12 Things To Do In Hong Kong Over Christmas
Christmas is just around the corner, and while this year’s maybe a different affair in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, there are still plenty of ways to celebrate the holiday season in style around town.
If you’re stuck on ideas on how to enjoy all that free time during Christmas, we’ve got you covered. Whether you want to treat yourself to a five-star staycation or an indulgent feast, or you’d prefer to get active in the great outdoors or spend some quality time with family at home, these are the best things to do in Hong Kong over the festive period.
1/12 Book a staycation
Just because international travel is off the table right now, doesn’t mean you couldn’t satisfy your wanderlust and enjoy a relaxing break in town. In Hong Kong, we’re spoilt for choice with a plethora of five-star hotels and boutique hotels to select for a luxurious holiday experience, many of which come with stellar dining options and festive activities to make your stay more memorable. If you want to get out of the city and bask in nature, be sure to check out our roundups of the best luxury houseboats, Airbnb properties and glamping sites in Hong Kong for more staycation inspo.
2/12 Join a Christmas workshop
Are you feeling crafty this holiday season? If so, take a look at our guide to the best Christmas workshops to participate in Hong Kong this year. Whether you’re looking to make your own festive decorations such as door wreaths and scented candles, or experience the joy of crafting seasonal delicacies, a delightful time is guaranteed at any of the listed classes.
Read: The Best Christmas Workshops In Hong Kong For 2020
3/12 Admire Christmas displays
To welcome the arrival of Christmas, Hong Kong’s luxury shopping malls are pulling out all the stops with beautiful festive displays to keep your spirits up. If you want to see the lights but aren’t sure where to start, we’ve got you covered with this list of the best places to admire holiday installations in Hong Kong. Make sure you have your camera ready and snap some shots for your ‘gram.
Read: The Best Christmas Displays In Hong Kong For 2020
4/12 Go Christmas shopping
Christmas is always an exciting time for shopping lovers. Often touted as a shopping paradise, Hong Kong has no shortage of department stores, street markets and boutiques to satisfy your cravings for a good shopping break and give you plenty of gift options for everyone on your list.
If you’re looking for some holiday-themed retail therapy and more gift ideas, we’ve complied a list of the best Christmas markets to visit this season, as well as a comprehensive gift guide featuring everything from luxury beauty gifts and gourmet hampers, to unique presents for him and pets.
5/12 Indulge in a festive feast
No Christmas celebration would be complete without a sumptuous feast. While large parties and Christmas dinners at your favourite restaurants could be off the table this year, you can still enjoy festive brunches, afternoon teas or a celebratory feast at home.
A lot of stellar restaurants in Hong Kong are offering takeaway menus and delivery services for you to enjoy a five-star dining experience in the comfort of your own home, and if you’re looking ideas on how to host a memorable Christmas party at home, be sure check out these tips from Hong Kong’s top chefs.
Of course, the holiday season is a time to indulge your sweet tooth. We’ve rounded up the best Christmas sweets and pastries to enjoy this year, which will not only make for crowd-pleasing party foods, but also heartwarming gifts for your friends and family.
See also: The Best Dessert Delivery In Hong Kong
6/12 Learn to cook a new dish
Besides ordering delicacies from Hong Kong’s most celebrated restaurants, why not also craft a few dishes yourself to experience the joy of tasting your own delicious creations? Read our favourite cookbooks or watch the best food shows on Netflix for some cooking inspiration. No matter you’re baking with the kids, prepping a feast to impress the guests or your special someone, cooking is a fun and essential skill to have.
7/12 Enjoy a movie marathon on Netflix
If a Netflix movie marathon isn’t part of your Christmas traditions, there’s never been a better time to start. After all, what better way to relax on holiday than to stay in and enjoy some feel-good shows with your loved ones? From popular Korean movies to inspiring travel shows and fun food shows, the streaming giant has something for everyone’s taste. If you need more holiday cheer, we’ve also listed the best Christmas movies and family-friendly flicks to watch this season.
Read: The Best Christmas Movies On Netflix To Get You In The Holiday Spirit
8/12 Play boardgames
Nothing brings family and friends together like an amazing night of board games. From poker to puzzles and the classic Scrabble, we’ve found the most stylish, enjoyable game sets to keep you entertained over the festive season. Want to channel your inner Beth Harmon after watching Netflix’s The Queen's Gambit? We’ve also put together a list of the luxury chess sets to buy now.
Read: 10 Luxury Game Sets To Keep You Entertained In Style
9/12 Have a relaxing at-home spa experience
Christmas is known as the most wonderful time of the year, but let’s be honest, it can be a little overwhelming. As much as we enjoy the festivities, it’s also important to take time to pamper yourself and relax. Although spas and massage parlours are currently closed in Hong Kong, you can still treat yourself to a relaxing spa day at home. Check out our ultimate home spa guide and find the best beauty gadgets, facial rollers and sheet masks from our roundups to keep yourself looking and feeling good over the holidays.
Read: How To Create An At-Home Spa Experience
10/12 Host a virtual party to celebrate with friends near and far
Just because we’re practising social distancing doesn’t mean we can’t socialise and have a memorable Christmas with our far-flung loved ones! While we might not be able to toast together in person, there are still a couple of different ways to celebrate the holidays in virtual settings—you just have to be a little bit more creative. We're letting you know the apps to use and ideas on how to host a fun online gathering.
Read: How To Keep In Touch In A Time Of Social Distancing
11/12 Explore Hong Kong's neighbourhoods
There’s never been a better time to rediscover the wonderful city that we call home. Make the most of your holidays and become a tourist in your own city by exploring Hong Kong’s best, most charming neighbourhoods. From vibrant districts such as Causeway Bay and Tsim Sha Tsui, to beautiful seaside towns including Tai O and Sai Kung, follow our guides to hunt for the best places to eat, drink and shop in Hong Kong.
See also: 7 Things You Will Only Find In Hong Kong
12/12 Enjoy the great outdoors
Hong Kong might be best known for its towering skyscrapers, but let’s not forget the city is also brimming with natural gems—think green spaces, outlying islands, scenic hiking trails, beaches and more.
If you’re longing to escape the hectic pace of city life, why not plan a day of outdoor adventure and get some fresh air over the holidays? Our city offers plenty of scenic trails for all levels of hikers from beginner to advanced, and if you’re looking for places to run in Hong Kong, we have you covered with our list of the best running trails. Alternatively, make the most of the gorgeous weather by checking out these lesser-known sunset and picnic spots in Hong Kong for a peaceful day out.
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