‘Tis the season to be jolly! So you’re probably looking for some fun activities to do in Hong Kong this holiday season. While the festivities are a little up in the air this year, you can still see breathtaking Christmas lights and décor, munch on Yuletide treats or even indulge in the holiday packages Hong Kong’s luxury hotels have to offer. For those seeking to avoid the crowds and stay indoors, there are plenty of options this festive season. Regardless of how you decide to celebrate the holidays, we’ve compiled a list of the best activities to do in Hong Kong during the merriest time of year.
Bake holiday treats
Between gingerbread houses, candy canes and all the milk and Christmas cookies you can handle, what could make the holiday season even sweeter than by baking your own holiday treats? The Mixing Bowl offers cooking and baking workshops for adults and children to learn how to make classic pastries, desserts and more. For the holiday season, they are providing classes for classic Christmas cookies, European Christmas treats (St Lucia Buns, Rosette Cookies and Speculaas) and gingerbread houses. Each class is 2.5 to 3 hours long, and a light home-baked snack with coffee or tea will be served. Students can take home their baked goods, and the recipes will be sent to you via email after each class. Make sure to book your spot on their website soon.
Treat yourself with a Hong Kong staycation
While the pandemic has canceled many of our travel plans this year, there are still ways to have a safe “getaway.” Spend the weekend with some joy and cheer by reserving a festive staycation package at one of Hong Kong’s many luxury hotels. From afternoon tea sets at The Murray to a trip to the Northern Lights with The Peninsula’s Nordic-inspired Festive World package, it’s tempting to treat yourself this holiday season.
“The Nutcracker” at the Hong Kong Ballet
Embrace the magic of the Yuletide season with the classic holiday ballet of “The Nutcracker.” Join Clara and Fritz on their extraordinary journey as they courageously battle the villainous Rat King from Dec. 17-27. The Hong Kong Ballet performance features renowned Australian choreographer Terence Kohler and Tchaikovsky’s timeless score played by Hong Kong Sinfonietta. This show brings the audience a world of wonderment and joy during the Hong Kong holiday season through the beauty of classical ballet.
Ice skating at Cityplaza Ice Palace
Although it won’t snow in Hong Kong, you can still experience a winter wonderland at Cityplaza Ice Palace. This rink offers multilevel ice skating courses that cater to students at all levels. Private and group lessons are available – making it the perfect activity whether you are planning a romantic date or a fun winter activity for the kids. Grab a pair of skates, a cup of hot cocoa and hit the ice!
Christmas Every Day at Harbour City
Experience Christmas Every Day at Harbour City for some joy and holiday cheer this season. Head to the Beary Christmas Shop to take a gander at the 3-meter Christmas bear, giant wooden Christmas trees and gift box pendant lights. Visitors can purchase plush toys, and there are 30 types of themed teddy bears to choose from at the shop. Guests can also customize their bear with a holiday outfit – the funds from which will be donated to the Hong Kong Blood Cancer Foundation. Enjoy the cozy, Scandinavian tents with loved ones at the Christmas Camp Fire – a perfect spot for a stunning Christmas card photo. Make sure to check out the Christmas Lighting Garden to enjoy some breathtaking LED light displays and music shows by the scenic Victoria Harbour.
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