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.
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 to check out this year.
Stanley Plaza Christmas Market 2023: Chillmas by the SeaFree entry
December 9—26, 2023
The annual Stanley Plaza Christmas Market is one of the biggest Christmas markets in Hong Kong. This year, the market adopts the theme of “Chillmas by the Sea”, bringing breezy Australian summer vibes to the S.A.R.
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 afternoon’s festivities?
White Christmas Street Fair 2023Free entry
November 30—December 3 and December 8—10 2023
Tong Chong Street, Taikoo Place, Quarry Bay
Mark your calendar for two weekends of holiday cheer, happening from November 30 to December 3 and December 8 to 10 in 2023. Immerse yourself in live jazz, thrilling acrobatics, life-sized attractions, and engaging game booths.
Making it even more meaningful, proceeds from the fair will support Operation Santa Claus, a campaign that aims to raise funds for various local charities and community projects in the city.
K11 MUSEA’S Christmas Village Pop-UpFree entry
December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 22-31, and January 1, 2024 from 12:00pm – 9:00pm; December 8 & 15, 2023 from 3:00pm – 9:00pm
6/F, Sculpture Park, K11 MUSEA, Tsim Sha Tsui
Enter the enchanting world of K11 MUSEA’s Christmas Village Pop-Up — a festive forest decked out with shopping delights! Explore 25 booths housing over 40 local and international brands, offering unique options ranging from festive food and beverages to artisanal jewellery and home goods.
Prestige Conrad Fairs Hong Kong 2023Free entry
November 29 and December 12, 2023
Grand Ballroom, Conrad Hotel Hong Kong, Queensway, Admiralty
Prestige Fairs is the driving force behind Hong Kong’s largest gift and lifestyle exhibitions, accessible to the public with free admission. Expect to find numerous small and medium-sized enterprises, showcasing products sourced globally.
Discovery Bay Christmas MarketFree entry
12 and 26 November, 10 and 17 December 2023, 11 am to 6 pm
Want to explore slightly further afield for your festive fun? Discovery Bay’s usual Sunday Market is donning its tinsel for the run up to 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 vendors and when you’re all shopped out, treat yourself to a post-shop festive beverage before hopping on the ferry home.
The Repulse Bay Holiday Market 2023Free entry
November 18, 2023 from 11 am to 6 pm
Seaview Terrace, The Repulse Bay, 109 Repulse Bay Road
Official Facebook page
Handmade Hong Kong is hosting its first Holiday Market at The Repulse Bay, showcasing over 80 of Hong Kong’s top independent crafters, offering unique gifts for your home, family, friends and even pets. Cross off your holiday shopping list with stocking stuffers and one-of-a-kind finds directly from local artists. Browse the selection of fine jewellery, ceramics, eco-friendly stationery, illustrations, baby things, and more. A perfect family-friendly outing!