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The 12 best Hong Kong Christmas displays

From adorable cartoon characters to a giant chocolate factory, here’s where to get the best selfie this noel
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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.

Best Hong Kong Christmas installations

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Landmark Atrium

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The Cocoa Monsters have taken over Landmark this Christmas. Amid an explosion of red and purple in the centre of the atrium, get a glimpse into the fantastical chocolate factory of Cocoaland, which is populated with wacky-looking characters – sorry, no Oompa Loompas here – created by French illustrator Frédéric Pillot. From the ‘chocolate wall’ to puffs of steam and other eye-catching lighting effects, this installation bursts into life every 30 minutes. It’s not just a Christmas decoration, it’s a proper spectacle. Until January 1

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Pacific Place

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Forget Santa’s workshop, it’s his private study we really care about. Get a peek into Father Christmas’s mind as you wander among floating staircases, levitating objects and a self-playing piano. There’ll be tinkling Christmas tunes as you journey throughout Pacific Place but if you’re keen to meet the big man himself, pop into Santa’s Grotto on the first floor for a photo ($80-$100). Or make your way over to the elves’ workshop to decorate a Christmas tree-shaped lamp or a (more practical) winter cabin humidifier. The little ones can even join in various festive activities including treasure hunts and storytelling sessions. Until January 1

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Langham Place

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Christmas just got a whole lot cuter! Celebrate the festive period with a boatload of Disney Tsum Tsum characters including Santa Micky and Winnie the Pooh. Selfie-ops are everywhere from the Tsum Tsum characters stacked on top of each other to a floating installation of Mickey and his friends trapped inside a bubble. A visit to the Tsum Tsum market is a must, which showcases more than 700 pieces of limited edition merchandise. You can take home Tsum Tsum Christmas ornaments, mini plush toys, pet supplies and even DIY lifestyle products. Seriously, what are you waiting for? Until January 6

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Harbour City

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It’s worth braving the crazy crowds in Harbour City just to check out its annual dazzling Christmas decorations. This year, the waterfront shopping mall has installed a 40m-long Christmas bridge covered in approximately 200,000 LED lights, where you can write up wishes or love message on a heart-shaped lock. But the highlight is the secret garden, home to the world’s largest video kaleidoscope. It’s 16m long, 4.5m high with a massive triangle mirror inside. Walk through the rainbow tunnel to be greeted with Christmas-themed imagery like snowflakes, pine tree and stars via LED screen walls and see it refracted through the triangular mirror. All you need for an epic selfie is to make a $50 donation, which benefits the Hong Kong Blood Cancer Foundation. Until January 1

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IFC Mall

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Following last year’s questionable choice of a space station-themed Christmas installation, IFC has gone back to basics this year with its Santa Academy, a wooden hut comprised of six interactive checkpoints. In each mini area, you can try all sorts of activities like writing a special postcard with personalised stickers or doing your best ‘ho-ho-ho’ belly laugh. Don’t miss the aerial acrobatics shows and trampoline acts that will run twice daily between December 13 and 26 at 12.45pm and 6.30pm. Until January 2. 

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K11 Art Mall

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Smashing together Christmas with the world of art, Hong Kong’s art-themed shopping mall K11 has unveiled a Christmas art playground packed with interactive game installations to bring out the inner child in everyone. At the atrium, there’s a motion-based installation made up of 150 floating rings where you can jump around to activate different light effects – and get cool Boomerang shots out of it. You’ll also find a kid-friendly, colourful merry-go-round and periscope at K11 Piazza. And to really let loose this Christmas, you can go nuts with the ink playroom’s white canvas, a 300sq m glow-in-the-dark artjamming space. There are nine daily sessions to pick from with a $150 admission fee. Until January 13

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New Town Plaza

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The popular Sha Tin shopping mall has gone down the rabbit hole this Christmas with dreamy, Wonderland-esque installations that are somewhat off-putting thanks to a giant inflatable Alice doll located on the third floor. The creepy doll is actually part of a digital installation, which also features a 30ft-tall Christmas tree with a rabbit hole you can climb through. For a more romantic scene, head up to the seventh-floor outdoor area, which has been transformed into a starlit garden. Wander past shiny mirrors, glowing mushrooms and roses as you snap some IG shots along the way. Until January 13

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The One

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Two of Korea’s biggest exports, Line Friends and boyband BTS, have joined forces this Christmas to introduce new and possibly even cuter characters: BT21. Members of BT21 have invaded The One with an impressive Christmas installation and a pop-up shop where you can treat you and your friends to some amazing BT21 merchandise and Christmas gifts. Until January 1

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Fashion Walk

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It’s not all about glittering lights and epic installations. For something a little more down-to-Earth – but no less special – make your way over to Fashion Walk. Put together in collaboration with local knitting studio La Belle Époque comes this series of adorable knitted Christmas characters covering the poles and rails along Food Street and Kingston Street. Aside from Santa Claus, snowmen and reindeers, look out for seriously cute knits of shibas, pugs and cats. Apparently, the length of all the yarn used is equal to the length of 12 Tsing Ma bridges, so it’s definitely worth of picture or two. Until January 2

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Statue Square

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There’s no grander Christmas tree in Hong Kong than the one sitting in the heart of Central’s Statue Square. Soak up the splendour of this majestic 18m-tall tree while you’re surrounded by a forest of skyscrapers. There’s a chance to meet Santa Claus over at his nearby hut and don’t miss performances by Christmas carolers from December 18 to 24 (the exact times have yet to be specified, unfortunately) to really crank up the festive ambience. Until January 1

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D2 Place

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Go on a way magical journey through an enchanted forest as D2 Place is being transformed into firefly/fairy garden. Among the faux mossy ground, trees and illuminating lights sits a 2.5m-tall bell jar for the perfect ethereal selfie shot. You can even carry around of glowing jar as you make your way through the forest for a serious immersive experience.  To top it off, you can enjoy some rooftop snowfall scenery by the elve’s cottages. Until Jan 20

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Lee Tung Avenue

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Transporting a slice of London’s Regent Street some 6,000 miles to Hong Kong, Lee Tung Avenue is taking a cue from the West End’s famous shopping street to decorate the Wan Chai destination with some iconic symbols. Accompanied by classic Christmas trees and festive lighting, it’ll just feel like walking through the British capital. Until January 1

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