Christmas in Hong Kong: A wallet-friendly itinerary for spending 24-26 December in the city

No budget to book a Christmas trip this year? Spending the holidays in Hong Kong can range from extravagantly expensive to dismally mediocre – depending on how much effort you’re willing to put into your plans. If you’re somewhere in between and want to get in the full swing of the festive spirit without breaking the bank, here’s a sample itinerary of how you can make Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day as merry as can be.

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Christmas Eve, Monday 24 December 2018

Early morning

  • On your way to work this morning, treat yourself to a Christmas coffee – no one does it better than Starbucks. The taste of nostalgic, sweet warmth will get you in the mood for the start of the holidays. HK$43, tall size

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After lunch

  • Make a stop at Marks & Spencer Food to pick up some treats to share with your colleagues. They’ll love you for an All Butter Mince Pie or Mini Christmas Tree-Shaped Shortbread Biscuit. If you prefer something savoury, their Winter Berries and Sparkling Prosecco Hand-Cooked Crisps takes festive snacks to a whole new level. HK$29-59, keep an eye out for “3 for 2” or “2 for 1” deals on holiday treats at M&S Food

star cookies near acorn

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After work

  • If you’re one of the lucky ones who work in a company that loves Christmas as much as you do, today’s a half day in the office. What better way to enjoy the winter sunset on Christmas Eve than at the AIA Great European Carnival? HK$130 includes admission and HK$100 credit in carnival tokens
  • But if you’re stuck in the office for the rest of the afternoon, you can turn to Spotify to help you lift the mood. This acoustic Christmas playlist is the perfect mix of relaxed festivity that won’t drive you crazy. HK$58 per month for a premium subscription

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source: AIA Great European Carnival


source: Santa’s Grotto at Pacific Place


  • Instead of going out for dinner, Deliveroo can bring you the perfect holiday meal right to your door. Pizza Express’ holiday menu features a Turkey Pizza, a Baked Dough Ball Tower with Icing and a Warm Pear Tart. Make your booking via Eatigo and enjoy up to 50% off.  HK$314 feeds two

pizza with berries

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After dinner

  • By this time, you’re probably already in your pajamas. If you’re not setting out cookies and milk for Santa, turn on Netflix to watch “5 Star Christmas,” an Italian holiday comedy perfect for a few laughs before bed. HK$63 per month for a subscription

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Christmas Day, Tuesday 25 December 2018


  • The smell of baking bread is a great way to start your holiday on Christmas morning. Drop by Levain Bakery in PMQ for breakfast made with artisanal sourdough and other pastries. HK$50-100

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After breakfast

  • Take a classic walk around the enormous tree at Statue Square in Central for a dazzling display of lights and ornaments. It doesn’t get more Christmas-sy than this. Free

red bauble on Christmas tree

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  • The Hong Kong Ballet’s “Nutcracker” production is not to be missed! The magic of the season comes to life onstage with snowflakes, waltzes and Tchaikovsky’s enchanting music. 2:30PM, HK$180-1000

source: Hong Kong Ballet


  • Let’s change the channel on Christmas entertainment by going to Foxglove for a night of Winter Cinema. With movies like “Home Alone” and “Miracle on 34th Street,” you can enjoy dinner and drinks while you watch the seasonal classics. 8:30PM, entry to the Winter Cinema is free, dinner and drinks range from HK$200-400

source: Winter Cinema

Boxing Day, Wednesday 26 December 2018

close up photography of woman holding grey and red box

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  • The public holidays might be coming to an end but there’s still time to treat yourself to a real Christmas brunch at The Pawn with roasted turkey and cranberry sauce. Reserve your table via Eatigo today for a special offer. HK$88

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  • If you’ve seen enough of Hong Kong Island for the year, head over to Whampoa at 2:30PM to see Santa Pikachu and Eevee on parade. It’s a non-traditional Christmas celebration but no-less merry. Free


  • Wrap up the Christmas festivities with a winter warmer, Hong Kong style, with chicken hot pot in the area. The spicier the better. See the recommended places hereHK$200-400

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After dinner

  • If you were lucky enough to get tickets to “My Love Andy Lau’s” World Tour concert, we’re so jealous of the unforgettable night you’re going to have. For everyone else, an early night home might be just the thing to help us avoid staggering into work the next morning with post-holiday blues.

woman singing on stage

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Hopefully this itinerary gives you some ideas on how to spend Christmas in Hong Kong and enjoy the festivities without overspending this year. Download gini to keep track of your spending throughout the holidays and sort out your finances as 2018 draws to a close. Merry Christmas!


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