Hong Kong’s year-end festivities are in full swing, a wide variety of family-friendly events for Christmas and New Year. Here are the top six WinterFest must-visits:
Statue Square Christmas Tree
Hong Kong’s skyline will shine with more glamour than usual as buildings get dressed up for the festive occasion.
Soak up the romantic ambience under the dazzling Statue Square Christmas Tree, standing in a forest of glittering skyscrapers in the heart of the city. Santa Claus and his friends will be making a number of visits that will delight the kids while Christmas choirs will be filling the air with classic carols.
Until January 1, MTR station Central, Exit K
Spectacular Light Shows
At Victoria Harbour, “A Symphony of Lights” is a magnificent display of dynamic lights synchronised to music. It was named the world’s Largest Permanent Light and Sound Show in Guinness World Records in 2005.
This year a new light show with music performed by the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra will be unveiled, with more than 40 buildings on both sides of the harbour erupting in a sensational spectacle.
In addition, for a magnificent splash of colour, the Hong Kong Pulse Light Show (until 28 December) is an exhilarating multimedia performance with spectacular lighting effects, 3D projection mapping, music and sound effects at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Open Piazza.
MTR East Tsim Sha Tsui Station Exit L6 or J or MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station Exit E, and follow the signs to the Cultural Centre
Hong Kong Disneyland
For children of all ages, you can’t miss a joyful visit to Disneyland. This breathtaking winter wonderland will be filled with Yuletide carols, magical lights, shimmering snowflakes and more.
Take selfies with your favourite Disney friends dressed in their holiday finery. This will also be an excellent chance to experience a White Christmas with festive Disney magic from day to night.
Until January 1, MTR station Disneyland Resort
Ocean Park Christmas Sensation
At Ocean Park, this year’s celebration will be marked by the first-ever virtual reality roller-coaster ride in Hong Kong, where thrill-seeking guests can don VR headsets and feel a surge of multisensory excitement during the ride. Several VR game zones have been set up to test the speed and strength of guests in action-packed game challenges.
Don’t miss the “Christmas Sensation”, with the park’s 40-foot tree, Santa’s Cottage, Garden of Romance and artificial snow, and the Christmas market, with its great gift inspirations. Catch the angelic choir performing classic carols and all-time favourites every night.
Until January 1, MTR station Ocean Park
Christmas in the Air at Harbour City
One of the top attractions during the season is the annual Christmas lighting display at Harbour City. With this year’s extraordinarily colourful theme “Christmas in the Air”, a giant Santa airship 20 metres long and seven metres high and with more than 2,000 LED lights shining in its body will be welcoming everyone to go on board and receive warm greetings from Santa.
Harbour City invited Hong Kong’s unmanned aerial vehicle expert George Chan to design the city’s first aerial-drone show, combined with the LED violin band and a hoop-dance performance.
Until January 1, MTR station Tsim Sha Tsui, Exit A1 or L5
New Year Countdown
Ring in 2018 with fireworks. A party atmosphere will take over the entire city on New Year’s Eve as throngs of revellers take part in the countdown. When the clock ticks down to midnight, “Magical Star Dusts” from fireworks and pyrotechnics will light up the skies and illuminate beautiful Victoria Harbour.
Grab this chance to “make a wish” upon the pyrotechnic “shooting stars” presented in four different colours, which symbolise love, health, happiness and wealth.
Here are some of the best vantage points:
* Along the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront, including the Cultural Centre Open Piazza and Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade
* The Central Harbourfront area, including Central Piers 9 and 10
* Golden Bauhinia Square, Wan Chai