It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! From holiday lights to festive décor, here are our top picks of the most Instagrammable displays in town.
It wouldn’t be Christmas without giant trees and pictures with Santa! While this is the season to spread joy and love, it’s also about capturing and treasuring precious moments with your loved ones. With all the festive displays around the city, it is definitely a fun, though (slightly) hefty task, to pick which one to go to; but don’t worry – we’ve done the hard work for you so you don’t have to. So get into the Christmas spirit, grab your camera and get snapping!
Disneyland is back with another year of fun-filled Christmas festivities! Spend the day with Mickey and friends at the fabulous Christmastime Ball and delve into the world of musicals, magical snowfalls and live performances. If you haven’t watched Frozen 2 with the kids, fret not, for the Frozen Fantasy Gardens Village will take you directly to the land of Arendelle with its giant ornaments and twinkling nights! Got time for another activity? Head over to the Main Street for the “A Magical Frozen Snowfall” performance and cast some magic spells!
Hong Kong Disneyland, Lantau Island, Outlying Islands, Hong Kong, www.hongkongdisneyland.com
This Christmas, Pacific Place is pulling out all the stops and turning into one giant Christmas card factory. The kids will enjoy spotting some much-loved fairytale characters, including Little Red Riding Hood and Mr. Wolf, while the adults will love getting to relive their childhood! Plus, Santa Claus really IS coming to town! He’ll be taking up residence in his grotto from Sunday, 1 December, to give visitors a sweet treat and the chance to take a souvenir photo home. Tickets sell out fast, so don’t forget to book online! All proceeds go to Operation Santa Claus, so you’ll also be helping to bring some warmth and cheer to those in need.
Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong, www.pacificplace.com.hk
To celebrate the brand’s origin from London, the Langham is embracing the holiday season with a series of fabulously British displays and Christmas packages this year. From telephone boxes to classic lamp posts, you’ll find yourself lost in the iconic Regent Street and other parts of the city. While you’re there, be sure to snap a pic and upload it onto Instagram with the hashtags #LanghamChristmas and #CelebrateTheEveryday, and maybe you’ll win their social media contest (the grand prize includes a 3-night stay at its flagship hotel in London!).
The Langham, 8 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.langhamhotels.com
The Peninsula is back in town for another iconic Christmas event! Featuring characters like the gingerbread man, the hotel is bringing Christmas to life with festive displays of six colourful ornaments this year. If you fancy any of the decorations, you can even bring a few home, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Room to Read and Make-A-Wish Hong Kong. If ornaments aren’t your thing, but you’d still like to support children’s literacy, feel free to download its digital storybook, “The Gingerbread Man’s Tale” here!
The Peninsula Hong Kong, Salisbury Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.peninsula.com
Take some fun, ‘gram-worthy pictures with the Crystalline Christmas Tree, and videos of the Glittering Tree Lighting Ceremony in the evening. Looking for Santa and his elves? Visit the gift box-shaped Santa’s Christmas Cottage and take pictures with them! If your kids are into animals and nature, head over to the Shimmering Christmas Forest and visit some animal sculptures, or learn about nature conservation at Whiskers & Friends Conservation Adventure!
Ocean Park, 180 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong, www.oceanpark.com.hk
Lee Tung Avenue is bringing us a refreshing twist on your traditional baubles and trees! This year at the plaza, you’ll find over fifty dove sculptures by artist Nicholas Cheung, who is known for his innovative light installations and interactive works. The installation is a perfect combination of technology and creativity, and also serves to promote peace and harmony this festive season. With other seasonal events like The Sound of Christmas, Wings of Christmas is definitely something you won’t want to miss!
Lee Tung Avenue, 200 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.leetungavenue.com.hk
This Christmas season, The Landmark Oriental is all about promoting a sustainable lifestyle with its Sustainable Santa Beat Trees, an innovative alternative to your old-school cut trees! Ranging from 1.8 to 3.5-metres, these stainless steel mesh trees are decorated with 1,000 bears for you to purchase and take home. The best part? A portion of the proceeds will be donated to MINDSET, a local initiative that promotes mental health awareness!
The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, www.mandarinoriental.com
Give your kids a cultural education this Christmas at K11 MUSEA. This December, experience a “Cultural Muse Encounter” as 45 contemporary performers depict the story of four muses – Art, Design, Nature and Fashion. The cross-genre narration will feature acrobat duos, ballerinas, two opera singers, one beatboxer and a marching band. Your little ones are sure to be enthralled! This cultural display will be on from Saturday, 21 to Thursday, 26 December at 3pm at the Opera Theatre at K11 MUSEA. Depending on your interest (or that of your budding designer, artist or naturalist), you can also attend the Milano Design Film Festival, marvel at the various art installations at the venue or visit the Nature Discovery Park and participate in the Festive Veggie Bouquet Jamming Workshop.
Time to head over to LANDMARK’s Santa Paws Village for a traditional Christmas experience! If you want to really feel the festivities, you can even connect your phone to the giant installation and witness the village come to life through AR technology! For those with a 24/7 chocolate craving (we feel ya!), don’t forget to grab a warm cup of hot chocolate by Robo Cocoa where you’ll also meet Robo, a robot who can sing your favourite Christmas tunes. In support of Make-A-Wish Hong Kong, LANDMARK has set up the Wishing Machine where you’ll experience the true spirit of Christmas by spreading love and making wishes come true.
LANDMARK, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, www.landmark.hk
Ready for an extra dreamy Christmas? Throughout December, LCX is collaborating with artist Too Natthapong to showcase the Thai designer’s adorable soft vinyl figures for a magical forest adventure. From fairies to baby elephants, the display features the journey of Greenie and Elfie, two best friends who are ready to take over your Instagram feed! If you’re looking to create memories with the little ones, sign up for the Christmas Workshop (for free!), or watch the Hip-Hop Fairy Dance while munching on LCX’s complimentary star-shaped cotton candy!
LCX, Level 3, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, www.lcx.com.hk
With adorable Pokémon statutes and interactive photo booths, Times Square’s fun-filled Christmas display is one that will capture the hearts of both mamas and their little ones. With tons of little houses featuring different characters, every showroom is a chance for the kids (and adults) to snap a pic with their favourite Pokémon – be sure to visit most of them! For mamas looking for an interactive family activity, Christmas DIY workshops will also be held throughout December, for you and the kids to decorate your very own Pokémon pencil case! Fancy meeting and snapping pictures with a life-sized Pokémon? Head over to the concierge and get your tickets for the meet-and-greet. Tickets will probably run out soon, so hurry up!
Times Square, G/F Open Piazza, 2/F & 12/F Times Square, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, www.timessquare.com.hk
To celebrate Christmas and iSQUARE’s 10th anniversary, the mall has partnered with Japanese illustrator Ryogo Toyoda to switch things up a bit with “Robotic Santa” this year! Apart from the funky outdoor installation, you’ll also find traces of Robotic Santa inside the mall. If you prefer the usual Santa, you might catch him at the Santa Claus Meet & Greet on the 3rd floor, right next to the interactive display Let’s Get the Party Started. Don’t forget to also check out the detailed schedule here for live ballet and choir performances!
iSQUARE, 63 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, www.isquare.hk
Time for all things puffy, fluffy and cosy! Inspired by Japan’s national parks and their mega-size trampolines, D・PARK is here to offer you and the little ones a fun-filled Christmas! For some ‘grammable pictures, head over to the House of Bubbles or the Sparkling Bubble Kingdom where you’ll find a giant backdrop with magical igloos (and twinkling coloured lights!). Also, the Puffy Wall is perfect for those looking for an interactive experience – unleash your kids’ inner artist by making 3D prints of themselves!
D・PARK, 398 Castle Peak Road, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong, 2940 2822, www.dpark.com.hk
Christmas pop-up market? Check. Free cocktails for the mamas? Check. Free cookies for the little ones? Also check. From Christmas workshops to flash mob performances, Lee Garden’s Christmas displays and activities are perfect for those looking for an eventful day out! If you’re still in need of a last minute Christmas gift (we’ve all been there!), head over to the Christmas book binding workshop and get your partner a handcrafted, one-of-a-kind Christmas gift. For mamas looking for something more than free cocktails (again, we’ve all been there!), sign up for the wine tasting workshop now!
Featured image courtesy of Getty, image 1 courtesy of Hong Kong Disneyland, image 2 courtesy of Pacific Place, image 3 courtesy of The Langham, image 4 courtesy of The Peninsula, image 5 courtesy of Ocean Park, image 6 courtesy of Lee Tung Avenue, image 7 courtesy of The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, image 8 courtesy of K11 MUSEA via Instagram, image 9 courtesy LANDMARK, image 10 courtesy of LCX via Facebook, image 11 courtesy of Sam Book, image 12 courtesy of iSQUARE via Facebook, image 13 courtesy of D・PARK, image 14 courtesy of Lee Gardens.