Things to do this weekend in Hong Kong

Welcome to the first weekend of December and our guide to things to do in the 852! You know the Christmas season in Hong Kong has officially begun when the tree in Statue Square comes to life, which it will tonight! There’s a distinctly festive flavour to what’s on offer this weekend so embrace it and enjoy.

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Hong Kong Winterfest

The centerpiece of Winterfest is undoubtedly the massive Christmas Tree at Statue Square, with lights which rival those of the city. Pay a visit to the tree for the chance to meet Father Christmas or enjoy a performance of classic Christmas carols. Love locks can also be bought for HK$50 to hang on the railings.

When: From 8pm, 2 December until midnight, 31 December

Where: North Statue Square, Central (adjacent to Mandarin Oriental)

Hullett House Christmas Market

The fifth Christmas market at Hullett House has a Nordic theme. It offers traditional delights with gourmet food and beverages, festive decorations, handmade accessories, fine fashion and live entertainment.

When: from 5pm 2 December to 9pm, 4 December

Where: Hullett House, 1881 Heritage, 2A Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsu

More: facebook.com

Shoppinghongkong Bazaar

Shoppinghongkong‘s bazaars are known for their exquisite selection of products. This year’s holiday bazaar ends today will have women’s and children’s apparel, ethnic and contemporary jewellery, home accessories, educational toys, art, health and beauty products and gourmet food and wines.

When: 12pm-7pm, 2 December

Where: The Fringe Club, Anita Chan Lai Gallery, GF, 2 Lower Albert Road, Central

More: shoppinghongkong.blogspot.hk

The Christmas Southside Market Long Lunch

This Butchers Club event combines a Christmas market with entertainment, vendors and food spread across two floors. Keep the kids busy, enjoy an amazing lunch and stock up on Christmas goodies all at the same time. Tickets start at HK$250 for all guests aged 3 and above. Adults can pay extra to add a drinks package.

When: 12pm-4pm, 3 December

Where: The Butchers Club, 16/F, Shui Ki Industrial Building, 18 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen

Tickets: store.thebutchers.club

TEDx Hong Kong: Plasmatic

This TEDx event explores the concept that world-changing innovation and progress is not contingent on superhuman geniuses but is the result of passionate and determined ‘ordinary’ individuals. The event takes its name from the process in nature that transforms ordinary air into superconducting plasma. Be inspired by world-class leaders, thinkers and performers who will speak at the event.

When: 9.30am-6.30pm, 3 December

Where: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai

Tickets: ticketflap.com

Christmas Fete

St Stephen’s in Stanley is hosting a Christmas fete which promises to be a fantastic family day out. There will be heaps of stalls, including books, children’s games and plenty of food drink with mulled wine and Pimm’s on offer. Children will enjoy a trip to Santa’s grotto, with Santa himself making a grand entrance by helicopter at 12.30pm. Entry is HK$20 for adults, children are free.

When: 11am-4.30pm, 3 December

Where: St. Stephen’s Chapel, St Stephen’s College Sports Ground, Wong Ma Kok Road, Stanley

More: ssc.edu.hk

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The Arcade’s Snowy Adventureland

The Arcade at Cyberport has an array of activities planned over the festive season, which kick off from today. One of the highlights is the Snowy Adventureland train, which is decked out with VR technology at the front, simulating a realistic trip to Santa’s village. Other events include a Christmas snow market on 17-18 December and a performance by the Hong Kong Welsh Male Voice Choir on 17 December. Check their Facebook page for full details.

When: From 10am, 3 December until 10pm 2 January

Where: The Arcade, Cyberport

More: facebook.com

The Underground Christmas Show

Bang goes 2016 as the Underground unveils another cracker of a showcase. For the first time in the venue’s history, the theme will be Christmas – but there won’t be any cheesy festive sing-alongs. Instead, it will be a night of cracker tunes from bands such as ReLaxpose, Ignite the Hope, Müchell and Other Theories.

When: 9pm-12pm, 3 December

Where: The Hub, 1/F, Fortune Building, 150-158 Lockhart Road​, Wan Chai

More: undergroundhk.com

Sai Kung Sunday Christmas Market

The Sai Kung Sunday Christmas Market will be packed with Christmas goodies for gifts, as well as plenty of delicious treats. It is an indoor market, so bring the family along for a fun day out rain or shine.

When: 11am-5pm, 4 December

Where: Sai Kung Markets, 33 Wai Man Road, Sai Kung

More: facebook.com

Charity Xmas Quiz Night

This sell-out event at The Globe will see groups of six put their knowledge to the test. The ticket price includes a three-course dinner, quiz and a $200 donation to the Nepal Youth Foundation.

When: 5pm-8pm, 4 December

Where: The Globe, Garley Building, 45-53 Graham Street, Central

More: facebook.com

The 15 Classics for Kids Christmas Concert

The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts presents this interactive and fun classical music concert tailormade for young children. Kids get to have a close encounter with the orchestra and learn about musical instruments. Various performance times with tickets at HK$295.

When: From 2.15pm, 4 December

Where: Hong Kong Jockey Club Amphitheatre, 1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai

Hong Kong Corporate Sevens

The Savills Hong Kong Corporate Sevens returns for the fourth time on Sunday 4 December 2016 at So Kon Po. The 2016 tournament has set their sights on raising HK$1 million for The Deaf Rugby Programme. The tournament promises to deliver a great day of entertainment for the team players and their families and friends.

When: 9am-8pm, 4 December

Where: So Kon Po Recreation Ground, 55 Caroline Hill Road

More: corporate7s.com.hk

Doggy Social Finale

The Lifelong Animal Protection Charity and Hunter Hong Kong are holding the third and final fundraiser of the year for our four-legged friends. This relaxed event is on the pulse’s rooftop venue, the Sunset Beach Club, with drinks, nibbles, live music and dog-friendly pools. Funds raised go towards helping LAP re-home more animals in Hong Kong. Tickets start at Hk$150 and dogs are free!

When: 2pm-6pm, 4 December

Where: Sunset Beach Club, the pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay

Tickets: pelago.events

You never run out of things to do in the 852!