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Best Christmas displays and markets to visit in Hong Kong 2023

By Celia Lee 8 December 2023

Header image courtesy of Pacific Place

Now that we are in December, we trust you have opened the first windows of your advent calendar and planned your Christmas feast in anticipation of the holidays. While you are patiently waiting for Christmas to come, get yourself into the festive mood by admiring seasonal decorations and visiting markets that are popping up around town. From an enchanting fairy forest to snowy cabins in the woods, here are the best Christmas displays and markets to visit in Hong Kong this 2023.

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Photo: Mostown

Mostown

Celebrate Christmas in snowy Moominvalley! The beloved Moomintroll from Tove Jansson’s illustrated books has arrived in MOSTown, gathering his friends Snorkmaiden, Snufkin, and Little My in a whimsical rendition of their fictional home. Visitors will be greeted by a giant inflatable Moomintroll as they approach Moominvalley, before meeting Snufkin on a wooden bridge. The best part of Moominvalley is the five-metre-tall winter house, which is a replica of the Moomins’ home.

Learn more about the Moominvalley animated TV series through detailed displays of illustrations and original drawings by author and illustrator Tove Jansson. Little ones can partake in an interactive adventure game on-site before visiting the Moomins pop-up store stocked with a variety of merchandise. Moomin will be making an appearance on Christmas Eve and Day—don’t miss the chance to meet the adorable Finnish forest troll!

MOSTown, 18 On Luk Street, Ma On Shan

Photo: Lee Tung Avenue

Lee Tung Avenue

Have a starry Christmas at Lee Tung Avenue! Themed “The Wishing Stars,” the iconic avenue is transformed into a “Corridor of Wishes.” Over a million lit-up stars stretch over the pedestrian walkway, and a giant Christmas star hangs above the Central Piazza. Accompanying this magnificent installation are two Nordic Christmas markets showcasing Swedish and Finnish crafts, gourmet items, and a meet-and-greet with Santa!

Lee Tung Avenue, 200 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai

Photo: Landmark

Landmark

Visit Santa Paws the polar bear at Landmark this Christmas! The festive installation features a giant, snow-covered polar bear mountain, home to over 100 adorable animals donning festive garb, a cosy cabin, and a ski lift. A series of fun-filled experiences awaits on Mount Santa Paws, including a five-metre-long snowy sled slide, VR skiing, and an exhilarating snowball fight. Wind down at the Santa Paws ski chalet and don’t forget to take pictures with Santa Paws and friends to commemorate your visit!

Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central

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Photo: Elements

Elements

Christmas is golden and full of surprises at Elements this year! Experience the magic of gifting at the “Merry Dreamscape: The Gifting Magic” display. Occupying a space in the mall is a golden tree forest with an eight-metre-tall Christmas tree in its centre, surrounded by mounts of presents and gift boxes. Visitors are treated to live carol and dance performances at the Christmas tree forest while Santa and his elves will be making an appearance on Sundays in December.

Metal Zone, 1/F, Elements, 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui

Photo: IFC Mall

IFC Mall

The atrium at IFC is transformed into a picturesque winter holiday destination this Christmas! Reminiscent of ski lodges up in the Alps, the “Snow Park” is a resort complete with cable cars, a cosy glass cabin, a ski lift, and—of course—a Christmas tree. A series of activities are on offer around the snowy park, including the interactive “Snowiverse,” an ice fishing challenge, and a ski simulator.

Oval Atrium, Podium Level 1, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central

Pacific Place

Step into an enchanting forest at Pacific Place this Christmas! A “Fairy Light Forest” has sprouted in all corners of the mall; beautiful Christmas tree displays are complemented by whimsical greenery, lanterns, and mushrooms. Stroll around the magical garden and greet forest animals as you make your way to the Snowfall hallow for a sparkling light show. In the depths of the lush forest, you will find the Christmas wish cavern surrounded by dancing fairies ready to grant you a wish!

Santa’s grove is nestled in snow-covered gardens and surrounded by Christmas trees decorated with vibrant baubles and shimmering tinsels. Stop by the fairy lake for a moment of peace and calm before heading over to the “Gifts of the Forest” workshop space decorated with festive lights and a giant wreath. Finally, follow the fairies out onto Starstreet Precinct’s pavement, lined with giant flowers and more dancing fairies.

Pacific Place, Supreme Court Road, Admiralty

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Cityplaza

Spend Christmas with Mickey and friends at Cityplaza! The “Grow with Love” campaign fuses celebration with green living through an interactive scavenger hunt and planting activity. Visitors are greeted by a giant Mickey Mouse outside Mickey’s garden cottage, a cosy winter lodge filled with decorations crafted with upcycled plastic. From there, visitors are invited to embark on a hunt to find plant-growing essentials, making stops at Chip ‘n Dale’s Nut Hut, Donald’s Water Wheel, Minnie’s Sunny Hut, and Groot’s Greenhouse of Love. Those who complete the challenge can redeem attractive prices.

Atrium and Centre Bridge, 2/F, Cityplaza, 18 Taikoo Shing Road, Taikoo Shing

Photo: Harbour City

Harbour City

Christmas celebrations are out of this world at Harbour City! A party of alien bears have landed at the Ocean Terminal Forecourt to wish everyone a merry “Spacemas” this December, bringing with them futuristic rockets and a festive launch site. Enter through the five-metre-tall rainbow neon arch and greet adorable bear astronauts! Outdoor attractions include a lightspeed elevator, a zero-gravity cabin, an exploration shuttle, an interstellar transport belt, and a 10-metre-tall Christmas tree rocket. If it gets too chilly by the harbour, step through the Christmas tree gate and enter the indoor neon space station, where visitors walk through a rainbow corridor and admire otherworldly planets!

Harbour City, 3–27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

Photo: Discovery Bay

Discovery Bay

Have a romantic Christmas at Discovery Bay! Visitors will arrive to find the DB clock tower transformed into an elegant cathedral complete with decorative pillars and stained glass windows. Close to the cathedral are four sets of glowing angels and sparkling Christmas lights, adding a whimsy touch to the ensemble. At DB North Plaza, you’ll find a six-metre-tall ribbon Christmas tree. A lighting ceremony will take place on Christmas Eve, complete with festive parades, music, and dance performances, under artificial snowfall.

Don’t miss out on the Christmas Sunday markets at Discovery Bay this December! Over 100 local brands are offering a wide range of handicrafts, clothing, and festive items for you to browse through—the perfect place to pick out a gift.

Discovery Bay, Lantau Island

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Photo: Citywalk

Citywalk

Visit a whimsical Christmas village at Citywalk this Christmas! Visitors can pose for a picture with loved ones by the 12-metre outdoor Christmas tree. Head indoors to visit a red wooden house adorned with festive decorations as well as the miniature steam train model exhibition. A series of workshops, markets, and music performances will be held throughout December. Find out more here.

Citywalk, 1 Yeung Uk Road, Tsuen Wan West

Photo: Stanley Plaza

Stanley Plaza

The popular Stanley Plaza Christmas market returns for a unique celebration this year. Kicking off on 9 December and spanning three consecutive weekends, visitors can look forward to a vibrant market inspired by Australian Christmas traditions. Themed “Chillmas by the Sea,” browse through a diverse range of festive delights at 150 speciality stalls! Comprehensively packed with festive artisanal crafts, mouth-watering treats, and a selection of Australian Christmas gifts, there is bound to be something for everyone. Learn more about the market here.

Stanley Plaza, 23 Carmel Road, Stanley

Photo: MCP

MCP

Step into a fairy tale village at MCP Central and MCP Discovery this Christmas! The “Christmas Cuckoo at MCP” display features a forest cabin with a cuckoo clock surrounded by snowmen, decorated Christmas trees, and Santa’s sleigh. In MCP Central, visitors can explore the history of artisanal cuckoo clocks with eight masterpieces on show. A Christmas market is also being held at MCP Discovery till 1 January, featuring a series of German speciality products, festive decorations, and handicrafts.

MCP Central, 8 Yan King Road, Po Lam, Tseung Kwan O

MCP Discovery, 8 Mau Yip Road, Po Lam, Tseung Kwan O

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Photo: Olympian City

Olympian City

Head over to Olympian City for a “CoComelon Holiday Adventure” this Christmas! Little ones are invited to embark on a quest as Santa’s helpers, venturing through five festive zones to complete fun and challenging missions. Strike a pose with the various festive displays on site! CoComelon’s signature yellow school bus is dressed as an adorable reindeer, while CoComelon and JJ are donning their best festive outfits.

Central Atrium, G/F, Olympian City 2, 18 Hoi Ting Road, Tai Kok Tsui

Photo: Citygate Outlets

Citygate Outlets

Wishing you a merry Smurfmas at Citygate Outlets! Transformed into the Smurfs’ Christmas village, the adorable blue creatures are bringing a series of festive experiences for you to enjoy. Meet Smurf X as you enter the village! The iridescent elf from the future will usher you onwards to the Mystery Aurora Blue Mushroom house, where you will find a dreamy wonderland of reflections and light inside. Join Papa Smurf in protecting Smurf Village from the evil wizard Gargamel with the Smurfy Christmas Adventure interactive game! Wind down at the enchanted Christmas tree and admire a stunning light show with your favourite Smurfs.

Citygate Outlets, 20 Tat Tung Road, Tung Chung, Lantau Island

Photo: Telford Plaza

Telford Plaza

Step behind the scenes of Santa’s gift factory at Telford Plaza! “The Elves and the Shoemaker Christmas Fantasia” display invites visitors to tour around the cosy shoemaker workshop. Surrounded by shelves lined with beautifully crafted shoes sits a homey living room complete with a fireplace. Watch as Santa’s elves work hard to stock gift boxes with delightful presents!

Telford Plaza, 33 Wai Yip Street, Kowloon Bay

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Photo: Maritime Square

Maritime Square

Embark on a journey to the North Pole at Maritime Square! Titled “The Christmas Express,” this display takes inspiration from the Christmas film The Polar Express (2004) and features a whimsical train station staffed with adorable teddy bears. Grab a treat for your journey at the candy kiosk, before moving onto the six-metre-tall Christmas tree and pose for a picture with teddy bear Santa! Finally, head over to greet captain teddy bear before boarding your train home.

Maritime Square, 31–33 Tsing King Road, Tsing Yi

Photo: Mira Place

Mira Place

Mira Place’s “Find Your Santa Zo-mate” display features a series of light installations and quirky Santa figures scattered around the mall. Inspired by the aurora borealis, the installations mimic the shimmering northern lights in waves of vibrant light, at times aligning to form zodiac signs. Step into a whimsical Nordic Christmas village and take a break from stargazing at an iridescent glass house, where Santa and friends are gathered for a cosy night in.

Mira Place, 132 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

Photo: LCX

LCX

The beloved robot Astro Boy has arrived in LCX for the Christmas season! Visitors will find a series of ski-resort-themed photo spots dotted around the mall, starting with an active skiing zone where you can gear up with ski suits and snowboards before greeting Astro Boy on the ski lift! After an active session on the slopes, let the adorable Astro Boy snowman guide you to the sightseeing cable car for a relaxing and scenic ride. After exploring the festive display, fans can head over to Xplus and browse across a range of exclusive Astro Boy merchandise available throughout the pop-up.

Xplus, Shop 20C, 3/F, LCX, Ocean Terminal, 5 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

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Photo: Lee Gardens

Lee Gardens and Hysan Place

Collaborating with acclaimed artist and illustrator Jirayu Koo, Lee Garden One and Two and Hysan Place have transformed into a dynamic, musical wonderland with the “Glom-Glom All the Way” winter celebration, featuring Koo’s iconic character Glom-Glom.

Christmas is not complete without festive tunes, and visitors can enjoy a series of live music performances at Hysan Place with the “Music-all-the-way” display, complete with giant instruments and a flight of interactive keyboard stairs. Lounge back at the “Glom-Glom Home-Sweet-Home" display after listening to a soulful performance with loved ones and take in the festivities!

Come dressed in your festive best and strut down the “Glom-Glom Shine-Your-Way” fashion runway at Fashion Walk! After showing off your holiday fit, wind down at Lee Theatre Plaza’s “Palate Sensations All-The-Way” display, where you will find Glom-Glom lounging in a giant coffee cup and sipping on a warm brew.

Lee Garden One, 33 Hysan Avenue, Causeway Bay

Lee Garden Two, 28 Yun Ping Road, Causeway Bay

Hysan Place, 500 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay

Fashion Walk, Great George Street, Causeway Bay

Lee Theatre Plaza, 99 Percival Street, Causeway Bay

SPCA Christmas Carnival

Celebrate the festive season with your furry babies at SPCA’s “Seaside Pet Chill Christmas Carnival”! Featuring over 40 stalls stocked with mouth-watering food, drinks, and lifestyle goods, pet parents can browse across a wide range of pet-friendly products at the market and pose with their pet babies at various festive photo spots. To add to the festivities, carnival-goers can enjoy live music performances from 16 to 26 December.

HarbourChill, Hung Hing Road, Kellet Island, Wan Chai

Photo: The Peninsula

The Peninsula

This Christmas, embark on an enchanting journey aboard the Peninsula Express! Taking inspiration from steam trains, The Peninsula invites guests to experience the hotel’s new locations in London and Istanbul with a railway-themed installation. From Grand Salisbury Station located just outside the Verandah restaurant, visitors can board the Peninsula Express, a true-to-life vintage train carriage complete with elegant interiors. Can we hear a “choo-choo”?

The Peninsula, Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

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Photo: Festival Walk

Festival Walk

Have a green Christmas this year at Festival Walk! The “Walk With Me” Christmas art project features a series of installations made from upcycled metal and wood, which aims to promote sustainability while spreading festive cheer to all. Highlight of the project is the 15-metre-tall Christmas treehouse, where visitors can immerse themselves in a kaleidoscopic world of vibrant reflections. Home to a group of whimsical wooden puppets, the treehouse comes alive with lighting and music installations. Visitors can shop festive goods and local brands at the sustainable Christmas market and take part in the stained-glass Christmas wreath-making workshop.

LG2/F, Festival Walk, 80 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong

Photo: Times Sqaure

Times Square

Join Lumi the Christmas elf on an adventure this festive season! The hardworking elf has transformed Times Square into Santa’s workshop, where visitors are invited to help Lumi and his friends prepare for Christmas. Get your work pass at the “Christmas Elf Enrolment Counter” and begin your journey! Take a look at the festive task list and get to work helping Lumi with a series of activities, including gift-packing and wrapping. Once you are finished with your tasks, tour around the workshop and greet Lumi and friends!

Times Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay

Photo: Ocean Park

Ocean Park

Christmas celebrations at Ocean Park are out of this world! Guests are invited on a galactic voyage with the Le Petit Prince-themedChristmas Sensation HoHoHo” celebration. Greet the fox with the prince at Lakeside Chill before stepping into “Le Petit Prince’s Starry Universe” at Waterfront Plaza. The exploration continues with an immersive kaleidoscopic experience filled with enchanting patterns and vibrant shapes and colours, concluding in a whimsical chamber filled with elegant red roses as the prince encounters the enigmatic rose on his home planet.

Stroll through the “Le Petit Prince Light Alley” with loved ones and admire a series of twinkling festive lights, before boarding the Ocean Express and pose with a five-metre-tall Le Petit Prince star statue to commemorate your visit. A series of festive light shows, parties, and live performances will be held throughout December at various locations in Ocean Park.

Ocean Park, 180 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen

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Celia Lee

Staff writer

Born and raised in Hong Kong and educated in the UK, Celia is passionate about culture, food, and different happenings in the city. When she’s not busy writing, you can find her scouting for new and trendy restaurants, getting lost in a bookstore, or baking up a storm at home.

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