Wednesday, December 2, 2015

The best places to get a dose of the city's
holiday spirit.
Between the mild temperatures and overflowing ads for
end-of-year sales, Hong Kong may not be your first destination of choice for
getting into the festive spirit.
However, experiencing the city's unique
Yuletide celebrations can be a memorable and rewarding experience, provided
you know where the locals go for fun.
Follow our action plan for a
picture-perfect Christmas in Hong Kong—even if the snowflakes aren't making
an appearance this year.
Symphony of Lights This 15-minute light show is a recommended stop in any
season, but especially around Christmas, when the skyscrapers on both sides of
Victoria Harbour are decked out in holiday-themed LED displays.
Catch it from
the Tsim Sha Tsui side, near the Avenue of Stars, to take in the iconic
Central skyline on Hong Kong Island.
Once the show finishes, walk to the
nearby Hong Kong Cultural Centre and the Clock Tower for the seasonal Pulse 3D
light show—a vivid outdoor projection experience that will delight the
younger travelers among the group.
Visit A Christmas Market Stanley Market is your go-to for trinkets that
make great souvenirs, but it will gain an uncanny resemblance to a German
village during the latter half of December: With support from the German
Consulate in Hong Kong, the plaza area will transform into an outdoor holiday
market featuring 80 vendors selling nutcrackers, bratwurst, and gifts under
festive lights.
The best part? Visitors above the age of 18 will receive a cup
of complimentary mulled wine.
Stroll Around A Mall Shopping arcades are the nerve center of Hong Kong's
retail scene, which explains the breathtaking decorations that are on display
at every mall come Christmas time.
Whether it's the aerial Christmas trees at
IFC Mall, the teddy bear wonderland at the LANDMARK, or Harbour City's Disney
character takeover, these thoughtful spaces are well worth an afternoon
stroll—and a few photo ops.
Have A Non-Traditional Holiday Feast With such a diverse culinary
offerings in town, having a carved turkey for Christmas dinner almost seems
passé.
The festive menu at the recently opened Issaya Siamese Club will
tickle your senses through Thai dishes reimagined with French gastronomical
standards: The Khao Soy Moo, a grilled Iberico pork dish on which diners pour
rich khao soy curry sauce from a teapot, is a notable highlight.
For lunch,
fine dining hotspot VASCO offers a sophisticated four-course meal—featuring
Chargrilled Rhug Estate venison, sans turkey—for $100.
Just make sure to
book a table ASAP.
Enjoy A British Afternoon Tea Hong Kong's appreciation for everything
British is deeply rooted in its colonial past, so naturally afternoon tea
plays a big part in local's leisure activities.
Working in tandem with
Burberry, the Landmark Mandarin Oriental's MO Bar is offering the Simply
British Afternoon Tea for a limited time.
Guests will enjoy traditional
three-tiered delicacies paired with a complimentary beauty consultation at the
Burberry Beauty Box at Times Square.
Venus Wong lives in Hong Kong and covers the city for Travel + Leisure.
Where to get a doze of Hong Kong's holiday spirit.

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