Christmas is finally here and it’s definitely a magical time of year in Hong Kong! Don’t miss checking out all the fab Christmas displays where major retailers have well and truly decked the malls! Meanwhile, here’s a round-up of what’s on around town from the AIA Great European Carnival to a Japanese manga and anime film festival and an array of interesting exhibitions.
What’s on: AIA The Great European Carnival
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. The Great Circus of Europe will be a highlight attraction of the carnival this year.
Where: Central Harbourfront Event Space
When: Until 21 February
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 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.
Where: Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall, 10 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui
When: Various times, 23–24 December
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, until 26 December
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
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
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
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
What’s on: Memento Mori Solo by Amy Chan
Lumenvisum is proud to present Amy Chan’s solo exhibition Memento Mori: Sonata for Light, which showcases light artist Amy’s work. Through the exhibition, Amy hopes that audiences may perceive and cogitate the correlation between photography, time and death. The theme of the Exhibition Memento Mori is a Medieval Latin theory and rumination towards death, meaning “Not to forget people will eventually die.”
Where: Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre, 30 Pak Tin Street, Shek Kip Mei, Kowloon
When: Until 7 January
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.
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
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
What’s on: Osamu Tezuka Anniversary Film Retrospective
Osamu Tezuka, known as the Walt Disney of the East, is the Grand Master of Japanese manga and anime, best known for fictional characters, such as Astro Boy and Prince Sapphire. With the 90th anniversary of Tezuka’s birth, 2018 is the perfect time to look back on some of his classic works and pay tribute to this animation master. Special screenings of his movies will be held at UA Cine Times (Times Square, Causeway Bay), UA Cine Moko (MOKO, Mong Kok), UA iSQUARE (iSQUARE, Tsim Sha Tsui) and UA MegaBox (MegaBox, Kowloon Bay). Extended talk and workshops will be conducted in Cantonese at Phoenix Lounge, UA iSQUARE.
Where: Various locations
When: Until 28 January
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
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
What’s on: Homo Ex Data – Red Dot Design Exhibition
The Hong Kong Design institute (HKDI) is partnering with the world-renowned Red Dot Design Museum for Homo Ex Data – The Natural of the Artificial. The exhibition at HKDI Gallery showcases Red Dot Award-winning products and innovations that highlight the impact on society brought by technology-enabled designs. Featuring over 150 Red Dot Award-winning technology products, the exhibition explores how design creates a new reality by marrying human factors and digital technology.
Where: HKDI Gallery, Hong Kong Design Insititute, 3 King Ling Road, Tseung Kwan O
When: 10am–8pm, until 27 May
Looking for more things to do? Check out 10 of the best museums in Hong Kong!