It might still feel like autumn but take one look around and there’s no doubt it’s the run-up to Christmas. The copious amount of light displays and decorations popping up across the 852 really is something to behold. So get into the Christmas spirit, grab your camera and get snapping.
Landmark has done it again with a breath-taking Christmas feature in the main atrium. This year it’s inviting us to create joy with the mischievous Cocoa Monsters! When the display comes alive every half hour and on the hour, the Cocoa Monsters lovingly create their chocolates for all to share, but watch out for the Greedy Monsters hanging out nearby to steal it for themselves!
There’s a Cocoa Forest where the Cocoa Collectors source the best beans, a flavour well where the Cocoa Monsters source natural flavours straight from the ground, as well as a Decorating Tower where amazing designs are spun onto the chocolate. To add to the magic, all proceeds go to Make-a-Wish Hong Kong, so go check it out and spread some joy!
Landmark Atrium, 15 Queens Road Central, Hong Kong, www.landmark.hk
The displays at Harbour City this year are as amazing as ever and feature a “treasure city” filled with ways to make some amazing Christmas memories. Take some fun, ‘gram-worthy pictures on the 40-metre-long Christmas Bridge (which is the first “Love Lock Bridge” in Hong Kong), and check out the special Post Office “Xmas Post” & “Santa Studio” under the bridge. The coolest part? The world’s largest mirror kaleidoscope! At 16 metres long, 4.5 metres high and 4.5 metres wide, it’s filled with Christmas scenery that transitions as you walk through and is a perfect background for pictures. It’s an ideal weekend or evening outing!
Harbour City, 3-37 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.harbourcity.com.hk
This year Fashion Walk in Causeway Bay presents, ‘Tune into Christmas’ featuring the World’s Longest Outdoor Big Piano (it’s over 7 feet long!) and a four-metre tall interactive Christmas tree installation. Dance along the piano or create your own Christmas tunes beneath the tree to ensure a show stopping musical Christmas treat. There are also a range of designer inspired Christmas trees lining the street – each with quirky decorations.
Fashion Walk, Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, fashionwalk.com.hk
Santa and his elves have arrived a little early and are warming up in the halls of Pacific Place. With displays in every corner, get a sneak peek into Santa’s mind as you stroll through his private study and watch his Christmas ideas come to life. Opt to create a unique Christmas gift at the elves’ workshop, bring the kids in your life to enjoy captivating storytelling sessions, or just take in the silver sounds of Christmas as you roam the mall. Whatever you choose, it’s a great way to check off items on your gift list while relishing in the Christmas magic.
Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, www.pacificplace.com.hk
Looking to feel like royalty this Christmas season? The 1881 Heritage Mall has transformed its Grand Piazza into a stunning 13-metre tall Christmas Kingdom. Enter this magical kingdom and head to the throne to be crowned for a day in your own coronation ceremony, ride off on an adventure on one of the beautiful mythical creatures, or opt to enjoy an AR experience to star in your own Christmas fantasy! There will also be live performances from 6pm – 7pm on the 9, 16, 23-26, 31 December and 1 January.
1881 Heritage Mall, 2A Canton Road, TST, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.1881heritage.com
Santa’s Academy has taken some of its training outside the North Pole, and has set up shop in the IFC! Get a head start by registering online to get your Student e-Handbook, and start learning some of Santa’s tricks of the trade through various interactive training sessions. Workshops include creating fun Christmas cards, checking out Santa’s wardrobe, making your own HO! HO! HO! video and more. It’s a great way to help you get into the Christmas spirit.
ifc Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, ifc.com.hk
For a spectacle like none other, head over to the Elements Mall in West Kowloon and feast your eyes on a one-of-a-kind crystal tree, comprised of five levels and crafted from 24 chandeliers! This Christmas season, Elements Mall has partnered with Saint-Louis, a prestigious French crystal manufacturer, to present this extravagant Christmas installation inspired by the enchanting Vosges Forest in France. The six-metre-tall sparkly, crystal chandelier is accompanied by a snowy interactive walkway and a mini museum called the “Celebration in Colours” house, which is filled with more crystal delights. Nothing says holidays like some sparkle and shine!
Elements, 1 Austin Road West, West Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.elementshk.com
Santa’s reindeer have completely taken over City Plaza and are waiting for you to come and see them! Check them out at the Oh Deer! Happiness Factory as they make magic with light and sound, help them make some Christmas gifts at their workstations, and send your friends and family a postcard by Deerlivery. The best part? These deer love taking selfies! So don’t hesitate to get that camera out. After all, Santa’s deer need a little love too!
Cityplaza, 18 Tai Koo Shing Rd, Quarry Bay, www.cityplaza.com
This Christmas, Lee Gardens presents a truly special Christmas celebration that features whimsical, happy moments from Jimmy Liao’s classic children’s picture books. Check out the exhibition and grab some snacks and drinks at the pop-up café at Hysan Place. Then when you’re ready for some shopping, stop into the Christmas cottage at Lee Garden One for some limited-edition merchandise. It’s the perfect Christmas outing for the lovely little ones in your life!
Lee Gardens, Shop 303, 3/F Lee Garden One, 33 Hysan Avenue, Causeway Bay, www.leegardens.com.hk
Along with all of the Christmas decorations adorning the mall, Festival Walk will host a “Merry-Go-20th” Christmas Parade tour amongst the shops on the 8-9, 15-16, and 22-26 December at 7:30pm. An array of international musicians and dancers will dazzle in colourful costumes as they perform. On these dates, there will also be a unique upside-down “Duo Topsy-Turvy” performance at 4pm and 6pm. Most exciting of all, step into the Sparkling Cottage to visit Santa. You can find the full details for Santa here.
Festival Walk, 80 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.festivalwalk.com.hk
Editors Note: This post was originally published by Carrie Johnson in 2017 and was updated for 2018 by Manisha Nair.