Hotels and malls get in the festive spirit with attractions including carols, jazz, ballet, parties, grottoes, window painting and magical train journeys The Peninsula is back with it's The Trees of Hope charity programme. Hotel guests and visitors can purchase ornaments for the hotel's holiday tree, with proceeds going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Hong Kong. Guests may also order Teas of Hope (HK$288 per person, HK$428 two people) at The Lobby from December 1 to 6, 8 to 19 and 27 to 31, with 20 per cent of the proceeds going to the foundation. Tree of Hope cocktails, on the other hand, include non-alcoholic drinks priced at HK$88 and gluwein and brandy eggnog priced at HK$108, with 100 per cent of the proceeds going to Make-A-Wish. Island Shangri-La Hotel will be throwing a Christmas Wonderland Party (HK$480 adult, HK$380 child) on December 20 from 11am to 3pm. The party includes a lunch buffet with a free flow of soft drinks and fresh orange juice, while the entertainment consists of a bouncy castle, magic, face painting, hair and nail art, balloon modelling, basketball games and, of course, a visit from Santa. Harbour City (above) will be turning the Ocean Terminal Outdoor Plaza into a train station. The mechanical installation will be hidden in an enormous suitcase that will split in two and transform into a huge train while a Christmas musical video clip plays. Inside the train you will find polar bears and Christmas trees as it takes you on a magical journey along a 180-foot track. The show will be held every 30 minutes. There will also be a two-metre classical clock with special lighting effects to report the time regularly. On either side of the main clock will be 12 smaller clocks displaying the time in places including Finland, Paris, Berlin, Iceland and Russia to give the impression of moving with time. Until December 14, 6.15pm to 9.45pm. From December 15 to January 1, 6.15pm to 10,45pm (every 30 minutes). Also from December 6 to January 7, you can take pictures at the Cheeezy photography zone, right under the Sheepy Christmas trees, by donating money to the Hong Kong Blood Cancer Foundation. Pacific Place (left) will host a series of high-profile performances from December 16 to 25 by the Hong Kong Harp Chamber and the Hong Kong Flute Academy, piano trios and a larger-than-life Broadway-style stage show combining pantomime, jazz dancing, contemporary dancing, tap dancing and singing. Using the theme of Music Box, Garden Court will be transformed into a magical Christmas wonderland where shoppers can admire the Christmas tree and visit Santa's hut. This year Pacific Place welcomes America's most famous Santa, Ricky Baldwin, who has appeared in numerous TV shows and commercials in the United States. WTC more Korea's queen of window painting, Nanan, will be lighting up this year's Christmas season at the wtc more mall in Causeway Bay. From December 4 to 24, Nanan will decorate the windows and mirrors of wtc more with her iconic lazurite (glass) artwork, all painted live in front of shoppers. She will also add her signature creations to Hong Kong's first lazurite Christmas tree, ensuring a romantic and beautiful backdrop for the holiday season. Renaissance Kowloon Hotel There will be Christmas carols and a ballet performance in the upper lobby at the Renaissance Kowloon Hotel on December 24 and 25. True Light Girls' College will perform from 6pm to 6.40pm and the performance by Jean Wong School of Ballet will start at 7pm and again at 7.40pm on both days. Times Square (above right) is using designer Carrie Chau's Indigo Child legend as its theme this Christmas. The story about sensitive and clairvoyant Indigo children making this world a safer place is used extensively in the mall's decorations and promotions. Among the exhibits are the designer's large sheep and blind fly sculptures, a number of fibreglass installations, 30 new paintings and giant balloons. Spending of HK$800 or above with a donation of HK$20 to the End Child Sexual Abuse Foundation will earn you an Indigo Child 2009 calendar by Carrie Chau, while a donation of HK$40 will get you a Black Sheep doll. Spending HK$800 between December 14 and 25 will also entitle you to one play at the Turn 'n' Win game, which guarantees a win from a variety of prizes and cash vouchers. Hongkong Land (below right) is getting in the festive mood by hosting the Jazz Cannons, a six-piece jazz band from London, at The Landmark Atrium. From December 8 right up to Christmas Day, the Jazz Cannons will be performing three times daily (1pm, 3pm and 6pm). For every HK$5,000 spent by a single customer at any one or more of Central's shops and restaurants during the promotion period, Hongkong Land will donate HK$50 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Mandarin Oriental Hotel Enjoy roast chestnuts and mulled wine from 5pm until 7.30pm in the Mandarin Oriental lobby which will be transformed into a winter wonderland during Christmas week. On December 22 and 24, there will be two ballet performances by the Jean Wong School of Ballet in the lobby. Tickets are priced at HK$228 (one person) and HK$398 (two people). IFC's Christmas is in full swing at the IFC Mall with its IFC Circle of Christmas Inspirations theme. This features a 40-foot spinning Ferris wheel and a merry-go-round. Veteran music critic and producer Wong Chi-chung has selected and compiled about 60 songs you can hear as people take a ride on the Ferris wheel and merry-go-round. Intercontinental Hong Kong Hotel won't disappoint this year with the creation of a Christmas grotto at its children's corner each weekend during December. On Christmas Day, there will be magic tricks and balloon-twisting activities during lunch at the Mistral restaurant. If you plan on taking your children to the Hong Kong Ballet's performance of The Nutcracker between December19 and 27, then make it a fully fledged treat with the Nutcracker pre-ballet or post-ballet kids' lunch or dinner (HK$290 per person) at the InterContinental's lobby lounge. The promotion consists of your choice of any sandwich or pizza, along with the hotel's signature hot chocolate float and a special Nutcracker ornament as a souvenir. Choirs Harbour Plaza Hong Kong Hong Kong's all-girls school choirs will be singing your favourite carols this Christmas at the Harbour Plaza Hong Kong hotel. The Ying Wa Girl's School choir and the choir from the secondary section of the Maryknoll Convent School will be performing in the hotel lobby at 6.30pm on Christmas Eve and 12.30pm on Christmas Day. Expect all your Christmas favourites such as Silent Night, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing and O Come, All Ye Faithful. The Peninsula Listen to some of Hong Kong's finest choirs sing Christmas carols in The Lobby from December 20 to 26. Choirs include the Hong Kong Welsh Male Voice Choir, Good Hope School Choice, The Chinese University of Hong Kong Alumni Choice and Vannat International Children's Choir. Sheraton Hotel Some of the most well-known school choirs in Hong Kong will be performing in the lobby of the Sheraton Hotel this Christmas. Enjoy the vocal talents of Heep Yun School and Good Hope School on Christmas Eve from 7.30pm to 8.30pm, and on Christmas Day from 12.30pm to 1.30pm. InterContinental Hong Kong Hotel Enjoy the stunning lights and view of the Hong Kong skyline from the InterContinental Hotel Hong Kong Lobby Lounge as the hotel's Christmas Choir sings your favourite holiday songs. The choir will perform from 6pm to 7.45pm on December 23 to 25, and guests may order holiday cocktails from the Lobby Lounge or sample the complimentary hot cider that will be passed around. Had enough of Jingle Bells? Singer Courtney Lemmon will also be performing in the Lobby Lounge throughout December, singing a blend of folk and pop, indie rock, jazz and blues, in addition to Broadway tunes. Experience her special sound every evening from Tuesday to Sunday from 9pm onwards. Times Square Missed a Christmas choir performance? Carolling and instrumental performances are held every weekend in December at the Times Square Christmas Garden. Performance dates are December 6-7, 13-14, 20-21 and, of course, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, with showings scheduled from 2pm to 7pm. Santa Claus and clowns will join the choirs on those dates to wish you a merry Christmas. Four Seasons Hong Kong is embracing the season with a number of carol services over Christmas week. There are five performances by school choirs taking place in the hotel lobby from December 21 to 25: St Paul's Secondary School (December 21), Marymount Secondary School (December 22), St Paul's Convent School (December 23 and 25) and Maryknoll Convent School (December 24). All evening performances (December 21 to 24) will begin at 6.30pm, and on Christmas Day the performance will begin at 1pm. The choirs will assemble on the main staircase in the lobby to take advantage of the great natural acoustics.