It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Every December, there’s a plethora of Christmas markets and awesome festive events all over town, like meeting Santa Claus or 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
Central’s most upmarket mall has long been known for its spectacular Christmas displays and this year is no different. Partnering up with charity Make-A-Wish Foundation, Landmark’s new installation this year captures the innocence of youth and childlike wonder by setting adorable dolls in an idyllic world. Different characters can be found in various scenes such as relaxing in a tulip garden, making potions and there’s even one sitting in a paper airplane in the sky. You can take pics at the photobooth in front of the installation for $20. No Scrooge the Landmark, all proceeds go to the Make-A-Wish foundation. Until December 26. G/F.
Bringing The Greatest Showman – a new movie opening on 21 December, starring Hugh Jackman, about the life of PT Barnum, the founder of the magnificent Barnum & Bailey Circus – to life, Lee Tung Avenue has been transformed into a travelling circus complete with a 13m-tall Christmas tree, an exhibition showcasing some dazzling costumes from the forthcoming film and plenty of fake snow. Also, don’t miss various live performances and carol singing throughout the month. Until 30 December.
Your favourite Line Friends – let’s be honest, the stickers are the reason to use the instant messaging app – are taking Hongkongers on a space adventure this Christmas at Langham Place. With a cosmic outer space-themed backdrop – think character-shaped planets and floating stars – there are two specially-designed interactive games, including one with a VR booth where you can design your own planet, for the chance to take home an exclusive Line Friends gift. Be sure to grab a selfie with all Brown, Sally and Moon! Until 1 January. Daily 11am-11pm. 4/F.
Renowned British pop artist Sam Cox, aka Mr Doodle, has taken over Tsim Sha Tsui’s Mira Place and redecorated the mall in the style of his signature obsessive doodles – with a Christmas spin, of course. On top of cool illustrations of iconic London attractions like Big Ben and the city’s red telephone booths, the doodles come alive every 30 minutes creating an effect like a real-life greeting card. Another highlight at the mall is the car that sits in the centre of the display. Its exterior is completely covered in scribblings from top to bottom, all personally hand-drawn by Cox himself. Until 2 January.
A Charlie Brown Christmas is a well-loved holiday film and Times Square is paying tribute with a dedicated exhibition and a giant Snoopy sitting atop his doghouse inside the mall. There are various Snoopy displays scattered throughout the Causeway Bay mall. The accompanying exhibition is well worth a visit too – there’s a dark room showcasing awesome Snoopy artworks made out of stars. Until 26 December. Daily 10am-10pm. G/F and 2/F.
Everything’s coming up roses, quite literally at Sha Tin’s New Town Plaza. The outdoor garden has been decked out with pink coloured lights complete with a carousel, see-saw, merry-go-round and a miniature Ferris wheel that... doesn’t actually carry passengers. Oh well, it looks nice. Yes, it’s as if they’re celebrating Valentine’s Day early rather than Christmas. That being said, the garden remains incredibly Insta-worthy and romantic. Also pop into the mall where you can find several pink Christmas huts, too. Until 14 January. 7/F, outdoor terrace.
Nothing screams Christmas like a Miffy exhibition. No? Well, it doesn’t matter. This mall display is so darn cute that you’ll forget it’s barely festively themed. Spread over 5,000sq ft of space, this Sanrio-themed installations feature dozens of giant Miffy on everything from a humongous multicoloured cake to a toy train. Make a visit to the pop-up store and snag some super cute accessories and stationery featuring the cross-mouthed rabbit. They make for great stocking stuffers. Until 27 December. Daily 10am-10pm. 1/F.
There’s no grander Christmas tree in Hong Kong than the one that sits in the heart of Central’s Statue Square. Soak up the splendor of the majestic 18m-tall tree while surrounded by a forest of skyscrapers. There’s a chance to meet Santa Claus at his hut and don’t miss performances by Christmas carollers from December 18 to 24 (specific times have yet to be specified, unfortunately) to really crank up the festive ambiance. Until 1 January.
Sick of the same old Christmas decorations and looking for something a little more out of this world? Well, you don’t have to look any further than IFC mall. This year, instead of snowmen and reindeers, the shopping mall is celebrating Christmas in Space. Who knows why. Perhaps global warming has forced Santa to relocate? Perhaps he needs precious moon minerals to power his sleigh? Perhaps he just wanted a break from the missus? It matters not since you can hop on Santa’s Rocket for a ride or grab a pic with an astronaut instead of boring old Saint Nick and forget all about the North Pole. Until 2 January. 1/F.
Here’s where to celebrate Christmas
It’s beginning to look like Christmas in Hong Kong. There are tons of brilliant events happening this month and you can plan it all here with our guide.