GBA Lifestyle News
By Michelle Chan | November 27th, 2023

Ho, ho, ho: the last month of the year is just around the corner, and we can almost smell the hollies and gingerbread cookies. Which means for those who still haven’t gotten a family portrait to hang on the wall, it’s time to put on your matching ugly sweaters and head to the below festive photo spots and markets for a splendid snapshot to wrap up 2023!

Three Garden Road: Christmas Sharelebration! Pop-up Market 2023

There’s no better time to spread joy and put a smile on our neighbors’ faces than now, that’s why the Christmas Sharelebration! Pop-up Market 2023 at Three Garden Road is a must-visit for celebrators in all walks of life.

A joint collaboration between Champion REIT and over 20 local social enterprises, this market is all about giving the gift of festive glee to those in need. As you procure tasty pastries, handmade floral decorations and more meaningful Christmas presents at the market stalls, Three Garden Road will invite 200 underprivileged children and their family to join the festival on December 2 and prepare a pack of presents for every single one of them.

‘Tis the time to immerse in the holiday cheer as a caring community: let’s enjoy hands-on sustainability workshops plus top notch magic and music performances, knowing that the greatest gift we’ve given this year is charity and warmth.

When? December 1–2, 2023 (Lighting ceremony starts at 6:45pm, December 1)

Where? 3 Garden Road, Central

Blue Bottle Coffee Holiday Market: Pairs Well with

Joyous times such as Christmas are meant for getting together and mingling with friends from near and far. In such spirit, Blue Bottle Coffee will be hosting the Pairs Well with Holiday Market, tapping local lifestyle labels to help you find your perfect half when it comes to what you put in your mouth and what you decorate your home with.

Expect fresh produce from Pioneer Farm, vegan pastries by Moono, captivating creations by Whiteroom Ceramics and MUDLAB, alongside a whole lot more gifting-ready offerings for all. And of course, you won’t be shopping in silence: homegrown jazz musician Alan Kwan will be grooving it up live!

When? December 15–16, 2023; 12–7pm

Where? Blue Bottle Coffee, 15 St. Francis Street, Wan Chai

Pacific Place & Starstreet Precinct: A Fairytale Christmas

This holiday, venture into the enchanted forests at Pacific Place and the Starstreet Precinct for an album full of portraits you’ll keep looking back at. Begin your journey at Fairy Light Forest, a dreamy realm of oversized flowers, luminous mushrooms and friendly forest animals. Think it’s ethereal now? Wait until the glittering snowfall light show graces the greenery.

Then make a detour to Santa’s Grove, a cozy garden with bedecked Christmas trees and an elegant backdrop tailor made to tickle your photograph urges. Walk a bit further out and you’ll find yourself in the Fairy Lake, where a little boat awaits you just between the forest and the tranquil waters. If you want to meet Santa Claus himself and join festive workshops, register in advance here to secure your spot.

When? Until January 2, 2024

Where? Level LG1 & Level 1, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway & Outside Three Pacific Place on Wing Fung Street and Star Street, Admiralty

Mira Place: Find Your Santa Zo-mate

We’re at the doorstep of 2024, so why not dive into some digitally powered celebratory traditions with our friends and family? Supercharged with Hong Kong’s first ever AI Christmas Zodiac Aurora Music Light Show, Find Your Santa Zo-mate by Mira Place combines the elements of Nordic village scenery, breathtaking aurora and advanced technology to give visitors a dynamic experience they won’t forget.

Every 15 minutes in the atrium, the overhead AI decorations will project patterns of northern lights, starry skies and zodiac signs accompanied by festive melodies. After the mesmerizing spectacle, make sure to snap a picture under the 7m tall magical glass house inspired by Scandinavian glass igloos and wish each other a Merry Christmas!

When? Until January 1, 2024

Where? Mira Place (Atrium, Lobby, Footbridge & Mira Steps)

Metro City Plaza: The Christmas Cuckoo at MCP

Do you hear that? It’s the sound of a 6m tall cuckoo clock’s festive symphony traversing Metro City Plaza this jolly season! Joining hands with acclaimed cuckoo clock master Hönes Uhren GmbH, the Plaza presents The Christmas Cuckoo at MCP, Asia’s first Christmas campaign centered around this cheery German heritage.

The photogenic bunch will lose themselves in the Cuckoo Clock Chalet, Wintry Black Forest Village and Enchanting Christmas Gift Box photo spots, all specially designed to replicate the joyous holiday atmosphere in Europe; while the inquisitive minds can admire eight cuckoo clock masterpieces up close before discovering traditional Central European handicrafts at ‘The Christmas Cuckoo’ German Christmas Market.

When? Until January 1, 2024

Where? L1 Atrium, MCP CENTRAL, 8 Yan King Road, Tseung Kwan O

New Town Plaza: Christmas Fairy Town

Renowned British illustrator Edward Monaghan, whose glowing portfolio includes collaborations with luxury household names such as Hermès and Bulgari, makes over New Town Plaza this year to bring to life a vibrant Christmas Fairy Town. We’re talking a total of 9 Instagrammable spots throughout the arcade, from the Fancy Outdoor Garden of Streamlight with a 3m tall fairy guardian, shimmering festive lights and Christmas bushes, to the immersive Fancy Fairyland installation portraying a fairy post office during its most bustling time of the year. Don’t forget to bring your little ones here to experience the holiday magic first-hand.

When? Until January 1, 2024

Where? L7 Starlight Garden, L3 Atrium & L3 Outdoor Area, Phase 1, New Town Plaza, Shatin Centre Street, Shatin

Read about more upcoming events here.