If you plan to visit Hong Kong in December, you'll see how much the city loves Christmas favorites such as Santa, carols, snow, and festive light displays. But while the city is decked out in baubles, most Hong Kongers won’t be staying home to cook up a traditional holiday dinner. Having a Hong Kong Christmas dinner out is common here and luckily there are plenty of restaurants that know how to handle a turkey. Most of the city’s four- and five-star hotels roll out a buffet featuring everything from pigs in blankets to those dreaded Brussels sprouts. 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. The hotel itself is decorated top to toe with baubles, tinsel, and designer trees. Here you’ll be treated to classic carols sung by the Hong Kong Chamber Choir at lunchtime or you can pop on your tux for a Christmas dinner dance in the evenings. 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 in a comfortable atmosphere propagated by friendly staff and a cast of locals at the bar. The bar has earned countless awards for its strong lineup of craft beers but the food hasn’t gone unnoticed. With plaudits from Miele and local food critics, this might be the best-priced Christmas dinner in Hong Kong.
You can probably only get away with calling Christmas the "Pinnacle of Festival Celebration" when you are the Ritz-Carlton—and the hotel always does pile the plate high. The Ritz’s Tosca restaurant serves up a six-course gourmet Christmas dinner along with as much champagne as you can get through on Christmas Day and Christmas Eve. Alternatively, you can visit the odd coupling of Santa and a jazz band in the more relaxed lounge.
If it’s a traditional British Christmas carve-up you’re looking for, then look no further than The Pawn. Best known for its clubby interior, inside a renovated old Chinese pawn shop, the kitchen serves up brilliant modern British cuisine. With the three-course Christmas dinner including classic turkey partners such as pigs in blankets and stuffing topped off with Christmas pudding soaked in alcohol, the price tag is just about fair.
The Harbour Plaza serves up a Hong Kong Christmas dinner with turkey and all the trimmings. You can enjoy either Christmas lunch or dinner buffets throughout this festive time. 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.