It’s the question all families are asking right now — “Where can you meet Santa in Hong Kong?”
Have your children made their Christmas wishlists and sent them to the big man in red (be sure to download your Sassy Mama letter template!)? Well, then it’s time to take them to meet Santa in person. If you missed out on booking your spot at Pacific Place or malls like ifc (weren’t those snapped up in record time?!), rest assured, there are still places for your kids to meet Santa but you will need to be a little organised.
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Santa’s Secret Kingdom — Christmas sensory play
Santa’s Secret Kingdom and Santa’s Storytime sessions by Lapland HK kick off this weekend and are always a sellout. Check the Facebook page as there may be a chance to buy or swap tickets with someone. There are still sessions available for Christmas sensory play for kids under 4 years old, which include a visit and photo op with Santa.
Sassy Mama Tip: Follow Lapland HK on Facebook so you’re the first to know when tickets to this sell-out event go live.
When: Tuesday, 29 November and Thursday, 1 December
Where: A top-secret location in Sheung Wan
How Much: $400
More Information: Eventbrite
City Kids Hong Kong — Meet Santa and professional photo
Santa Claus is coming to City Kids Preschool for weekends in December. Head along to visit Santa’s Grotto and have your picture taken by Col Sim Photography.
When: Saturday and Sunday, 3 and 4, 10 and 11 December
Where: City Kids Preschool And Playgroup, 2/F, East Wing, 12 Borrett Road, Mid Levels, Hong Kong
How much: $250 (includes one edited digital photo)
More Information: City Kids Preschool
Read More: Hong Kong Playgroups For Babies And Toddlers
Island Shangri-La — Meet Santa Claus
Swing by Island Shangri-La for a lovely Santa meet and greet. And while you’re there, it’s definitely worth doing a spot of Christmas shopping at the festive markets or booking the kids in for one of the fun holiday workshops.
When: Thursday, 8 to Tuesday, 27 December
Where: Santa’s Sweet Shop, 7/F, Island Shangri-La, Pacific Place, Supreme Court Road, Admiralty, Hong Kong
How Much: $198 (includes admission for three people, a polaroid photo, a bag of sweets and a special toy); $100 for an additional Christmas gift set.
More Information: Shangri-La Boutique
Malvern’s Magical Christmas — Santa meet and greet for under 5s
Head on over to Malvern Preschool in Sai Ying Pun for a magical Christmas adventure. This one is specifically for preschool-aged kids, who will get the chance to make festive crafts, go on Christmas character hunts and meet Santa for a memorable photo op.
When: Saturday, 3 December
Where: G/F, Viking Court, 165-166 Connaught Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
How Much: Free, with donations encouraged to Crossroads Foundation Hong Kong
More Information: Malvern Preschool
aqualuna — Santa’s Adventure Cruise
Fresh off the success of the Pirates & Mermaid cruise, aqualuna is bringing some Christmas magic to the kids of Hong Kong. You can expect fun and games, arts and crafts, and, of course, some quality one-on-one time and a gift from Santa!
When: Regular sailings on weekends in December
Where: Tsim Sha Tsui and Central departures
How Much: Adults – $250; Kids – $330 (aged 2 to 14 years)
More Information: aqualuna
SKIP — Christmas Fair and meet Santa
Another option to meet Santa, especially for the little ones, is to head over to SKIP’s beautiful campus for a day of Christmas fun. You can expect arts and crafts, face painting, raffle prizes as well as the chance to visit Santa’s grotto!
When: Sunday, 4 December, 11am to 3pm
Where: Sai Kung International Preschool, 159 Che Kung Tuk Road, Sai Kung, New Territories, Hong Kong
How Much: $100 on the day, $75 if registered in advance
More Information: Sai Kung International Preschool Facebook Page; Click here to book tickets
The Murray — Santa’s Grotto
Take the kids to meet Santa at The Murray, Hong Kong. During December families will have the chance to meet Santa and take photos together in Santa’s Grotto.
Sassy Mama Tip: Santa will be making the rounds of The Murray’s Christmas dining spots from 24 to 26 December.
When: 1 to 31 December
Where: The Murray, Hong Kong, 22 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, Hong Kong
How Much: $120 for a family of four (complimentary visit available for in-house guests)
More Information: The Murray, Hong Kong
Grand Hyatt Hong Kong – Meet Santa and sing Christmas carols
Visit the Grand Hyatt’s winter wonderland where Santa will tell stories to kids (and kids at heart). Plus there are carol singers from Red Academy who will get your family into the holiday spirit by singing festive classics.
When: From Friday, 2 December to Sunday, 25 December 2022
Where: Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Hong Kong
How Much: Free of cost
More Information: www.hongkong.grand.hyattrestaurants.com
Pacific Place — Christmas On Parade — Meet Santa sold out
Securing tickets to meet Santa at Pacific Place is like winning the lottery! Sessions are booked out for 2022, so if you want to be first in line for 2023 it is best to sign up for the loyalty programme. The mall’s festive displays are still well worth a visit, and there are free games that the kids can get involved in.
ifc — Finland’s Official Santa Claus Village In Hong Kong — Santa Meet & Greet sold out
For the first time, ifc mall has flown in the “Offical” Santa Claus (with the help of the reindeer and magic sleigh of course!) all the way from Rovaniemi, Finland. Unfortunately, tickets to the Santa Meet & Greet sold out in record time, but the festive displays are still one of our favourites.
Private Santa Visits Hong Kong
If you’re throwing a party and want to have Santa pay a visit, there are party entertainment companies that can arrange a visit for you. Understandably, weekends in December get booked out early so it is best to plan well in advance.
- Glitter & Gore — The company behind Lapland HK. www.glitterandgore.hk
- Neon Lights — Private Santa visits, limited availability for 2022. email@example.com, WhatsApp: 5927 6777
More Places To Meet Santa In Hong Kong
You’d be surprised that all the places Santa makes an appearance in Hong Kong. He’ll be stopping by many Christmas markets and holiday fairs, festive displays, restaurants and community events around Hong Kong. Sassy Mama will be constantly updating this page so if you know any more places Santa will be making an appearance, do share it with firstname.lastname@example.org!
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