Five places Hong Kong families can have fun and games this Christmas
Virtual reality thrills at Ocean Park, mini-golf in Causeway Bay, trampolining in Kowloon, carnival colour in Central and a Mickey musical at Disneyland – there’s plenty on offer, without the need to head out of town for festive fun
Not everyone can get away for a Christmas break, and for Hong Kong families staying at home this holiday season, these five destinations offer a fun alternative.
Ocean Park combines roller-coaster thrills and virtual reality to create Hong Kong’s first VR ride. Instead of the usual scenic coastal view from the Mine Train, riders will find themselves climbing through a rainforest and going underwater. Tap the headset and you can catch the critters along the way. The park also has set up a virtual reality game zone especially for this holiday period. Admission to the park is HK$438 for adults and HK$240 for children. From December 23 to January 1 entry to the Waterfront Plaza will be free in the evening.
The Finnish company has 11 SuperParks in Finland and opened its first in Hong Kong this month at One Silversea near Olympic Station in Kowloon. The 45,000 square foot indoor space holds a trampoline platform, a pedal car track, an augmented climbing wall, a tube slide and a zip wire.
There are ball games such as SuperBall, a version of dodge ball or pinball played with your foot. Day passes cost HK$180 on weekdays and HK$240 on weekends.
The city’s first miniature golf club at Fashion Walk in Causeway Bay has two nine-hole courses – and they’re not as easy as they look. Those needing a break can chill at the restaurant nearby or grab a signature cocktail at the bar. With neon lights, pink walls and cactus plants, the design is inspired by California and has an American diner vibe. Prices are HK$160 for 45 minutes at either golf course. It’s open till 3 in the morning on weekends.
Disneyland has transformed once again into Winter Wonderland. The Sleeping Beauty Castle will get a makeover starting in January, so catch it while you can. Aside from the usual parades and fireworks, a 20-minute musical show, Mickey and Friends Christmastime Ball, will be staged at its forecourt three times a day, ending with a round of snowfall. Admission: HK$619 for adults and HK$458 for children.
AIA Great European Festival
The festival returns to the Central Harbourfront, with virtual reality and Paddington pop-up installations this year. The rides are familiar, the most exciting ones being Mach 5 and Atmos Fear.
Entrance costs HK$130 for adults and HK$90 for kids – but you will have to buy tokens for individual attractions once inside.