Hong Kong may never have a White Christmas, but what it lacks in snow, it more than makes up for with its OTT Christmas-themed displays. And this year, there’s nowhere more festive than at the city’s most iconic and legendary hotel, The Peninsula Hong Kong.
From the outside, giant pearls from Chanel adorn the Grande Dame of the East – an ode to Hong Kong’s nickname, the ‘Pearl of the Orient’ – while inside, you’ll find one of the largest and prettiest illuminated Christmas trees in town.
To mark the start of the festive season, The Peninsula Hong Kong hosted a special event in their lobby on November 24th, taking guests on a musical journey through the Festive Past, Present and Future replete with classic festive tunes and a rendition of this year’s themed story, “The Penisula Express – An Enchanting Festive Voyage.”
Guest singers at the event included visually impaired soprano, Michelle Siu, and Hong Kong’s It-girl of the moment, Joyce Cheng, who both performed in front of the 200-strong crowd. Besides the festive decor in The Peninsula Hong Kong lobby, the holiday magic continued upstairs, where the annual miniature Alpine village and moving train dazzled kids of all ages outside of The Verandah restaurant.
New for this year is a full-sized installation of The Peninsula Express and the Grand Salisbury Station platform, which sits adjacent to The Verandah restaurant and takes guests on an alpine journey via its signature green train carriage and digital displays on the wall.
Right on track, the theme itself is a nod to the golden age of train travel in the 1920s, when The Peninsula Hong Kong used to welcome its Christmas-time guests who usually arrived by train.
Continue your winter wonderland journey at The Peninsula Hong Kong with their “Whimsical Festive Voyage” staycation, which includes breakfast for two in the lobby, a STAUB mini fondue set and late checkout at 5pm (psst… dining patrons can enjoy 40% off the staycation).
Or, go for some of our fave #LUXELoves during Christmas – a Swiss fondue feast at Chesa and/or the Christmas-themed “Teas of Hope” afternoon tea in The Lobby.
This year’s festive tea set includes a chocolate mulled-wine Yule log, blackcurrant cinnamon macarons, a ginger-honey candle cake, assorted Christmas cookies and chocolate bonbons – plus The Peninsula’s a-ma-zing scones with clotted cream and jam. On the savoury side, enjoy salmon rillettes in cornets, duck confit and potato tartlets, plus foie gras with smoked eel and beetroot chips.
The best part? For every tea set sold, US$5 will be donated to local charity supporting the homeless, ImpactHK.
Learn more about this year’s holiday festivities at The Peninsula Hong Kong
(All photos and videos provided by The Peninsula Hong Kong)
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