Now that Christmas is over, we are all faced with finding things to do with the kids for the next week of school holidays in the lead-up to New Year’s Eve. The big Christmas displays remain in place for another week or so in most cases, as do the Disneyland and Ocean Park festive season special activities. And in addition to that there a host of activities to keep the kids busy, from exhibitions to theatre and of course, the AIA Great European Carnival. Keep an eye on dates, though, as some of the events are in their final days!
This 3D light show features music and dazzling illuminations with a festive theme, part of Hong Kong WinterFest. This year’s show sees the return of Hong Kong’s Christmas Elves, with unlikely hero ‘Eddie the elf’ who wins the heart of other elves and Santa with his brilliant audition performance.
Where: Open Piazza, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
When: Eight-minute shows at various times from 8.20pm in English, Cantonese and Mandarin. Until 28 December
K-RIBBON is the Korean Seal of Excellence for cultural products with the Korean government’s recognition that they convey the cultural value of Korea. This exhibition at PMQ will feature items showcasing five categories of products, including food, Korean food, hanbok, handicrafts and cultural contents. Trading companies which interested in Korean products business are welcome.
Where: S414, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central
When: 11am-8pm. Until 28 December
Japanese musician Yoshiki has captivated audiences around the world as he performs classical versions of heavy metal songs by his band, X JAPAN, and popular rock tracks with a string sextet. He performs for one night only at AsiaWorld-Expo. His album, YOSHIKI CLASSICAL, debuted at number one on the iTunes Classical Music chart in 10 countries around the world.
When: 8pm, 29 December
Victoria Harbour is the belle of the ball for Hong Kong’s spectacular New Year’s Eve countdown. There will be a festive atmosphere with a street party from 10pm around the Star Ferry Pier. From 11pm, rooftops around the harbour will emit a series of ‘shooting stars’ at 15-minute intervals before the event culminates at midnight with a 10-minute pyromusical lighting up the skies against the iconic Hong Kong skyline to usher in 2017. The Hong Kong Tourism Board has designated vantage points to get the best views.
Where: Victoria Harbour
When: 31 December
The Maritime Museum is hosting an exhibition of the winning photographs in the Prince of Wales’s Commonwealth Environmental Photography awards. The 35 images of the world’s oceans have only been exhibited once before in Malta and provide an arresting insight into the value of the seas and marine life.
Where: Hong Kong Maritime Museum, Central Pier No. 8, Hong Kong
When: 10am-7pm. Until 31 December
Gold Coast Piazza will play host this Christmas to Hong Kong’s first-ever outdoor Peppa Pig carnival, held on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. The popular UK animated series features the tale of Peppa Pig and her family’s adventures. Visitors to the carnival can enjoy ball throwing, angling and Peppa Pig tossing activities, with the HK$20 entrance fee going to Operation Santa Claus.
Where: Gold Coast Piazza, Hong Kong Gold Coast Hotel, 1 Castle Peak Road, Gold Coast
When: Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Until 2 January
PMQ is hosting a fair with a difference with Stick for Joy. The Masking Tape Creativity Fair will explore the possibilities in original brand MT masking tape. Check out exhibitions and installations or join a workshop.
Where: PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central
When: 11am-9pm, until 4 January
This multi-sensory art exhibition aims to inspire Hong Kong’s children to become tomorrow’s global citizens. An initiative of children’s storytelling social enterprise PAPINEE and Pearl Lam Galleries, it aims to engage children with creativity and storytelling and take them on a physical art-imagination voyage around the globe. PAPINEE WORLD will showcase a total of seven countries in the exhibition.
Where: Pearl Lam Galleries Hong Kong SOHO, No. 1, Soho 189, 189 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan
When: Monday–Friday, 4:30-7pm; Saturday & Sunday, noon-6pm. Until 6 January
The enchanting story of two unlikely friends – good witch Glinda and outcast Elphaba – has captivated more than 50 million theatregoers around the world. Now Wicked is in Hong Kong after successful runs on Broadway and the West End. The award-winning show features stunning costumes and songs by Academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz.
Where: The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Lyric Theatre, 1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai
When: Various times. Until 22 January
Taikoo Place hosts The World of Tim Burton, an exhibition of the work of visionary film director Tim Burton, known for movies such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Batman. While he is best recognised for his acclaimed list of whimsical blockbuster movies, he is also an extremely talented artist, illustrator, and author who expresses his personal views of the realistic world through his dark humor and imaginative works. The Hong Kong exhibition will have nine thematic sections as a journey through Burton’s world. Tickets start at HK$180, with a parent and child special ticket offer in December.
Where: ArtisTree, 1/F Cornwall House, Taikoo Place
When: 10am-10pm, Until 23 January
The AIA Great European Carnival has returned for the winter to the Central Harbourfront Event space. This much-loved family event has all the favourite rides and attractions, as well as an exciting new themed area.
Where: Central Harbourfront Event Space
When: 11am-11pm. Until 12 February