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Hong Kong’s best Christmas displays & markets to visit

By Beverly Ngai 4 December 2020

It’s that magical time of the year again when shopping malls transform into a visual feast of dazzling Christmas displays and streets are brimming with charming stalls selling festive trinkets, quirky gifts, and handicrafts, all aglow with twinkling lights.

While this year’s holiday season might be looking a little quieter than usual, there are still some festive happenings around the city that can be enjoyed (with proper precautions and adherence to social distancing guidelines, of course). So if you’re in need of a little holiday cheer to lift the pandemic-induced gloom, here are some spectacular Christmas displays and markets to check out!

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Christmas markets

Christmas Market at The Langham

Whether you are enjoying a festive escape at the luxury hotel or casually shopping around the Tsim Sha Tsui area, you are welcome to pop by The Langham Christmas Market for a browse through their display of unique local crafts. Looking for a great way to give back to the community this holiday season? Head on over to the booth manned by the charity organisation Heep Hong Society and purchase one of their custom-designed tote-bags. All proceeds from the booth will go towards helping children and youths in need!

When: Now until 27 December 2020
Where: The Langham Christmas Market, 8 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
How much:
Free admission
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Christmas Market at Landmark

Want to get a head start on holiday shopping? Landmark’s European-style Christmas market is the one-stop-shop to go! Soak in the festive atmosphere fortified by the melodic Christmas carols and cinnamon scents as you peruse the pop-up stalls. Offering a wide range of fun and exclusive Christmas merchandise, from fine spirits and homeware to designer accessories and food hampers, this trendy, buzzing Christmas market has you covered for all your Christmas gifting needs.

When: Now until 31 December 2020
Where:
3/F, Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central
How much:
Free admission
Click here for more information

Photo credit: freestocks.org (via Pexels)

X’mas Market at K11 Art Mall

K11 Art Mall is here to get you in the mood for the holidays, presenting a Christmas pop-up stocked with all manners of festive gifts and indulgent treats! Whether you are shopping for a loved one, yourself, or a complete stranger, you are sure to find something special for everyone. They’re only open on the weekends and the few days around Christmas, so grab the chance to pick out some haul-worthy finds!

When: 5–20 December 2020 (Every Sat & Sun), 24–27 December 2020
Where:
K11 Art Mall, 18 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
How much:
Free admission
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Christmas displays

Santa Paws and Polar Paws at Landmark

While you are busy checking things off your Christmas list, don’t forget to make a stop at the Christmas installation in the mall’s atrium and take a selfie with Santa Paws, Polar Paws, and their adorable friends! Equally worth checking out are the adjoining charity booths dedicated to supporting three non-profit organisations in Hong Kong—Youth Outreach, Make-A-Wish Hong Kong, and Principal Chan Free Tutorial World. On offer at the stalls are balloons, plushies, personalised Christmas stockings, and festive nosh!

When: 15 December to 3 January 2021
Where: Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central
How much: Free admission
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“Feel the Christmas Kisses” at Citygate Outlets

Venture into a secret fairy-tale woodland and embark on a “Kissy Christmas Journey” at Citygate Outlets! Tung Chung’s iconic outlet mall is inviting you to “Feel the Christmas Kisses” this winter, exhibiting four Instagrammable woodland-themed scenes for you to snap away to your heart’s content, including a reindeer sleigh, a giant “kissy snowman” and a 6-metre-tall “kissy tree house” manned by Santa’s trusty elves! After wrapping up your photo session, get crafty at the holographic kissy post office and make your own Christmas wooden tag printed with your kisses!

When: Now until 3 January 2021
Where:
Citygate Outlets, 20 Tat Tung Road, Tung Chung
How much:
Free admission
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“Butterflies of Hope” at Lee Tung Avenue

Flanked by well-manicured trees and colonial-era style buildings, Lee Tung Avenue lends itself perfectly to Christmas displays, so every year come Christmas time we look forward to seeing this photogenic street turn into a dazzling festive spectacle. This year, they’re showcasing the world’s first AI butterflies illuminating interactive art—“Butterflies of Hope”. Brought to life by 2019 artist of the year Victor Wong, the magnificent butterfly-themed display features a seven-metre stained glass butterfly and over 350 LED butterflies scattered throughout the entire boulevard.

When: Now until 3 January 2021
Where:
Lee Tung Avenue, 200 Queen's Road East, Wan Chai
How much:
Free admission
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By Tsim Sha Tsui Centre & Empire Centre Sponsored | 1 December 2020

“It’s Christmas Time” at Times Square

Time Square is celebrating Christmas this year by joining hands with Botanic Union and bringing you a green Christmas utopia! Showcasing the largest Christmas chandelier in the city, an elaborate 27-metre-long festive garden, and a 2.5-metre box-planted Christmas tree, you have no shortage of delicious Christmas eye-candy to keep your spirits up as you plough through your Christmas shopping list! Speaking of which, remember to stop by the limited-edition pop-up stores as well to get your hands on some special plants from across the globe and European Christmas sweets!

When: Now until 3 January 2021
Where:
Times Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay
How much:
Free admission
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Dance machine at Tsim Sha Tsui Centre & Empire Centre

Instead of focusing on in-mall displays, Tsim Sha Tsui Centre & Empire Centre have channelled their Christmas decorating energy outwards this year. In an effort to get people on their feet and dancing—in a safe way—the area outside the malls has been turned into Hong Kong’s largest-ever “dance machine”, complete with a gigantic 4,000-square-metre LED wall playing animated dance videos. Dance along for fun, fitness, or the chance to win an iPhone 12 Pro—yes, we’re serious.

When: Now until 1 January 2021
Where: Tsim Sha Tsui Centre & Empire Centre, 66–68 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
How much: Free admission
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“Kissmas in Town” at New Town Plaza

This one is for all the lovebirds out there! Spend a romantic moment with your special person underneath the mistletoe at New Town Plaza’s 1,000-square-feet Christmas attraction “Kissmas in Town”. Inside the mistletoe-themed garden, you will find an array of British film-inspired Christmas décor, such as the pavilion of pledge, the tunnel of lover’s bond, a lover’s confession booth, and a lovey-dovey teddy—all set amidst a stunning backdrop reminiscent of London’s iconic Covent Garden, a classic landmark and internationally renowned Christmas destination.

When: Now until 3 January 2021
Where:
New Town Plaza, 18–19 Sha Tin Centre Street, Sha Tin
How much:
Free admission
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“Magical Christmas Celebration” at Lee Gardens

When you sprinkle a healthy dose of Disney magic into the festive season, it’s almost impossible not to smile with glee. In celebration of Hong Kong Disneyland’s fifteenth anniversary, Mickey, Minnie and their friends are collaborating with Lee Gardens in Causeway Bay to present a special Christmas celebration featuring a number of whimsical, Disney-themed photo check-ins for all to enjoy. Couples will adore the 3-metre glittering Christmas tree for capturing romantic shots while little ones will be jumping in joy over the magical Christmas town—especially when they see the all the scrumptious treats offered at Disneyland pop-up dessert store!

When: Early December until 3 January 2021
Where:
Hysan Place, Lee Garden Two, and Lee Theatre Plaza, Causeway Bay
How much:
Free admission
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“White Christmas Village” at Elements

Who says you can’t have a white Christmas in Hong Kong? Element’s “White Christmas Village” sets out to delight families and children across the town with its snow-kissed Christmas trees and glittering displays. Visitors can snap photos with the miniature European-style houses and alleyways or take a walk through the wishing arc. And if you’re lucky, you might even catch the snowy music light show that plays every half an hour from 10 am to 9:30 pm.

When: Now until 3 January 2021
Where:
Elements Metal Zone, 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui
How much:
Free admission
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“Beautiful: Find your Christmas Sparkle” at IFC Mall

Nothing screams Christmas more than sparkly lights. This holiday season, IFC mall’s Oval Atrium will be illuminated with a six-metre-high Christmas bauble sparkle and an immersive sensory light show that will be paired with a symphony of music every half hour. To get the ultimate exhilarating holiday experience, create a personalised festive greeting video using the mall’s AR technology-enabled digital interactives and send a warm Christmas wish to your loved ones.

When: Now until 1 January 2021
Where:
IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central
How much:
Free admission
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“A Very Musea Christmas” at K11 Musea

Hopping on a plane and jetting off to some far-flung locale might not be an option for most of us this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a cultural experience this holiday season! K11 Musea is here to bring you an array of cultural festive happenings, starting with Globoscope, a site-specific immersive light showcase by Collectif Coin that has travelled across Europe and, the U.K., and the United States before making its debut in Hong Kong. The sight of the glowing white balloons strewn across Bohemian Garden will have you instantly entranced. The mall is also unveiling glistening golden Christmas trees across various indoor and outdoor locations within its premises, an exquisite festive ensemble curated by local emerging creatives from the Cedar Academy.

When: Now until 3 January 2021
Where:
K11 Musea, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
How much:
Free admission
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By The Murray, Hong Kong Sponsored | 3 December 2020

Santa Claus Future Sky Town at PopCorn Mall

Dozens and dozens of Santa Clauses are coming to town! Make your way to PopCorn Mall this Christmas season and marvel at the futuristic Santa Claus Sky Town, where you will find a six-metre-tall Christmas tree, hot air balloons and lighthouse installations, and over a hundred miniature Santa Claus figurines on display—some of them even in motion! Every 15 minutes, the hot air balloons and the lighthouses will light up, rise, and rotate in a synchronized display, so keep a keen eye out!

When: Now until 3 January 2021
Where:
PopCorn, 9 Tong Yin Street, Tseung Kwan O
How much:
Free admission
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Christmas Every Day at Harbour City

Harbour City is all decked out for the holidays, with four major photo hotspots to look out for. Right at the staircase entrance of Ocean Terminal are a three-metre-tall Christmas bear installation and a giant European-style wooden house festooned with twinkly lights and rainbow coloured checkered windows. There is also an LED-lit Christmas garden and cosy campfire tents on the Ocean Terminal Deck, as well as a Christmas bear charity stall inside the shopping mall. Brace yourself for all the festive and fuzzy feels!

When: Now until 3 January 2021
Where:
Harbour City, 7 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
How much:
Free admission
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A Green Christmas: “Fabrics and Wreath” at TKO Plaza

TKO Plaza is adding a sustainability twist to their large-scale festive art installation! AaaM Architects, Made In Sample, KaCaMa, and Worksheet studio have joined forces to put together a spectacular Christmas display consisting of an enormous kaleidoscopic wreath patched together using recycled fabrics and upcycled seating fixtures made out of recycled tea leaves and reclaimed wood. In addition, visitors can also wander into the Christmas market and explore the local handicraft stalls and DIY workshops!

When: Now until 3 January 2021
Where:
1/F, Atrium, TKO Plaza, 1 Tong Tak Street, Tseung Kwan O
How much: Free admission
Click here for more information

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Beverly Ngai

Junior editor

A wanderer, chronic overthinker, and baking enthusiast, Beverly spent much of her childhood in the United States before moving to Hong Kong at age 11 and making the sparkling city her home. In her natural habitat, she can be found baking up a storm in her kitchen, journalling at a café, or scrolling through OpenRice deciding on her next meal.

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