Hong Kong Christmas events and celebrations is one of the best annual activities in town. If Hong Kong is a splendid and attractive city in her normal days, Christmas is definitely an upgrade. Although Christmas is not a typical traditional holiday for Hong Kong, due to the history with British, Hong Kong will embrace the holiday and transform to a sparkling town full of glittering lights and extravagant decorations.

Hong Kong usually has two days, 25th and 26th of December, as the official Christmas public holidays. However, the Christmas celebration is way ahead of that. In 2019 Christmas season, the celebration starts from the beginning of November and the first skyscraper lights up the Xmas illumination since mid of November.

From the illuminated skyscrapers, Xmas-themed parks, pretty-decorated shopping malls, traditional Christmas markets to concerts, parties, harbour cruise, Hong Kong knows how to enchant everyone during the festive holiday season.

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Hong Kong Christmas Traditional Celebrations

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2018 Hong Kong Christmas and New Year Celebrations and Events

Harbour-side Christmas lighting decorations

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The magic of Hong Kong’s Christmas always starts with illuminating decorations along Victoria Harbour. Buildings will be lit up from the end of November 2019 followed by shopping malls’ spectacular and creative displays. The highest building ICC will upgrade their nightly Light & Music Show with Xmas scenes.

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Hong Kong WinterFest has been an annual event organized by Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB). This year the Winterfest is still one of the highlights of this year’s Hong Kong Christmas celebrations.

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    – 8:00pm, Dec 1, 2019 – Jan 1, 2020

    In order to celebrate Christmas, the nightly “A Symphony of Lights” show has been added with special fireworks on the selective dates.

    2018 Hong Kong Christmas Symphony of Lights

    A Symphony of Lights (on normal days)

    A Symphony of Lights Winter Edition with fireworks

    A Symphony of Lights Winter Edition (on selected dates)
    (Photo source: Hong Kong Tourism Board)

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    – 5:00pm – 11:00pm, Dec 1, 2019 – Jan 1, 2020

    Every year, a LED enlighten Christmas tree will stand on Statue Square, the center of the city and accompany the lightening skyscrapers around.

    2018 Hong Kong Christmas Tree and Display at Statue Square

    Sparkling Christmas tree on Statue Square (2018)

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Date:  December 1, 2019 – January 1, 2020
Time:  7:45pm to 11:00pm (December 1, 2019)
5:00pm to 11:00pm (December 2, 2019 – January 1, 2020)
Venue:  Various locations
Ticket: Free admission

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When everyone gets dressed up for festive season, Hong Kong’s skyline is no exception. One thing I always anticipant about spending the festive holiday season here is the stunning night view along Victoria Harbour with illuminated beautiful decorations. The annual citywide Christmas display and illuminations are another highlight of Hong Kong Christmas events.

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When do the Hong Kong skyscrapers have their sparkling Christmas decorations and illuminations? Well, the first skyscrapers start decorating by the end of October / beginning of November (just right after Halloween). It usually lights up from the mid/end of November that the skyscrapers.

Make sure to take a stroll along the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront promenade and enjoy how Hong Kong’s skyline changes during the festive season. All the major skyscrapers, shopping malls and landmarks put up special designed Christmas lights (e.g. the Peninsula Hotel, Bank of China, HSBC, etc.). You also can enjoy the illuminated skyscraper on Hong Kong Island.

2018 Hong Kong Christmas lights and decorations

Christmas lights and decorations in TST (2018)

2018 Hong Kong Christmas lights and decorations in TST

Christmas lights and decorations in TST (2018)

2018 Hong Kong Christmas lights and decorations in TST

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2018 Hong Kong Christmas lights and decorations in Admiralty

Christmas lights and decorations in Admiralty (2018)

Undoubtedly, all hotels and shopping malls brace for this exciting festival. Every shopping mall, restaurant and shop decorates. Keep on reading for more information about this year’s shopping mall Christmas display and decoration.

2019 The Peninsula hotel Christmas decorations

The Peninsula hotel decorated with Christmas light

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The weeks before holidays are one of the busiest ones for Hong Kong’s shopping environment. Maybe because they manage the half of their yearly sales during Christmas and New Year season. Shopping malls compete who have the best, cutest or most stylish Christmas display and decorations every year.

Going to shopping malls and taking photos with friends are one of the typical Hong Kong Christmas tradition. Locals will also visit the cutest, largest and most creative decorated shopping mall for Christmas memory.

In past years, you could enjoy Xmas displays of Snoopy & the Peanuts, Hello Kitty & Sanrio characters, Star Wars, Batman and other famous cartoon and comic related characters. Furthermore, once you step into the shopping malls you will hear all-time favourite songs (from Jingle Bells to Santa Claus is coming to town).

In addition, the shopping malls hosts a wide set of additional activities and events for Christmas and New Year.

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Here are the examples of some of the shopping malls’ display and decoration.

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    Last year, Lee Tung Avenue teamed up with London’s Regent Street to bring us a very magical and festive Christmas. In 1954, London’s Regent Street was the first street to introduce festive lighting and decorations. This Xmas, London style display comes back to Lee Tung Avenue again.

    2019 Hong Kong Christmas light decoration - The Spirit Of Christmas

    Wings Of Christmas in Lee Tung Avenue

    Along with the exhibition of Regent Street, Lee Tung Venue invited international multimedia and lighting installation artist Nicholas Cheung and will present his robotic and electronic exhibit “Feathered Ascent”. 50 doves will show up in this Xmas representing hope and harmony.

    2019 Hong Kong Christmas light decoration - The Spirit Of Christmas

    Wings Of Christmas in Lee Tung Avenue

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    Due to the last two year’s success, the yarn bombing street art is coming back. Some local artists have decorated some rails next to Sai Wan Waterfront with Christmas scenes again.

    2019 Hong Kong Christmas Yarn Bombing Street Art at Sai Wan Waterfront

    Yarn Bombing Street Art
    (Photo source: Facebook @Le Belle Epoque)

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    2019 Hong Kong Christmas, the popular Disney characters, Winnie The Pooh, 7 Dwarfs, Bambi, Chip ‘n’ Dale shows up in Langham Place shopping mall and holds up a cute Xmas for everyone.

    2019 Hong Kong Christmas with Disney characters in Langham Place

    Disney Christmas in The Woods at Langham Place

    Besides photo opportunities, there is a pop-up store with various Disney items for sale.

    2019 Hong Kong Christmas with Disney characters in Langham Place

    Disney Christmas in The Woods at Langham Place

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    This Xmas, the East Point City in Tseung Kwan O and shopping mall Life@KCC in Kwai Hing teams up with Japanese artist Kayo Horaguchi and Sanrio, and brings you the cute Little Twin Stars party. You will also have chance to meet KiKi and LaLa in person.

    Little Twin Stars x Kayo Horaguchi Winter Xmas Party 2019

    Little Twin Stars x Kayo Horaguchi Winter Xmas Party 2019

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    Harbour City teams up with Brazilian artist Anne Galante and presents a very warm Christmas to everyone. The exhibition “All You Knit is Love” is a unique garden and playground of oversized knitting creation.

    2019 Xmas in Harbour City All You Knit is Love

    2019 Xmas in Harbour City “All You Knit is Love”

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Hong Kong’s tallest building, the International Commerce Center (ICC), has a special light and sound show every night called the ICC Light & Music Show. The largest light and sound show on a single building (2013 Guinness World record) is free to watch. During 2019 Christmas, they add some additional thematic shows. There will also be special shows during New Year and Chinese New Year celebrations.

2018 Hong Kong Christmas ICC Light & Music Show

ICC Light & Music Show Christmas Edition (2018)

In case you plan to watch and enjoy the ICC light and sound show, there are 3 shows every night (7:45 pm, 8:00 pm and 9:00 pm) from December 21 to 27, 2019. The best vantage points to enjoy the nightly ICC Light & Music Show are along the waterfront promenades of Hong Kong Island and the P3/P4 Terraces of the IFC Mall.

Get to know more details about ICC Light and Music Show.

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Date:  December 21 – 27, 2019
Time:  7:45pm, 8:00pm and 9:00pm
Venue:  Waterfront promenades of Hong Kong Island and P3 & 4 Terraces of IFC Mall
Ticket: Free admission

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Undoubtedly Hong Kong’s theme parks and top attractions will launch all kinds of special activities and events to promote their business during this festive season. If you have planed to go to these attractions, or you travel with children, this will be the extra bonus for visiting these places during Christmas season.

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The Hong Kong Disneyland Christmas celebration is always an unforgettable event. The whole theme park transforms into a magical winter wonderland. Your beloved Disney characters dress up in special holiday costumes. The uplifting Christmas carols and magnificent sparkling Xmas decorations will definitely get you in the mood of the festive holiday season.

2019 Hong Kong Christmas Celebration in Disneyland

Come and celebrate 2019 Christmas in Hong Kong Disneyland
(Photo source: Hong Kong Disneyland)

In fact, the Disney Christmas is one of the most popular event and activities in Hong Kong. Aside from the Christmastime Ball with Mickey and friends, “A Magical Twilight Snowfall” and the traditional “A Holiday Wish-Come-True” will two other highlights. Besides, this year Disney is celebrating the 90th anniversary of Mickey. There will be plenty of themed food, limited souvenirs and special gifts for you to take home.

2019 Hong Kong Christmas event in Disney with Duffy merchandise

Christmas Mickey and his friends merchandise
(Photo source: Hong Kong Disneyland)

Get to know more details about 2019 Hong Kong Disneyland “Happy Disney Wishmas.

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Date:  November 21, 2019 – January 1, 2020
Time:  10:30am – 8:15pm
Venue:  Hong Kong Disneyland
Ticket: HK$ 639 (adults) / HK$ 475 (children)
Discount: HK$ 563 (adults) / HK$ 424 (children)

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The Christmas Sensation at Ocean Park Hong Kong is always fun to visit. While Hong Kong Disneyland has their beloved characters, Ocean Park Hong Kong is another place for Xmas celebration. You can enjoy special Christmas themed and related attractions, food, rides, shows and performances.

2019 Hong Kong Christmas event in Ocean Park Hong Kong

Ocean Park Hong Kong 2019 Christmas Sensation
(Photo source: Ocean Park Hong Kong)

The theme park transforms into a romantic winter village with a 40-foot high Christmas Tree, artificial snow, Santa’s Cottage, Angel choir and of course a German inspired Christmas market. You can enjoy some traditional snacks or look for some unique gifts.

Get to know more details about 2019 Ocean Park Hong Kong Christmas Senstation.

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Date:  November 21, 2019 – January 5, 2020
Time:  10:30 am – 8:15 pm
Venue:  Ocean Park Hong Kong
Ticket: HK$ 498 (adults)/ HK$ 249 (children)
Discount: HK$ 360 (adults) / HK$ 217 (children)

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The AIA Great European Carnival has turned to be one of annual Hong Kong Christmas, New Year and Chinese New Year events since 2014. It usually starts before Christmas, lasts to New Year and closes after Chinese New Year.

Annual Hong Kong Christmas event - Great European Carnival

Hong Kong AIA Great European Carnival

The 2019/2020 Great European Carnival, you can expect a fresh new look, new attractions, games, events as well as the world-class circus performance.

The carnival is a great option to spend the holidays with the whole family.

Get to know more details about 2019/2020 Hong Kong AIA Great European Carnival.

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Date:  December 12, 2019 – February 16, 2020
Time:  11:00am – 11:00pm (3:00pm – 11:00pm on opening Day)
Venue:  The New Central Harbourfront (just next to the Hong Kong Observation Wheel)
Ticket: HK$ 130 (adults) / HK$ 90 (children)

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Lan Kwai Fong is well-known for its legendary street parties. Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve are undoubtedly no exception. In fact, Lan Kwai Fong parities are the central event for party goers on Hong Kong Christmas and New Year celebrations. Both dates attracts thousands of party goers to this most popular party zone in town. Prepare to party the night of your life. The restaurants, pubs and bars will be stacked with people and the party action spills on the streets all over Lan Kwai Fong.

It usually will be very crowded and road block will be arranged for crowd management.

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Date:  December 24 & 31, 2019
Time:  TBA pm
Venue:  Lan Kwai Fong, Central
Ticket: free

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Ngong Ping village is full of cuteness this year. In case you plan to take the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car to visit the Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery on Lantau Island, prepare for various fun action.

2019 Hong Kong Christmas celebration at Ngong Ping 360

2019 “We Bare Bears” Christmas celebration at Ngong Ping 360
(Photo source: Ngong Ping 360)

Highlights of 2019 Ngong Ping 360 Xmas celebration is the “We Bare Bears Holiday Hangout”, consisted of plenty of selfie spots and two giant art installations. You cannot only enjoy a special meet and greet with the We Bare Bears characters, but also try and sample some of the city’s most famous snacks and drinks with them.

Do keep in mind that during the Christmas period, the Ngong Ping Cable Car will be very crowded. If you don’t want to waste hours in the waiting line, prepare a fast lane ticket to save your time.

Get to know more details about 2019 Ngong Ping “We Bare Bears” Christmas Celebrations.

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Date:  November 21, 2019 – January 5, 2020
Time:  10:00pm – 6:00pm (weekdays)
9:00pm – 6:30pm (weekends and public holidays)
Venue:  Ngong Ping Village
Ticket: from HK$ 235 (adults) / from HK$ 110 (children) (round trip)
Discount: from HK$ 190 (adults) / from HK$ 99 (children) (round trip)

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Hong Kong Christmas has prepared various traditional markets for families and the Western expatriate community. It’s great fun and Hong Kong Christmas tradition to pick up some special gifts for the beloved ones at these places.

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The traditional Christmas Market at Stanley Plaza is one of the great options to experience traditional European Christmas market. This year, the Christmas market at Stanley Market will turn into a giant chemistry lab with ver 50 festive booths and various interactive display.

This year’s highlights will definitely be the interactive Chemistry decorations, including Xmas Lab Machine, Smile Laboratory, Hyper Factory and Christmas Cheer with Carousell.

You also have plenty of chances to sample some food from locals’ most beloved brands, take some gifts and goodies for family and friends.

There is even more. You can join the interactive IG Game to be keep biggest smile while the reindeer or gingerbread man appears.

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Date:  December 7 – 8 / December 14 – 15 / December 21 – 22, 2019
Time:  12:00 pm (noon) – 9:00 pm
Venue:  Stanley Plaza / Murray House
Ticket: Free admission

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After last year’s success, the Tong Chong Street Market is coming back. This year, you can enjoy a special Winter and Christmas market with plenty opportunities to sample food, enjoy live performances and of course hunt for the ultimate Xmas gift.

2018 Hong Kong Christmas White Street Fair

White Christmas Street Fair

2018 Hong Kong Christmas White Street Fair

White Christmas Street Fair

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Date:  Monday – Friday, December 2019
Time:  11:30 am – 2:30 pm
Venue:  One Taikoo Place
Ticket: Free admission

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Hong Kong hosts a whole bunch of Christmas themed and related concerts and art performances. From ballet, classic music to heartwarming children theatre, there is something for everyone.

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This Christmas in Hong Kong, you and your family can enjoy the timeless ballet performances of The Nutcracker. Get in the mood of Christmas and watch how the heroic Nutcracker reunites with his Ballerina love.

2018 Hong Kong Christmas concert: Nutcracker by Hong Kong Ballet

Nutcracker by Hong Kong Ballet
(Photo source: HK Ballet)

This version of The Nutcracker is choreographed by Australian Terence Kohler while Tchaikovsky’s unforgettable music is live performed by the Hong Kong Sinfonietta.

The ballet is suitable for the whole family and in case you are interested to enjoy this special holiday event, make sure to secure your tickets as soon as possible. Tickets probably will sell out very fast.

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Date:  December 19 – 29, 2019
Time:  6:30 pm or 7:30pm
Venue:  Hong Kong Cultural Centre Grand Theatre
Ticket: HK$ 180 – 1000
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One of the concert highlights is the Hong Kong Philharmonic: A Viennese New Year. Ring out the old year and usher in the new with some classic music performances. Programme highlights are pieces from J. Strauss II (Die Fledermaus Overture, Spiel ich die Unschuld vom Lande and Blue Danube).

Besides, to celebrate 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, his renowned The Nine Symphonies of Beethoven will be added to the concert.

2018 Hong Kong Christmas concert: HKPhil A Viennese New Year

Hong Kong Philharmonic: A Viennese New Year
(Photo source: HK Phil)

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Date:  December 30 & 31, 2019
Time:  8:00 pm
Venue:  Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall
Ticket: HK$ 220 – 480
Website:  http://www.hkphil.org/eng/concerts_and_ticket/

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The HK SAR Philharmonic Orchestra performs their annual Classics for Kids Christmas Concert. You and your family can enjoy classic Christmas carols and music. In addition, Mascot Ah Mui and her friends Do Re Mi play interactive games with the audience. Furthermore, you can enjoy a Dessert Carnival.

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Date:  December 5 – 8, 2019
Time:  various
Venue:  Hong Kong Jockey Club Amphitheatre (Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in Wan Chai)
Ticket: HK$ 260 – 350

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When snow falls, a cute snowman comes to life at Christmas Eve. The adventure story from Raymond Briggs accompanied with the enchanting music from Howard Blake will be a wonderful experience for the whole family.

2019 The Snowman and The Bear Christmas Concert 2019

2019 The Snowman and The Bear Christmas Concert 2019
(Photo source: CCOHK)

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Date:  December 21, 2019
Time:  2:00 pm & 4:30 pm
Venue:  Sha Tin Town Hall Auditorium
Ticket: HK$ 159 – 400

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Hong Kong locals averagely live in the relatively small apartments. Eating out is kind of Hong Kong Christmas tradition (similar to the Chinese New Year celebration). Most restaurants and hotels offer special holiday menus and events. In fact, meeting family and friends in an upscale (hotel) restaurants with some good food is usual Xmas celebration for many locals. Therefore, if you would like to dine out on Christmas Eve or the following days, make sure to reserve your table in advance. Same rule applies of course for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

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Hong Kong’s highest bar, Ozone at Ritz-Carlton, hosts its annual themed Christmas Eve Party. Every year the party has a special theme or motto. In past years, you could enjoy a Hawaiian Xmas Eve Party (with Hula Dancers) or “It’s Christmas, I am Famous”.

The view from Ozone Bar is irresistible. Enjoy Hong Kong’s magnificent views while you wait for the countdown to midnight and welcome Christmas day 2019.

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Date:  TBC
Time:  10:00 pm – late
Venue:  Ozone Bar
Ticket: HK$ 370 (incl. a glass of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label)

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Looking for a different way ringing in the festive holiday season? Love some decent food and live music? Then head over to the Hard Rock Café in Lan Kwai Fong. Once you have enough of their special X-mas party, you can continue to celebrate and dance the night away in one of the adjacent night clubs, pubs or bars.

2019 Hong Kong Christmas in Hard Rock Cafe

2019 Hong Kong Christmas in Hard Rock Cafe
(Photo source: Hard Rock Café)

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Date:  December 24 – 25, 2019
Time:  TBA
Venue:  Hard Rock Cafe, LG, LKF Tower, 55 D’Aguliar Street, Hong Kong
Ticket: Free admission

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One of the Christmas highlights in Hong Kong is the harbour-side lighting decorations. Is there a better way than enjoying Christmas on Victoria Harbour?

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Looking for an unforgettable Christmas event? Then take a close look at one of the Victoria Harbour Cruise. The iconic Dukling is offering a special holiday sailing event on their junk boat. The Dukling takes you on a cultural journey. Is there a better way to treat you for Christmas with Victoria Harbour and its famous skyline as a backdrop?

Hong Kong Christmas Harbour Tours - DUKLING Tour

DUKLING Harbour Tour

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Date:  December 21 – 31, 2019
Time:  12:00 (noon) – 2:00pm
Venue:  Shau Kai Wan Public Pier Hong Kong
Ticket: HK$ 230 (adults) / HK$ 160 (children/seniors)

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Bauhinia Harbour Cruise is a floating restaurant that you can enjoy buffet dinner on board as well as the views. The boat from Bauhinia Ltd. is a three-deck boat with a capacity of 300 passengers.

2018 Hong Kong Christmas Harbour Tours – Bauhinia

Harbour Cruise – Bauhinia

For the special holidays they offer two different cruises. On December 24, 2019, there is a special “Countdown to Xmas Carnival” cruise. It includes the Christmas dinner buffet cruise (10:40pm – 1:00am). If you don’t want to stay up so late, the evening cruise starting around 7:30 – 8:00 pm may fit you better.

At the dinner cruise you can enjoy food and dessert, Santa Claus visit, Christmas gifts, live band performance, surrounded by Victoria Harbour Christmas decorations and sightseeing. The Bauhinia Harbour Cruise embarks at the North Point Ferry Pier and Hung Hom Ferry Pier. Tickets are available from HK$ 517 (adult).

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Program: 2-hour night tour (international dinner buffet and dessert, Santa Claus visit, Christmas gifts, live band performance, surrounded by Victoria Harbour holiday decorations and sightseeing)
Date: December 24 – 26, 2019
Location: Embarks from North Point East Passenger Pier (7:30 pm or 10:40 pm)
Location: Embarks from Hung Hom Ferry Pier (8:00 pm)
Price:  HK$ 517 – 680 (adult)
Discount: HK$ 480 (adult) / HK$ 325 (child) (Evening Cruise)

There are actually many more options for Victoria Harbour Tours. Check out the following review article for a complete picture.

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  • During the two public holidays, the 25th and 26th of December 2019, shopping malls, shops, restaurants, markets, attractions (e.g. theme parks) and museums are open. Many of them even extend the service hours.

  • Public transportation will extend service hours. The MTR will operate overnight on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve (except Disneyland and Airport Express lines). Light Rails Trains will also operate overnight on both dates.

  • At the night of Lan Kwai Fong Christmas party, the area around Lan Kwai Fong will get very crowded and road blocks will be engaged for crowd control. In case you travel with baby trolley, it’s not recommended to visit such crowded area.