Christmas is just around the corner – sadly those will be my loneliest Christmas ever since I’m far away from my family and Sing is in Ireland on his business trip until the end of January next year, but I cheer myself up with the memories of Christmas time in Hong Kong!
With our trip at the end of November and the beginning of December I was sad that I will miss the Christmas preparation, but luckily for us it started pretty early. Why I say for us, not only for me? The last time Sing was in Hong Kong for Christmas was like 10 or more years ago. He still has somewhere his photo as a child with Momzilla and Victoria Harbour’s LED decorations in the background which are absolutely amazing.
Even though Christians (of any kind) in Hong Kong make only ~12% of Hong Kong’s population the whole Christmas-mood is spread all over Hong Kong. But what my husband noticed it’s not really ‘Christmas-ish’ – most of the places we’ve visited had Season or Seasonal Greetings, the only time we actually seen ‘Merry Christmas’ was at the Victoria Peak. Honestly, Hong Kong, being so multicultural, having Muslims, Buddhists, Christians, Sikhs and others, did a great job to make it as neutral and politically correct as possible for all the different people with different backgrounds and believes living there.
Shopping malls, streets, airport, even trams and cakes – like everywhere. I personally think it’s awesome, especially since there are so many expats who might miss that big Christmas time in Europe or in America. I felt the same warmth, coziness and happiness like I felt back home. But I’m not really objective since I treat Hong Kong as my home anyway. Although it felt pretty weird to be in such a mood – don’t get me wrong but coming from a country where -10C is normal around the end of December, it was just awkward to see a fully dressed Christmas tree when I was dying from the heat and complaining why I didn’t take any shorts. Now it’s like 13C back in Hong Kong so it’s more normal, but at that moment I caught myself thinking ‘Is it already summer and someone just forgot to clean that up?’.
So if you’re still wondering what to do during Christmas in Hong Kong first of all you contact the chamber of commerce for your country – even Polish people had an early Christmas dinner just 2 days after I left and I think it’s a great way to meet new people or just not feel so lonely. You can also try Hong Kong’s Winterfest (click here for the website), go to Ocean Park or Disneyland which are now Christmas-themed or simply just take a ferry and enjoy the beauty of LED decorations around the Victoria Harbour.
I made over 100 photos just with Christmas trees and decorations around Hong Kong that include Elements, Harbour City, Peninsula and many more. Personally my favorite one was TMT Plaza’s My Melody-themed Christmas in Tuen Mun. It was so cute you just puke with the word ‘kawaii’. And wait until statue start dancing every hour – you will die from cuteness overload. I had like 20 selfies there, but since all of them were made from Sing’s perspective we look like a Pineapple and Jabba The Hutt and since I’m the Jabba-looking one I will show you mercy during this special time of the year and won’t show them. What was really amazing is the creativity that Hongkongers have – I even found a Pikachu in Santa’s hat. A freaking Pikachu.
Even though I feel sad being so far away and pretty lonely, I also feel so warm inside looking back at the photos we took and it just gives me more hope on coming back to Hong Kong. That one day, next to Sing’s Christmas childhood photo with Momzilla, there will be my photo with our child and Christmas LED lights around the harbour. For now I let you enjoy photos I took – I had a huge problem to pick my favorite one, there were just too many of them!
Also if you want, check out my old posts about Christmas in Poland (click here) or Christmas party in the Blackhawk Automotive Museum (click here).
Do you celebrate Christmas? Do you like this time of the year in general? What was the most amazing Christmas decoration you have ever seen? Share your memories, photos, posts – whatever you have! I will be so happy to see it!
Enjoy the photos and a bonus video at the end! :)
PS I don’t know if you have noticed but My Hong Kong husband has a new design. I personally hate the size of the font, but it was the best such a broke blogger could do without paying 100USD to WordPress. I added some Polish folklore pattern in the background to make the blog more ‘mine’. Do you like it? If you have any suggestion leave them in the comment section! :)