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The Hong Kong Winter Festival 2019/2020

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Christmas Display at New Town Plaza in Shatin The display at New Town Plaza Mall in Sha Tin

The Hong Kong Winter Festival of 2019/2020 will be filled with old world traditions, fireworks, and carols. Plan your visit with these top event details.

  • 2019 Winter Festival season: 29 November 2019 to 28 February 2020

It is coordinated by the Hong Kong Tourism Board to attract overseas visitors and locals alike each Christmas and New Year. The American CNN television network named the Hong Kong WinterFest as one of the Top 10 places to spend Christmas in the whole world.

In 2019/2020, colorful lights decorate the streets and buildings, and Christmas displays will be everywhere in December. Then in January, 2020, an even bigger Chinese New Year celebration will take the show.

Christmas events, the revamped, charged up Symphony of Lights, and the Hong Kong Pulse 3D laser graphics displays wow visitors, and the run up to the New Year 2020 countdown ends the year with fireworks over Victoria Bay.

WinterFest Events (November 29, 2019 – February 28, 2020)

Christmas, Hong KongChristmas Carolers in Hong Kong

The Winter Festival will be filled with stunning beauty, twinkling lights, old world traditions and the sound of carolers, and it culminates in a display of fireworks over Victoria Harbour.

The Hong Kong Winter Festival varies in themes from one venue to another. Each mall changes their theme for the year.

Generally, the main things to do are shop, go to the Christmas displays and events, watch the New Year fireworks and countdown, and visit the major attractions of Hong Kong.

Specific 2019 Highlights

  • The Hong Kong Ballet – the Nutcracker is a delight for those who enjoy fine opera and ballet.
  • The Hong Kong Philharmonic – selections of classic Christmas pieces.
  • For the Hong Kong Symphony of Lights – the buildings will feature Christmas light decorations.
  • The International Light Art Display on the Central Habour is a light art exhibit free for the public.
  • Major displays will be in the big malls and the important city squares.
  • Churches and Christians take Christmas seriously with big religious events, carol singing, and special performances. See the Top 5 English Speaking Churches.
  • Gourmet Christmas dinners will be hosted by posh hotels and top gourmet restaurants.

Christmas in Hong Kong — What To Do and Where in 2019

Details of the Major Christmas Events in 2019

  • 2019 Official Public Holidays for Christmas: December 25th (Wednesday) and 26th (Thursday)
Hong Kong New Year fireworks displayVictoria Harbour fireworks

Victoria Harbour is a dazzling sight when the fireworks burst in the light show on New Years Eve. You can see the Christmas lights on dozens of buildings along Victoria Harbour choreographed in a light show with Christmas and New Year's decorations.

During WinterFest, most of the the city is aglow with festive lighting and laser and graphics imagery.

The Nutcracker — Hong Kong Ballet 2019

The Nutcracker is a world-renowned operatic ballet and a special Yuletide tradition enjoyed by audiences of all ages. Live accompaniment is by the Hong Kong Sinfonietta.

  • Place: Grand Theatre in the Hong Kong Cultural Centre next to the Star Ferry Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon.
  • Times: in 2018 were December 14–16, 19–23, and 25–26, 2018; at 7:30 pm; and December 15–16, 22–23, and 25–26 at 2:30 pm.

Holidays, Hong Kong Philharmonic (December 2019)

The Hong Kong Philharmonic presents a special A Harry Little Christmas with Harry Wong. The Hong Kong Philharmonic orchestra is a professional orchestra sponsored by the HK government.

  • Times: were December 23 at 3 pm and 8 pm in 2018.
  • Tickets: HKD $480, $380, $280, $180.

Hong Kong Pulse 3D Light Show 2019

As part of the WinterFest, this high tech laser audiovisual display dazzles the crowds annually in and around the plaza of the clock tower near the Star Ferry in Tsim Sha Tsui. The Winterfest 2019 times haven't been announced yet.

  • Address: Open Piazza, Hong Kong Cultural Center, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon.

Christmas Symphony of Lights (Every Night at 8 pm)

Hong Kong Symphony of LightsHong Kong Symphony of Lights

Every night during the season, you can head to Victoria Harbour and watch the free holiday light show of the Symphony of Lights. For Christmas, 2019, the entire show has been revamped and modernized. Many more lasers and LED screens make a bigger spectacle than ever before.

The best view is along the pedestrian light show called Avenue of Stars where you can see the 3-D Pulse show too and hear the narrative and music from the Hong Kong Philharmonic.

  • Special added Christmas fireworks and pyrotechnic effects: were displayed November 29 and December 1, 8, 12, 15, 22 and 29 in 2018

Pulse Light Festival

This is a new feature of WinterFest. It is a government sponsored luminescent art exhibit of lighted artworks of artists from many countries. It is on the Central Harbourfront and free to see.

  • Dates: in 2018/2019, the event was held from November 29, 2018 to February 28, 2019
  • Illumination hours: were 5pm to 11pm (7:45pm on November 29, 2018)

Major Christmas Displays and Decorations

Christmas Display at 1881 in HKBig displays and graphics at the 1881 Heritage.

Every shopping mall dons Christmas decorations, and the ritziest malls put up spectacular and expensive displays.

1881 Heritage Royal Ice Palace: the ritzy hotel on Victoria Harbour builds grand themed decorations in its front plaza each year.

Statue Square Christmas display: Every year, the best display is hosted at Statue Square on Hong Kong Island by the Hong Kong Tourism Board.

  • Dates (2018/2019): were November 29, 2018 to January 1, 2019
  • Lighted hours: 5pm to 11pm (7:45pm on November 29, 2018)
  • Transport: MTR Central Station Exit K opens next to it.

Local Christmas Carolers

In the days before Christmas and on Christmas Eve, groups of carolers from churches and schools go around and sing in the parks and malls. You might spot groups of children, teenagers, and adults walking in Central, Kowloon Park or elsewhere, joyously singing! Music groups and orchestras also put on free concerts.

Excellent Christmas Season Dining

The Lung King HeenThe IFC's 2019 3 MICHELIN STAR Lung King Heen is the best for Cantonese cuisine in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong has about 63 Michelin-starred restaurants in 2019. Some have Christmas dinners, and many are quite affordable for the average tourist although they might not feature special Christmas food. Check our list of recommended restaurants on our restaurant guide updated for 2019.

The IFC is notable in 2019 as probably the most Michelin-starred place in the world with Caprice for French and Lung King Heen for Cantonese receiving 3 Michelin Stars each and Sushi Saito for Japanese receiving 2 Michelin Stars.

New Year 2020 Firework Display

For the turn of the decade, Hong Kongers like to celebrate both the Western New Year and the Chinese New Year in a bigger way. Near midnight on Tuesday, December 31, 2019, there will be a big fireworks spectacular in the New Year's countdown. Some of the same buildings involved in the Symphony of Lights take part in this spectacle too.

This year on the eve of 2019/2020, there will be accompanying music and laser lights lighting up the atmosphere. In the 2018/2019 show, a 2 million USD pyrotechnic show was featured. On December 31, 2017, about 36,000 people lined both sides of the harbor.

  • December 31, 2018 show times were: Shooting stars: 11:00pm, 11:15pm, 11:30pm and 11:45pm. Main show: 12:00.

Chinese New Year 2020

Flower marketHong Kong Chinese New Year flower market
  • 2020 Hong Kong Official Public Holidays for Chinese New Year: January 25th (Saturday) Chinese New Year Day, January 26th (Sunday) Day 2, January 27th (Monday) Day 3, and January 28th (Tuesday) Day 4 (special compensated holiday since Day 2 falls on Sunday.)
  • 2020 Lantern Festival Public Holiday: Yuen Siu, February 8 (Saturday).

Chinese New Year in Hong Kong 2020 promises to be a bigger event than usual. Not only is it the turn of the decade, but there is a special, extended 4-day public holiday because Chinese New Year falls on Saturday. So instead of the usual 3 day public holidays for Chinese New Year, it is extended one day, making it even grander! 

There will be a Night Parade in Tsim Sha Tsui on New Years Day, Spring Festival Fireworks over Victoria Harbour (2 or 3 times the size of the Western New Year fireworks) on Day 2, and special events such as Horse Races on Day 3 and Day 4. Tourists love visiting the special Flower Markets for food, gifts, and flowers!

Major Attractions during the Hong Kong Winter Festival

The major venues for Hong Kong Winter Festival in 2019 include Hong Kong Disneyland, Hong Kong Ocean Park, Madame Tussauds Wax Figure Gallery, Hong Kong Wetland Park, Ngong Ping 360, and the Sky 100 Hong Kong Observation Deck.

Hong Kong Disneyland's "A Disney Christmas" (November 15, 2019 – January 1, 2020)

Hong Kong DisneylandHong Kong Disneyland

Disneyland presents amusement and entertainment starting November to New Year's Day.

In 2019, as dusk falls, the theme park will feature holiday events for children. In 2018, they featured “A Magical Twilight Snowfall” and the signature “Holiday Wish-Come-True” Tree Lighting Ceremony. New in the park was a kiddies market called "Fantasy Gardens Wintertime Market" for buying gifts and treats.

Ocean Park Christmas Sensation (December 15, 2019 – January 1, 2020)

On December 15, 2018, Ocean Park officially kicked off the Ocean Park Christmas Sensation. The entire park was decked out with festive decorations such as a giant Christmas tree, artificial snow, and Santa's Cottage.

In the 2017 season, the park featured Hong Kong's only virtual reality (VR) roller coaster. The Christmas Market transformed Waterfront Plaza into a Christmas village for food and gifts.

Christmas/Winter Fest Sales and Markets 2019

Shopping during ChristmasChristmas shopping in Hong Kong has everything but the snow.

Unfortunately, there aren't pre-Christmas sales with lower prices to attract shoppers. Instead, during the Christmas to Chinese New Year winter shopping season, prices actually go up. However, the malls try to to attract customers through special Christmas displays and entertainment.

Christmas gifts of electronics, clothing, and other common items might be bought at the street markets such as Ladies Market in Mongkok (clothing, electronics, souvenirs, pets, jewelry, etc.).

Temple Street near the harbor is where you'll find a variety of products for tourists plus many open-air restaurants for Chinese food. See Christmas Shopping in Hong Kong in 2019.

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The busy crowds of Chinese tourists won't arrive until Chinese New Year of 2020, and foreigners who visit during their Christmas, New Year, and Chinese New Year holidays can enjoy the Christmas/WinterFest festivals and events in the generally mild, dry and sunny weather in December. It is good for those wishing to avoid freezing weather elsewhere.

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