Fun under the stars

PUBLISHED : Monday, 19 December, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 19 December, 2011, 12:00am


Gone are the days of rain, heat and humidity, as the start of the winter season brings days filled with clear skies, crisp air and fresh breezes. Who says you can only experience Christmas by looking at decorations inside stuffy malls? Why not take advantage of the cool weather and spend some time outside?

Here we give you a list of December experiences you can enjoy under the wide open sky.

Rides all day, watch at night

If you are heading to one of the city's theme parks, be sure to hang around until the sun sets. Ocean Park has Symbio, an outdoor water extravaganza which starts at 7pm, while at Hong Kong Disneyland, the fireworks kick off at 9pm.

Go skating under the stars

Call up a gang of friends, take out your thickest pair of socks and go for a spin on Hong Kong's first open-air ice rink.

Part of the Ice Wonderland put on by Sino Group, UC Centenary Garden in Tsim Sha Tsui has long been a popular destination famous for its dazzling Christmas lights. And you won't be the only ones carving up the ice. Skate alongside the likes of Santa Claus and snowmen at the rink this winter.

What's more, a part of the proceeds from the skate rentals will go to the Hong Chi Association, which helps children with intellectual disabilities. What a perfect way to have a good time while spreading some Christmas cheer to those in need. Skate rentals are HK$15 in the afternoon and HK$30 in the evening.

Where: UC Centenary Garden, East Tsim Sha Tsui

When: November 25 to January 1

Christmas Wonderland in D Deck

Rally the family for a day-trip to the Christmas wonderland in Discovery Bay. The D Deck strip of ocean-view restaurants has been transformed for the holidays, complete with vintage street lamps and larger-than-life nutcrackers. Keep an ear out for the strains of serenading violinists popping in and out of the restaurants.

Once you have satisfied your tummy, take a walk around the Discovery Bay North Christmas Family Kingdom which promises a great time, with interactive games and a bouncy castle. Once the sun has set, look up to the skies near the promenade, and you might see Disneyland's fireworks lighting up the sky brighter than any old star.

Spend more than HK$100 at any of the 12 D Deck designated restaurants to get a free ferry ride back to Central.

Where: D Deck, Discovery Bay Rd, Lantau Island.

When: Now until December 27.

Going out with a bang

Don't forget to watch the annual breath-taking display of dazzling fireworks on New Year's Eve. Gather your friends and family and hunt for a spot that gives you a clear and unobstructed view of Victoria Harbour. As the sky is illuminated with a million shimmering lights, get ready to enter 2012 with a bang.

Where: Anywhere with a clear view of Victoria Harbour.

When: Dec 31, before midnight