The end of the year marks the time for Christmas festivities and preparations for the new year. Each year the shopping malls and several tourist attractions in Hong Kong will be decked out with Christmas decorations and this year you can see them during 23rd Nov 2012 to 1st Jan 2013 as part of the Hong Kong Winterfest.
Here are some of the places which I had checked out…
HONG KONG ISLAND
Fantasy Forest @ IFC Mall
Christmas trees made of interesting materials can be found around this mall.
The main highlight is a snow-covered “Fantasy Forest” with a gigantic Reindeer Tree formed by a pair of majestic stags, flanked by various forest animals.
Dates: 22 Nov 2012 – 2 Jan 2013
Getting there: MTR Hong Kong Station Exit F
A Brilliant Tiffany Holiday at Statue Square
There is a carousel here (charges apply and proceeds go to charity).
There is also a Tiffany candy store but it doesn’t seem to attract the crowds.
You can find Tiffany-themed Christmas trees next to the carousel.
However, the biggest Tiffany Christmas tree can be found across the road.
You can also have your picture taken with Santa, who is housed in the all too familiar light blue Tiffany box.
24 Nov – 20 Dec 2012 3pm-9pm
21 Dec 2012 – 1 Jan 2013 3pm-midnight
Getting there: MTR Central Station Exit K
Carousel: HK$30 / Ride
Bridge of True Love: HK$20 / Wishing card
Tiffany Candy Shop: HK$30 / Item
Tiffany Funland: HK$20-HK$30 / Item
Times Square Lego 80th Anniversary Xmas Villages
The theme here is LEGO and you can find life-sized villages modelled on European-style structures, made from Lego blocks.
It was quite difficult not to get strangers in your pics due to the heavy human traffic at Times Square.
I thought the snowman was cute! 🙂
They even have Lego themed lamp posts.
This train was very popular with most people in the crowd except for the fact that it was right smack in the middle of pedestrian traffic!
Santa Claus(es)?? They kinda looked like fire hydrants to me! LOL…
This is one of the several Lego houses in the village.
Alas…the foodie in me couldn’t help taking a picture of this which was found inside one of the Lego houses. These Lego cakes look good enough to eat!
Dates: 16 Nov 2012 – 2 Jan 2013
Getting there: MTR Causeway Bay Station Exit A
Love Is All Around @ Harbour City
The theme here is a carousel with reindeer, white horses, rabbits and huge Christmas trees with lights and colourful ribbons – somehow it kind of feels like something out of Alice in Wonderland.
Thought the view from the top of the stairs was nice but it was way too crowded and people were shoving you around!!
Opening Hours: 6 Nov 2012 – 1 Jan 2013
Getting there: MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station Exit A1 or MTR East Tsim Sha Tsui Station Exit L5
1881 Heritage – Holiday Magic at Heritage
According to the write-up in the tourist brochure, there is “A warm crackling fireplace, a giant 5-metre-tall teddy bear and a gorgeous 10-metre Christmas tree that rotates to music.”
I was there on 24th Nov and found the Christmas tree wasn’t rotating and the fireplace next to the bear wasn’t lighted up.
There was another “fireplace” next to the tree which was actually a TV screen and it displayed flickering flames.
You can also have your pictures taken with a smaller bear located by the side.
19 Nov 2012 – 8 Jan 2013
Getting there: MTR East Tsim Sha Tsui Exit L6
“A Sparkling Christmas” at Hong Kong Disneyland
15 Nov 2012 – 1 Jan 2013
The highlights of this event are Santa Mickey’s Toy-riffic Street Party and Christmas Illumination. You can read more about it -> HERE.
For more details on the Hong Kong Winterfest, check out DiscoverHongKong.com/winterfest