24 Christmassy things to do before Christmas day
21 Nov 2018
Christmas month is here! Here's our ultimate list of things to do, an advent calendar for Christmassy events, of sorts, to fill your December with holiday spirit! Festive dining spots, Christmas markets, beautifully lit venues... let this be your Christmas cheatsheet to make your wait till Dec 25th a little bit more bearable.
1. Win some prizes at the AIA Great European Carnival
This is a no-brainer, the AIA Great European Carnival should be on everyone's Christmas activities list. The yearly carnival is filled with overly bright toys, the most gigantic merry-go-round ever and tons of people. Despite the gaudiness and the expensive tokens, the memories made at the AIA carnival makes the ridiculous crowds totally worth it. It's returning to the Central Harbourfront again this year with the same gimmicks but with a bunch of new acts from the circus of Europe.
When: 21st December 2018 - 25th February 2019
Time: 11am - 11pm
Where: Central Harbourfront; tgec.asia
2. Reserve your Christmas dinner table early!
It's going to get really hard to book a table on Christmas Eve/Day, so you should probably reserve fast! There's tons of restaurants featuring a variety of amazing (and gorg) Christmas dinner menus. We've got a list of them coming up real soon so keep a look out on our Updates section!
3. Meet Santa at the Santa Academy Workshop
Santa Claus is coming to IFC. At the Santa Academy Workshop, you get to go through a course of Santa-making. You get to of course, meet Santa, make personalized Christmas cards, sing along to carols, and hear of all the adventures of Santa Claus. By the end of the course there's a cute graduation ceremony certifying your Santaness!
When: 16th November 2018 - 1st January 2019
Time: 10:30am - 10:00pm daily
Where: Oval Atrium, Podium Level One, IFC Mall; ifc.com.hk
4. Go see The Nutcracker by the Hong Kong Ballet
The Nutcracker is a Christmas classic. It's also a Hong Kong classic, as HK Ballet performs this magical show every year.
When: 14th - 26th December 2018
Time: Shows at timings for 2:30pm and 7:30pm
Where: Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre; viagogo.com
5. Shop through festive goodies at the supermarkets, especially Marks & Spencer's Food
This one is surprisingly fun. This time of the year, the supermarkets, notably City Super and Great has some amazing seasonal selections just for Christmas. Marks & Spencer's is of course a must-stop, with entire sections decked with authentic Christmas treats from around the world. From Christmassy ingredients to festive cookies, Christmas cakes, and other non-edible goodies like cards and crackers marksandspencer.com
6. Fill your Instagram with shots of the Christmas Fantasy Parade at HK's Disneyland.
The happiest place on Earth becomes even merrier as the park gets decorated with lights, decorations, and a HUGE Christmas tree right at the beginning of the park. Santa Claus will be seen prancing through the park during the Christmas Fantasy Parade. If you are a bit too old for this (shame!), with all the Christmas lights, decorations and exclusive December-only food items around the park, it'll still be a great day to take some bomb instagram pictures.
When: 15th November 2018 - 1st January 2018
Time: 10:30am - 9pm
Where: Disneyland Hong Kong, Aberdeen; hongkongdisneyland.com
7. Stuff yourself with Christmassy meals before the holidays even start!
If you're a major Christmas food addict, you might as well have some Christmassy meals before the holidays even begin.We recommend the festive turkey special at Mercedes Me that's around all December. And if you're truly keen to have it all, you might as well keep a look out for some Christmas buffets! The yearly Christmas dinner buffet at Commissary is a firm favourite of ours. But if you've already locked down a family dinner on the 25th, but you still want to go out for Christmas noms beforehand, try out Zuma's festive buffet. They are hosting a Christmassy edition of their popular yashoku (night brunch) that starts as early as the 22nd! This would be a great place for the little ones, because Santa Claus might even show up one day with gifts during brunch.
When: 22nd - 26th December 2018
Where: Landmark, level 5 & 6, 15 Queen's Road C., Central, 3657 6388; zumarestaurant.com
8. Watch a Christmas movie at Foxglove's Winter Cinema event
Foxglove is hosting a series of different Christmas classics played every Monday evening. Starting off with Home Alone 1 on the first Monday of December and ending with Love Actually on Christmas Day. Remember to reserve seats as we expect it to be pretty packed (as per usual with Foxglove)!
When: 3rd, 10th, 17th & 25th December 2018
Time: 8:30 - 11:30pm on 3rd, 10th and 17th December 2018 ; 6:30 - 9:00pm & 9:00 - 11:30pm on 25th December 2018
Where: 2nd Floor Printing House, 6 Duddell st./ 18 Ice House st., Central, 2116 8949; facebook.com/events/251512615722835
10. Visit the Stanley Plaza Christmas Market
There's a bunch of Christmas markets this time around, we've got a list of them right here. One of our favourites is the annual Stanley Plaza Christmas Market, a little far away for those who don't live in Stanley, but totally worth the 40minute ride. With over 100 booths of festive fun and treats, it's your early few weekends of December with family and friends sorted thelink.com.hk
When: 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th December 2018
Time: 12pm - 8pm
Where: Stanley Plaza Amphitheatre, Stanley, thelink.com.hk
11. Prance around all the crazy lights at the Tsim sha Tsui Harbourfront
Tsim sha Tsui is decked from head to toe with Christmas lights and decorations. Starting from the cute panda santas in front of iSQUARE, to the five-metre high rainbow light decorations in front of Ocean Terminal. Along with this, Hong Kong's iconic multimedia light show will be doing their Christmas comeback
Hong Kong's iconic multimedia light show will be doing their Christmas show gets designed to cherish the festive season. Grab your family and huddle up at TST harbourfront to see this show.
Where: 10 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui (TST Harbourfront) 12. Santa Night Run
Dress up like Santa this Christmas and celebrate the true meaning of this holiday by running for HOPE worldwide. Support this organization as they help the ones in need. hopeww.sportsoho.com
When: 15th December 2018
Where: Outside Hong Kong Science Park Charles K. Kao Auditorium (Golden Egg)
Register: hopeww.sportsoho.com/enroll_en.php 13. Lee Tung Avenue “The Spirit of Christmas”
Lee Tung Avenue is celebrating the “spirit of Christmas” with beautiful angel lights decorations around the avenue to replication the ones in Oxford Street London. Get the perfect Instagram shot here. leetungavenue.com.hk
Where: 200 Queen's Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
When: 16th November - 31st December 2018
Time: 8am - 11pm
14. Landmark Mall
Landmark Mall always has the most extravagant decoration for Christmas. This will be a great spot to take some cute festive pictures. landmark.hk
Where: 15 Queen's Road Central, Central
15. Starbucks Christmas Specials
This one isn't necessarily a spot but in this day and era you cannot miss out on trying the Starbucks Christmas specials. They have Peppermint Macchiato, Gingerbread Latte and the super festive Christmas cups everyone loves to get you excited for Christmas. starbucks.com.hk
16. Hong Kong Observation Wheel
You might not realize this at first, but the Hong Kong Observation Wheel would be a great place to visit during Christmas. You can see all the Christmas lights around the city from there. hkow.hk
Where: Hong Kong Observation Wheel and AIA Vitality Park 33 Man Kwong Street, Central, Hong Kong
Time: 11am - 11pm every Monday to Sunday
Tickets: zicket.co/hong-kong-observation-wheel17. Christmas Afternoon G & Tea @ Dr. Ferns Gin Parlour
A good place to stop by for an afternoon tea would be at the Dr. Ferns Gin Parlour to relax during the busy shopping session and indulge in on all the Christmassy treats. facebook.com/events
When: 24th - 25th December 2018
Where: Shop B31A, First Basement Floor, Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong
Time: Session One - 12pm - 1:45pm; Session Two - 2pm - 3:30pm; Session Three - 3:45pm - 5:30pm 18. Christmas street party
The yearly Christmas party organized by BiteUnite is a great place to enjoy the Christmas season with your friends. Great place to fill up on all the Christmas food too. facebook.com/events
When: 8th December 2018
Where: G/F, 15 Lung On Street, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Time: 4pm - 10pm 19. Starlight Garden
The Starlight Garden at New Town Plaza is always decked out with the best Christmas decoration with each year having a different theme. This will be a great place to enjoy the festive lights and take super cool Instagram pics. The theme of this year is still unknown but we are sure it will still be magnificent as ever.
Where: Level 7, New Two Center, Sha Tin, New Territories, Hong Kong 20. 1881 Heritage
This is another great place to visit if you are attracted to Christmas decoration as much as we are. 1881 Heritage always has a great theme and has some activity going on during the Christmas season. The theme for this years decoration is “A Christmas Coronation”. There will also be live performances for the audience to enjoy. 1881heritage.com
When: 25th November 2018, 2nd, 9th 16th, 23rd - 26th, 31st December 2018, 1st January 2019
Where: Level 3 Landscape Deck, 2A Canton Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui
Time: 6:00pm - 7:00pm 21. Father Christmas
If ballet isn’t your thing, there is another show in town during Christmas called Father Christmas. This show, based on the book by Raymond Briggs, is perfect for the little kids.
When: 29th November 2018 - December 1st 2018
Where: Hong Kong Jockey Club Amphitheatre, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Wan Chai
22. Statue Square Central
Statue Square in Central always has the most extravagant and lavishly beautiful Christmas tree in the whole town so this is a must visit spot. Each year it is sponsored by different companies. In the past, it has been decorated by big brands like Swarovski and Tiffany and co.
Where: Des Voeux Rd Central, Hong Kong (Opposite HSBC Branch)
23. Brighten Floriculture
Brighten is one of the best shops to get all your Christmas decoration. This is a mandatory stop to help you find all the decorations you need. brighten.hk24. Swire Properties Christmas Fair
No Christmas season can be complete without going to a Christmas fair. The Swire properties fair is an addition of the Tong Chong Street Market happening at the moment. Fill your belly and start early on your Christmas shopping list. facebook.com/events/
When: 29th November - 1st December 2018
Where: Tong Chong Street, Quarry Bay
Time: 12:00pm - 6:00pm