Cool Things to do in Hong Kong Over Christmas

22 December, 2017
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Christmas, What's On HK

Cool Things to do in Hong Kong Over Christmas

Forgo the ordinary this festive season!


Deck the halls, hang up the lights and get into the holiday spirit! If you’re staying in Honkers this season and are looking for something different to do, read on and mix up the usual festivities with these cool Christmas alternatives

Read more: New Year’s Eve in Hong Kong: The Best Parties and Events to Ring in 2018

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on 22 November, 2016, written by Savannah Wasserman and was updated on 22 December, 2017.

Featured image courtesy of Unsplash; image #1 courtesy of Trekearth, sourced via Pinterest; image #2 courtesy of The Belle Voyage, sourced via Pinterest; image #3 courtesy of Disney Tourist Blog, sourced via Pinterest; image #4 courtesy of The W Hotel; image #5 courtesy of Bloglovin, sourced via Pinterest; image #6 courtesy of Mum on the Move, sourced via Pinterest; image #7 courtesy of Unsplash; image #8 courtesy of Hong Kong Ballet; image #10 courtesy of Hands ON Hong Kong, sourced via Facebook, image #11 courtesy of Unsplash

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Junk Potluck with Friends

Just because junk season has ended doesn’t mean you can’t hire a boat in the cooler months too! Find a juicy turkey and ask your friends to bring their favourite holiday dish. Gather everyone for a turkey potluck feast on the water, complete with a Hong Kong backdrop and an ultimate display of lights.

Read more: Sassy’s Junk Trip Guide

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Lantau Island: Big Buddha by Day, Tai O by Night

For a peaceful getaway head on over to Lantau Island and visit Tian Tan Big Buddha via cable car. Aside from the serene surroundings, once at the top you can also check out Po Lin Monastery. When you’re finished taking in the view, catch the bus down to Tai-O fishing village for a night spent on stilts. Poke around town sampling yummy seafood from street stalls – I highly recommend the cuttlefish!

Then, why not spend the night at Tai O Heritage Hotel, a non-profit colonial style inn (fun fact: it was built in 1902 under British rule and originally served as a Police station!). And if you’re up for a local culinary experience sign up for one of its salted egg yolk cooking classes (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays) or rice dumpling making classes (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays), available to all room guests!

Read more: Your Guide To Tai O: Life By The Water

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Spend the Weekend at Disneyland

Embrace your inner child, pack your bags and head off for an enchanting weekend indulging in Disney’s Christmas magic!

Treat yourself to a night at the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel and partake in the park’s festive celebrations – including the annual Disney Christmas show! On Christmas day book in brunch with your favourites Disney Princesses and the beloved characters themselves. Turn back time and remember how Christmas felt as a kid!

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Go On A Staycation

You made it through yet another chaotic year in the 852, so time to #treatyoselfConsider a staycation at a high-end hotel and enjoy a luxurious Christmas spa day.

Bliss spa facilities at the W offer an array of relaxing and rejuvenating opportunities; whether you prefer soaking it up and sweating it out in the steam room, deep tissue massages, mani/pedis (the Head-to-Toe ‘Glow’ Treatment in particular sounds like a winner!),or even a combination of it all, Bliss has you covered.

You can also snack on cupcakes, cheese and sip bottles of bubbly offered in different packages throughout the day. Yes, please!

Read more: The Best Staycation Deals for HKID Holders

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Host a Mystery Dinner Party

Santa Claus is coming to town! Or is he? Bring your own version of Christmas night to this year’s festivities and consider hosting a mystery dinner party with a twist. Essentially a life-size game of Cluedo, have everyone dress up, follow a script and attend dinner in character!

Whether it be a masquerade ball or a 1920s boardwalk mystery, these dinner parties are loads of fun and give you the opportunity to be someone else for the night. A little friendly competition solving a ‘whodunnit’ never hurt anyone… Plus, a feast is always involved, and hence, lots of booze.

Details of how to become a host and instructions for hosting can be found here!

Read more: Sassy Social: The Murder Mystery Dinner Party

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Hike & Camp Overnight on the Beach

Get out of the city and immerse yourself in the outdoors. Refresh and recharge after a peaceful night under the stars. Think hiking, beach partying and camping – with lots of food and bevvies in tow. Trek to Sai Kung and over to Ham Tin beach/Tai Long Wan, where you can pitch a tent and crash for an evening or two under the night sky. Board rentals and camping equipment are available for rent too, so be sure to bring some cash, snacks and, of course, lots of drinks (must keep hydrated!). Enjoy epic panoramic views and a night with your toes in the sand!

Read more: Top 5 Night Hikes in Hong Kong,Top 5 Camping Spots in Hong Kong

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Live Like a Local in a Totally Different Neighbourhood

Ever wanted to know what it was like to live in another part of HK? Check out some of the home rental listings, take a vacation from your flat and live in someone else’s sweet pad for a few nights in a completely different neighbourhood. Explore every inviting corner that Hong Kong has to offer. Whether you prefer a beachfront villa or a stylish flat in the city, the possibilities are endless. We love the look of this serene waterfront apartment in Stanley (complete with a meditation spot!), and this house on Cheung Chau with sea views, a swimming pool and peaceful surroundings!

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A Night at the Nutcracker

We love any excuse to get dolled up for a glitzy night on the town! Get fancy and head out for a night with cocktails, an impressive meal and some quality entertainment. Grab the girls (and guys!) because the Hong Kong Ballet is performing a Christmas favourite, The Nutcracker.

Buy your tickets here!

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Support a Cause and Lend a Helping Hand

Whether it be volunteering at your favourite doggy shelter, cleaning up the beaches, helping the homeless or organic farming with your favourite non-profit organisation, get out there this Christmas and spread the gift of love! After all, the world is always a better place when there is a firm sense of community. Give back and join HandsOn Hong Kong, a network for volunteers hosting an array of charitable events throughout the year. Check out its calendar so you can get involved and give back to a cause you’re passionate about this festive season!

Find details on how you can get involved here!

Read more: Where to Volunteer in Hong Kong

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Ever feel like you’re stuck in a routine? Make the most of your Christmas break and visit a part of the 852 you’ve never been to before! Embrace your inner tourist and take a few day trips. It’s so easy to hang around the same spots and forget how much there is to see and do in Hong Kong (and some of the best activities are free!). Whether you choose to wander around tranquil oases like Chi Lin Nunnery and the 10,000 Buddhas Monastery, or visit a more buzzy part of town, countless adventures lie just beyond your doorstep – explore away!

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