The Travel Guide of Christmas and New Year's Eve in Hong Kong

Wednesday, December 20, 2023

In the festive atmosphere of 圣诞节 (shèng dàn jié) Christmas in Hong Kong, as we approach the first day of 2024 with family and friends, unexpected surprises await. Let's delve into the unique and exciting ways this city celebrates Christmas. In this special moment, reuniting with loved ones promises unforeseen delights and heartwarming moments. Join me in exploring the guide I've prepared for Hong Kong's Christmas and New Year celebrations, unveiling how this city commemorates the joyous occasion in its distinct and vibrant manner.

Victoria Harbour Fireworks Extravaganza

Date: December 31st (Expected to start around 9PM)

Location: Victoria Harbour

To appreciate the Victoria Harbour Fireworks Extravaganza, prime viewing spots include the Avenue of Stars, Tsim Sha Tsui, and the Cultural Centre, among others. It is advisable to arrive several hours in advance, as police typically start diverting traffic in the early evening to ensure you secure the best vantage point.

Christmas Town [Giant Christmas Tree]

Date: November 24th-January 1st

Location: West Kowloon Cultural District Art Park Seaside Lawn Four Sides

In this festive town, the towering giant Christmas tree takes center stage. Surrounding the town are variously shaped small Christmas trees, unique deer sculptures, and charming decorations, creating a rich holiday atmosphere. The festivities continue until January 1st.

Dior Christmas Tree [The Golden Christmas Tree that Dominates Social Media]

Date: November 25th-January 1st

Location: K11 Musea Promenade and Opera Theatre

Dior's golden dreamlike Christmas tree resembles a scene from a fairy tale. Remember to arrive before 9:30 to catch the dazzling light show.

Hong Kong New Year's Countdown

Date: December 31st

Location: Victoria Harbour

As the clock strikes midnight, Victoria Harbour transforms into a massive canvas, where fireworks and light play weave unforgettable night scenes. Celebrate the New Year with the iconic Victoria Harbour, creating beautiful and unforgettable memories.

Winter Victoria Harbour Waterfront Fireworks

Date: December 9/10/16/17/23/24/25/26 20:00-20:10

Location: Adjacent to the waterfront in the Art Park Gallery of West Kowloon Cultural District

The winter nights at Victoria Harbour will be adorned with dazzling waterfront fireworks, not limited to New Year's Eve. On these specified dates, every night from 8:00 to 8:10, witness the magnificent fireworks display illuminating the sky. Choose the waterfront near the Art Park Gallery in West Kowloon Cultural District as your vantage point, and on these evenings, you'll witness a spectacle of vibrant colors in the sky. Rest assured, there's no need to worry about missing the opportunity to enjoy fireworks in Hong Kong. It's an ideal choice for winter nights, offering a chance to immerse yourself in brilliant lights with friends and family.

Hong Kong Disneyland

Hong Kong Disneyland offers a series of enchanting activities and celebrations during the Christmas season, creating a magical and joyful Christmas experience for visitors. Here are some highlighted Christmas activities at Hong Kong Disneyland:

Christmas Parade: Disney characters don glamorous Christmas costumes, participating in a lively parade. Visitors have the chance to celebrate Christmas alongside Mickey, Minnie, and other beloved cartoon characters.

Frozen-themed Show: Hong Kong Disneyland presents a special Christmas show themed around Frozen, allowing everyone to immerse themselves in this heartwarming story.

In the vibrant and charming city of Hong Kong, Christmas is not just a traditional celebration; it is a unique and unforgettable experience. During this festive season, Hong Kong not only brings endless laughter to visitors with its unique culture and traditions but also showcases the innovation and vitality of a modern metropolis. Merry Christmas! Hong Kong wishes you abundant joy and happiness during this holiday season!

Let's learn some Christmas vocabularies!

Can you find the images corresponding to these words in the above picture?

Santa Claus 圣诞老人 (Shèngdàn Lǎorén)
Christmas hat 圣诞帽 (Shèngdàn Mào)
Scarf 围巾 (Wéijīn)
Sleigh 雪橇 (Xuěqiāo)
Santa's sleigh 圣诞老人的雪橇 (Shèngdàn Lǎorén de Xuěqiāo)
Stocking 圣诞袜 (Shèngdàn Wà)
Stocking stuffer 圣诞节小礼物 (Shèngdànjié Xiǎo Lǐwù)
Reindeer 驯鹿 (Xùnlù)
Sack 麻袋 (Mádài)
Gift/Present 礼物 (Lǐwù)
Elf 小精灵 (Xiǎo Jīnglíng)

Key Sentences for Christmas Day:

  • Do you like Christmas, Sarah? 
    Sàlā,Nǐ xǐhuān Shèngdànjié ma?
  • Yes, I love it! It's my favorite holiday. 
    Shì de, wǒ xǐhuān! Zhè shì wǒ zuì xǐhuān de jiérì.
  • Why do you like Christmas? 
    Nǐ wèishénme xǐhuān Shèngdànjié?
  • I love the feeling of family and togetherness during the holidays. It's a time for giving and receiving gifts, and eating delicious food. 
    Wǒ xǐhuān jiàqī qījiān jiātíng hé tuánjù de gǎnjué. Zhè shì yīgè zèngsòng hé jiēshōu lǐwù, xiǎngshòu měiwèi shíwù de shíkè.
  • What are some of your favorite Christmas traditions? 
    Nǐ zuì xǐhuān de Shèngdàn chuántǒng shì shénme?
  • My family always decorates the house with lights and Christmas trees, and we sing Christmas carols while we cook. On Christmas Eve, we have a big family dinner and open gifts. 
    Wǒ jiā zǒng shì yòng dēng hé Shèngdànshù lái zhuāngshì fángzi, wǒmen zài zuòfàn de shíhòu chàng Shèngdàn sònggē. Zài Shèngdàn qiányè, wǒmen yǒu yīgè dà de jiātíng jùcān bìng chāi lǐwù.
  • That sounds wonderful! I hope you have a great time! Merry Christmas! 
    Tīng qǐlái hěn měimiào! Wǒ xīwàng nǐ dùguò yīduàn měihǎo de shíguāng! Shèngdàn kuàilè!
  • Thank you, Tom! Merry Christmas to you too! 
    Xièxiè nǐ, Tāngmǔ! Nǐ yě Shèngdàn kuàilè!

We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

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