While case numbers remain high, the gradual relaxing of pandemic curbs has given the city a much-needed boost. The greater freedom to eat, drink, shop and be merry will bring more Christmas cheer.
For one ex-Hong Kong resident, Christmas this year won’t be the same – the lights in Oxford Street don’t match Victoria Harbour’s. Then again, there’s a real chimney for Santa to slide down.
Places such as cinemas are among those to benefit along with those who go to bars and banquets in a city that must continue to open with caution.
As restrictions are eased for arrivals and residents, Hong Kong must continue to strengthen its defences over the festive season.
The Seoul Plaza, Grand Hyatt Seoul and Lotte World ice skating rinks all have unique features that place them among the best in South Korea’s capital – here’s what to know, from price to opening hours.
Designers like Aquazzura, Anya Hindmarch and Rejina Pyo bring their creativity to the fore, while traditional names include Lane Crawford with their eminently practical Not An Advent Calendar beauty ‘bento box’
Actress Anne Hathaway fronts the collection centred on light, wearing Serpenti and Diva Dreams jewellery, and even statement pieces in Christmas hues
Chanel, Alaïa, Pucci, Delvaux and Carnet all play to their strengths for these eye-opening pieces to get your look noticed at your next big event
Festive treats at The Peninsula Hong Kong include gourmet cuisine from Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurant Spring Moon, deluxe hampers with Peninsula champagne, and massages and facials at the spa
Artist Rajiv Surendra created a hand-drawn forest scene to adorn the store’s holiday packaging, while stores will also offer special festive offerings including curated gift sets of brand-name beauty products
Rumours are flying that Carey may have split from her boyfriend of 7 years after he was notably absent from her latest Christmas concert – so who is he and what do we know?
Party season demands party fuel – and Hong Kong’s after-hours scene provides with plenty of seasonal specials to keep you topped up
From Burberry coats and matching ski jackets to PJs for a Mean Girls movie night, here are 10 of Mariah Carey and Monroe Cannon’s cutest mini-me twinning fashion looks
With roast turkey a Thanksgiving and Christmas tradition, and ground turkey – also called turkey mince – a food you can cook all year round, we answer a burning question for home cooks.
How Hong Kong socialite Laurinda Ho likes to celebrate the holiday season, from Christmas trees and Santa Claus to baking cakes and cooking up a feast
Mariah Carey and ex-husband Nick Cannon’s twins just starred in a festive campaign alongside their famous mum – here’s what you need to know about Mimi’s mini-mes
From Christmas to New Year’s Day, the city’s restaurants are pulling out all the stops, with everything from traditional classics to Asian, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern options on the table
The campaign shows rising stars from the worlds of film and music at play in another dimension, aboard Christmas bauble spacecraft
Apart from the ‘Christmas civilian supply mission’, there will also be a concert in honour of fishing communities living near the resource-rich waterway.
City comes alive and offers masses of special deals as part of government’s plan to put the pizzazz back into nightlife
Promotional effort to take place in three stages – Mid-Autumn Festival at end of September, Christmas and Lunar New Year in February.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky on Friday signed a law moving the official Christmas Day holiday to December 25 from January 7 with the goal of ‘abandoning the Russian heritage’.
The reopened investigation concerns a Christmas party held in December 2020 in the headquarters of the governing Conservative Party which was organised by staff working on a mayoral election campaign.
Realising 10 people badly needed shelter the Campagnas opened up their home, their unexpected guests were amazed to find plenty of Korean cooking ingredients inside. Now the couple – whose first date was at a Korean restaurant – have reunited with their new friends.
Russia said it had carried out a devastating retaliatory strike in eastern Ukraine to avenge a recent deadly attack on its troops, a claim quickly denied by Kyiv.
Zelensky claimed Russian shells hit Bakhmut and other Ukrainian positions during a ‘supposed ceasefire’ timed for the Christmas holiday celebrated on January 7 by many Orthodox Christians.
The White House on Friday announced US$3.75 billion in weapons and other aid for Ukraine and its European backers.
The Russian president was the only worshipper spotted in images from the Annunciation Cathedral in the Kremlin. Orthodox Christianity, Russia’s main religion, celebrates Christmas on January 6.
Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a ceasefire in Ukraine to run during Orthodox Christmas, a move quickly dismissed by Kyiv and its allies.
More than 1 million people visited Hong Kong products showcase in Victoria Park and generated HK$1 billion in sales.
More than 10,000 flights cancelled over the Christmas holiday, chaos at airports across America: Southwest Airlines found itself in the hot seat as the airline behind the lion’s share of the weather-linked travel mayhem.
Dietitians take break from calorie calculations to turn hands to making sweet treats as part of charity event at Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital.
Swiss entrepreneur Jurg Meier did not lay off a single employee at chocolate and bread maker Gourmet House in the past three years, even as sales plunged by as much as 80 per cent.