December in Hong Kong is always a fun time for things to do. Here’s a selection of some of the best offerings, whether you want to indulge in some Christmas theatre, do some Christmas shopping or enjoy the annual Great European Carnival.
Hong Kong Winterfest
(1 Dec–1 Jan)
The centrepiece of Winterfest is undoubtedly the massive Christmas Tree at Statue Square, with lights that will leave you dazzled. Pay a visit to the tree for the chance to meet Father Christmas or enjoy a performance of classic carols. There will also be festive editions of the Hong Kong Pulse Light Show and Symphony of Lights, and fireworks for New Year’s Eve. North Statute Square, Central (adjacent to Mandarin Oriental).
Aladdin: The Panto
(1-3 Dec & 7–10 Dec)
Hong Kong Players’ annual Christmas pantomimes have been delighting audiences for more than 50 years. This year, enjoy the classic tale of Aladdin, and the drama that ensues when a street urchin meets a princess. A perfect all-singing, all-dancing show for the whole family. Shouson Theatre, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Wan Chai.
Prestige Fairs Christmas Showcase & Christmas Gift Festival
(2 & 10 Dec)
Get your Christmas shopping done and get a photo of your kids with Santa at the same time! The Prestige Fairs Christmas Showcase and Christmas Gift Festival shopping fairs at the Conrad Hong Kong are a great way to make a dent on your Christmas shopping, and this year you can also get a photo of your little ones with Santa at the Expat Living table. Conrad Hong Kong, Grand Ballroom, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty.
2017 FIA Formula E Hong Kong E-Prix
The electric street racing series returns to Hong Kong for another exhilarating weekend of world-class motorsports and entertainment. There will be two separate races staged in 2 and 3 December, complete with podium finishes in Tamar Park E-Village. this unique event experience is quickly becoming one of the key attractions on Hong Kong’s entertainment calendar.
Sip & Shop Pre Christmas Bazaar
ShoppingHongKong is holding the Shop and Sip Pre Christmas Bazaar, at the American Club in Tai Tam. Enjoy a glass of bubbles as you shop the gorgeous goodies such as unique clothing and jewellery, gifts and homewares.
Family Fun Day
Don’t miss this fantastic event in Discovery Bay. The Family Fun Day has something for everyone, with a variety of stalls with food and drink, craft stalls, jumping castles, live performances, and games. The food stalls are one of the highlights of this popular annual event, showcasing international cuisine from around the world.
SCAD Hong Kong Spotlight Day
SCAD Hong Kong is the international art and design university offering the largest concentration of creative degree programs in the area. The SCAD Spotlight Day is on this Saturday, 9 December from 2pm – 5pm at its Sham Shui Po campus. This engaging event is open to the public, prospective students and families. If you are interested in painting, interior design or fashion marketing, this is a great opportunity to tour the university’s creative environment, engage one-on-one with faculty, students and alumni.
This classic Christmas ballet tells the magical tale of Clara, Fritz and Nutcracker as they battle the evil Rat King. A Hong Kong holiday tradition, enjoy Tchaikovsky’s iconic music with live accompaniment from the Hong Kong Sinfonietta. Suitable for ages three and above. The performance will be at Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui.
SCROOGE – The Musical
(17 Dec–8 Jan)
Adapted from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, greedy Scrooge is forced to confronted with the ghosts of the past, present and future on Christmas Eve forcing him to take stock of his priorities and reflect on the wonderful world around him. The performance is presented in Cantonese and lyrics in English, with Chinese and English surtitles. Performance at Hong Kong City Hall Theatre.
Christmas for Family
The HK Phil and HK Phil Chorus perform melodies from the Home Alone movie series, and Christmas favourites including Jingle Bell Rocks, Let it Snow, and O Holy Night! Sing along with thousands of others in the audience at this festive concert, which will be performed in English. Performed at Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall, 10 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui.
AIA The Great European Carnival
(21 Dec–21 Feb)
The outdoor carnival has become a fixture on the Central Harbourfront each winter, with young and old flocking to enjoy the atmosphere. Organisers have upped the ante this season, with new rides and attractions to suit all ages. Central Harbourfront Event Space.
Head to Sheung Wan to see one of the city’s cutest things to do – and help charity at the same time. Dogtown is a miniature winter village, which is the result of a joint initiative between Nordic lifestyle boutique squarestreet and local animal shelter Hong Kong Dog Rescue (HKDR).
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