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December 13, 2013

Baby It’s Cold Outside

The temperatures are dipping, the shopping malls are decked out in all their festive glory, scents of mulled wine and roasted chestnuts are filling the air… It’s time for some winter fun and frolics, and we’ve sent our glamorous elves all around town to scope out the perfect ways to start your holiday season on high!

Fa La La La La La La La La

Give your neighbor’s ears a rest and let someone else do the singing this year. The Cecilian Singers have teamed up with six other Hong Kong choirs to bring you “Songs in The Key of Christmas” to raise money for victims of Typhoon Haiyan on 15 December.  If you’re ready to rock out with your glock (enspiel) out, join the Hong Kong Philharmonic’s “Christmas Around the World” concert on 23-24 December. More of a jingle bell rock kinda girl? Check out The Katterwall Christmas Choir’s “Rock n’ Roll Christmas” on 16-17 December in Sheung Wan for an evening of your favourite Christmas classics.  Christmas not complete without the Sugar Plum Fairy? We get you. Meet us at The Nutcracker at The Hong Kong Cultural Centre with your tights and toe-shoes on. Or, grab that mistletoe love muffin and your picnic blanket and cosy up under the stars for “A Very Christmas Concert” on the New Central Harbourfront on 14 December. Spectacular skyline, great bands and lively festive fun . . . it’s at the top of your Christmas list!

Bring us some figgy pudding

Or learn to make it yourself! Head to the InterContinental for “Cooking With The Culinary Stars” and learn how to make festive dishes and desserts with the hotel’s expert chefs, followed by a three-course lunch and wines to toast to your newfound culinary prowess. Does just the thought of cooking turn you into a Grinch? Sit down, relax, have a spot of tea, or two, or three. On 22-25 December head to The Peninsula Lobby for their legendary Festive Season Afternoon Tea featuring carolers singing in the wake of one of the city’s most spectacular Christmas trees. Have little elves with you? The Langham’s annual Teddy Bear Afternoon Tea will have kid’s treats galore along with story telling time with Santa on 21 and 22 December. Perhaps some haute tea for your fashionable cherie? Swan into Sevva for a Lanvin Loves Sevva afternoon tea this month. A Parisian designer tea complete with edible Lanvin labels! After a last minute shopping whirlwind take a break and have a festive Christmas Eve tea at Café Gray Deluxe. They had us at homemade eggnog. Need something stronger? Fatty Crab and Common Room have added some serious seasonal sips to their cocktail menu and Boqueria is serving up Santa-gria, a festive version of their much-adored Sangria. Let’s hope Santa is looking the other way… we are probably going to be on the naughty list after a few of those.

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Hop on the ferry to Macau and prepare to be dazzled by Winter at Cotai Strip. A giant Christmas tree, ice-skating rink, winter markets and the 3-D light and sound spectacular on the Venetian Macao’s façade will cure any bah-hum-bug blues.  Sound a little too bright for you? Try Dialogue in the Dark’s “Christmas in the Dark.” A visually impaired tour guide will guide you through Santa Claus town in the dark for a sensory Christmas experience.

Silent Night

Oh you wish! After a few too many late night Christmas parties (and a few too many Santa-grias) it might be time to refresh and recharge so you can go back to being Santa’s little helper.  The Banyan Tree Macau has you covered from head to toe with their Winter Escape Package. Sense of Touch will get you party ready with their Christmas Sparkle package. The Mandarin Spa will ensure you’re glittering by Christmas morning with their Golden Sparkling Body Treatment and Golden Utopia Facial. And Conrad Macao’s Bodhi Spa will have you ready to run to the North Pole and back with their Winter Energiser. Want to share the Christmas glow? Grab your favourite gals or guys and book a Chuan Spa Girl’s Get Together or Bliss Spa-ty.

Feel better? Now get out there and rock it around the Christmas tree.

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