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Hong Kong transforms into a winter wonderland during the holiday season.

Hong Kong makes a delightful destination for families seeking a way to celebrate the end of 2016. Skyscanner has the scoop about all the festivities you can look forward to in the Pearl of the Orient.

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1. Disney’s Sparkling Christmas

From mid-November till January 2, Hong Kong Disneyland pulls out all the stops to become the Christmas kingdom of your dreams. Disney characters don festive apparel, and the chefs on staff whip up a tasty smorgasbord of yule yummies from around the globe. You also won’t want to miss the Christmas Tree lighting that occurs at sunset. Be sure to fill your loved ones’ stockings with seasonal souvenirs, and make your whole family’s Christmas wish list come true.

Goofy, Pluto, Minnie, Mickey, Donald and Daisy stand in a row in front of a Christmas tree at Disneyland all lit up at night with lots of fairy lights

Disney does Christmas right in Hong Kong. Photo credit: Disney Parks Blog

2. Hong Kong WinterFest

For the month of December, all the way through to the first of January, Hong Kong will deck its halls with blazing lights and decorations with such exuberance that even the most Scrooge-like visitor will feel the spirit of the season overtake him. The epicentre of this fantastic display is Statue Square, in Central. WinterFest also includes special sales and seasonal menus at stores and eateries. Make sure you don’t miss the spectacular Hong Kong Pulse 3D Light Show in Tsim Sha Tsui, where laser elves with state-of-the-art technology bring the neighbourhood to pulsating life with a stunning light show.

![Lots of lasers light up the night sky of Hong Kong]( "The streets of Central bloom in eye-popping 3D. Photo credit: Travel News Desk")

The streets of Central bloom in eye-popping 3D. Photo credit: Travel News Desk

3. Victoria Harbour Countdown

The New Year’s Eve countdown in Central is one of the highlights of the city’s calendar. A great vantage point to catch the show is on the Tsim Sha Tsui side, especially the Promenade and Avenue of the Stars. The whole strip, from the ferry terminal to the New World Centre, brims with merriment, and you’ll surely feel the excitement as the fireworks explode, the clock ticks down, and the new year blooms into life.

Fireworks everywhere, big and small at Hong Kong's night-time skyline

Bring the family down to Tsim Sha Tsui to enjoy the New Year party. Photo credit: South China Morning Post

4. Countdown Cruise

If regular year-end festivities on land just aren’t cutting it, head to the high seas for a one-of-a-kind New Year party with a front row view of the downtown fireworks away from the crowds. On board this celebratory junk, you’ll have access to a fantastic night view, a tasty menu and an open bar, replete with a bubbly toast when the clock strikes twelve to usher in the new year. The junk is well-furnished and thoroughly updated, and has toasty enclosed spaces in case the temperatures drop too low. Prices range from HK $170/person to HK $1,100/adult depending on the number of hours and goodies you get on board. Providers Habour Cruise, Jetway Express and Shining Star Ferry are some of your options.

A big cruise ship at the dock lit up with a background of Hong Kong's skyline lit up with lots of tall buildings

An open bar and a million dollar view make this a great option for your new year celebration. Photo credit: Love. Travel. Dream

5. The Statue Square Christmas Tree

From 2 December to the first of January, Statue Square will play host to a 15 metre high, classic Christmas tree. Attractions include appearances by Santa Claus and his friends and classic carols performed by a delightful choir. Photo ops abound, and this year you’ll also be able to hang your "Love Locks" on the railings. You can bring your own lock or purchase a charity Love Lock for $50.

A classic Christmas tree in Hong Kong's Statue Square lit up at night

The 15 metre high Christmas tree all lit up in Statue Square. Photo credit: Discover Hong Kong

6. The AIA Great European Carnival

This magnificent carnival, held from 16 December 2016 till 12 February 2017 in Central Harbourfront, brings a taste of excitement and thrill to Hong Kong. Some of the world’s best rides and attractions will delight your senses and fill the whole family with holiday cheer. There will also be stage performances, a selection of children’s shows and a visit from Santa Claus himself!

Lots of rides at the AIA Great European Carnival in Central Harbourfront Hong Kong at night

Gather the whole family for a fun filled day at the AIA Great European Carnival. Photo credit: Sassy Mama Hong Kong

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Originally published in November 2015 and updated in December 2016. Any prices are lowest estimated prices only at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability.