What’s on in Hong Kong: December 14–20

School holidays are looming, Christmas parties are in full swing – in short, there’s definitely a party atmosphere in the air in Hong Kong! When you are done checking out the Christmas displays, make the most of what’s on this weekend and beyond with our handy guide to some of these fun events. Highlights include classic Christmas performances, such as the Hone Kong Ballet performing The Nutcracker.

Enjoy the classic tale of The Nutcracker, performed by the Hong Kong Ballet
Enjoy the classic tale of The Nutcracker, performed by the Hong Kong Ballet

What’s on: The Nutcracker

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.

Where: Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui 

When: Various times, 15–26 December

More: hkballet.com

What’s on: Wall Cycle

London-based French artist Anne Leigniel will be the artist-in-residence at CHARBON art space until 16 December. During this time she will work daily on her project, Wall Cycle. Over a two-week period, she will experiment with paints directly on a 5-metre long white wall, using the gallery as a live canvas and each day bringing its own creative layer. As part of her performance, Leigniel invites selected artists to interact with her work.

Where: Charbon art space, 8/F, 44 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang 

When: Daily until 16 December

More: charbonartspace.com

What’s on: First Christmas at Shrewsbury

To celebrate the holiday season, Shrewsbury International School Hong Kong will be hosting a special event for parents and children at their Admissions Office in Central. Enjoy a range of light seasonal refreshments and themed activities, including face painting and balloon tying – experience Christmas the Shrewsbury way.

Where: Admissions Office, Shrewsbury International School Hong Kong, 7/F, Bangkok Bank Building, 28 Des Voeux Road Central 

When: 11am–4pm, 16 December

More: shrewsbury.hk

What’s on: SCROOGE – The Musical

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.

Where: Hong Kong City Hall Theatre, Edinburgh Place, Central

When: Various times, 16 December–1 January

More: hkrep.com

What’s on: The Best Is Yet to Come

The K11 Art Foundation is proud to present The Best Is Yet to Come, a residency exhibition moderated by Huang Xiaopeng. Participating artists include Sha Lina and He Rui – both active in the Wuhan art circle and emerging Hong Kong artists, Chan Ka Kiu and Wu Jiaru. The Best Is Yet to Come facilitates exchanges between these young artists.

Where: chi art space, 8/F, New World Tower 2, 18 Queen’s Road, Central 

When: Until 18 December

More: k11artfoundation.org

What’s on: World’s Oldest Yoga Teacher

Be inspired by the world’s oldest yoga teacher, 99-year-old Tao Porchon-Lynch, who is coming to Hong Kong and is appearing at a series of events hosted by Pure Yoga. Tao began practising yoga at eight years old and will share her experiences as an activist, couture model, actress, early female entrepreneur/publisher/film producer, wine judge and competitive ballroom dancer, as well as specific wisdom as a spiritual master when in Hong Kong.

Where: Pure Yoga Pacific Place, L1, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty

When: Various times, 19–21 December

More: pure-yoga.com

What’s on: Christmas for Family

The HK Phil and HK Phil Chorus perform melodies from the Home Alone movie series, and Christmas favourites including Jingle Bell RocksLet 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.

Where: Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall, 10 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui

When: Various times, 23–24 December

More: hkphil.org

What’s on: The World of Tintin

The World of Tintin exhibition explores the adventures of the global icon and is the largest presentation in Hong Kong to date. It showcases eight albums from the renowned The Adventures of Tintin series. The immersive experience, featuring vivid scenography, celebrates the imaginative world created by the Belgian illustrator and creator, Hergé.

Where: ArtisTree, 1/F Cambridge House, Taikoo Place, Quarry Bay 

When: 12pm–8pm, 26 December

More: hoca.org

What’s on: Hong Kong Culture Festival

The Hong Kong Culture Festival aims to promote awareness of the city’s cultural heritage. It will see an array of events and performances to raise public interest and encourage participation in traditional culture, particularly among young people. As an integrated platform for collaboration across different cultural fields, the Hong Kong Culture Festival also aims to nurture creative talents and inject innovation into traditional culture. A must for families looking for things to do.

Where: Various locations

When: Until 31 December

More: hkculturefestival.com

What’s on: Hong Kong Winterfest

The centrepiece of Winterfest is undoubtedly the massive Christmas Tree at Statute Square, with lights that rival those of the city. 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.

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

When: Until 1 January

More: discoverhongkong.com

What’s on: Swiss Accessory and Watch Design Exhibition

The HKDI Gallery is proud to collaborate with prestigious art and design academy Geneva School of Art and Design (HEAD – Genève) for its first ever showcase in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong exhibition will be presenting an exquisite collection of more than 100 exhibits at HKDI’s Experience Centre, including refined watches and accessories produced by their students and recent graduates.

Where: HKDI Gallery, Experience Centre, 3 King Ling Road, Tseung Kwan O, New Territories

When: 10am–8pm, until 7 January. Closed Tuesdays and 3 and 10 December.

More: hkdi.edu.hk

What’s on: Dogtown Miniature Winter Village

Head to Sheung Wan to see one of the city’s cutest Christmas displays – 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). Painstakingly designed, built, hand-painted and coordinated for two months by the squarestreet team, the 120cm x 80cm village highlights a mix of Hong Kong and Scandinavian features including a HKDR house, model railway, European buildings, and milk shed alongside Swedish and Hong Kong delicacies food stalls.

Where: squarestreet, 15 Square Street, Tai Ping Shan 

When: 11am–7pm, until 15 January

More: hongkongdogrescue.com

What’s on: Wheels of Fire

Rossi & Rossi, in partnership with Giovanni Martino, is showing Wheels of Fire, an exhibition by the Italian-born, New York-based artist Massimo Antonaci. Recognised for his daring use of material, Antonaci’s works in tar and glass — mediums he ceased using in 2000 – have received international acclaim.

Where: Rossi & Rossi Hong Kong, 3C Yally Industrial Building, 6 Yip Fat Street, Wong Chuk Hang 

When: 11am–6pm, until 27 January

More: rossirossi.com

What’s on: It Begins With A Story – Three Exhibitions

Asia Art Archive is hosting three exhibitions that explore art periodicals in Asia as tools for criticism, historical research, travel writing, and fiction. Conceived by AAA team members, these presentations are part of the public programmes leading up to It Begins with a Story: Artists, Writers, and Periodicals in Asia, the symposium organised by Asia Art Archive in collaboration with The University of Hong Kong, 11–13 January 2018.

Where: AAA Library, Asia Art Archive, 11/F, Hollywood Centre, 233 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan 

When: Various times, Until 24 February

More: aaa.org.hk

What’s on: Glitter, Glitz and Glamour exhibition at Garden of Stars

An exhibition of caricatures by the ‘Godfather of Hong Kong movie posters’, Yuen Tai-yung, will be on display at the Garden of Stars. The Glitter, Glitz and Glamour exhibition will feature portraits of Hong Kong film and movie industry stars such as Andy Lau, Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee, Leslie Cheung, and Anita Mui, as well as famous international singers and personalities such as Michael Jackson, Angelina Jolie, and Steve McQueen. A fun exhibition to add to your list of things to do.

Where: Garden of Stars, Avenue of Stars, Tsim Sha Tsui

When: Until 31 March

More: avenueofstars.com.hk

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