From catching a Broadway musical to watching an Olympic golfing gold medallist in action, Hong Kong has a diverse range of things to do this weekend to keep you and the family entertained.
Blue Lotus Gallery is launching a book of photos from photographer Marcel Heijnen featuring Hong Kong’s ‘shop cats’, the felines who make the little emperors of their retail kingdoms. While the cats are the stars of the photos, the pictures also reveal insights into Hong Kong’s traditional trades. The book launch is on Friday from 6pm-9pm, with the exhibition open daily from 11am-6pm.
Where: Blue Lotus Gallery, G/F 3 Wa Lane (between 227-229 Hollywood Road), Sheung Wan
When: 11am-6pm, 9-18 December
This four-day event in Fanling features top golfers such as Olympic gold medallist Justin Rose, along with plenty of off-course entertainment to make it a great family event. Activities include free entry for kids to UBS’s Junior Art Hub as well as the opportunity to meet Santa Claus and have a photo with him in the Spectator Village. There will also be live music in the village.
Where: Hong Kong Golf Club, 1 Fan Kam Road, Sheung Shui, New Territories
When: 7am-5pm, 8-11 December
The Christmas edition of the renowned Italian Market gives visitors a taste of an authentic Italian Christmas. Vendors will offer gourmet delicacies, Italian treats, fine wines and fashion and accessories.
Where: PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central
When: 12pm-8pm, 10-11 December
Learn how to crochet a selection of simple but super cute decorations for your Christmas tree at Yarn in the Works’ brand-new space in Pound Lane. No experience is required and materials are provided in the cost. Classes are limited to eight people.
Where: 28 Pound Lane, Sheung Wan
When: 2pm-4.30pm, 10 December
Experience a Canadian Winter Wonderland at The Canadian Club Christmas Fayre. Enjoy an all you can eat and drink Christmas buffet, as well as stalls of gifts, activities and a lucky draw. Professional entertainers’ Rumple and Friends will be on hand to keep the kids amused. Entry is HK$200 per adult and free for children. Registration is required.
Where: Hamilton Hill International Kindergarten
2/F, Taikoo Shing, Kam Din Terrace Tang Kung Mansion, 31 Taikoo Shing Road, Tai Koo Shing, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong
Phone number: +852 2567 5454
Fax number: +852 3954-5345
When: 12pm-4pm, 10 December
Step off the ferry and into Handmade Hong Kong’s Sunday Market in Discovery Bay. There will be a big range of vendors offering unique accessories and fashion, as well as gourmet food and drink. A great place to pick up some Christmas goodies.
Where: Discovery Bay Main Plaza
When: 11am-6pm, 11 December
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 coming to 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. Performances at various times with tickets starting from HK$445.
Where: The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Lyric Theatre, 1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai
When: Various times, until 22 January
If you like your Christmas dinner with a side of song, head to Grappa’s Cellar for its delicious “Christmas For All” lunch where the Hong Kong Women’s Choir will be entertaining diners. Their performance will include old favourites such as Jingle Bells, Baby It’s Cold Outside, Underneath the Tree and many more. Proceeds go to charity. Bookings are allocated on a first come, first served basis with some diners required to share tables in the spirit of family-style dining.
Where: Grappa’s Cellar, Jardine House, 1 Connaught Place, Central
When: 11am-3pm, 11 December
The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts presents this interactive and fun classical music concert tailor-made 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.
Where: Hong Kong Jockey Club Amphitheatre, 1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai
When: Various times, until 11 December
Everyone’s favourite Disney characters will take to the ice for this ice skating musical show at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Join Mickey, Donald and Goofy, along with Dory, Nemo and Marlin from Finding Dory, along with Elsa, Anna and Olaf from Frozen. The show also includes appearances from Rapunzel, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Buzz and Woody and Jasmine and Aladdin. Tickets start at HK$280, with some extra performances being scheduled.
Where: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai
When: Various times, until 18 December
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: 4.30pm-6pm, until 6 January
Hong Kong Player’s annual Christmas pantomime has been delighting audiences for more than 50 years. This year they are presenting the story of the Snow Queen. Enjoy an extravaganza of song, dance and jokes which is part of the pantomime tradition as the wicked Snow Queen plays havoc with the love affair between village girl and boy Gerda and Kay. Tickets start at HK$250.
Where: Kellett Theatre, Kellett School, 7 Ham Ling Street, Kowloon Bay
When: Various times, 11-18 December
Shopping malls and venues around Hong Kong have a variety of Christmas displays to help you and the kids get into the Christmas spirit. Check out our round-up of Christmas displays here!
Still want more? There’s plenty happening in our bumper guide to What’s On in December!