Ocean Park Hong Kong: The Christmas Sensation Santa Festival!

 Ocean Park Hong Kong presents Christmas Sensation- Santa Festival

Delighting visitors with a Christmas experience of a lifetime




When In Manila, I believe that we Filipinos celebrate the most fun Christmas season. We start as early as the “-ber” months hit the calendar! Nothing beats celebrating Christmas in our own homes and sharing a hefty meal and gift-giving with our loved ones. But how about having a new Christmas experience someplace new this December, Ocean Park Hong Kong might be the perfect Christmas destination for you and your family!


I was lucky to be at the Ocean Park Hong Kong’s launch of their Christmas Sensation Santa Festival here in Manila. It was graced by the presence of Ocean Park’s Chief Executive, Mr. Tom Mehrmann and Executive Director of Sales and Marketing, Mr. Paul Pei.




Before the event started, we were invited to an open interview with the big bosses so we can ask more about what’s new with Ocean Park Hong Kong this Christmas season and developments in the future. We were given an insight of the their new and upcoming attractions for the Christmas Sensation Santa Festival in celebration of their 35th year. Honestly, I got pretty excited just hearing about it! I’ve been to Ocean Park Hong Kong early this year and really enjoyed my visit (especially the Pandas)! I am slightly regretting why I didn’t coincide my vacation in time for the Christmas season. Boohoo me!


“For 35 years, Ocean Park Hong Kong has dedicated itself to creating memories that last a lifetime. We’re delighted to wrap up our 35th year anniversary celebration this December with Christmas Sensation – Santa Festival, one of this year’s hallmarks of our world-class theme park experience,” said Tom Mehrmann, Chief Executive of Ocean Park. “The Philippines represents an important market and we warmly invite everyone to come to Hong Kong and spend the holiday season with us at Ocean Park.”

“At this year’s Christmas Sensation Santa Festival, you will be immersed in the spirit of Christmas at over 80 attractions. It will be Christmas with a blast at Polar Adventure, a nostalgic Christmas journey through time at Old Hong Kong, and fruitful epiphanies about biodiversity at all the state-of-the-art animal exhibits. Throughout the winter holidays, visitors can enjoy musical performances under a giant 40-foot Christmas tree and enjoy hi-tech, interactive games at the Rise of the Guardian (DreamWorks’ holiday blockbuster) walkthrough. Authentic Santa’s from Finland, Holland, and the United States will also spread cheer and take photos with all guests. Don’t forget to also check out the many delectable international Christmas treats, as well as one of a kind seasonal souvenirs all around the Park!”  


I know, I know. Don’t we all wish that we’re in Ocean Park Hong Kong right now?!? *wishful thinking*


The Ocean Park mascots were there to join the fun! And look, there’s the shark! 🙂


Sharkmaine meets Ocean Park’s Shark! 🙂 An unexpected rendezvous!


Christmas carols filled the lounge area as we were waiting for the event to start.


Waiting for the program to begin. Everything red and screaming Christmas! All that’s missing is snow!


The event was hosted by Andi Manzano and Rovilson Fernandez, all dressed as elves!


Andi and Rovilson guided the audience through Ocean Park’s attraction with the aid of a presentation and a “Where is Santa?” skit.


Here are some of the must-experience attractions at Ocean Park Hong Kong this Christmas season:


Polar Adventure, the Park’s latest attraction, bringing the North and South Poles to Asia with exciting bobsled rides and close encounters with King, Gentoo, and Rock Hopper Penguins, Snowy Owls, long-tusked Pacific walruses and other Arctic animals. Visitors can chill at the Tuxedos Restaurant, which offers a low carbon menu and a wide view of penguins frolicking in their snow covered habitat.

Hong Kong Jockey Club Sichuan Treasures features two female golden monkeys, Le Le and Hu Hu. They are the new neighbors of Giant pandas An An and Jia Jia. Jia Jia is today the oldest Giant panda under human care in the world. Come visit these animal ambassadors with your families and be inspired by their important messages of conservation.

Thrill Mountain lives up to its name with extreme attractions such as Hair Raiser, a floorless roller coaster; The Flash, where visitors actually hang upside down while swinging on its pendulum arm; The Aviator, which lets guests enjoy a taste of flight; and the classic carnival thrill ride Bumper Blasters, a traditional bumper car ride for families of all ages.

Aqua City features a breakthrough underwater experience, “Symbio!”, a multi-sensory show, presents the world’s first 360-degree water screen with dynamic projections. The Grand Aquarium overwhelms viewers with 5,000 fish from over 400 species and other aquatic wonders, seen through a large acrylic dome (at a diameter of 5.5 meters), and an enormous 8×13-meter viewing panel.


Andi and Rovilson talking to Whiskers and looking for Santa.


Santa was found by the end of the Ocean Park walkthrough and the mascots performed a dance number.


Afterwards, Tom Mehrmann introduced the new attractions including the Christmas Sensation Santa Festival and other deals for the holiday season. He then revealed the partnership between Ocean Park Hong Kong and Enchanted Kingdom and we witnessed the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement between Ocean Park Corporation and Enchanted Kingdom Inc. 


MOA signed by Tom Mehrmann and Chairman and President of Enchanted Kingdom  Inc., Mr. Mario Mamon.



A toast to cap the partnership was held afterwards!


The program didn’t end there! While everyone is enjoying their lunch, they entertained us with a handful of games with great prizes !


To conclude the very merry Ocean Park event, Santa and the Ocean Park mascots did their version of, Can you guess?…why of course, the Gangnam style!



The Ocean Park and Enchanted Kingdom Fun Deal entails: 

Offers from Enchanted Kingdom Inc.:

  • 10% discount on Regular Day Pass Tickets and Junior Day Pass Tickets of EK with a maximum purchase of four (4) day pass tickets per day for the Ocean park ticket holders.
  • 15% discount on Regular Day Pass Tickets and Junior Day Pass Tickets of EK with a maximum purchase of four (4) day pass tickets per day for the Ocean Park SmartFun Annual Pass holders and staff of Ocean Park Corporation.

Offers from Ocean Park Hong Kong:

  • 10% discount on daytime admission tickets of Ocean Park Hong Kong with a maximum purchase of four (4) admission tickets per day for the EK Regular/Junior Day Pass Ticket holders.
  • 15% discount on daytime admission tickets of Ocean Park Hong Kong with a maximum purchase of four (4) admission tickets per day for the staff of Enchanted Kingdom, Inc.

Promo ends on March 31, 2013. 

Cathay Pacific and Citibank Philippines also have great offers and programs for the Filipino patrons.  Exclusive privileges worth over HK$208  for visitors from the Philippines, including complimentary dessert at Tuxedos Restaurant; “buy one, get one free” offers on designated souvenirs and local snacks; and 10 percent discount on the Dolphin Encounter program. These offers are valid until February 28, 2013.
When in Hong Kong, make sure to include Ocean Park on your itinerary! Endless fun and fascination awaits you there!
And When In Manila, don’t forget to avail the Fun Deals from Ocean Park Hong Kong and Enchanted Kingdom!

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Ocean Park Hong Kong: The Christmas Sensation Santa Festival!



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