We’re counting down the days until Christmas, and between office White Elephant parties, Secret Santa’s, and filling up your suitcase with presents for your entire extended family back home, your gift list is probably a mile high. Luckily, the next few weeks are jam-packed with Christmas markets and holiday fairs in Hong Kong, so mark your calendars and get ready for the year’s biggest shopping spree.
White Christmas Street Fair 2016
Snow might be non-existent in Hong Kong, but that hasn’t stopped Swire Properties from hosting their own version of ‘White Christmas’ every year — a bustling outdoor Christmas fair complete with musical and dance performances, mulled wine and sweet treats, artisanal holiday vendors, Santa’s workshops, and of course, plenty of fake snow to go around. This year they’re hosting two events — a teaser event in Starstreet Precinct (25-26 November) and the main event at Tong Chong Street (1–3 December), with activities including Hong Kong’s first ever snowball fight and the Santathon Challenge, a Christmas-themed digital treasure hunt. It’s easy to get in the giving spirit with all proceeds from street fair activities going towards Operation Santa Claus.
When: 1–3 December 2016
Tong Chong Street, Taikoo Place, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong, facebook.com/SwireXmasFair
The Butchers Club Christmas Market & Long Lunch
Cold beers, superb grub and a host of Christmas vendors and holiday goodies make for one of the biggest and best Long Lunches from The Butchers Club yet. A popular weekend feast for Southsiders and those willing to make the short trek out to Wong Chuk Hang, the upcoming Christmas-themed luncheon puts a holiday twist on the meat-centric meal, with roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, turkey and pies on the sumptuous buffet menu. In addition to plenty of stalls to browse and shop around, the festivities will include a holiday raffle, lawn games, arts and crafts, live music, face painters and a select few additional F&B vendors.
When: 3 December 2016
Price: $250 per adult plus $200 for free-flow package from ticketflap.com
Butchers Club Deli at Editus, 16-17/F, Shui Ki Industrial Building, 18 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong, thebutchers.club
Hullett House Christmas Market
The fifth annual Christmas Market at the Hullett House plays on the ever-so-trendy Nordic theme with gourmet Scandinavian treats, festive decorations and handmade accessories, fashion and live entertainment. The beautiful colonial building makes for a festive backdrop to get in the holiday spirit — don’t miss taking photos in the main 1881 Heritage Building at night, which will undoubtedly be lit up with another spectacular Christmas installation to compete with previous years.
When: 2–4 December 2016
50 Pigeons Courtyard, Hullett House, 1881 Heritage, 2A Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 3988 0000, facebook.com
Sai Kung Sunday Market
A growing community event, Sai Kung Sunday Market is back from 11am–5pm on 4 December for a holiday-themed fun-filled family day of artisanal food and crafts, organic and handcrafted products, accessories, fashion apparel, jewellery, wine and more. The market is hosted indoors, so rain or shine, this is an ideal place to unwind during the weekend with the family in tow.
When: 4 December 2016
Hong Kong Academy, 33 Wai Man Road, Sai Kung, New Territories, Hong Kong, saikungmarkets.com
Discovery Bay Christmas Market
Southsiders will want to head to Discovery Bay’s alfresco market to stock up on holiday goods from one-of-a-kind vendors in Hong Kong. Hosted by Handmade Hong Kong, the Discovery Bay market focuses on unique, local craftspeople in Hong Kong for those special customised items you can’t find elsewhere. When you’re all shopped out, make your way over to the D’Deck to grab dinner from participating restaurants for a free ferry ride back to Central.
When: 11 December 2016
Discovery Bay Main Plaza, Discovery Bay, Lantau, Hong Kong, handmadehongkong.com
Conrad Christmas Gift Festival
The Conrad Hotel kicks off several fairs this season (the Pre-Christmas Gift Parade on 29 November and the Christmas Gift Showcase on 8 December), culminating in the Christmas Gift Festival on 14 December, where you can fill up your goodie bag with jewellery, fashion accessories, gourmet goods, health & beauty products, handcrafted decor, homewares and more. Fuel up with coffee from Caffè Perfetto and if you’re craving a snack after all that shopping, head to Garden Café or the Lobby Lounge to enjoy 15% off with your purchases.
When: 14 December 2016
Grand Ballroom, Conrad Hotel, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong, +852 27992 0096, prestigefairs.hk