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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 if you want to stay in the know with what’s on. There’s something for everybody, so you’ll be sure to find something to suit you in this list of things to do in Hong Kong.

What’s on: Shangela is Shook

RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 3 star, Shangela, will be performing her brand new show ‘Shangela is Shook’.in Hong Kong on Dec 15, 2018.

Where: Kitec Music Zone @ E-Max!

When: 15 December, 8pm to 9.30pm

More: la-comedylive.com

What’s on: The Nutcracker

A Hong Kong holiday tradition, experience Tchaikovsky’s much-loved music with live accompaniment from the Hong Kong Sinfonietta. The classic Christmas ballet tells the tale of Clara, Fritz and Nutcracker as they battle the evil Rat King, choreographed by Australian choreographer Terence Kohler.

Where: Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

When: 14-26 December

More: hkballet.com

What’s on: The Antarctic Legacy of Sir Ernest Shackleton

Don’t miss ‘The Endurance Exhibition’ at The Haven by Jacada Travel, presented by Royal Geographical Society – Hong Kong. The exhibition will showcase a remarkable collection of original photographic glass and celluloid negatives captured by Frank Hurley. He served as the official photographer on the ‘Endurance’ expedition from 1914-17, and following the destruction of the ship in 1915, made the perilous journey to safety with Shackleton, Hurley and the Weddell Sea Party.

Where: The Haven by Jacada Travel, 29/F Wyndham Place, 40-44 Wyndham Street, Central 

When: Until 21 December. Closed Sundays and public holidays.

More: RSVP to TheHaven@JacadaTravel.com or call 2117 0415

What’s on: A Harry Little Christmas

Entertainer Harry Wong joins forces with conductor Lio Kuok-man to lead the HK Phil Chorus in a singalong of Christmas favourites. Family fun for ages three and above.

Where: Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui.

When: 23-24 December

More: hkphil.org

What’s on: A Viennese New Year

Renowned trumpet soloist Tine Thing Helseth will perform a number of works, including Hummel’s Trumpet Concerto, and popular tunes such as “Blue Danube” and “Radetzky March”, to ring out the old year.

Where: Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui.

When: 30-31 December

More: hkphil.org

What’s on: Hong Kong Winterfest

Winterfest is the series of events that mark the festive season in Hong Kong. A centrepiece is the massive Christmas Tree at Statue Square where you can meet Santa and hear carols. There’ll also be winter editions of the Hong Kong Pulse Light Show and Symphony of Lights, and fireworks for New Year’s Eve.

Where: Statue Square, Central

When: Until 1 January

More: discoverhongkong.com

What’s on: The AIA Carnival: The Great Circus of Europe

The outdoor carnival has become a fixture on the Central Harbourfront each winter, with young and old flocking to enjoy the atmosphere. Organisers are upping the ante this season, with new rides and attractions to suit all ages.

Where: Central Harbourfront Event Space, 9 Wung Lo Road, Central

When: From 14 December until 17 February. Closed on Friday 11th January.

More: tgec.asia/carnival

What’s on: KidsFest

This annual festival provides world-class theatre to young people in Hong Kong over five weeks. This year’s programme includes the crowd-pleasing We’re Going On A Bear Hunt, the Judith Kerr classic, The Tiger Who Came To Tea, and acrobatic comedy Children Are Stinky.

Where: Drama Theatre, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

When: 9 January – 14 February

More: kidsfest.com.hk

What’s on: Mamma Mia!

This smash-hit musical is coming back to Hong Kong. Mamma Mia! tells the tale of a daughter’s quest to discover her father’s identity on a Greek Island, told through the classic ABBA hits, such as “Super Trooper”, “Waterloo” and “Ring Ring”.

Where: Lyric Theatre, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

When: 16-27 January

More: lunchbox-productions.com

What’s on: Hong Kong 100 Ultra Trail Race

Hong Kong 100 Ultra Trail Race (19 JAN) This ultra-endurance event sees participants attempt to complete a 100km course within 30 hours. The course covers some of the most beautiful scenery in Hong Kong and is based on the Maclehose Trail. It’s a unique, challenging and beautiful run for the trail-running enthusiast.

Where: Pak Tam Chung, Sai Kung

When: 19 January

More: hk100-ultra.com

What’s on: SPARK – The Science of Art and Creativity

Become a superhero, travel through time and control a sci-fi thriller with your brain. Experience all this and more at SPARK: The Science and Art of Creativity, a brand new Festival of Ideas which will transform Tai Kwun from 18-20 January 2019. Organised by the British Council in collaboration with over 50 creative and educational partners from the UK and Hong Kong, the festival celebrates creativity across the arts, science and education. More than 30 free events will take place over three days, including interactive experiences, provocative performances, stimulating talks and other innovative happenings.

Where: Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts

When: 18-20 January

More: britishcouncil.hk/en/spark.

What’s on: Mickey’s Super Celebration

Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy join Mickey on a journey to discover his favourite memory of all time, in a show commemorating 90 years of Mickey Mouse. This show will feature Moana live on ice for the first time in Asia, along with Frozen sisters Anna and Elsa.

Where: Lyric Theatre, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

When: 24-27 January

More: disneyonice.com.hk

Weekly Events

What’s on: 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

What’s on: 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. Bookings are not needed, all are welcome to turn up on the day and enjoy some coffee and a chat. 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

What’s on: 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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