8 December 2015

Hong Kong puts up winter wonderland experience

Source: HKTB website.

December in Hong Kong is the perfect winter getaway with the temperatures cooling below 15°C. The 2015 Hong Kong WinterFest, on now, includes a number of installations and experiences.

A jewellery-inspired Serpenti light art installation in Statue Square, Central organised by the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) and BVLGARI is five minutes' walk from the Observation Wheel, where 15-minute rides on luxury gondolas are available to provide a view of the iconic Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong skyline.

A Star Ferry ride, rated as one of Tripadvisor’s Top 10 Must-See Destinations in Hong Kong, offers a different perspective of Victoria Harbour, Victoria Peak and the Hong Kong skyscrapers. Timed right, passengers on the ferry can view the 8pm, Symphony of Lights show - where 44 buildings around the harbour perform a musically synchronised 13-minute display - from the middle of the harbour.
This year, Harbour City partners Hong Kong Disneyland in conjunction with Disney’s 10th anniversary celebration to transform the Ocean Terminal Forecourt into a Happily Ever After Christmas Avenue complete with a tree and holiday window displays. 

Just five minutes' walk away is 1881 Heritage, the former headquarters of the Hong Kong Marine Police, where the Grand Piazza has been transformed into a 13 m high gothic cathedral-like ice palace, complete with ice-skating rink.

Round up the year at the New Year Countdown Celebrations on 31 December 2015, with a pyromusical and fireworks at the stroke of midnight. Vantage points include the waterfront along Tsim Sha Tsui; the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Open Piazza and Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade; West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade; New Central Harbourfront; the promenade at the Golden Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai and the areas around Central Piers No. 9 and 10.


2015 Hong Kong WinterFest Highlights

Harbour City’s Disney Happily Ever After
Till 3 Jan 2016
1881 Heritage, Tsim Sha Tsui
Till 3 Jan 2016
10am to 10pm
The Peak Galleria’s Jelly Belly
Till 3 Jan 2016
Times Square’s LEGO Star Wars
Till 1 Jan 2016
Pacific Place’s The Little Prince
Till 1 Jan 2016
Ngong Ping 360’s Hello Kitty & Friends and Ip Man Exhibition
Till 8 Mar 2016
The Sparkling BVLGARI Roman Holiday, Statue Square, Central
Till 1 Jan 2016 5pm to 11pm
24 and 31 Dec 2015 5pm to 12 midnight
Udderbelly Festival Hong Kong at Central Harbourfront Event Space
Till 15 Feb 2016
Hong Kong Cultural Centre’s Hong Kong Pulse 3D Light Show
9 to 28 Dec 2015
8:20pm, 8:45pm, 9:15pm, 9:45pm nightly
(about eight minutes per session)
The Hong Kong Observation Wheel
Mondays to Sundays and public holidays
to 11pm
*Ticket sales stop 15 minutes before closing.
Star Ferry
Mon to Sun and Public Holidays
am to 11:30pm
The Big Bus Night Tour
Nightly 6pm onwards; 1 hour
*Operated by Big Bus Tours
Open-top Bus Starry Night
Nightly 4pm onwards; 2.5 Hours
*Operated by Gray Line Tours of Hong Kong
Hong Kong New Year Countdown Celebrations
31 December 2015
Pyromusical to Midnight