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(File pix) Ocean Park’s 40-foot Christmas Tree. Pix courtesy of Hong Kong Tourism Board

KUALA LUMPUR: Twinkling even brighter in the winter, Hong Kong’s iconic skyline gets a glittering makeover this festive season to usher in the Yuletide joy! The city is abuzz with Christmas cheer, with amazing sights and sounds that are a treat for the senses. Witness spectacular light shows and displays, be a part of exclusive holiday events at top attractions and enjoy special shopping offers and festive menus that will put you in a jolly mood! The holiday season will be unforgettable with the sparkling Hong Kong WinterFest, so shop, eat, drink and be merry! Here are top picks of things to do during the most wonderful time of the year!

(File pix) Statue Square Christmas Tree. Pix courtesy of Hong Kong Tourism Board

The Statue Square Christmas Tree

Get into the holiday spirit when Christmas comes to Hong Kong! This winter, a dazzling 18-metre-tall Christmas tree will spread the joy of the season from the heart of the city in Statue Square. Take photos with Santa Claus and his friends during their appearances at Santa’s Lodge, and enjoy classic carols performed by Christmas choirs. Drop by and soak up the festive ambience amidst a forest of glittering skyscrapers!

(File pix) Lasers and bright lights light up the sky along Victoria Harbour during the Symphony of Lights. Pix courtesy of Hong Kong Tourism Board

A Symphony of Lights

If you thought Victoria Harbour was a dazzling cityscape on its own, hang around for A Symphony of Lights. The multimedia show sets the harbour ablaze every night and is recognised as one of the world’s most spectacular light shows. It has become the signature icon for Hong Kong, showcasing the vibrancy and glamorous night vista of the city. The show will undergo a revamp in December 2017, with even more exciting elements and a new soundtrack performed by the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. Iconic buildings on both sides of the harbour unite to form a harmonious canvas for a sensational multimedia extravaganza, with a myriad of searchlights, lasers, LED screens and lighting working in symphony to put together a nightly spectacle that transforms the Hong Kong skyline into an outdoor audiovisual feast.

(File pix) Hong Kong Pulse. Pix courtesy of Hong Kong Tourism Board

Hong Kong Pulse Light Show

After the Symphony of Lights show ends, walk down to the Open Piazza of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre to watch Hong Kong Pulse Light Show for a multi-sensory animated experience. Hong Pulse Light Show is an exhilarating multimedia performance, with spectacular lighting effects, 3D projection mapping, music and sound effects. This new version will go beyond just a light show, with playful elements added that will touch every sensory point from every angle in the Open Piazza. Coinciding with Hong Kong WinterFest, this mesmerising display will add a splash of colour to your holidays!

(File pix) Celebrate with Mickey and Friends! Pix courtesy of Hong Kong Tourism Board

A Disney Christmas

Be transported to a stunning winter wonderland filled with yuletide carols, magical lights, shimmering snowflakes and more. Capture cherished moments with your family and your favorite Disney characters all dressed in their holiday finery, ready to share special Christmas wishes with you. Complete your Christmas celebration with a stay at Hong Kong Disneyland’s hotels with all the festive trimmings. From delightful decorations in your room, fun-filled recreational activities at the hotels, to sumptuous holiday feasts, your Christmas vacation at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort will be a truly memorable one.

(File pix) Kendall Jenner. Pix courtesy of Hong Kong Tourism Board

A star-studded Christmas Party

Party with over 100 celebrities at Madame Tussauds at The Peak! Step into brand new Fashion Zone, become an ELLE magazine cover star with Taylor Swift, and learn how to be a supermodel with Kendall Jenner! You can also become the star of the tramcar body advertisement with Johnny Depp and strut your stuff on the catwalk with Robert Pattinson, while fashion icons watch from the front row!

(File pix) Hong Kong’s first VR rollercoaster at Ocean Park. Pix courtesy of Hong Kong Tourism Board

Sparkling Sensations

Celebrate Christmas with a multi-sensory Virtual Reality (VR) twist! Get on a VR roller coaster; try the Mine Train offering whole new vistas when you strap on a VR headset; take a realistic 3D adventure through the rainforest canopy; glide onto rivers before diving into the ocean and flying into the sky! The roller coasters’ G-force will make you feel like you are soaring and plunging into the scenes you see. Enjoy the festive ambiance at the Park’s signature 40-foot Christmas Tree, Santa’s Cottage, Garden of Romance and artificial snow, and the Christmas Market which transforms Waterfront Plaza into a romantic Christmas village.

(File pix) View from sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck. Pix courtesy of Hong Kong Tourism Board

Happy Heights

Celebrate this Christmas with lots of lights and love at the sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck, located on the 100th floor of Hong Kong’s tallest building — the International Commerce Centre (ICC). Sky100 is the highest and only indoor observation deck in Hong Kong offering 360-degree stunning panoramic views of the twinkling city and its famous Victoria Harbour from the height of 393m.

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