The holiday season is a festive and glamorous time in Hong Kong, when the enchanting Christmas Town appears in the heart of the city during the annual Winterfest. One of the top Christmas-time attractions in Hong Kong, Winterfest is held in West Kowloon Cultural District, a harbor-front cultural hub, featuring museums, opera, shops, and art galleries.
As a part of Winterfest, which runs from late November until early January, a Symphony of Lights illuminates the skyline over the Victoria Harbor every night. Another highlight is a 65-ft (20-m) Christmas tree, which is lit during the opening night of the festival. The European Christmas Town was inspired by Colmar Christmas decor in Alsace. During Winterfest, various festivities and activities take place in Christmas Town. The square hosts 8 Santa Lodges surrounded by decorated Christmas trees, reindeer, and other decorations.
The holiday village is open from 5pm to 11 pm on weekdays and from 11 am to 11 pm on weekends. On December 31, it hosts the festive Hong Kong New Year Countdown Celebration. Thousands of revelers gather to see a festive light show and share cheer welcoming the New Year exactly at midnight.