Hong Kong certainly isn't a traditional Christmas destination, and while some residents let the holiday pass with little fanfare, most are keen to celebrate Christmas in Hong Kong. The city itself certainly gets into the spirit of things, with lights strung across every skyscraper, wrapping paper posted at the front of every shop and White Christmas booming from every speaker.
See our Christmas Events in Hong Kong article for a comprehensive list of the best holiday entertainment, while below you'll find out how to celebrate a traditional Christmas in Hong Kong.
Christmassy Theme Parks
Both Disneyland and Ocean Park go all out to deck there parks in trees, lights and fake snow. You can expect Santa to make an appearance, along with an entourage of sweating reindeer and elves.
While Ocean Park would usually be our recommended park, at Christmas, Disneyland, with its American traditions, holds the edge. Main Street will be adorned with Christmas lights, kids can explore the fairytale styled Gingerbread Village and Mickey, Minnie and friends will be strutting their stuff in Christmas themed parades throughout December. Elsewhere, Madame Tussauds is promising to break out the the baubles with a top to toe Christmas decoration, elves handing out presents and even a visit from the big red man himself.
Not always fun for everyone, shopping is nevertheless an essential part of the Christmas routine. Luckily, Hong Kong can take most of the pain out of Christmas shopping; with a fantastic selection of products from high end bankrupting boutiques to bargain basement markets. It's an easy city to stuff your stocking.
Visit Santa at Winterfest
Set in the heart of Central, Winterfest is the focus of Hong Kong’s Christmas celebrations. Organised by the Hong Kong Tourism Board, Statue Square is transformed in to a winter wonderland, at the heart of which is the 30 meter tall Swarovski Christmas. In a classical piece of Hong Kong showmanship, the tree is constructed from 20,000,000 pieces of crystal, including 200 live action ornaments which light up every half hour between 7pm and 9:30pm.
Christmas Day Dinners
If you’re in Hong Kong for Christmas, chances are that you won’t have the kitchen facilities to cook yourself up a fancy turkey with all the trimmings. Never fear, Hong Kong’s hotels spend Christmas duking it out to lay on the most extravagant and tasty traditional Christmas feast, along with entertainment for the kids and plenty of alcohol.