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

Hong Kong’s best Christmas markets
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Hong Kong’s best Christmas markets

Tis the season to be shopping. Here are the best places to get gifts for your loved ones this Christmas.

The best beauty advent calendars
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The best beauty advent calendars

Forget about the big unwrapping on December 25, Christmas is all about opening presents every single day of the month.

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.

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.

The best alternative advent calendars available in Hong Kong
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The best alternative advent calendars available in Hong Kong

Who says advent calendars are only for kids?

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.

The 50 best Christmas movies
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The 50 best Christmas movies

From psycho Santas to feelgood fireside frolics, our cinematic sack is bulging with treats.

The Christmas playlist
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The Christmas playlist

Forget Santa and Rudolph, Christmas is all about Slade, Wham and Mariah.

Guide to Hong Kong festivals
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Guide to Hong Kong festivals

Your ultimate handbook to Christmas and other festivals in the 852.

Christmas highlights

Lump Christmas Ceramics Market
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Lump Christmas Ceramics Market

A Christmas market with a ceramics twist.

Christmas Carol Concert Appeal
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Christmas Carol Concert Appeal

It’s not truly Christmas without carol singers.

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Stanley Plaza Finnish Christmas Wonders
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Stanley Plaza Finnish Christmas Wonders

This annual market reeks of delicious Xmas spirit.

Italian Christmas Market
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Italian Christmas Market

Love gelato, pizzas and cheese? Here’s where to go.

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker

It’s not really Christmas without The Nutcracker. 

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Conrad Christmas and Lifestyle Gift Fairs
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Conrad Christmas and Lifestyle Gift Fairs

There’s nothing like shopping at a five-star hotel. 

St Stephen's Chapel Christmas Fete
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St Stephen's Chapel Christmas Fete

A traditional English fete in Stanley. 

Hope Worldwide Great Santa Night Run 2018
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Hope Worldwide Great Santa Night Run 2018

Dress up as Saint Nick and raise money for charity.

Christmas shopping in Hong Kong

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

Finds
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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
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Stockton

Settle in with an expert cocktail.