There’s always plenty of fun to be had in Hong Kong. Here’s a guide to some of the best events and activities that are on around the traps. There’s something for everybody, so you’ll be sure to find something to suit you in this list of top things to do in Hong Kong.
*Special notice: Due to the protests in Hong Kong, some events have been rescheduled. Please check the individual event websites for updates.
Sing along to Christmas carols accompanied by a professional choir and brass band in the beautiful and festive surroundings of the Helena May on Garden Road. The concert raises much-needed funds for the Society for Community Organisation (SoCO), a charity that works with the under-privileged in Hong Kong.
Where: The Helena May, Garden Road
When: 5 December
The Hong Kong Players are back to present their 58th panto, Sleeping Beauty – a spectacular re-imagining of the classic fairy tale designed to delight all the family with jokes old and . . . older!
Where: Hong Kong Arts Centre, Shouson Theatre
When: 5 to 15 December
Get a taste of Finland here in Hong Kong at the outdoor Finnish Christmas Market at AIA Vitality Park. Experience Finnish traditions, browse the range of handmade products, try your hand at some Finnish games and enjoy Nordic Christmas dishes and a glass of warm Glögi. And don’t forget to look out for Santa!
Where: AIA Vitality Park, Hong Kong Observation Wheel
When: 6 to 8 December
From 6 to 16 December, Sotheby’s Hong Kong Gallery will be presenting the works of British artist Sam Cox, more commonly known as Mr Doodle. As well as showcasing a selection of his doodles, based on a humourous reinterpretation of some of the most famous paintings in history, Mr Doodle will also host live doodling sessions.
Where: Sotheby’s Hong Kong Gallery
When: 6 to 16 December
Join the Hong Kong Women’s Choir for their annual holiday concert at The Sanctuary in Wanchai. Enjoy festive carols, a live brass brand, holiday treats and a visit from a white-bearded man in a suit!
Where: The Sanctuary, Wanchai
When: 7 December
Run in multiple countries around the world on the same day in support of the homeless and refugees, this will be the first BIG Sleepout event in Hong Kong! . Hosted by ImpactHK, the event will be held at the Observation Wheel in Central Harbourfront and will feature musical performances, an open mic for sharing and even video messages and stories by Will Smith and Helen Mirren! Proceeds will go to support the homelesss in Hong Kong and international refugees.
Where: Hong Kong Observation Wheel
When: 7 December
Don your Santa suit and join in Hong Kong’s version of this annual pub crawl where people dress as Christmas characters and parade in several cities around the world. The event is free to join but donations towards this year’s charity, Love21 Foundation is appreciated.
Where: Starting from Central
When: 7 December
Where: Tai Wan To Beach Lamma
When: 7 December
Make a day trip to DB on the ferry and show your support for local businesses at the special Christmas edition of the Discovery Bay Sunday Market. It’s the perfect opportunity to pick up some great gifts from the wide range of handmade or self-designed products including bags, jewellery, home accessories, fine art, children’s accessories and much more.
Where: Discovery Bay Plaza
When: 8 December
Hong Kong French Film Festival
Back for it’s 48th edition, this year’s Festival features over 40 acclaimed French movies and 100 screenings across various cinemas in Hong Kong. Spanning a range of genres from documentaries to kids’ movies to love stories, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Visit hkfrenchfilmfestival.com for the full line-up.
Where: Various venues in Hong Kong
When: Until 10 December
Looking for Christmas gift ideas? Head along to the HQCoWork Xmas Pop-up on 10 December. You’ll find a range of home and lifestyle products, fashion, jewellery, kidswear, F&B and more!
Where: The Headquarters Co-Working Space, Kennedy Town
When: 10 December
Altfield Gallery Christmas Shopping Day
For one day only on 13 December, Altfield Gallery are offering special discounts on decorative accessories, jewellery and silverware. Join them for some Christmas cheer and delicious treats between 4pm and 7pm. It’s the perfect opportunity to pick up some gifts or just treat yourself! Click here to register.
Where: Altfield Gallery, Central
When: 13 December
Get all your Christmas shopping sorted at the upcoming Prestige Christmas Gift Fair at the Conrad Hong Kong. Shop from an array of bespoke and artisan products including clothing, jewellery, children’s toys, food, Hong Kong-themed gifts and much, much more!
Where: Conrad Hong Kong, Grand Ballroom
When: 16 December
Hong Kong’s largest outdoor cinema, Moonlit Movies, returns to Harbourfront just in time for Christmas this year. Screening over 20 classics and family favourites across 15 nights, there’s sure to be something for everyone to enjoy.
Where: Hong Kong
When: Until 22 December
The successful rescue campaign is back to make sure our furry friends are cared for during the festive season. Help support local Hong Kong’s animal rescue shelters by donating new and gently-used pet supplies at one of the drop-off points around the city.
Where: Various locations around the city
When: Until 31 December
“Hong Kong the way it was” Exhibition by Ed van der Elsken
Take a step back in time and visit this exhibition of over 130 beautiful photos taken in Hong Kong in 1959-1960 by one of the most influential Dutch photographers in the 20th Century, Ed van der Elsken.
Where: F11 Foto Museum
When: Until 28 February 2020
Things to do all year round
Wycombe Abbey School Hong Kong offer daily tours of their Tin Wan Campus during term time, providing prospective parents and students with the opportunity to experience the school in operation. Register for a tour to find out more about the school, tour the facilities and meet the staff.
Where: Tin Wan Campus, 17 Tin Wan Street
When: Daily during term time
TheArsenale, one of the world’s first global marketplaces for the motion universe has opened at City of Dreams resort in Macau. The flagship Asia store showcases the world’s most sought-after rare finds from land, sea and air – everything from playthings for billionaires to art and accessories for the everyman. Marvel at the remarkable array of race cars, private jets, submarines, custom motorcycles, branded boats, electric skateboards, timepieces, artworks and more!
Where: City of Dreams resort Macau
Explore the new Avenue of Stars
Avenue of the Stars has just reopened after a three-year construction hiatus. But now it’s back, bigger and better than ever! Head over to TST to meander along the foreshore and learn about some of Hong Kong’s home-grown stars, including the beloved, Bruce Lee.
Get there: Walk from the Star Ferry or from MTR East Tsim Sha Tsui Station Exit P1, use the staircase or the escalator adjacent to Tsim Sha Tsui East (Mody Road) Bus Terminus.
Watch high-definition screenings of opera performances at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York here in Hong Kong. Screenings will be held at various cinemas around Hong Kong throughout the year. Featured performances include Bizet’s Carmen, Saint-Saëns’s Samson et Dalila, Verdi’s Aida, Wagner’s Die Walküre and many others.
Where: various cinemas around Hong Kong
When: throughout 2019
The American Women’s Association of Hong Kong holds a weekly coffee morning every Thursday; CHAT – Come Have A Talk. The informal gathering is for member, newcomers and non-members and provides a friendly atmosphere to have a coffee or tea and some “grown-up” time away from the little ones. It is a drop-in activity so people are welcome to join anytime between 10.30am and noon. The group often stays for lunch.
Where: Cafe 8, Roof Level, Hong Kong Maritime Museum, Central Ferry Pier No.8, Central
When: Every Thursday (except public holidays)
The Australian Association of Hong Kong holds a weekly coffee morning, Cooee Coffee, every Friday, which acts as a casual get-together for both newcomers to Hong Kong, as well as a chance to catch up with old friends. In addition to meeting new people, it’s also a chance to get some advice and tips on living in Hong Kong.
Where: Oolaa Petite Shop 2 Tower 2 Starcrest, 9 Star Street, Wan Chai
When: Every Friday (except public holidays), 10am-12pm
Happy Wednesdays at Happy Valley Races
Wednesday night at the Happy Valley Races is a favoured Hong Kong pastime. It costs just HK$10 to get in and see the spectacle of race fans watching world-class horse racing against a backdrop of skyscrapers.
Where: Happy Valley Race Course, Wong Nai Chung Road, Happy Valley
When: Every Wednesday all year round (gates open at 5.15pm, first race 7.15pm)
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