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Fun things to do in Hong Kong

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.

“Mr Doodle Invades Sotheby’s”

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: Until 16 December
More: sothebys.com

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
More: moonlit-movies.com

K11 MUSEA Christmas Kids Festival

K11 MUSEA Christmas Kids Festival

Wondering how to keep the kids amused over the Christmas hols? Head along to K11 MUSEA’s first Christmas Kids Festival starting from 7 December until the end of the year. There’s heaps going on, from adventures with mythical creatures in the Christmas Muse Garden to carols with the Warsaw Boys Choir and an array of festive workshops at the Donut Kids Carnival.

Where: K11 MUSEA
When: Until 31 December
More: hk.k11.com

Across Borders: Digital Art & Beyond

Opera Gallery’s new digital art exhibition features works by the “Father of Video Art” Paik Nam-June and artist Anthony James. The gallery’s signature Black Room, known for showcasing Modern masterpieces, will be transformed into an immersive digital art experience.

Where: Opera Gallery
When: Until 31 December
More: operagallery.com

Operation Santa Paws

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
More: wnp.com.hk

Christmas Festival at Lee Gardens

Christmas at Lee Gardens

Until 1 January, the Lee Gardens area in Causeway Bay will be celebrating with various Christmas-themed activities and promotions. There’ll be dance shows, festive menus, Christmas Pop-up Bar, Santa Meet-and-Greet, lucky draws and more!

Where: Lee Gardens, Causeway Bay
When: Until 1 January 2020
More: leegardens.com.hk

A World Within: The Art and Inspiration of Irene Chou

The third instalment in Asia Society Hong Kong’s ’20th Century Chinese Female Artist Series’, this exhibition features the works of one of the most inventive artists at the forefront of Hong Kong’s New Ink Art Movement, Irene Chou.

Where: Asia Society Hong Kong Center
When: Until 5 January
More: asiasociety.org

Mobile Theatre: The Happy Poor Guys

A blend of theatre, live storytelling and installation art, this new performance by Théâtre de la Feuille will take you on a journey back to the “good old days” of Hong Kong. The audience will have an immersive experience wandering through a host of stalls for letter writing, shoe repairs, fortune telling, snacks and milk tea, as well as street singing. (Performed in Cantonese.)

Where: Various venues around Hong Kong
When: Until 10 January
More: newartspower.hk

The Next Wave | Modern Vietnamese Art

Nguyen Phoc: Thre Noble Ladies
Next Wave | Modern Vietnamese Art’, is the first-ever exhibition in Asia dedicated to key second-generation modern Vietnamese artists. Showcasing at Bonhams Gallery, the exhibition features over 25 works by ten of the most significant artists from this period.

Where: Bonhams Hong Kong Gallery
When: Until 24 January
More: bonhams.com

“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
More: f11.com

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

Charity Beach Ball

Help raise awareness and funds for the Pui O Water Buffaloes, Tai O Community Cattle Group, TAILS Lantau and Villa Kunterbunt whilst enjoying a special Christmas dinner buffet, free-flow wines and beers, live music and dancing at the Treasure Island Beach Club on Pui O Beach.

Where: Treasure Island Beach Club, Pui O Beach, Lantau
When: 14 December
More: treasureislandhk.com

The Great Christmas Picnic

Get in the festive spirit at The Great Christmas Picnic at the Hong Kong Observation Wheel & AIA Vitality Park on 14 and 15 December. There’ll be traditional Christmas food and drinks, markets with a range of craft stalls, plus loads of entertainment including live music and Christmas movies.

Where: The Hong Kong Observation Wheel & AIA Vitality Park
When: 14 to 15 December
More: hkow.hk/events

South Lantau Children’s Christmas Party

On Sunday, 15 December Santa will swing by in his sleigh for the Annual South Lantau Children’s Christmas Party at Treasure Island Beach Club. Enjoy delicious food, drinks, party performers and plenty of beach fun.

Where: Treasure Island Beach Club, Lantau
When: 15 December
More: treasureislandhk.com

TIG Christmas Market

Treasure Island Christmas Market Weekend Extravaganza returns to idyllic Pui O beach on Lantau, with a two-day market festival featuring quality gifts, wine and health products, with face-painting and other fun activities for the little ones.

Where: Treasure Island Beach Club, Pui O Beach, Lantau
When: 15 to 16 December
More: treasureislandhk.com

Prestige Christmas Gift Fair

Prestige Gift Fair - Bali-Umah

Don’t miss the last Prestige Christmas Gift Fair of the year at the Conrad Hong Kong on 16 December. Pick up last-minute gifts from the array of bespoke and artisan products including gorgeous homeware, clothing, jewellery, children’s toys, food, Hong Kong-themed gifts and much, much more!

Where: Conrad Hong Kong, Grand Ballroom
When: 16 December
More: prestigefairs.hk

Things to do all year round

Wycombe Abbey School Tour

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
More: wycombeabbey.openapply.com/openday

Le Cordon Bleu at K11 MUSEA

In a new partnership with the world’s top cooking academy, Le Cordon Bleu, K11 MUSEA will be offering a series of short cookery courses at their Gastronomy Lab. Starting from 7 November, the courses include a range of beginner and advanced level patisserie courses for adults and children.

Where: K11 MUSEA Gastronomy Lab
When: Now!

Visit “The Most Insane Garage in the World”

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
When: Now!
More: cityofdreamsmacau.com

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.
When: Now!
More: avenueofstars.com.hk

“The Met: Live in HD” Series

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
More: themetinhongkong.info

American Women’s Association Coffee Morning

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)
More: awa.org.hk

Cooee Coffee – Australian Association of Hong Kong

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
More: ozhongkong.com

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)
More: hkjc.com

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