It’s almost Christmas but things have not slowed down in Hong Kong with plenty of things to do. Family fun can be had with the AIA European Carnival kicking off, not to mention Ocean Park launching its Christmas activities. There’s also theatre, music, comedy and plenty of community events.
A fixture on the calendar of many families over winter, the carnival opens on Friday at the Central Harbourfront Event space. This much-loved event will have all the usual favourite rides and attractions but will also be unveiling a new themed area.
Where: Central Harbourfront Event Space
When: 11am-11pm, 16 December to 12 February
PMQ is hosting a fair with a difference with Stick for Joy. The Masking Tape Creativity Fair will explore the possibilities in original brand MT masking tape. Check out exhibitions and installations or join a workshop.
Where: PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central
When: 11am-9pm, 16 December to 4 January
This classic Christmas ballet tells the magical tale of Clara, Fritz and Nutcracker as they battle the evil Rat King. The Hong Kong Ballet production is suitable for ages three and above, this show can be enjoyed by the whole family.
Where: Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
When: Various times, 16-25 December
A new take on pop culture icon, Star Wars, by the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. Fans will enjoy this celebration of the work of composer John Williams, who is responsible for the trademark music associated with characters such as Darth Vader. As an added bonus, there will also be music played from Raiders of the Lost Ark and Superman.
Where: Concert Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
When: 8pm, 16-17 December
Catch the last shows for the season this weekend at Asia’s only full-time comedy club before Takeout Comedy closes for Christmas. Jamie Gong hosts a line-up of five comedians on Friday night, with eight comics ready to entertain on Saturday night, hosted by Garron Chiu.
Where: 34 Elgin Street, Basement, Soho, Central
When: 9pm, 16-17 December
The second edition of the first-ever art fair dedicated to contemporary ink art returns to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. About 1000 works of modern and contemporary ink art from 50 art galleries across 10 countries will be on display.
Where: Hall 3G, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai
When: 11am-8pm, 16-17 December; 11am-6pm, 18 December
Christmas has come to Lee Tung Avenue. There will be a 10m Christmas tree, roasted chestnuts, carolling and entertainment to get shoppers into the festive spirit. Special performances of Nutcracker Ballet Snowflake Fairy Parade at various times will delight.
Where: Lee Tung Avenue, Wan Chai
When: Various times, 17-18 December
Ocean Park’s Christmas festivities will have the Cyber Illusion Spectacular as its centrepiece during the holiday season. The show will feature magic acts, cutting-edge visual effects and live entertainment performed by internationally-acclaimed illusionists. Meanwhile, the entire park will be decked out in decorations and visitors can see Father Christmas in the Santa Tree Hut or explore Santa’s Whimsical Garden. And don’t miss carolling under the park’s 40m high Christmas tree in the evenings.
Where: Ocean Park, Ocean Park Road
When: 10am-9pm, 17-30 December
Enjoy one of the cult classics of the 1980s, Gremlins. The event at The Hive includes two drinks and snacks with the admission price.
Where: The Hive Sai Kung, 5 Tai Mong Tsai Road, Sai Kung
When: 6pm, 17 December
Families are invited to Parkview for two charity Christmas art workshops from 9am-12pm and 3pm-6pm. All proceeds will be given to Lizzie Bee Foundation to support the elderly. Register to participate.
Where: Hong Kong Parkview, 88 Tai Tam Reservoir Road, Tai Tam
When: 9am-12pm and 3pm-6pm, 17 December
More: Register to participate
Hong Kong Bazaar presents the 4th Annual Fusion Lifestyle Fair offers a full day of shopping with stalls of home decor, gifts, jewellery, fashion accessories, handicrafts and designer wear. There is also food and entertainment and an hourly lucky draw.
Where: Mariner’s Club, 11 Middle Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
When: 10am-8pm, 17 December
Meet up at the DB ferry pier on Sunday at 10am and enjoy a 2km seaside hike before hitting the beach for a clean-up. Beach cleaners will then head back to DB’s main plaza at 11.30am for a festive lunch at Zak’s restaurant.
Where: Meet at Discovery Bay ferry pier
When: 10am, 18 December
Gold Coast Piazza will play host this Christmas to Hong Kong’s first-ever outdoor Peppa Pig carnival. The popular UK animated series features the tale of Peppa Pig and her family’s adventures. Visitors to the carnival can enjoy outdoor activities, musical performances, a ferris wheel ride and will be able to have photos with Peppa, her little brother George, Mummy and Daddy Pig, Danny Dog and Pedro Pony. Santa Claus will also be out and about at the carnival.
Where: Gold Coast Piazza, Hong Kong Gold Coast Hotel, 1 Castle Peak Road, Gold Coast
When: 10am-10pm, Until 2 January
Blue Lotus Gallery is launching a book of photos from photographer Marcel Heijnen featuring Hong Kong’s ‘shop cats’, the felines who make the little emperors of their retail kingdoms. While the cats are the stars of the photos, the pictures also reveal insights into Hong Kong’s traditional trades. The book launch is on Friday from 6pm-9pm, with the exhibition open daily from 11am-6pm.
Where: Blue Lotus Gallery, G/F 3 Wa Lane (between 227-229 Hollywood Road), Sheung Wan
When: 11am-6pm, 9-18 December
The enchanting story of two unlikely friends – good witch Glinda and outcast Elphaba – has captivated more than 50 million theatregoers around the world. Now Wicked is coming to Hong Kong after successful runs on Broadway and the West End. The award-winning show features stunning costumes and songs by Academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz. Performances at various times with tickets starting from HK$445.
Where: The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Lyric Theatre, 1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai
When: Various times, until 22 January
Everyone’s favourite Disney characters will take to the ice for this ice skating musical show at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Join Mickey, Donald and Goofy, along with Dory, Nemo and Marlin from Finding Dory, along with Elsa, Anna and Olaf from Frozen. The show also includes appearances from Rapunzel, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Buzz and Woody and Jasmine and Aladdin. Tickets start at HK$280, with some extra performances being scheduled.
Where: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai
When: Various times, until 18 December
This multi-sensory art exhibition aims to inspire Hong Kong’s children to become tomorrow’s global citizens. An initiative of children’s storytelling social enterprise PAPINEE and Pearl Lam Galleries, it aims to engage children with creativity and storytelling and take them on a physical art-imagination voyage around the globe. PAPINEE WORLD will showcase a total of seven countries in the exhibition.
Where: Pearl Lam Galleries Hong Kong SOHO, No. 1, Soho 189, 189 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan
When: 4.30pm-6pm, until 6 January
Hong Kong Player’s annual Christmas pantomime has been delighting audiences for more than 50 years. This year they are presenting the story of the Snow Queen. Enjoy an extravaganza of song, dance and jokes which is part of the pantomime tradition as the wicked Snow Queen plays havoc with the love affair between village girl and boy Gerda and Kay. Tickets start at HK$250.
Where: Kellett Theatre, Kellett School, 7 Ham Ling Street, Kowloon Bay
When: Various times, 11-18 December
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