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 has travelled all the way from the North Pole to Malvern College Pre-School’s Island West campus in Sai Ying Pun to meet you and your family on Saturday, 3rd December (10:45am to 4:15pm). Join Santa Claus for a magical Christmas adventure: look out for Santa’s magical toy shop, read Christmas poems, make Christmas crafts, and find Christmas characters all around the campus! Malvern’s Magical Christmas is a charity event, and all proceeds collected on the day will be donated to Crossroads Foundation Hong Kong.
Where: G/F and 1/F Viking Court, 165-166 Connaught Rd West, Sai Ying Pun
Tickets: Free admission. Sign up online.
From 26th November to 4th December, get ready to travel to a truly magical place – Sheung Wan! But seriously, Glitter and Gore, one of Hong Kong’s leading entertainment and event organizers, are setting up Santa’s Secret Factory. It’s a truly immersive trip to meet Santa and his elves as they get ready for Christmas. For just HK$476 per person, the whole family is invited to an hour-long experience through the factory, meeting fun characters and learning about the magic of the North Pole. Just make sure you’re on the NICE list!
When: Santa’s Secret Kingdom, Sheung Wan (address provided upon purchase)
Price: HK$476.96 per person. Buy tickets on Eventbrite.
Things are about to get very merry and very jolly at The Murray. The whole December at The Murray is packed with Christmas festivities including their fantabulous Christmas market, perfect to grab festive bites and last minute gifts, a Mulled Wine Station, and tons of great dining options. Plus, they are also inviting Santa! From 1st to 31st December, head to their winter wonderland to meet Santa between 11am and 12:30pm. You and your family (up to four people) can go to the grotto and take photos with Santa for just HK$120. Hotel guests during this period can enjoy a complimentary visit.
Where: 2/F, The Murray, 22 Cotton Tree Dr, Central
Price: HK$120 for up to four people. Email [email protected] or call +852 3141 8888.
On the 3, 4, 10, and 11 of December, the whole family can visit City Kids Preschool & Playgroup centre for a 10-minute professional photo session with Santa Claus, courtesy of Col Sim Photography. For HK$250, you’ll receive one edited digital photo to keep as a memory forever, with the option to purchase additional photos!
Where: City Kids Preschool, 2/F East Wing, 12 Borrett Rd, Mid-Levels
Price: HK$250. Buy tickets here.
‘Tis the season of giving! At Festival Walk, for just HK$98 per person, you can meet Santa and take photos with him, AND you will also be giving back to the community. All proceeds from the ticket sales will go to Charles K. Kao Foundation for Alzheimer’s Disease for enhancing care and support to Alzheimer’s patients, their families and caregivers. Isn’t that amazing! So head over to Kowloon Town on the following days: 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 23 – 27 December, and meet Santa between noon to 5:30 pm. P.S. you need to be a Festival Walk member to sign up but it’s easy as pie!
Where: Level LG2, Festival Walk, 80 Tat Chee Ave, Kowloon Tong
Price: HK$98. Register for My Festival membership and buy tickets on the Festival Walk mobile app.
The stunning Aqua Luna junk boat is getting a Christmas update! On weekends and public holidays, book to take your little ones to meet Santa himself and enjoy an action-packed, Christmas-themed hour. You can share your wishlist, enjoy cookies and hot chocolate, and take part in a candy cane hunt! Best part? Each child gets a little Christmas present from Old Saint Nick himself. Tickets are HK$330 for children and HK$250 for adults.
Where: Depart from Tsim Sha Tsui Pier 1 or Central Pier 9
Price: HK$250/adult and HK$330/child aged 2 to 14. Buy tickets here.
On the 18th and 19th of December, you can book a truly special afternoon for your kids. ESF’s Wan Chai Premium Learning Centre will be transformed into Santa’s workshop. Each kid, aged 6 months to 12 years will receive a family Polaroid memento with Santa and receive a little gift from him. Plus, you can expect story time, magical crafts and lots of fun! Prices start at HK$700 for one adult and one child, extra HK$400 and HK$300 for adults and children respectively.
Where: 2/F, Prime Mansion, 183-187 Johnston Rd, Wan Chai
Price: HK$700 for one adult and child. Register here.
From 19th November to 18th December 2022, visit Fortnum & Mason’s flagship store in K11 with your little ones aged 3 to 11 to meet Father Christmas, who will be bringing holiday stories to life with storytelling and activities. Visiting times are 9:45am and 10:30am on weekends only. A few children will be chosen to receive goodie bags straight from Santa’s North Pole workshop.
Where: G22, G/F, Fortnum & Mason, K11 MUSEA, 18 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui
Price: HK$500 for one child and two adults. Register online.
Visit Father Santa on the mezzanine floor of Grand Hyatt hotel from 2nd to 25th December, where he’ll be telling stories in the aurora village. There are three daily sessions on weekdays and four sessions on weekends, which alternate between English and Cantonese presentation. There’ll also be Christmas carols from junior carolers of Red Academy every weekend, as well as photo ops with the iconic trio of trussed up trees in the lobby.
Where: Mezzanine floor, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai
Price: Free admission
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