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What to Do if You're Spending Christmas in Hong Kong

By Amanda Sheppard 13 December 2018
If you’re an expat in Hong Kong, you’ll know that flying home for Christmas can cause a serious blow to your savings. Not to mention the difficulty you’ll have finding an empty seat if you’ve left it to the last minute to book a flight (we’ve all been there). If you’re a seasoned or homegrown Hongkonger, on the other hand, your job might still leave you working throughout the holiday. Whatever the reason, many people will be faced with the prospect of spending Christmas in the 852, but don’t fret – festive cheer can be found around every corner. Here’s how to spend an unexpected Christmas in Hong Kong.

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Get Quizzical

There’s nothing quite like a Christmas quiz to get you into the spirit of things. With the weather set to cool, head indoors with a glass of mulled wine and put your skills to the test. And if that means brushing up on Christmas classic films and tunes in the run-up to quiz night, who are we to argue? Check out the Best Pub Quiz Nights around town.

Head for the Hills

Winter in Hong Kong typically means one thing – the glorious departure of sticky summers. There’s no better time to go hiking and to tackle one of the city’s many peaks. With the majority of Hong Kong either on holiday, last-minute shopping for presents, or at home with their families, the hiking trails are relatively empty. That means not having to queue to get up Dragon’s Back and skipping the traffic jams on the way to and from Sai Kung. Discover some amazing hiking routes and tips for Hong Kong.

Join the Circus

If it’s festive fun you’re after, then Hong Kong has a lot to offer. With Christmas almost upon us and Chinese New Year soon to follow, the AIA Carnival is back with a whole host of new adrenaline-fuelled rides, family-friendly attractions, and games. From classic Christmas performances like The Nutcracker to pantomimes, and festive children’s activities to Christmas markets and fairs, there are plenty of ways to while away a day.

Don Your Flat in Decorations

There’s nothing like a day of decorating to quell any Grinch-like tendencies that may have been brewing. Every little counts, so Spotify your favourite tunes, go to town with the tinsel, and stock up on all manner of Christmas decorations. We’ve put together a list of the best places to buy trees and decorations, to help you on your merry way.

Host a Merry Friendsmas

Friendsgivings have taken off around the world – as people take time to celebrate their loved ones even when their families are far away. So why not put the same spin on Christmas Day in Hong Kong and throw a traditional roast dinner for your nearest and dearest (if you and your kitchen are up to the task, of course). If not (and we can’t say we blame you), then there are loads of delicious Christmas meals and deals on offer in restaurants around town.

Make it a Season of Giving

It is the season of giving after all, so why not take the time to help those in the community who find themselves in need. There are so many ways to give back in Hong Kong, from Impact HK’s kindness walks to donating old clothes and furniture, to giving blood at the Red Cross. Not only will you be doing something good, but you’ll also feel good doing it. Unsure where to begin? We’ve put together a comprehensive guide to charity work in Hong Kong to help you get started.
Read more! Explore the rest of our Christmas articles on Localiiz.

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Amanda Sheppard

Senior editor

Following a brief and bitterly cold stint in Scotland, Amanda returned to Hong Kong—a place she’s called home for over 18 years—to begin her career as a writer. She can often be found getting lost somewhere very familiar, planning her next holiday, and enjoying a cup (or three) of good, strong coffee.