A Warm Christmas in Asia- Christmas Festivities in Hong Kong next to Shopping and Sale!

Update: Recommended by CNN Travel

Updated on December 13 2010: Hong Kong is the only Asia City recommended by CNN as the Top 10 places to spend your Christmas!

Enjoy the below travelling tips!

Fancy a warm(er) Christmas in the East? Once a British colonial city, Hong Kong has a long history in celebrating Christmas and developed its own uniqueness in festivities.  Being a vivid city without national religions behind it, Hong Kong's Christmas is celebrated by everybody and often seen as a celebration for family, friendship and romance, etc. 

Top Festivities in Hong Kong

1. Tour Along Christmas Light Decoration

Christmas light decorations in Hong Kong are not limited to those on Christmas trees. The most magnificent Christmas lights are in fact hanging on the huge walls of the skyscrapers along the 2 sides of the Victoria Harbor in Hong Kong.

Each year these Christmas decorations illuminate the Harbor for several weeks around Christmas. The most crowded night to go for a Christmas illumination tour would definitely be on the Silent Night, 24 December. Best place to see these decorations are:

Tsim Sha Tsui

Tsim Sha Tsui has a long coastal shore along the harbor where you can stroll along and see the beautiful decoration. From there, you can take the star ferry to go to Wanchai or Central. This short ferry trip (around 5 mins) allows you to have a wonderful view of buildings lined up on both sides of the water and cost you less than US$1.

Tsim Sha Tsui Coastal Shore, Hong Kong

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A markerStar Ferry PIer, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong -
Star Ferry Pier, Hong Kong
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The coastal shore is approximately from Intercontinental Hotel towards the Star Ferry Pier.

B markerIntercontinental Hotel,Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong -
Mody Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
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Wanchai

Wanchai locates almost literally on the opposite side of the Harbor across Tsim Sha Tsui. Visually it is a very handy spot to see all Christmas light decorations, and what's more, is the huge clusters of bars and pubs, which often offer Christmas themed night bargains.

Skyscrapers in Wan Chai, decorated with Christmas lights
Skyscrapers in Wan Chai, decorated with Christmas lights

The Peak

The Peak has been one of the most popular tourist spots in Hong Kong, and this is not given for no reason. What you can have on the Peak is a panoramic view of a colorfully illuminated Hong Kong. As a matter of fact, it is also a very popular place for marriage proposal.

The night view from the Peak, Hong Kong
The night view from the Peak, Hong Kong

2. Christmas Carol Choirs

Along the coastal shore in Tsim Sha Tsui and Wanchai, you'll see groups of people singing Christmas Carols to you. These are usually organized by local churches, but sometimes you'll also find non-religious groups spreading Christmas joy to you.

3. Crazy Christmas Sale

Shopping is a big thing for Christmas in Hong Kong. Shops do not close on Christmas days,on the contrary, they even extend their opening hours as people are all out on street or stay inside shopping malls.

You’d find crazy sale everywhere, while many shopping malls would organize their own Christmas Parade indoor and live music shows to attract shoppers.

Christmas Weather in Hong Kong

Winters in Hong Kong is generally much milder than in Europe and some part of USA. In December, average temperature is around 16°C/ 60.8°F. Winter is not a rainy season in Hong Kong but occasionally you'd find light rains there. Day and night time temperature does not have a big difference. Heating system is not popular so very often you would find air-conditioning in hotel with only cooling side.

Over the years, Hong Kong has developed its own ways in celebrating Christmas. If you fancy a warm(er) Christmas vacation, get to Hong Kong and join the local festivities.


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Lyria 6 years ago

Love your hub! I love the photo of the Skyscrapers in Wan Chai. It must be really beautiful in person.


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Moxyl 6 years ago from Global Village Author

Thx for reading the hub, Lyria! Indeed it's a fabulous view in real!


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Princessa 6 years ago from France

Love it! It looks beautiful and warm :-) Great tips for the best places to see the illuminations. Hong Kong is a place I would like to visit and it looks like Christmas is a good time to enjoy that little extra.


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Moxyl 6 years ago from Global Village Author

Hi Princessa, thx for visiting the hub! I really highly recommend visiting HK in winter (unless you love to sweat when walking outside :p)

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