Taking place from mid-December to early January, WinterFest is a fantastic reason to visit Hong Kong for end-of-year celebrations. A varied program of entertainment is set to enthrall visitors and residents alike – from concerts to trade expos to traditional Chinese festivals, not to mention city-wide fashion sales.
In addition to a diverse program of WinterFest events, Hong Kong's streets, shorelines and skyscrapers will be adorned with elaborate light installations, imbuing the city with Yuletide warmth. Every night, crowds will gather around Victoria Harbor to witness its nightly laser and light show, culminating in the countdown to New Year 2011 – an event marked by a spectacular firework and laser extravaganza.
There's an event for every traveler during Winterfest 2010. For families, there's the Nutcracker ballet at Hong Kong Cultural Center from December 22-29, plus the thrilling Walking with Dinosaurs show that brings 20 towering dinosaurs to "life" at AsiaWorld-Expo (December 22-29).
Foodies will appreciate the 8th Hong Kong Food Festival from December 24-26 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center, while dedicated gamers can get their Christmas gaming fix at the Asia Games Show, also held at the HKCEC. For those seeking a extra special musical experience, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing works from Bach and Handel on December 23 and 24 at Hong Kong Cultural Center in Tsim Sha Tsui.
For travelers wanting a unique festive season replete with great food, exciting events and dazzling Christmas lights, Agoda.com has organized great holiday rates at the following Hong Kong hotels ( http://www.agoda.com/asia/hong_kong/hong_kong.html ).
HULLETT HOUSE – 5 stars
One of Hong Kong's most exclusive and luxurious hotels, this restored colonial-era property in Tsim Sha Tsui offers a fitting environment for a truly five-star Christmas. Each of its 10 suites is decorated to a different theme – there's the opulent Chinoiserie of the Shek O Suite, the elegant Art Deco flourishes of the Aldridge Suite and the all-white romance of the Silvermine Suite. Hullett House is best suited to couples seeking an intimate holiday stay. Agoda rates from US$568 per night – rate includes breakfast and Wifi.
NATHAN HOTEL – 4 stars
The recently renovated Nathan Hotel is a Kowloon landmark, enjoying a prominent position on Nathan Road close to Jordan MRT. A popular hotel with executive travelers, this property is in a convenient spot for Christmas bargain hunters, being within close range of major shopping zones, Mongkok and Tsim Sha Tsui. Couples, professionals taking a short break and shoppers wanting to be centrally located will get the most out of this hotel. Book a minimum 3 nights through Agoda and enjoy A 10% discount. Rates from US$153 per night.
METROPARK HOTEL CAUSEWAY BAY - 4 stars
Located on Hong Kong Island close to Tin Hau MTR station, the Metropark Causeway Bay offers guests great views of the park, mountain and harbor. Being on the fringe of the commercial center, guests can easily experience the bustling high-end shopping of Central and the nightlife of Wan Chai, then retreat to a restful hotel environment. Promotions like the current Agoda WinterFest specials make this convenient hotel even more affordable. Book a minimum of 3 nights and enjoy a 20% discount, rates from US$156 per night.
L'HOTEL ISLAND SOUTH - 4 stars
Located on the south side of the island, L'hotel Island South features comfortable modern décor with iPod docks, Wifi, radio keycard locks, and interactive flatscreen TVs in all rooms. Suites are 60sqm and some offer water views, while all guests here can enjoy convenience to shopping in Stanley and Ap Lei Chau (Duck Tongue Island) – both a short drive away. Ocean Park is also close by. Agoda customers can save 15% off the regular rate by booking 14 days in advance OR by staying a minimum of 2 nights. Rates are from US$69 per night.
THE ROYAL PACIFIC HOTEL AND TOWERS - 4 stars
In a waterfront position next to Kowloon Park, this hotel is a short walk from the Star Ferry Terminal and the entertainment of Tsim Sha Tsui. Connected to the China-Macau Ferry Terminal, it's convenient for domestic visitors or those continuing their travels throughout China. This is a large, well appointed hotel with suites spacious enough for families. Stay a minimum of 3 nights and enjoy a 20% discount. Early Bird promotion: book 7 days in advance and enjoy a 15% discount. Rates from US$137 per night.
HONG KONG SKYCITY MARRIOTT HOTEL - 5 stars
Perfect for short stays and stopovers, this property on Lantau Island near the airport offers guests stylish accommodations and top-notch executive facilities. An airport shuttle makes transfers easy and the Marriott's plush beds ensure minimum travel fatigue. Hong Kong Disneyland is only a 10-minute drive from here, with the iconic Giant Buddha only 15 minutes away. Stay a minimum 2 nights and enjoy a free upgrade. Book at least 21 days in advance and enjoy a 20% discount. Rates from US$152 per night.
LANGHAM PLACE MONGKOK HOTEL - 5 stars
One of Hong Kong's best boutique hotels, the Langham is in the heart of Mongkok, surrounded by shopping streets. The Ladies' Market, Grand Century Place plaza and Sai Yeung Choi (electronics street) are within a five-minute walk of the hotel and there are scores of eateries and restaurants close by. Rooms are cozy, modern and well-appointed – perfect for urban travelers who prize luxury details. Early Bird promotion: book 14 days in advance and enjoy a 10% discount. Rates from US$221 per night. http://www.agoda.com/asia/hong_kong/hong_kong/langham_place_mongkok_hotel.html
DORSETT FAR EAST HOTEL - 3 stars
Close to MRT and bus stops, the Dorsett Far East hotel in the New Territories is perfect for travelers – especially families – who wish to save money on accommodation without sacrificing comfort. There are shopping malls, restaurants and eateries close to the hotel and Mongkok is only about 20 minutes away by MR, Disneyland only 30. Free shuttle buses and common-area wifi add value to an already excellent room rate. Stay minimum 2 nights and enjoy a 15% discount. Rates form US$77 per night.
HARBOR PLAZA 8 DEGREES - 4 stars
This large new hotel in Kowloon City offers a generous array or facilities in a luxury environment. Guests can choose from cozy rooms or self-contained studio suites, all of which have broadband access and flatscreen TVs. Free shuttle buses transport guests to Tsim Sha Tsui and the nearby MTR for trips further afield. Stay minimum 3 nights OR book 14 days in advance to enjoy a 15% discount. Rates from US$142 per night.
COSMOPOLITAN HOTEL - 4 stars
Located in Wan Chai on Hong Kong Island, the chic Cosmopolitan Hotel enjoys proximity to one of Hong Kong's most vibrant nightlife zones. Facilities are suitable for business or leisure travelers, and most views enjoy glittering city skyline views. Stay a minimum 2 nights and enjoy a 15% discount. Stay a minimum 4 nights and enjoy a 25% discount. Rates from US$116 per night.
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