The Hong Kong Tourism Board has revealed a new line-up for its end-of-year festivities, with the highlights being a new 10-minute-long fireworks display at Victoria Harbour for eight days and West Kowloon Cultural District’s first open-air market, which will run for 10 days. These attractions are being organised for the Hong Kong WinterFest, which will take place from November 24, 2023, until January 1, 2024.
The fireworks show, called the Winter Harbourfront Pyrotechnics, will light up the skies over Victoria Harbour for three consecutive weekends and the Christmas holidays. The show will begin at 8pm on December 9, 10, 16, 17 and 23, as well as Christmas Eve (December 24), Christmas Day (December 25), and Boxing Day (December 26). The biggest attractions will be the HK monogram that was a part of the Harbour Chill Carnival fireworks display in the summer, as well as the new Christmas trees and present boxes icons.
The year-end celebrations at West Kowloon Cultural District will see the return of its giant Christmas Tree and seaside Christmas Town area, at Harbourside Lawn West of Art Park from November 24. The 20-metre-high Christmas tree will be decorated with twinkling lights and a star tree topper. Visitors to Christmas Town will be able to meet Santa Claus, who will make surprise appearances at the gift box-shaped Christmas hut, and take photographs in front of the reindeer and ‘LOVE’ installations.
As part of the Hong Kong WinterFest, the West Kowloon Cultural District will host its first open-air 10-day Christmas Market at the Great Lawn in the Art Park. The market will feature 25 speciality stalls, creative food and beverages, live performances, and festive delights for pets.
Earlier this year, The HK HUB reported that Hong Kong’s iconic New Year fireworks display will return for the first time in five years on December 31. The city’s New Year fireworks display usually takes place at Victoria Harbour, but has been cancelled since 2019, first because of the social unrest in the city and later due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
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