It’s almost the jolliest time of the year! And if you have kids, you know you have to go all the way. Gifts, gingerbread houses, Elf on a Shelf, and of course, Santa visits. With the craziness increasing as we gear up for the festivities and the end of the year, it can be easy to get overwhelmed. But, don’t worry – we’ve got you! So get all dressed up, make your wish lists, and get ready to take a photo with Santa at these spots in Hong Kong.
Santa Claus will create a magical Christmas adventure atmosphere at Malvern’s Island West Campus, where children can listen to Christmas poems, make Yuletide crafts, and find characters synonymous with the season. Visitors who head to Santa’s magical toy shop will find a very special someone waiting for them!
Where: G/F and 1/F Viking Court, 165-166 Connaught Road West, Sai Ying Pun
When: December 2, 2023
Head to this top-secret location in Sheung Wan for story time sessions with Santa, courtesy Glitter and Gore. There will be sensory play for kids under four years old, as well as silly games, fun activities, lots of laughter, and plenty of magical moments! The full address will be sent to you after you buy your tickets.
When: Santa’s Secret Kingdom, Sheung Wan
When: December 5-7, 2023
Price: From HK$211
Come and visit Santa Claus at his glass grotto, where he will hear all of your Christmas wishes. A photographer will be on hand to capture photos of the special moment for each family. A glass of mulled wine will be offered to the parents and kiddies will get special gifts after the photo session.
Where: The Arches, Level 1, The Murray, 22 Cotton Tree Drive, Central
When: December 1-26, 2023
Price: HK$288 per session (maximum of four persons)
Book your chance to meet Santa Claus and get a picture with him taken by professional photographer John McGrane. Each photo session lasts 10 minutes, so practise your best holiday poses!
Where: City Kids Hong Kong, 2/F East Wing, 12 Borrett Road, Mid-Levels
When: December 3, 9 & 10, 2023
Santa and his helpers will take passengers on a magical 60-minute ride on Victoria Harbour filled with joyful Christmas songs. Kids can meet Santa and tell him about their Christmas wish list and pose with him for Christmas photos. As a bonus, children can hunt for candy canes hidden around the boat, make a Christmas-themed craft, enjoy a Christmas cookie, and warm up with a cup of hot chocolate.
Where: Central Pier 9 and Tsim Sha Tsui Pier 1
When: December 5-23, 2023
Price: HK$250 per adult, HK$330 per child
Santa Claus will meet children and their families at the North and South Plazas at Discovery Bay on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. There will be six half-hour meet-and-greet sessions with Santa, during which he will take pictures with families. Children will also get a special Christmas gift to mark the occasion.
Where: Discovery Bay, Lantau
When: December 24 & 25, 2023
There’s a truly special place to meet Santa Claus this year. Amongst ancient overgrown gardens, discover a beautiful conservatory filled with warmth and light — the perfect backdrop for a once-in-a-lifetime encounter with Santa. Take home a memorable framed photo keepsake, sweet treats from the fairies, and a cheeky GIF with Santa for sharing on social media.
Where: L1, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty
When: December 1-25, 2023
Tickets: From HK$150
Head to Island Shangri-La for a photo op with Santa with a difference. Each ticket covers a maximum of four people, who will get a photograph as a keepsake, as well as a crayon set for the kids. Visitors can also buy extra pictures and crayons.
Where: 6/F, Island Shangri-La, Two Pacific Place, Supreme Court Road, Admiralty
When: December 9-26, 2023
Tickets: HK$228, HK$140 for additional gift set
This year, Santa Claus will take a break from his festive duties to mingle with Rosewood guests, young and old. Meet him in the hotel’s decoratively festooned lobby, holiday gift shop, and around the restaurants.
Where: Hotel Lobby, Level 2, Rosewood Hong Kong, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
When: December 24-26, 2023
From 24 – 26 December, Santa and his lovely assistant, Santarina, will be visiting Pirata Group restaurants to spread festive cheer. If you’re yearning for Italy, come to Pirata, La Favorita, Pici, The Pizza Project, Tempo Tempo or Pane e Latte. If you’re dreaming of Japan, join us in Honjo, Honjokko or TMK. If Spain is what you’re looking for, visit us at The Optimist or Calle Ocho. If India is calling your soul, our colourful enclave, Chaiwala, joyfully awaits. And if you’re wishing for Peru, TokyoLima is ready with nikkei delights aplenty. Additional surprises and announcements await.
Where: Pirata’s restaurants (check the schedule here)
When: December 24-26, 2023
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- Our best Christmas gift ideas for him
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And to fully enjoy the season, have a look at our round-ups to enjoy the most magical period of the year:
- Christmas markets and fairs in Hong Kong
- Christmas displays and decorations in Hong Kong
- Christmas dinner and lunch options in Hong Kong
- Christmas afternoon teas in Hong Kong
Header image credits: The Murray