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Where to go for a Christmas in Tsim Sha Tsui

There is simply nowhere that does Christmas better than Tsim Sha Tsui. On top of its exciting shopping scene is a clutch of razzle-dazzle Christmas installations and events giving this entertainment enclave a festive twist.

While malls and plazas are all dressed up for the season, this shopping paradise is your best bet to grab a taste of Christmas by simply dashing in and out of the shops or strolling along the promenade.

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Photo: Hyatt Regency

12:30 pm | Hugo’s
Pampering yourself with a glamorous lunch at Hugo’s at the classy Hyatt Regency is never too much. Swords mounted on the walls and rustic chandeliers dangling from the ceiling boost a medieval aroma in the interior. Hugo’s is the place for any big occasion where you are guaranteed a photogenic lunch with food that is made to impress.

K11 Art Mall, 18 Hanoi Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui
3721 7733

14:00 pm | 1881 Heritage
What was once the Hong Kong Marine Police station in the last century is now a luxury shopping centre that has blended into a declared monument building in Victorian and neoclassical architectures. Every Christmas the site turns into a stunning scene of glittering Christmas installations which yield tremendous photo opportunities. But you don’t want to drop by on Christmas Eve or Christmas day, when queues curl around the plaza. Go before the holiday, you might get a chance to take a photo with fewer passers-by in the background.

2A Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
2926 8000

15:00 pm | Harbour city front gate
Just like 1881 Heritage, this front gate turns into a touristy epicentre for every festival with ostentatious Christmas decorations. But it’s worth fighting the crowd as checking in on Facebook with ostentatious Christmas decorations in the background has somehow become a must in the holiday season to glam up people’s Facebook or Instagram pages.

Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
2118 8666

16:00 pm | Hong Kong Cultural Centre and clock tower  
These two waterfront landmarks are utterly common for postcards. What’s lesser known is that the 44-metre tall cloak tower was the only survivor of the Kowloon-Canton Railway station dating back to 1916. Made from red bricks and granite, the tower retains its beauty and stands as a link to the lost glory of Hong Kong’s train system.

The epochal Hong Kong Cultural Centre in close vicinity hosts a variety of cultural activities throughout the year. From now until 28 December, its iconic façade is turning into an art display for a 15-minute 3D light show four times every evening at 8.30pm, 9pm, 9.30pm and 10pm to coincide with the Hong Kong WinterFest. You may want to grab some beers and snacks at the 7-Eleven shop nearby and stake out a spot in front of the building an hour earlier to get the most out of the show.

10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
2734 2009

Photo: Peninsula

18:00 pm | Felix 
Sitting on the 28th floor of the ritzy Peninsula Hong Kong, this designer restaurant by Philippe Starck, marks a contrast to the hotel’s significant façade, where it boosts minimal and contemporary tunes with funky chairs printed with black and white pictures of the restaurant’s staff. Everything about this fancy restaurant is at the height of sophistication – from lofty ceilings to an array of floor-to-ceiling windows opening onto the glitzy Kowloon all decked out in holiday lights, which are emphasised by dim lighting in the interior.

The legendary Peninsula façade will also leave you spellbound during Christmas time, festooned with gleaming decorations looming over the hotel’s fountain.

28/F Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
2696 6778


20:00pm | Wooloomooloo Prime
Positioned on the 21st floor of The One shopping mall, Wooloomooloo Prime enjoys panoramic views of Tsim Sha Tsui, atmospheric lighting and sophisticated décors. Its terrace offers even better views to the skylines, which is a popular spot for happy hours and after-meal drinks. The meat-focused restaurant is chasing in on the festive season with a party on Christmas Eve, as well as a holiday brunch at HK$398 available from 24 to 27 December.

Level 21 The ONE, 100 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
2870 0087