Bright lights, festive displays and a romantic atmosphere welcome visitors in Hong Kong as Asia’s World City celebrates WinterFest 2011, the annual festival for Christmas and New Year seasons.
This year Hong Kong offers exciting new attractions and store offers, whether you like shopping, dining, touring popular parks or off-the-beaten paths.
Here are some suggestions for Travelife readers visiting Hong Kong with their families this week.
Spread some love in Statue Square
Bring your date at the park to witness the beautiful Christmas tree sitting on top of the signature Tiffany Blue Box® courtesy of Tiffany & Co. Then, take a ride on the enchanting carousel while enjoying the carols beneath the tree. Before leaving, send a personalized Tiffany postcard to your loved ones to share the holiday treasures you’ve experienced! Catch this special event from November 25, 2011 to January 1, 2012, from 6 pm to 11 pm.
Visit Tsim Sha Tsui East’s Ice Wonderland
Be one of the first people who’ll get the chance to see and skate at the first outdoor ice skating rink in Hong Kong, presented by Sino Group, one of the leading property developers in Hong Kong’s local art and cultural artists.
Not into ice skating? The festive illuminations in Tsim Sha Tsui provide an enchanting backdrop for great photos. The Ice Wonderland is open from November 25, 2011 to January 1, 2012 at varying times at UC Centenary Garden at Tsim Sha Tsui East. Tickets are available at different prices.
Shop at Toy Story Land @ HK Disneyland
Disney’s Sparkling Christmas is filled with more toys and playful experiences as it opens the new Toy Story Land.
Come immerse yourself in the fun of the season with shopping, dining and magic-filled moments at Hong Kong Disneyland from November 18, 2011 to January 2, 2012! www.hongkongdisneyland.com
See the snowy village of Ngong Ping
Spend Christmas with your loved ones in an enchanting, snowy, chocolaty village. This year, Ngong Ping 360 brings you soft snowfall, a chocolate village, and the occasional outburst of carols, in a place that’s full of fun and adventure. Christmas doesn’t get any better with these unique treat at this fantastic village, from December 8, 2011 to January 2, 2012. And, wow. Don't miss the 20-minute ride in the crystal cabin cable car.
Feel the thrills of Ocean Park
Try out Ocean Park’s new Thrill Mountain with five exciting rides and a carnival atmosphere will knock your yuletide socks off. www.oceanpark.com.hk
Visit the 46th Hong Kong Brands & Products Expo
Shop for Hong Kong-made products and international brands at one of the largest expos in Hong Kong with your loved one or with the whole family. The expo runs from December 10 to January 2, Monday to Sunday from 11 am to 10 pm, at Victoria Park, Causeway Bay.
Join the countdown at Victoria Harbour
When in Hong Kong on New Year’s eve, make sure you don’t miss the Hong Kong New Year Countdown Celebrations to welcome the new year with Hong Kong locals and tourists from around the world at any area surrounding the Victoria Harbour on December 31, before midnight. Remember to get your handy cam ready to capture the sensational pyrotechnic display bursts out from Hong Kong’s landmark buildings, illuminating the magnificent harbor and providing all who see it with long lasting memories.
Party at the 2011 New Year’s Eve Countdown Carnival
For party people who don’t just want to watch the fireworks by Victoria Harbour, head out to Sha Tin Park for a night of merriment as local and international performers take turns in showcasing their culture by dance, music or film. As midnight approaches, the carnival will have a countdown ceremony accompanied by pyrotechnics from the rooftops of the Sha Tin Town Hall and Sha Tin Public Library. The festival will be on December 31, from 8:30 pm until 12:15 am.