With most of us staying in town this December, why not make the most of it by spending some quality time with your loved ones. If you’re stuck on ideas for things to do in the city, we’ve got you covered with a list of exciting activities and festive celebrations you can take part in over Christmas.
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Join a Christmas workshop
With Christmas right around the corner, many local art and craft workshops and culinary studios are offering classes ranging from festive handicrafts to holiday baking. Whether you’re looking to DIY your own Christmas wreath or bake some gingerbread cookies, join a Christmas workshop this year and pick up a new skill that can add to your festive spirit.
Check out Christmas displays
During Christmas time, the city comes alive at night as malls and buildings are dressed up in festive lights and displays. One of Hong Konger’s favourite Christmas pasttime is to roam around the city to admire the various holiday decorations and giant Christmas trees. Keep an eye out for these splendid decorations and take the chance to snap some cheesy holiday photos with your loved ones.
Make a handmade gift
If you are still looking for the perfect present for your loved ones, why not DIY a customised gift for them this year? Whether it be a homemade snowglobe or personalised Christmas garlands, your handmade gifts are sure to leave a strong impression on your friends and family.
After a lengthy renovation, Hong Kong Disneyland is finally unveiling the reimagined Castle of Magical Dreams in a grand opening ceremony on November 21 – just in time for the festive season and the park’s 15th anniversary. For the first time ever, visitors can tour the inside of the castle and explore the stunning architectural designs inspired by Disney princesses. This Christmas, be one of the first to explore the new castle and spend a day at the fantastical land of dreams and magic.
Go ice skating
As the temperature drops, head to one of Hong Kong’s many ice skating rinks for a fun-filled day out with your best mates. Twirl around on ice and soak up the festive atmosphere. Whether or not you are skilled in a pair of skaters, a delightful time is guaranteed.
Go on a spa day
Christmas is the best time of the year to slow down and take some time for your own wellbeing. Treat yourself by visiting a local spa and reward yourself with some self-care time after a year of hard work. Enjoy a relaxing massage or facial treatment that will have you glowing through the festive season all the way to the new year.
Visit a Christmas market
Ring in the festive season with a trip to the Christmas market. This year, a number of holiday bazaars are going ahead in Hong Kong, including our very own Christmas Getaway at the Pulse on December 12 and 13. Check out our guide to find a festive fair near you and pick up some handmade goodies designed by homegrown brands.
Go on a staycation
With the pandemic still lingering, it is unlikely that we will get to travel far anytime soon. Still, you can enjoy an alternative holiday with a staycation instead. Gather your loved ones for a festive getaway right in our very own Home Kong.
While Christmas is the time to entertain ourselves with festive activities, it is also a great time to lend a helping hand to those in need. Pick a non-profit organisation this holiday and help out those who are less fortunate. Not sure where to start? Read our guide to volunteering in Hong Kong for more ideas.
Enjoy a Christmas dinner
One of the best things about Christmas is the food. Whether you’re planning on dining out or staying in and putting together your own Christmas spread, round up your friends and family and plan a festive lunch or dinner date to celebrate the merry season.
Bake a Christmas cake
Christmastime means you are allowed to indulge in a variety of mouth-watering sweet treats – guilt-free. Whether they be gingerbread cookies, apple pies or a full-on Christmas cake, baking is a great way to celebrate the season. Look up recipes online and make your own pastries while dancing to festive playlists. For an ultra-festive experience, decorate your own sugar cookies with your favourite frostings.