It’s a different Christmas in Hong Kong (and everywhere!) this year, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be a very merry one! Plenty of places around town are celebrating the season with trees, decorations, virtual Santa visits and more. Here are some of our picks of the most fab festive displays and events for a HK Christmas in 2020.
IFC Mall is turning the tables on 2020’s attempt to bring the mood down with a dazzling display of giant Christmas ornaments in the Oval Atrium. Until 1 January, the mall’s theme of “Beautiful: Find Your Christmas Sparkle” will encompass a light show of 3,600 LED mini lights for a truly jubilant atmosphere. Every half hour, a five-minute show will play to a backdrop of Christmas songs. You can also use IFC’s Very Merry Instagram Filters to create an Augmented Reality Christmas on your smartphone, then share it with friends and family on socials.
Installation aside, there are goodies for shoppers too, with different e-Gift vouchers given out for certain amounts of money spent, along with a limited-edition diffuser set from Lane Crawford.
Where: IFC Mall, the Oval Atrium, Central
When: 10am to 11pm daily, until 1 January
Christmas at Landmark is all about the younger ones, with the appearance of Santa Paws, his new family member Polar Paws, and their loving friends and companions. The ground floor of Landmark Atrium has been transformed into a special Charity Christmas market, with booths dedicated to supporting three non-profit organisations in Hong Kong: Youth Outreach, Make-A-Wish Hong Kong, and Principal Chan Free Tutorial World. To further the good cause, between 1 and 18 December there will be a charity auction of 12 adorable Landmark Polar Paws wearing unique scarves from leading brands (think Kenzo, Moschino, Ralph Lauren, Tory Burch and more).
Unlimited Christmas rewards are available until 31 December, with Landmark gift certificates offering rewards of up to 7%, starting with a minimum spend of HK$5,000. Also, don’t miss the pop-up Christmas Market on the third floor of Landmark Atrium, and much more going on too.
Where: 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central
When: Daily, until 3 January
#3 Times Square
This winter, Times Square has joined forces with urban oasis specialist Botanic Union, to present an amazingly green Christmas! Until 3 January, the atrium on the second floor of Times Square and the Open Piazza on the ground floor will be transformed into a Christmas greenery. Highlights include Hong Kong’s largest Christmas chandelier at 15 metres high, plus a 27-metre festive garden area, a tall Christmas tree and more. There’s also a themed interactive street art installation of entertaining animal illustrations to enjoy.
Until 3 January, you can earn shopping and dining coupons on same-day spending of as little as HK$800 at Times Square outlets.
Where: 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay
When: Daily, until 3 January
#4 Lee Tung Avenue
Lee Tung Avenue, the stone-paved pedestrian walkway in the heart of Wan Chai, is embracing Christmas with “Butterflies of Hope”. This is the world’s first illuminated interactive butterfly artwork using AI – it’s the work of Victor Wong, the award-winning visual effects director. The aim is for the spectacular Christmas-time installation to bring some much-needed hope and beauty into 2021!
Where: Central Plaza, Lee Tung Avenue, Wan Chai
When: 11am to 8pm, from 3 December
#5 Pacific Place
Pacific Place is a go-to for Santa photos for many Hong Kong families. During this year’s visit, you’ll get the meet a virtual AR Santa (and his Elves!) on board the Steamship Santa that has docked at the shopping mall. There’s a Christmas market where you can try out fun fair games and learn craft-making from the Elves. And little ones will also find plenty of fun with Christmas displays, stories and adventures around the mall.
Pacific Place is also offering an array of Christmas rewards, including gifts, bonus points, an Advent Calendar Lucky Draw and a Weekend Bonus Instant Lucky Draw.
Where: Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty
When: Daily, until 2 January
#6 K11 MUSEA
This Christmas, K11 MUSEA is presenting a series of Festive Pop-ups to satisfy all your gifting needs. Open from 11 to 13 December and every day from 17 to 27 December, the pop-ups feature an array of arts and crafts, homeware and gourmet delights, alongside works of art. You can also enjoy the best of festive cuisine at The Royal Truck at MUSE EDITION, whilst enjoying breathtaking views of the city.
Also, don’t miss Globoscope, a light showcase curated by French art lab Collectif Coin, which has been showcased in various countries and now makes its Asian debut. It’s on display at the Bohemian Garden, 7F; reservations are a must.
Where: Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, TST
When: Through December
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