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Christmas celebrations in Asia

By HarryThursday 26th November 2015

Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong is extravagantly decorated every year – Image by Flickr user Tommy Wong Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong is extravagantly decorated every year – Image by Flickr user Tommy Wong

Looking for a little extra magic this Christmas? Take a trip to Asia and you’ll be in for a Christmas unlike any other, a Christmas you’ll remember forever. From spectacular light shows to unusual Christmas dinners, Christmas celebrations in Asia are guaranteed to delight. To give you an idea of what to expect, we’re taking a look at a few of our favourite destinations and how you can celebrate there at this time of year.

Japan

Although Japan isn’t a Christian country – its main religions are Buddhism and Shinto – celebrations are held throughout the Christmas period and many exchange gifts on Christmas Eve. Certain unusual traditions are also upheld, and are an absolute must if you’re visiting at this time of year Eat at KFC – As mentioned in our previous post, 20 bizarre facts you didn’t know about Japan, KFC is a popular Christmas dinner destination, and many people book a table for Christmas Eve or the surrounding days. A typical meal consists of wine, champagne, cake and, of course, chicken! Visit Tokyo Midtown – When it comes to Christmas lights, the Japanese certainly don’t do things by halves, and Tokyo Midtown is a real testament to this. With 180,000 blue LEDs, daily light shows and a ‘vision dome’, its Starlight and Midtown Gardens bring the magic of Christmas to life.

Hong Kong

Christmas day is a public holiday in Hong Kong and in the lead up, the city is overflowing with Christmas cheer and its associated symbols. Glittering lights line almost every street, while large Christmas trees can be found in city squares and shopping malls. Explore Hong Kong Winterfest – Throughout the month of December, until January 1st, Hong Kong hosts a series of events, known collectively as Winterfest. Highlights include a 3D light show, casting dazzling images across Hong Kong’s iconic buildings, and the yet to be unveiled Christmas centrepiece in Central's Statue Square. Take a harbour boat ride – In the lead up to Christmas the whole of central Hong Kong is illuminated with glittering lights and decorations, making for a truly spectacular sight. Witness the lights in all their glory from the prime position of a boat on Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour – you won’t be disappointed. Christmas installations and decorations can be found throughout Singapore – Image by Flickr user Wenjie, Zhang | A Certain Slant of Light Christmas installations and decorations can be found throughout Singapore – Image by Flickr user Wenjie, Zhang | A Certain Slant of Light

Singapore

December temperatures in Singapore barely drop below 30°C, but that doesn’t stop Singaporeans from getting involved in the Christmas spirit. Like most other Asian countries, Singapore is transformed into a spectacular winter wonderland, with lavish light displays and plenty of Christmas trees. Discover Orchard Road – Orchard Road is Singapore’s premiere shopping spot and is a great place to visit in the lead up to Christmas. The 2.2km stretch is adorned with extravagant decorations, including robotic reindeers and fairy-tale castles. Explore the whole road, stop to watch the street performers and pick up some bargains along the way! Go ice skating – Ice skating a great Christmas activity for the whole family and Singapore has several places where you can give it a go. Never skated before? Join a lesson and learn the basics – you’ll be skating your way into the New Year in no time at all.

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