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Hong Kong WinterFest

In winter, Hong Kong’s skyline shines with more glamour than usual as buildings get dressed up for the festive occasion. Soak up the romantic ambience under the iconic Statue Square Christmas Tree, and marvel at the wonder of two dazzling multimedia shows — A Symphony of Lights and the Hong Kong Pulse Light Show. Don’t miss holiday events at top attractions, special shopping offers and festive menus that will fuel your excitement and add to the joyous atmosphere! To top it all off, ring in the new year with fireworks at the spectacular Hong Kong New Year Countdown Celebrations. The holiday season will be unforgettable with the sparkling Hong Kong WinterFest, so shop, eat, drink and be merry!

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Date:
1 December 2017 to 1 January 2018

In support of:
HKSAR 20th Anniversary

This winter, a dazzling 18-metre-tall Christmas tree will spread the joy of the season from the heart of the city in Statue Square. Take photos with Santa Claus and his friends during their appearances at Santa’s Lodge, and enjoy classic carols performed by Christmas choirs. Drop by and soak up the festive ambience amidst a forest of glittering skyscrapers!

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Date & Time:
1–14 December 2017 5–10pm
15–21 December 20175–11pm
22–25 December 2017
(Extended to 12:30am on the night of 24 December)
5pm to midnight
26 December 2017 to 1 January 2018
(Extended to 12:30am on the night of 31 December)
5–10pm
Venue:
North Statue Square, Central, Hong Kong Island
(Adjacent to Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong)
Admission:
Free

Remarks
Santa Claus and his friends will make appearances at various times on 1-3, 8-10, 15-25 December.
Christmas choirs will be performing at various times from 18-24 December.

A Harbour Where Two Light Shows Sparkle

This winter, enjoy truly magical moments with a dual multimedia extravaganza — A Symphony of Lights and Hong Kong Pulse Light Show, at the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront!

 A Symphony of Lights
A Symphony of Lights

Since 2004, A Symphony of Lights has dazzled Victoria Harbour nightly with a magnificent display of dynamic lights synchronised to music. A brand new light show with music performed by the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra was unveiled in December 2017, with iconic buildings on both sides of the harbour erupting in a sensational spectacle.

‘A Symphony of Lights’ Mobile App
Download the show’s new mobile app to tune in to the show’s music anywhere you like!

Click here for more details.

Time:8pm nightly (about 10 minutes)
 Hong Kong Pulse Light Show
Hong Kong Pulse Light Show

Don’t miss the Hong Kong Pulse Light Show right after — an exhilarating multimedia performance with spectacular lighting effects, 3D projection mapping, music and sound effects at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Open Piazza. Coinciding with Hong Kong WinterFest, this mesmerising display will add a splash of colour to your holidays. Click here for more details.

Date:1–28 December 2017
Time:8:10pm, 8:40pm, 9pm, 9:20pm and 9:40pm (about 8 minutes per session)
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Catch both shows at one location!

Venue:
The harbourfront area near Hong Kong Cultural Centre
How to get there:
MTR East Tsim Sha Tsui Station Exit L6 or J; or MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station Exit E,
and follow the signs to Hong Kong Cultural Centre.
Admission:
Free

A party atmosphere will take over the entire city on New Year’s Eve as throngs of cheering revellers take part in the exciting countdown celebrations to welcome the new year. Pop by the Deco-Sphere performance before enjoying the city’s most spectacular fireworks show yet over Victoria Harbour and ushering in 2018 with all the excitement and glamour of a Hong Kong celebration! See details here.

 Info
Date:
31 December 2017
Time:
‘Deco-Sphere’ performance: Around 10pm
Shooting stars: 11pm, 11:15pm,11:30pm and 11:45pm
Musical fireworks: Midnight
Venue:
Victoria Harbour
Admission:
Free
Vantage points:
• Along the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront, including the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Open Piazza   and Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade
 
• The Central harbourfront area, including Central Piers 9 & 10
 
• Golden Bauhinia Square

Check out these exciting happenings throughout the festive season!

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Learn more about the city with a guided tour.

Themed Tours

The Heart of Hong Kong

The Central district on Hong Kong Island is the financial heart of the city and has been developing since the inception of British rule in 1841. Explore the East-meets-West elements with a stroll through some of the most interesting areas, including the Old Central Police Station, Central–Mid-levels Escalator, Man Mo Temple, PMQ and Lan Kwai Fong.

 


Itinerary:Depart to tram station and take the tram to Pottinger Street, Central. Stroll to former Central Police Station, ride the Central–Mid-Levels Escalator, visit the Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum, PMQ (former police married quarters) and Man Mo Temple. Tour ends at Lan Kwai Fong.
Language:English, Cantonese and Mandarin
Departure Time:Tuesday and Friday at 2:30pm
Pick-up PointsLobby of the Regal Hong Kong Hotel
Duration: Approximately 4 hours (walking tour)
Price: Adult: HK$280
Child (3-11yrs): HK$230
Booking: Tel: +852 3759 7081 (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm)
This tour can be booked online at HS Travel's website.
Organised by:HS Travel International Company Limited
Address:Room 916, 9/F, Tower A, New Mandarin Plaza, 14 Science Museum Road
District:Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Phone: +852 37597081
Email: tour@hstvl.com
Homepage: www.tour3g.com

The Master of Lightby Black Buddha Media Group

From fixing rice cookers to decorating Hong Kong’s skyline.

The Master of Light

With the largest collection of skyscrapers in the world, the Hong Kong skyline is a constant sea of twinkling lights glimmering on the waters of Victoria Harbour. But during Hong Kong WinterFest, which begins on December 1, dazzling light displays and illuminations around the island create one of the most dynamic and festive holiday celebrations anywhere.

The Master of Light

It takes a lot of effort and careful planning that begins way before the first bulb is lit to bring the glittering fantasy to life. These aren't simple decorations after all, and they're never the same designs. There might be glowing snowflakes on a 60-story building or a giant beaming Santa Claus that you can see from miles away one year, and 3-D laser light shows and Hello Kitty riding Santa's sleigh the next. To make the magic happen, you need a master of light like Terence Wong.

Wong has been creating light installations for Hong Kong's WinterFest for the last 35 years. With a background in electrical engineering with stage lighting and design — he went from fixing rice cookers as a teenager to installing lighting effects for Hong Kong institutions like the Cultural Center, Sha Tin Town Hall and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts — the 58-year-old now creates elaborate displays for 20 - 30 buildings that light up the annual winter event.

The Master of Light

Starting with one building in 1982, where he created simple things like geometric patterns, circles, quadrangles, triangles and snowflakes, Wong has moved on to more complicated designs that wow locals and tourists alike. “I remember at a very young age, there were simple string lights on buildings in Central District,” he says. “But these big light installations have been developing for at least 50 years. Now we're making things like a horse running continuously. It takes a lot of effort to make it as lifelike as if you were watching TV.”

Today it's a true spectacle, especially the Symphony of Lights, which features dynamic displays set to synchronized music along both sides of Victoria Harbour. It's impossible not to get into the holiday spirit when all of the buildings light up with bright festive colors and symbols of the season.

The Master of Light

The lights, colors and aesthetics have become more vivid for the holiday extravaganza over the last 35 years. It takes a lot of bulbs — around 100 thousand to be exact — and a lot of people. Wong employs around 100 people to design, manufacture and install the displays every year.

Magic like this doesn't happen overnight. The process for the displays begins in the spring, when Wong and his team start to lay out ideas and everything is locked in by September with the official work taking off in October.

“We add new elements every year,” Wong says. “From start to finish, it takes about 10 months. For me, it's Christmas throughout the whole year.”

As you'll see walking around places like Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade or Golden Bauhinia Square, or from a boat coasting around the harbor, the themes are different on every building. Some buildings have bells and snowflakes; others might have more religious overtones. This year, Wong says they adopted the biblical Magi as the focal point for one client; on another some years ago, he did a herd of running horses. He's most proud of the installations on the 24-story Hutchison House and the 33-story CITIC Tower, which are both prominently featured in the Symphony of Lights.

“Bold and unrestrained is what I want,” Wong says. “Imagine 12 horses running at the same time. How can that not be stunning?”

The biggest enemy of light installation? “Rain. It causes damage,” Wong says. “We've learned from it, so we try to make our installations as close to perfection as possible.”

It's a good thing Hong Kong winters are rather pleasant and mild, which has encouraged the creation of more dramatic and stunning lighting displays for the holidays. It's the perfect atmosphere for walking along the streets and soaking up the festive spirit.

The Master of Light

“The best gift I can get at Christmas is watching people come to appreciate the light installations,” Wong says. “This is a gift that cannot be bought with money.”

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