Winter in Hong Kong isn’t the usual winter many expats are used to experiencing in North America or Europe, where it can be bitterly cold.
But there are still plenty of things you can do in the city, whether you’re a local or a visiting tourist.
1. Watch concerts.
Hong Kong isn’t considered a major stopover for popular touring artists but thankfully we have stellar lineup with Metallica on January 20, Journey on February 13 and James Taylor on February 23.
2. Take a hike at Tai Mo Shan.
Hong Kong’s highest peak at 957 meters to look for traces of frost is a novel idea in a subtropical Hong Kong. Hiking in Tai Mo Shan Hike is considered by many to be one of the trails most closely defining hiking. As with many other trails in Hong Kong, there are stairs, but this one looks more natural than a lot of the others in Hong Kong.
3. Hong Kong Winterfest
Running from November 25 to January 1, you can indulge at how Hong Kong celebrates Christmas with dazzling colors of signature decorations within Central’s neighborhood. Get fascinating shots at the Statue Square Christmas Tree and marvel at the winder of the Pulse 3D Show at Hong Kong Cultural Centre from November 25 to December 28.
4. Enjoy shabu-shabu hotpot dish
While this menu item is available not only during winter season, the chilly weather makes this Japanese treat a must. Whether it’s from your favorite Japanese restaurant or local food chain like MX or Yoshinoya, it’s worth the visit.
5. Countdown to 2017
Welcome the new year with shooting stars and pyrotechnic displays on evening of December 31 at various vantage points at the Open Piazza of Hong Kong Cultural Center, Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, Central Piers 9 and 10, Wan Chai’s Golden Bauhinia Square, take the Victoria Harbour Night Tour or get an apartment with great views at Airbnb.
6. Hong Kong Disneyland Sparkling Christmas
Live in a fantasyland with your dreams fulfilled as Disneyland will feature lighted candles, snowfalls simulated and characters dressed in festive garments to remind you of the most wonderful time of the year.
7. Take a selfie at Hong Kong Observation Wheel
For once, the giant ferris wheel will be transformed into a magical ride, adorned with twinkling lights, bells, garlands and Christmas trees which makes a great selfie or groupie backdrop.
8. Celebrate Christmas as eco-warrior at Noah’s Ark
A noble Earth Defending Mission awaits visitors of all ages at Noah’s Ark Hong Kong in Ma Wan. The activities are themed after environmental conservation with workshops and games that creates both an entertaining and educational treat to everyone.
9. Ocean Park Christmas Sensation
When you say magic this Christmas, Ocean Park will fill your visit with jaw-dropping experience as it features world-class illusionists, disappearing acts and stunts that defy conventional wisdom.
10. Get a view at Twinkle Christmas in The Sky
sky100, the highest viewing deck in the city will feature neon lights that add allure to the already stunning views of Victoria Harbour.
11. Bird Watching Festival at Hong Kong Wetland Park
More than just getting exposed to the lights and sounds of the city’s Christmas celebration, Hong Kong Wetland Park will introduce Secrets in the World of Birds in its Bird Watching Festival, where exhibits, guided walks and edutainment activities await visitors.
12. Experience Broadway with WICKED musical
While we are at the topic of magic, WICKED, one of Broadway and West End’s most celebrated musicals is coming to Hong Kong from December 8 to January 22 at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.
13. Experience rides at the Great European Carnival
For 59 days spread across Christmas, New Year and Chinese New Year, the Great European Festival will feature several rides, games, attractions and entertainment adopting themes from different countries of Europe. Witness and experience them all in front of one of the most iconic skylines in the world.
14. Shop at Brands and Products Expo
Now on its 51st edition, the Hong Kong Brands and Products Expo is one of the largest outdoor expos in Hong Kong, held at Victoria Park in Causeway Bay. Shop for new and well-loved products from the city’s renowned brands, and avail of discounts and giveaways.
15. Witness the Hong Kong International Races
Probably the biggest event in the calendar of Hong Kong racing, the Hong Kong International Races comprises four International Group One races, including the Hong Kong Cup, the Hong Kong Mile, the Hong Kong Vase and the Hong Kong Sprint, attracting the participation of the world’s leading horses, jockeys, trainers and owners.