Santa Claus is coming to town! While many expats go back to their home countries for Christmas, many stay in Hong Kong – including newcomers experiencing their first Christmas here.
Things to do
The good news is that if you are staying put, there’s plenty to do. The territory embraces any chance to celebrate, including in December. For one thing, the Christmas lights are stunning. Most of the buildings on the harbourfront are decorated with glittering bulbs. If you’re on the Kowloon side, start walking from Harbour City in Tsim Sha Tsui, then follow the glitter towards the waterfront and Tsim Sha Tsui East. On the way, you can appreciate the splendid displays along the water – those at 1881 Heritage and the Peninsula Hotel are highlights. If you’re on the Hong Kong Island side, begin at Statue Square and check out the fantastic displays at shopping centres including The Landmark (where you can donate to Make-A-Wish Foundation and ride a cute train), Pacific Place and Times Square (check out the Pokémon–themed Christmas exhibition). No matter which side you’re on, you can enjoy beautiful displays with your friends or family.
Where to buy gifts
Finally, if you haven’t found time to purchase any gifts, you might like to explore the Prestige Christmas Gift Fair in the Conrad Hong Kong Ballroom on 16 December. You can choose from thousands of gifts from around the world. It’s open to the public, with free admission! For more on the festive season in Hong Kong, visit asiantigers-mobility.com/ feel-the-holiday-vibe.
Asian Tigers Mobility provides international relocation solutions for more than 16,000 families each year, with offices in 14 different territories.
This article first appeared in the Home Décor issue of Expat Living magazine. Subscribe now so you never miss an issue.