Hong Kong Christmas Shopping: Where to Get a Great Festive Deal

Christmas is not quite such a big celebration in Hong Kong as it is in other parts of the world. As a holiday, it tends to be overshadowed by Lunar New Year. But Hong Kong's department stores, shops and malls don't scrimp on decorations, or on launching marketing drives complete with Santa, the elves, and – puzzlingly, given the annual temperatures – plenty of snow, something few citizens ever see for real.

Much of Hong Kong's shopping gets done in malls, and one of the smartest is IFC, right on the waterfront on Hong Kong Island. Expect a giant tree, live carol singing, and plenty seasonal decor. If you're not sure where to start shopping the mall's concierges – smarter and more user friendly than any technological app – are mines of information.

The winter in Hong Kong is usually fairly gentle, so shopping out of doors is usually a pleasant experience. The traders at Stanley Market and Temple Street and other outdoor venues are well aware that Christmas is coming, and stock up with all sorts of Christmas themed goodies.

Finally, for somewhere that's very Chinese, very Christmas, and very cool, take a look around Shanghai Tang, Hong Kong's ultimate designer Christmas store.

Causeway Bay
Times Square

Times Square consists of two towers (46 and 39 stories), with over 83,613 square meters (900,000 square feet) of retail space between them, plus about 92,903 square meters (one million square feet) of office space. Pick up the latest fashions at...  Read More

Stanley Market has become a bit touristy over the years, but it's still worth a trip. Most stalls open around 10am and close by 5pm, and you'll find a huge variety of goods. Vendors sell everything from brand-name fashions, ceramics, embroidered...  Read More

Festival Walk

Hong Kong malls are constantly striving to be bigger and better than their competitors, so while the store directory is often similar from one mall to the next, the list of extras varies widely. Festival Walk boasts an 11-screen cinema, a...  Read More

Occupying three blocks of Tung Choi Street every night, this enclave of more than 100 stalls represents the epitome of Asia's market culture: a bit crowded, a lot noisy but totally stimulating. Unlike what its name suggests, the 1,000-meter-long...  Read More

Yue Hwa Chinese Products Emporium
Photo courtesy of Yue Hwa

With a local following and shelves that stock just about any Oriental item needed, this emporium shop makes a good stop to pick up a souvenir. Yue Hwa offers beautiful merchandise at extremely affordable prices; china, herbal medical cures, and...  Read More

Shanghai Tang
Photo courtesy of Hong Kong Tourism Board

Having a qipao or Chinese tunic suit tailor-made in Hong Kong is a treat, but that process usually takes at least a week. For tourists in a hurry, Shanghai Tang stocks high-quality and off-the-rack traditional Chinese formal wear for both men...  Read More

Lane Crawford
Photo courtesy of Lane Crawford

The story of Lane Crawford begins in 1850, when the store began to offer a wide selection of quality items. This upscale department store continues to have it all. From men's, women's, and children's wear to home furnishings and jewelry, Lane...  Read More

Temple Street Night Market
Photo courtesy of Hong Kong Tourism Board

This nightly market is probably the most stereotypical Chinese street you can think of. Heralded by a temple gateway, the outdoor bazaar is filled with numerous hawkers selling all sorts of trinkets, some local opera fanatics singing shrilly in...  Read More

Western Market
Photo courtesy of Hong Kong Heritage

Unfortunately, much of Hong Kong's historic architecture has been demolished to make way for sleeker, more modern structures. That's part of the reason why Western Market stands out – it's located in a four-story brick Edwardian built in 1906,...  Read More

IFC Mall
Photo courtesy of IFC

Hong Kong is a shopper's paradise. It seems that everywhere you turn there are fabulous malls, outlets, markets and boutiques. IFC has a definite edge though, with a variety of designer boutiques that should please even the most devoted...  Read More


Meet Ed Peters

Ed Peters has been based in Asia for most of his adult life, and counts Hong Kong as his second home. While he lives in a farming village on one of the outlying islands, getting to the city center...  More About Ed

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