While it might not snow in Hong Kong, that doesn't mean you can't get into the winter spirit. There are plenty of cold-weather winter activities to keep you busy and warm over the holidays. Make a day of it, and explore the hidden winter wonderland right here in Hong Kong.
Cool as ice
Nothing says winter fun like gliding across the ice while bundled up in a warm scarf and hat.
Start your winter wonderland day by visiting one of Hong Kong's indoor ice rinks. There are several scattered throughout the city, so whether you're ready to compete in the next Winter Olympics or a complete beginner, you'll be able to find a rink that you'll feel comfortable on.
The Rink at Elements in West Kowloon lets you use your Octopus for easy payment. If you head to Sky Rink at Dragon Centre in Sham Shui Po you can ride an indoor rollercoaster as well as skate to your heart's content. Glacier at Festival Walk in Kowloon Tong is the largest rink in Hong Kong, but also the busiest. If you're looking for some ice action on the Island, Ice Palace at Cityplaza in Taikoo Shing is where you want to go.
No matter your choice of location, ice skating is the perfect start to a day of wintery fun. Strap on some skates and learn some new moves.
Some like it hot
After an exciting morning of skating on the cold ice, it'll be time to warm yourself up with a nice hot drink. And nothing warms the soul quite like a rich mug of hot chocolate. You can find this winter treat in the usual chain coffee shops, but for a more special experience, Young Post has two recommendations.
Agnes b. le pain grille in Causeway Bay is a cosy corner cafe with big windows offering views of the busy Leighton Road intersection, perfect for people watching as you sip your cocoa.
Their "chocolat" menu has classics like chocolate with marshmallow or café mocha, but we recommend trying one of their more special flavours. Mint mocha and tiramisu-flavoured chocolate are delicious treats, but our favourite is the rose-flavoured chocolate. It's a lovely blend of sweet and floral to warm you up.
The Chocolate Bar at Jean-Paul Hevin Chocolatier on Lyndhurst Terrace in Central is one of a kind in Hong Kong. The hot chocolates there are full of extraordinary and intriguing flavours, like the chocolat chaud nosy be, made from Madagascar cocoa with a light fruit flavour. We liked the chocolat chaud Bolivar, a spicier hot chocolate made from Venezuelan cocoa.
But let your imagination run wild, and feel free to try more adventurous choices like the green apple or chestnut-fig. One thing is for sure, you won't be bored with the options.
Warm hands, warm hearts
Once you've piqued your taste buds and soothed your soul with some delicious hot chocolate, it's time to continue the winter fun with some special cold-weather crafts.
You may have bundled up in a warm scarf, hat and mittens when you went ice skating earlier. Why not learn how to make your own, either for yourself or to give the gift of warmth to friends and family?
The Crafties Crafters Club in Sheung Wan offers workshops and classes in knitting and crocheting to help you get started. Learn the difference between a knit and a purl, and how to make colourful stripes and patterns in a beginner's class. They also offer workshops for candle decoration, flower pressing and other crafts.
Or perhaps you'd rather make a tasty holiday treat, especially after all the exciting flavours from your hot chocolate adventure.
The Mixing Bowl in Sheung Wan offers a range of classes for any budding chef. Try your hand at a traditional winter activities like making a gingerbread house, decorating cookies or baking mince pies. For a bigger challenge, they have classes for more advanced treats like macarons or puff pastries. Stay warm, and have fun!