If you plan to visit Hong Kong in December, you'll see how much the city loves Christmas. Here, the festive occasion is celebrated with Santa, carols, baubles, and festive light displays.
You might be traveling over the holidays, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy a good, old-fashioned Christmas dinner. Luckily, eating out on December 25 is common enough in Hong Kong, as most of those who live in the city don't stay home to cook up a traditional meal.
From the city's four- and five-star hotels to British-style pubs, we've found five restaurants that know how to handle a turkey. Whether they serve up a set Christmas dinner or a holiday buffet, these places feature everything from fresh fish and roasted potatoes to Brussels sprouts and classic Christmas pudding.
For all the restaurants mentioned below, call ahead for reservations.
One of Hong Kong’s oldest, grandest, and most celebrated colonial buildings, The Peninsula is still the swankiest address in town. Its Hong Kong Christmas dinner is a legendary festive program that includes carols, string quartets, and Santa Claus. Each of its seven dining spots offers up its own exclusive menu, with options for meat lovers and vegetarians alike. Felix, for example, offers up butter-poached blue lobster and pumpkin ravioli, whereas Gaddi's serves Bresse chicken and mushroom custard.
The hotel itself is decorated top to toe with baubles, tinsel, and designer trees. Come during lunchtime and you'll be treated to classic carols sung by the Hong Kong Chamber Choir. If you're here for Christmas dinner, pop on your best evening gown or tux and enjoy dancing the night away. The Peninsula has much to offer but, at the very least, be sure to book a festive afternoon tea sitting at The Lobby.
For something a little livelier than smart-but-stuffy hotel restaurants, try The Globe. Probably the best British pub in Hong Kong, this boozer has few airs and graces; it is simply a comfortable atmosphere filled with friendly staff and a cast of locals.
The bar has earned countless awards for its strong lineup of craft beers, but the food hasn’t gone unnoticed. The Globe has received plaudits from Miele and local food critics. Head here for Christmas dinner; at HK$495 ($63), this might be the best-priced three-course meal in Hong Kong. The menu features options such as smoked salmon tartare, grilled beef ribeye topped with red wine and port gravy, and even a vegetarian roast for non-meat eaters.
You can probably only get away with calling Christmas the "Pinnacle of Festival Celebration" when you are the Ritz-Carlton, as the hotel always piles the plates high. The Ritz’s Michelin-starred Tosca di Angelo restaurant serves up a six-course gourmet Christmas dinner—along with as much champagne as you can get through—on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Before you fall into a turkey coma, make your way to the Ritz's more relaxed lounge. Here you can find Santa as well as a live jazz band serving up festive tunes.
If it’s a traditional British Christmas carve-up you’re looking for, then look no further than The Pawn. Located inside an old Chinese pawn shop, the renovated second-floor kitchen is best known for its clubby interior—but it also serves up brilliant modern British cuisine. For HK$688 ($88), you can enjoy a heavenly three-course Christmas set dinner. The Pawn offers up a delicious pick of options: foie gras, chestnut soup topped with black truffle croutons, roasted turkey breast, steamed halibut served with butternut squash gnocchi, and chantilly cream-stuffed profiteroles.
The 4-star hotel's Cafe 8 Degrees serves up a Hong Kong Christmas dinner with turkey and all the trimmings. Starting at HK$308 ($39), you and the entire family can enjoy a delightful holiday buffet for either lunch or dinner. The buffet is available throughout the festive season, so you don't even need to be here on December 25 to indulge. Santa himself will be in attendance along with balloon-twisting clowns to keep the kids happy. On Christmas Eve, the hotel even features in a choir singing Christmas carols.