X-m🎄s Bucket List: 15 exciting things to do in our Hood & beyond🎅🎅

With less than 4 weeks left to Christmas, you might be wondering where to go or what to do in the Christmas month? To help you, we’ve listed 15 amazing things to do for your Christmas bucket list this month which range from making merry with family at carnival, going to christmas bazaar, Indulging in a "X-mas special" Spa or the more classic visiting Malls to admire the amazingly festive decorations and hiking. Get an early start this month to the holiday bucket list - in whichever order you wish- and get yourself in the spirit of Christmas .

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1. MAKE MERRY AT THE AIA 's GREAT EUROPEAN CARNIVAL

Location: Central Harbourfront (https://tgec.asia/)

Dates: December 14, 2018 to February 19, 2019

The Great Circus of Europe returns, with a completely new and thrilling line up of the world’s most death-defying new acts. Once again, they will leave you in awe at the mesmerising feats of skills, human strength and ingenuity.

2. GO CRAZY IN DISNEY!

Christmas special Dates: November 15th 2018 to January 1st, 2019

Hong Kong Disneyland will be lit with a magical glow! Mickey and Friends have put up their most beautiful holiday ornaments and dazzling lights, cooked up a savory Christmas feast, placed a twinkling star on the top of the tree, and filled the air with snow. This year will be just as magical as any other year to celebrate Christmas in Disney, meet your favourite Disney characters, dress up in them if you want!

3. TREAT YOURSELF TO A CHRISTMAS SPA DAY IN EMMANUEL F

Date: 1 December 1st, 2018 to 31st December, 2018

Santa is coming to meet your emmanuel f.! Treat yourself or those you love to a holistic, eco-conscious, pampering experience! Enjoy a Organic Shampoo and Style Buy 2, get 1 free (including a head and neck massage)!! Want something more? Treat yourself to a Christmas Spa experience at $ 1500 HK (originally $ 1900 HK) including a Body Massage (60 minutes) and a Signature Facial (75 minutes) carefully selected by our spa therapists to suit your needs. LocalHood discount on massage not cumulable with this offer.

4. NATURE EXPEDITIONS: HIKE UP THE DRAGON'S BACK

Get out of the city and immerse yourself in mother nature. Refresh and recharge for the new year ;-) by hiking in one of many hiking trails in Hong Kong! Think hiking, beach partying, bonfires and many more potential activities whilst hiking. Go to the dragon’s back hiking trail and enjoy some panoramic views with your loved ones.

5. DO SOME VOLUNTARY CHRISTMAS SERVICES

Christmas is not all about having fun and getting gifts, it can also be giving back to the underprivileged and the needy. Whether it be volunteering at your favourite dog shelter, cleaning up plastic-infested beaches, get out there this christmas season to give back to your community!! For a list of small and meaningful charities in our Hodd who need your support go to: https://www.localhood.org/single-post/2018/10/24/Sharing-your-Thanksgiving-Blessings-the-Localhood-Way.

6. GO TO PULSE: HONG KONG'S 3D LIGHT SHOW IN HARBOURFRONT

Location: TSIM SHA SHUI

Date: All through the festive season unto 28 Feb 2019

Looking for some artistic zest during the Christmas season in Hong Kong? Hongkongers and tourists alike can enjoy a spectacular 3D audiovisual light show along the Kowloon harbourfront.

7. BE MESMERIZED BY THE NUTCRACKER BALLET

Location: HONG KONG CULTURAL CENTER (https://www.lcsd.gov.hk/en/hkcc/facilities/grandtheatre.html).

Dates: Selected dates in December

Are you a person with exquisite taste for theatre and music? This Christmas, embrace the magic of the season with the timeless holiday tradition of The Nutcracker! an enchanted journey up the Christmas Tree with little Clara, as snowflakes swirl, flowers waltz, and the heroic Nutcracker battles the villainous Rat King to reunite with his Ballerina love.

8. SHOP AT THE TRADITIONAL FINNISH CHRISTMAS MARKET AT STANLEY

Location: 23 Carmel road,Stanley Plaza, Stanley

Dates: December 8-19, 15-16, 2018 - Noon to 8:00 pm

A bit away from our Hood but totally worth your while is Stanley's christmas market!! This year's traditional market turns to Scandinavia, sponsored by the Finnish Consulate, the Finnish Christmas Wonders market opens on two consecutive weekends in December. Reindeer sausage, herring and salmon, and a range of bakery items including"joulutorttu" and all sorts of traditional Finnish X-mas delicatessen.

9. ENJOY A PHILHARMONIC CHRISTMAS: A HARRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS

Location: Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall

Date and Timings: 23 DEC 2018 Sun 3pm to 8pm, 24 DEC Mon 8pm

Harry Wong is back! This year, he will team up with conductor Lio Kuokman to bring the Christmas spirit to life, in the most festive way! Come join the HK Phil Chorus to sing-along Christmas favourites.

11.GO TO THEATRE WITH FATHER CHRISTMAS :-)

Location: The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Wanchai (www.aba-productions.com,)

Dates and Timings: Thursday through Saturday Nov 29 - December 1, 2018 - various times

Join Father Christmas as he gets ready for his busiest day of the year, Christmas Eve. Watch as he prepares his Christmas deliveries, feeds his reindeer and finally takes flight into the snowy night.This heart-warming adaptation is full of merry touches with plenty of live music, songs and playful puppetry. It’s a perfect introduction to theatre for young children!

12. ADMIRE THE WINTERFEST CHRISTMAS CENTERPIECE AT STATUE SQUARE

Location: STATUE SQUARE

Date: December 1st, 2018 to January 1st, 2019

The Christmas lights are of course one of the attractions of the season. One of the highlights on Hong Kong is the centrepiece in Central Statue Square, which for us is the season's icon and is always a stunner. The Theme and commercial sponsors vary from year to year, so it's always a really anticipated surprise of what the current season will bring.

13. DINE AT THE CE LA VI RESTAURANT

Location: CÉ LA VI, 25/F California Tower, Central. For cost and details: http://hk.celavi.com/

Dates: The Christmas menu is available throughout December.

Ring in the Christmas holiday with awesome HK panoramic view and a fancy brunch, lunch or dinner created exclusively by new Executive Head Chef Jason Au at CÉ LA VI.

14. ENJOY SPECIAL CHRISTMAS AT LANDMARK

Dates: November 24 - January 1, 2018

Simply gorgeous, The fanciful world featuring charming animated characters across 10 amazing displays, has been created by acclaimed French illustrators Claire Le Meil and Gwen Keraval. The characters invite shoppers to marvel at their "inspired" ideas to make the world a better place. Check it out!

15. HIKE TO THE PEAK

Hiking to The Peak may sound like unwanted danger, especially if it’s at night but this is definitely one of the most popular hiking trails to hike a little before sunset time because you get to see how the sky evolves from a brilliant orange sky to a dark, mystical onyx-coloured one. Once you’ve finished your hike, you can even dine at some of the restaurants and take in the breathtaking views of the HK skyline! What’s a better way to spend your Christmas when you’re right in the heart of Hong Kong?

15. ENJOY THE ENCHANTING MUSICAL PERFORMANCES at the 1881 HERITAGE

Location: TST, Kowloon (https://www.1881heritage.com/)

Dates and Timings: Nov 25 - Jan 1, 2019. Performances on selected dates; 1800h-1900h.

This Festive Season, the Grand Piazza at 1881 Heritage, which was the former Marine Police headquarters compound, will be transformed into a majestic 13-metre tall Christmas Kingdom where you will be greeted by amazing mythical creatures all around. There will also be live music performances of your favorite Christmas melodies to help you and your friends celebrate this most magical of all seasons. really anticipated surprise of what the current season will bring.

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