hong Kong
The Repulse Bay Christmas Fair
After a two year hiatus, the Repulse Bay Christmas Fair is finally back and is ready to give those bells a good jingle again. Featuring over 45 high-quality vendors, this al fresco marketplace will offer everything from clothing, books and toys to wellness products, homeware and F&B goods.
With a bouncy castle to keep the kids (or adults) entertained, live music, stunning views of Repulse Bay and even a special guest appearance from the one and only Father Christmas himself, this market is definitely not one to be missed.
When: 27th November 2022, 11:00am–6:00pm
Where: The Repulse Bay Arcade, 109 Repulse Bay Road
Link: The Repulse Bay Christmas Fair
The White Christmas Street Fair 2022
The infamous White Christmas Street Fair is gearing up for yet another year of Christmas shopping, handicraft workshops, food and beverages, life size attractions and live entertainment.
With proceeds going towards Operation Santa Claus, you have no excuse not to swing by Tong Chong Street and get involved. What’s more, sustainably minded Swire Properties are taking special efforts to reduce the environmental impact of the fair as much as possible for an extra green Christmas. More details are still to come so check the market’s Facebook page for updates.
When: 1st–4th December 2022
Where: Tong Chong Street, Taikoo Place, Quarry Bay
Link: The White Christmas Street Fair
The Murray Christmas Markets
It’s looking like a very Murray Christmas (couldn’t resist)! Transforming the Arches into a merry marketplace for four days only, the hotel’s Christmas Market should make it easy to find that perfect gift with a wide range of fashion, jewellery, F&B and art products on offer. Perfect for those last minute shoppers still frantically looking for gifts three days before Christmas.
The hotel is also hosting several other festive events worth checking out if you feel like treating yourself or a loved one over Christmas.
When: 19th–21st December 2022, 12:00pm–6:00pm; 22nd December, 12:00pm-7:00pm
Where: 1st Floor, The Arches, The Murray Hotel, 22 Cotton Tree Drive, Central
Link: The Murray Christmas Market
Stanley Xmas Wonder Market
The annual Stanley Plaza Christmas Market is one of the biggest Christmas markets in Hong Kong. This year, a wholesome ‘Christmas Wonder’ theme will adorn Stanley Plaza every weekend from late November through to the weekend of December 24/25.
There will be decorations galore and a wide range of vendors selling gifts, pet products, jewellery, artwork and of course, copious amounts of food and drink. The market starts at noon on both Saturdays and Sundays so why not get yourself down to Stanley earlier for some much needed caffeine to get you through the afternoons festivities.
Stanley Xmas Wonder Market
Garage Greens Christmas Pop-Up Fair
Christmas can be one of the most wasteful times of the year, but we can combat that by shopping more eco-friendly — although, that doesn’t mean we should throw out our Christmas traditions all together. Expect a Green Christmas Market, Rooftop Republic Urban Farming, RETROVERT Preloved Clothes Swap, and a series of wellness classes at the Garage Greens Christmas Pop-Up Fair.
RSVP for free and be in for the chance to win an Asteria Explorer 1.0 Tea Gift Set!