7 of the most Instagrammable spots to visit in Hong Kong this Christmas

  • From MegaBox’s Hogwarts Express to West Kowloon Cultural District’s giant Christmas tree, check out these Instagram-worthy places this holiday season
  • There’s a spot for everyone – Harry Potter and Disney fans and your furry friends
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Get into the holiday spirit with these displays around the city that also make for a great pic. Photo: Handout

‘Tis the season to be jolly! You might not be able to travel because of the pandemic, but truth be told, there is no place like home for the holidays.

In the spirit of Christmas, we’ve compiled a list of the most Instagrammable spots, with the best decorations, for you and your loved ones to visit and feel the yuletide joy.

Giant Christmas tree, West Kowloon Cultural District

Fill your IG posts with this giant Christmas tree at West Kowloon Cultural District. Photo: SCMP / Nora Tam

A 20 metre-tall Christmas tree entwined with colourful fairy lights stands in West Kowloon Cultural District, overlooking a mesmerising night view of Victoria Harbour. In addition to the giant tree, there are several small Christmas shacks, with decorations such as golden reindeer, that will definitely persuade you to take more photos than you need for the ‘gram.

Date: Now until January 2, 2022
Location: Harbourside Lawn West, Art Park, West Kowloon Cultural District

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Festive Starlights, Tsim Sha Tsui East

Watch Elsa come to life on the large screen at Tsim Sha Tsui Centre & Empire Centre. Photo Handout

Taking pictures under the starlight at Tsim Sha Tsui East has always been a must-do for Christmas in Hong Kong. This year, since Disney+ recently came to town, you will find a massive, multimedia LED video wall at Tsim Sha Tsui Centre & Empire Centre, which displays familiar Disney characters, such as Elsa from Frozen and your favourite Marvel heroes.

Date: Now until January 2, 2022
Location: Tsim Sha Tsui East

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Christmas at the Wizarding World, MegaBox

Feel the magic at “Harry Potter: Christmas in The Wizarding World”.

Are you one of those people who waited and waited for the owl with your Hogwarts acceptance letter? Now you finally have your chance to enter the magical world of Harry Potter! Shops from Hogsmeade Village, such as Honeydukes Sweetshop and Zonko’s Joke Shop, have been recreated at MegaBox in honour of the first film’s 20th anniversary. You can also hop on the Hogwarts Express at Platform 9¾ to continue your wizarding journey, and enjoy a White Christmas with a daily snow show from 3pm – 6pm.

Date: Now until January 2, 2022
Location: L5 Atrium, MegaBox, Kowloon Bay

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A Furry Merry Christmas, 1881 Heritage

Take a walk in the woods and experience Santa’s enchanted forest at 1881 Heritage. Photo: SCMP / May Tse

A magical forest filled with Christmas hues and a scurry of squirrel friends is the perfect backdrop for a spirited holiday photo. The Grand Piazza at 1881 Heritage has been transformed into an enchanted forest where you can find joy at every turn. Make sure to take a selfie with the adorable squirrels wearing crimson pointed hats.

Date: Now until early February
Location: Grand Piazza, 1881 Heritage, Tsim Sha Tsui

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Shine Like a Princess, Lee Tung Avenue

Join Elsa and “Shine Like a Princess” in Wan Chai. Photo: Handout

Ever fantasised about being a princess? Make your dreams come true this Christmas! Installations bring 12 beloved Disney princesses to life, accompanied by famous tunes from their stories and a 10-metre tall Christmas tree. You’ll be transported to the wonderland of Disney magic.

Date: Now until January 2, 2022
Location: Lee Tung Avenue, Wan Chai

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Santa Village, Wan Chai Promenade

Enjoy a paw-some Christmas with your furry friends at Wan Chai Temporary Promenade. Photo: Handout

Want to celebrate the season with your furry friends? Take them to the pet-friendly Santa Village at the new Wan Chai promenade. Not only will Santa Claus be waiting for you in his exquisite, glass-like house, but you can also browse more than 40 stalls selling a wide range of products, from pet necessities to snacks.

Date: Every Friday to Sunday, now until January 2, 2022
Location: HarbourChill, Wan Chai Temporary Promenade

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Orient Express, IFC Mall

Get on the Orient Express at IFC Mall. Photo: Handout

All aboard! Head to Grand Central Station and board the elegant, midnight-blue train carriage to retrace the fascinating legacy of the Orient Express. You can take photos while learning about the train’s heritage and legacy through valuable artefacts, photographs and more.

Date: Now until January 2, 2022
Location: Oval Atrium, Podium Level 1, IFC Mall, Central

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