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10 things to do in Hong Kong this Christmas

By Celia Lee 16 December 2022

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Everyone in Hong Kong is gearing up for the festivities that Christmas brings. From dazzling displays to mouth-watering festive menus, there’s no shortage of the holiday spirit in our beloved city! So what exactly can you do to celebrate with your loved ones this Christmas? Here are 10 things we think are worth doing in Hong Kong this holiday!

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Enjoy Christmas movies outdoors

Christmas is not complete without a few classic flicks, so snuggle up and binge everything from Love Actually to Polar Express. But binge-watching movies on your couch is overrated. In Hong Kong, you can have the same cosy experience outdoors this Christmas!

Photo: Moonlit Movies

Moonlit Movies

Beach cinema experience Moonlit Movies is offering movie junkies a selection of festive flicks to get you in the Christmas spirit this December. Browse through Moonlit Movies’ screening list here, and book your tickets here before 18 December for an atmospheric experience of the holidays on Discovery Bay’s Tai Pak Beach!

Moonlit Movies, Tai Pak Beach, Discovery Bay

Photo: The Grounds

The Grounds

Hong Kong’s go-to outdoor cinema, The Grounds, is also catering to the building festive spirit by putting on a range of Christmas movies! Read through its programme list here and prepare to sit back and enjoy your comfort film with premium food and beverage offerings from BaseHall. Tickets are available here.

The Grounds, Hong Kong Observation Wheel & AIA Vitality Park, 33 Man Kwong Street, Central

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Get crafty, get baking

Christmas is a time for arts, crafts, and a ridiculous amount of food—think gorgeous wreaths, adorable ornaments, chocolate yule logs, and spicy minced pies! What can make these festive treats even more enjoyable? Try making them yourself by channelling your inner craftsman and baker this Christmas and gift your creations to loved ones!

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I Love Babycakes

I Love Babycakes, a baking studio slash bakery in Wan Chai, is offering three Christmassy workshops for you this festive season: a Christmas-themed butter cookies workshop, a Christmas cake pops workshop, and the classic gingerbread men workshop. Sign up for one or all three workshops and impress your loved ones at your next gathering this December!

I Love Babycakes, 15 Lung On Street, Wan Chai

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Mosaic Art Studio

Mosaic Art Studio, a traditional Turkish art studio, has workshops that are guaranteed to bring warmth and cosiness to your living space. Check out its mosaic lamp workshop where you get to work on and then take home a beautifully colourful lamp! Book now and enjoy 15 percent off on all workshop reservations available until 31 December. If you want to learn more about the other workshops that Mosaic offers, you can read up on them here.

Mosaic Art Studio, Unit 705, World Interest Building, 8 Tsun Yip Lane, Kwun Tong

Want to set the mood for the holidays in your space with a few festive decorations made personally by you? You can also check out our round-ups on the best tufting classes and candle-making workshops in Hong Kong!

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See Christmas displays and decorations

If there’s one thing that Hong Kong does well during the Christmas season, it’s the variety of Christmas displays and decorations dotted around the city! From large-scale, interactive displays like the Mrs Claus Bakery at Landmark and UniChristmas at Harbour City, to quirky and quaint decorations found in the middle of shopping malls, there’s bound to be something festive near you. Check out our round-up of the best Christmas displays and decorations in Hong Kong this season for the best places to snap a picture with your loved ones.

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Go on a festive holiday

Hong Kong is finally opening back up after a long two years of quarantine! And Christmas is the perfect time for you to hop on a plane and tour the world. Not sure where to go after being grounded for so long? Overwhelmed by the list of choices on offer at your local travel agency? Check out our list of curated short-haul Asia destinations that are perfect to travel to this Christmas! With this list, you’re guaranteed a great getaway wherever you go.

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See winter foliage and experience nature in a different state

Hong Kong is home to a variety of natural phenomena. From volcanic rock formations to long stretches of white sand beaches, this concrete jungle that we love has an unexpectedly natural side to offer its inhabitants and visitors. Particularly as winter approaches, some parts of the countryside change drastically with bright and vibrant colours. Check out our guide to the best places to see winter foliage and experience a Hong Kong that is no longer evergreen but coloured with breathtaking shades of the season.

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Try festive menus

Hong Kong has always been the city for a wide range of international cuisines, and Christmas is when they all get groovy and creative with festive menus! From traditional roasted birds to innovative Christmas dinners with a Mediterranean twist, you can try it all in Hong Kong this Christmas! Check out our round-up of the best Christmas menus in Hong Kong this festive season and indulge in a dining extravaganza.

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Try traditional winter foods

With winter already in full force in Hong Kong, city dwellers are pulling out all the best seasonal, nurturing foods to equip everyone for the cold weather. Claypot rice is an authentic delicacy in Hong Kong, and our city offers up some of the best options when winter comes. Congee is the humble rice porridge native to our coastal city and is the perfect warming meal when the weather drops below 20 degrees. Hot pot is another favourite across all ages and is perfect for any winter gatherings you’re planning for this Christmas. If you want to learn more about essential winter foods that are eaten by locals in the city, check out our guide!

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Go Christmas shopping

Christmas is a time for gifting, and gift options can easily pile up to the point of being overwhelming. Check out our guide to the best Christmas gifts this year for some ideas as you plan your shopping strategy for festive sales.

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Go on a festive staycation

Too late to book tickets for a holiday outside the city? Not to worry! You can relax and unwind in a similar fashion without ever getting on a plane this Christmas with the variety of festive staycation packages on offer at hotels in Hong Kong. Not sure which is the best for you? Check out our list of the best Christmas staycations with details of the packages we think are worth experiencing this December.

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Go on a hike and treat yourself to a BBQ

Hong Kong is home to many hiking trails, but some are most beautiful and easiest to complete when the weather finally cools. Check out our list of the best winter hikes in Hong Kong and get inspiration for which trail you should conquer in time for Christmas. Not fancying any of the trails on the list? Not to worry! Our comprehensive hiking section covers a wide range of trails in the city and there’s bound to be one for you to try out this Christmas.

Why not stop for a quick barbecue on your journey to completing a new hike? Check out our list of the best barbecue spots in Hong Kong! With such an extensive list, there’s bound to be one you can intercept whilst enjoying a soothing yet challenging winter hike.

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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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