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Christmas and New Year’s Eve in Hong Kong

Everything you need to know for the festive season in Hong Kong

The most wonderful time of the year is upon us! By which we mean Christmas in Hong Kong. Okay, so the festive season here might not be quite the epic occasion it is in some cities – we blame the lack of snow – but with the temperature and humidity finally dropping to pleasant levels, this is still a jolly time to be Hong Kong.

During the holiday season, you’ll spot Christmas lights and trees all over town and in seemingly every mall. You’ll also find pop-up markets in every corner of the city, providing excellent gift ideas for your friends and family.

Our guide will help you plan and navigate the merriest time of year in Hong Kong leading up to New Year’s Eve. Keep checking back to find out about the latest events as they’re announced and let the good tidings roll.

Celebrate Christmas and NYE in Hong Kong

Where to have Christmas dinner in Hong Kong
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Where to have Christmas dinner in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is great for Christmas celebrations. We’ve got awesome seasonal displays, ice skating rinks and even better festive parties. But what’s Christmas without a slap-up meal? With everything from roast turkey and suckling pig to juicy steaks and gourmet shellfish, Hong Kong is awash with seasonal eats from all over the globe. Whether you want an Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, British or regular ol’ Cantonese Christmas, our diverse SAR has it all. We sort the good from the great in this guide to the best Christmas menus on offer this year.

The best events not to miss this Christmas in Hong Kong
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The best events not to miss this Christmas in Hong Kong

Christmas is coming! So get off the sofa, stop watching all those Christmas movies and start planning a day out with friends and family instead. There are numerous Christmas events to join and stunning decorations to check out. You could even take a spin around one of Hong Kong’s best ice skating rinks to help get in the mood. Whatever it is you’re interested in doing, you can plan it all below.

The 12 best Hong Kong Christmas displays
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The 12 best Hong Kong Christmas displays

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Every December, there’s a plethora of Christmas markets and awesome festive activities to do all over town, like hitting the ice at one of the city’s best ice skating rinks. But of course, it’s never Christmas in Hong Kong without cartoon-themed Yuletide installations and other spectacular decorations. Here are the best Christmas displays in town that make for greeting card-worthy photos.

The Best Hong Kong New Year's Eve Parties 2018 – Ultimate Guide
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The Best Hong Kong New Year's Eve Parties 2018 – Ultimate Guide

Hong Kong is brimming with incredible New Year’s Eve parties, from cheesy celebrations to swank masquerade balls. Our definitive round-up of the evening’s events makes it easy for you to track down the perfect NYE bash, whatever it is you’re looking for.RECOMMENDED: Book your New Year’s Day brunch now – you’re going to need it to take care of the hangover. Or if you’re keen to get started on your New Year resolutions, hit the gym.

Hong Kong's best ice skating rinks
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Hong Kong's best ice skating rinks

If you’re more Bambi on ice than Blades of Glory, worry not. There’s a rink for everyone in Hong Kong, whatever your skill.

10 things we love about Hong Kong during the holidays
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10 things we love about Hong Kong during the holidays

Christmas in Hong Kong. What’s not to love? As well as dazzling Christmas light displays and fun-filled holiday events and markets, there are plenty of other surprises and joy to be found in our city during the holiday period. Here are 10 reasons why there’s no better place to spend December 25 than Hong Kong.RECOMMENDED: Don’t forget about New Year’s Eve! Discover all the hottest parties and dinners in town.

The best places to buy your Christmas tree in Hong Kong
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The best places to buy your Christmas tree in Hong Kong

There’s nothing quite like setting up your Christmas tree to mark the beginning of the festive season. While few of us here in Hong Kong have the luxury of space, sometimes you just gotta sacrifice a bit of extra legroom to accommodate some festive cheer inside your home with a proper tree rather than some table ornament. Here’s where you can join in the fun and get your fir. RECOMMENDED: Once you’re all set with your tree, it’s time to do some Christmas shopping at one of these festive markets, or countdown down to the big day with a special advent calendar or two.

The best places to buy Christmas decorations in Hong Kong
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The best places to buy Christmas decorations in Hong Kong

So, you’ve got your Christmas tree but don’t know where to buy Christmas decorations in Hong Kong? We’ve got you covered with our pick of the best shops to get your festive ornaments, tinsel and everything in between, with prices ranging from the affordable to the extravagant.RECOMMENDED: Embrace the Christmas spirit and check out these amazing holiday displays and awesome noel events around town.

10 Hong Kong toy shops that bring out the kid in all of us
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10 Hong Kong toy shops that bring out the kid in all of us

Looking for inspiration this Christmas? Look no further.

5 Cantopop Christmas songs to get you in the holiday spirit
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5 Cantopop Christmas songs to get you in the holiday spirit

Need something more local? Move over Bublé, step aside Mariah – this is how Hong Kong does Christmas.

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Christmas shopping in Hong Kong

12 best cheap and cool gifts that you can get for under $250
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12 best cheap and cool gifts that you can get for under $250

’Tis the season of giving, which really means it’s that time of year where you’re forced to drop some dough on gifts for your friends, families and secret Santas. Even if you’re a lazy shopper or someone who’s watching their bank account, it’s possible to spread some festive joy without spending more than $250. Follow our guide on how to make your loved ones’ Christmas a memorable one.RECOMMENDED: If you’ve got a little extra moolah, why not splurge on these amazing Christmas decorations or check out all the festive events around Hong Kong?

Sustainable Christmas gift guide 2018
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Sustainable Christmas gift guide 2018

Though we’re all aware of the waste problem piling up in Hong Kong, we live in a consumerist society with people keen to buy and receive gifts. This holiday season, though, why not purchase sustainable and ethically sourced gifts? We’ve found some terrific presents for everyone on your list – gifts that are functional, fashionable and will help support our planet. By Yvonne LauRECOMMENDED: Be sure to also check out the 12 best sustainable and eco-friendly shops in Hong Kong and Hong Kong’s best zero waste stores.

The best shops in Hong Kong
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The best shops in Hong Kong

Our city is packed with places to satisfy even the pickiest Christmas shopper.

Hong Kong’s best independent shops
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Hong Kong’s best independent shops

If you’re feeling the need for something different, this is your ultimate guide to the good, the quirky and the downright best independent shops in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong’s best vintage shops
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Hong Kong’s best vintage shops

With the rising popularity of vintage fashion in Hong Kong, shopping at thrift stores has never been more on trend.

Hong Kong’s best outlet malls
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Hong Kong’s best outlet malls

Forget shopping malls and department stores. Outlet malls are the new cool.

The 12 best sustainable and eco-friendly shops in Hong Kong
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The 12 best sustainable and eco-friendly shops in Hong Kong

There’s no reason why we can’t look good and feel good without harming the environment at the same time.

Hong Kong’s best stationery stores
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Hong Kong’s best stationery stores

Want something more than your usual mass produced biros and bland notebooks? Here’s where to go so you’re not stuck with Muji as your only option.

Where to be merry this Christmas

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Finds

Don’t miss their special Nordic glögg.

Whisky & Words
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Whisky & Words

Cosy up with a wee dram.

Alibi
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Alibi

Take a break from shopping in Mong Kok.

Stockton
Bars and pubs

Stockton

Settle in with an expert cocktail.