There may not be snow in Hong Kong, but that doesn’t mean we’re lacking festive cheer in any way and as always, the city is full of incredible displays! From perfectly decorated and colour coordinated Christmas tree’s and pop-up Winter Wonderlands, to the downright tacky multi-coloured light displays which you can gaze at from Victoria Harbour (my fave), the 852 has truly embraced the season and gone all out OTT. And I love it! Christmas only comes around once a year after all, so why not make a song and dance about it!?
Recreating the excitement and magic of the circus, Landmark has been transformed to mark the festive season. Expect to see a very huggable “Santa Paws” teddy bear, exotic animal figurines, as well as Santa Claus himself reigning supreme as the ringmaster. The figurines even burst into life every 30 minutes, complete with seasonal music and dramatic lighting.
Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong, www.landmark.hk/en/now-at-landmark/christmas/a-world-of-christmas-wonder
Following on from 2015’s Bvlgari Snake, the holiday display at Statue Square has gone a little more traditional this year, sticking to a classic and beautifully adorned Christmas Tree! Making for the perfect background for your holiday insta snaps, get down, take a selfie and be sure to bring along a lock to hang on the railings (or buy a charity Love Lock there for $50!) to really complete the festive experience.
North Statue Square, Central, Hong Kong
To mark the fiftieth anniversary of Ocean Terminal, Harbour City have celebrated with the outdoor light display “Christmas Together” and brought snow (and snowmen!) to Hong Kong. The piazza has been transformed into Snowie the snowman’s glitzy Christmas Party, complete with a stunning 12-metre tall Christmas tree and a carousel! Head over to TST now to check it out.
Harbour City, 3-37 Canton Road, TST, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.harbourcity.com.hk
Constructed entirely from hundreds of mirrors, the amazing tree and ‘Joy of Lights’ display at Fashion Walk follows the traditional principles of origami. Standing as a gleaming beacon of light in the midst of bustling Causeway Bay, it’s complete with a built in camera to capture your interactions as you walk on by. The pictures taken are projected onto a screen inside of the shopping mall and you can then use them to send holiday greetings to your friends and family by uploading to social media!
Fashion Walk, Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, www.fashionwalk.com.hk
Pacific Place has gone all out this festive season to really immerse us in the wonders of Christmas. Stimulate your senses at the Sensory Garden, with melodies of carols and crackling log fires in your ears and enjoy the scents of freshly baked gingerbread and mulled wine. Then step through to Santa’s Grotto and take a photo with the man himself, before exploring the personalised gift workshops and pop-up shops on offer! To really complete your experience, don’t miss the enchanting selection of live music performances, that are sure to leave you feeling warm and fuzzy inside.
Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong, www.pacificplace.com.hk
Be sure to check out The Grand Piazza at 1881 Heritage Mall, which has been transformed into a magical winter wonderland this holiday season. Check out the dazzling 15-metre tall snowman centrepiece decked out in all the festive trimmings which stand high above this beautiful heritage building. Experience an enchanting HK first and step inside the snowman to be greeted by softly falling snow.
The Grand Piazza, 1881 Hertiage Mall, 2A Canton Road, TST, Hong Kong, www.1881heritage.com
The ifc mall is famed for always having amazing festive displays and this year they have gotten into the spirit of things by bringing the North Pole to the 852! Christmas has well and truly arrived and bought with it a whole host of Arctic friends; including polar bears, puffins and seals. Check out the heartwarming snowy experience and celebrate the festive season with them!
ifc mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.ifc.com.hk/xmas2016
This winter, Langham Place has partnered up with everyone’s favourite toy to create a one-of-a-kind LEGO White Christmas Exhibition! The 3-metre tall (and 100% Lego-made) Holiday Elf greets you at the entrance of the mall, before you head inside to explore the fairy tale scene, showing the King of the castle and the Ice Queen celebrating Christmas together.
Langham Place, 8 Argyle Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong, www.langhamplace.com.hk
Elements Mall have brought t the Roald Dahl classic, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and you’ll find all of his friends and fam are here just in time for Christmas! Recreating the underground Christmas feast scene from the movie, the amazing installation is a unique celebration for the festive season. As a childhood fave of mine, I will be sure to join Mr. Fox for his Christmas party (and get some gift shopping done whilst I’m there!).
Elements Mall, Station, 1 Austin Road West, West Kowloon, Hong Kong, http://www.elementshk.com/eng/elements/promotions/detail?id=443www.elementshk.com
If you’re dreaming of a White Christmas, there’s no need to fly out to find snow and cooler climes, as you can find it here in the 852! Get yourselves down to Times Square this festive season to experience the unique and fun-filled spectacular. Inside the snowy chamber you can throw snowballs, try your hand at skiing and even build a snowman. Grab your winter coat and check it out asap, as the snow won’t be around for long!
Times Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay, www.timessquare.com.hk