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New Year’s Eve Countdown Hong Kong

Get ready to say goodbye to 2019 and hello to a new decade. Many are asking, what will happen for this year’s New Year’s Eve Countdown in Hong Kong? The usual Victoria Harbour fireworks display will be scaled back for 2019. Instead, the city will be treated to an extended showing of A Symphony of Lights. This will include some pyrotechnics set off from select high-rise buildings on Hong Kong Island.

Where to watch

There are many places you can watch this enhanced light show. Check out our round-up of cool places to celebrate new year in Hong Kong. You’ll see some harbour-front recommendations on that list, including BLT Steak and INK over in TST. Both will have a nice view of the New Years’ Eve Countdown light show on Hong Kong harbour.

If you’re at home (or away and want to feel connected to your adopted city), you can watch a live feed countdown here: Hong Kong live NYE countdown on YouTube

New Years' Eve Countdown Hong Kong
For the 2020 countdown, Hong Kong will be treated to an extended light show instead of fireworks

The Countdown

If you’re harbour-side this year, turn your attention to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) at 11.59pm. The HKCEC façade of will turn into a giant clock. This visual will count down to the new year and new decade. Once the clock strikes midnight, an enhanced edition of A Symphony of Lights will kick off above Victoria Harbour. The show will be synchronised with pyrotechnics launched from the rooftops and “2020” on the HKCEC façade.

New Year’s Eve Countdown Lucky Draw

There is a new element to the celebrations in Hong Kong this year. The Hong Kong Tourism Board has announced a New Year Countdown Lucky Draw. This lucky draw will give away more than 20,000 prizes worth over HK$4 million in total. There are flights from Cathay Pacific, iPhones, Disney holidays and a whole lot more on offer. Enter the draw and try your luck for the new year via this link: hknycd.com/en. Note that entry to the competition opens on New Year’s Eve at 6pm and will close at 11.30pm, so set a reminder if you want to participate.


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