It’s definitely feeling a lot like Christmas when it comes to what’s on in Hong Kong! Take your pick of Christmas markets and performances over the weekend. But if it all gets too much, you’ll find plenty of other things to do. Here’s some options!
What’s on: Aladdin – The Panto
Hong Kong Players’ annual Christmas pantomimes have been delighting audiences for more than 50 years. This year, enjoy the classic tale of Aladdin, and the drama that ensues when a street urchin meets a princess. A perfect all-singing, all-dancing show for the whole family.
Where: Shouson Theatre, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Wan Chai
When: Various times, 7–10 December
What’s on: Christkindlmarkt – Viennese Christmas Market
OZONE is recreating a traditional Viennese Christmas market this weekend at The Ritz-Carlton. Christkindlmarkt will feature gift stalls with fashion, accessories, kids’ clothes and toys, luxury homewares, beauty products, gourmet food and more. Santa Claus will also be appearing in Santa’s Grotto. Each child will receive a photo with Santa and a gift. Entrance is HK$50 per person.
Where: OZONE, 118/F, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon
When: 11am–7pm, 8–9 December
What’s on: Winter Wonderland Party with Santa
Safari Kid and Stamford American School have teamed up for a festive Winter Wonderland Party with Santa Claus! The event, hosted at Safari Kid in Pok Fu Lam is aimed at families with children aged two to six years. Families will enjoy holiday-inspired arts and crafts, songs, stories, and a chance to play on Safari Kid’s 3,000 sq. ft. playground. Attendees will receive a complimentary photo with Santa and the little ones will receive something special from his sack. All tickets include free entry but some workshops require additional registration due to limited space.
Where: Safari Kid International Kindergarten Pok Fu Lam, L101, Chi Fu Fa Yuen, Pok Fu Lam
When: 10am–12pm, 9 December
What’s on: SCAD Hong Kong Spotlight Day
SCAD Hong Kong is the international art and design university offering the largest concentration of creative degree programs in the area. The SCAD Spotlight Day is on this Saturday, 9 December from 2pm – 5pm at its Sham Shui Po campus. This engaging event is open to the public, prospective students and families. If you are interested in painting, interior design or fashion marketing, this is a great opportunity to tour the university’s creative environment, engage one-on-one with faculty, students and alumni.
Where: 292 Tai Po Rd, Sham Shui Po
When: 2pm–5pm, 9 December
What’s on: Family Fun Day
Don’t miss this fantastic event in Discovery Bay. The Family Fun Day has something for everyone, with a variety of stalls with food and drink, craft stalls, jumping castles, live performances, and games. The food stalls are one of the highlights of this popular annual event. There will be international cuisines from around the world including Thailand, Sri Lanka, Japan, China, India, Canada, Italy, Germany, The Netherlands, and America. There will also be a plant-based stall and a cake stall jam-packed with treats.
Where: Discovery College, 38 Siena Avenue, Discovery Bay
When: 12pm–5pm, 9 December
What’s on: In Search of Light Photographic Exhibition
In Search of Light by George Turner brings Northern Europe alive across the colour of all four seasons, demonstrating the beauty of this continent all year round. Featuring destinations such as Norway, Finland, Scotland, and Iceland, George Turner captures the beauty of the road less travelled in these countries; providing you inspiration to create your next holiday.
Where: The Haven by Jacada Travel, 29/F, Wyndham Place, 40-44 Wyndham Street, Central
When: Until 9 December
What’s on: Stanley Christmas Market
A fixture on Hong Kong’s Christmas calendar, the Stanley Christmas market will be jam-packed with stalls with European delicacies, mulled wine and arts and crafts.
Where: Stanley Plaza, 23 Carmel Road, Stanley
When: 12pm–8pm, 9–10 December
What’s on: Christmas Gift Festival
Get your Christmas shopping done and get a photo of your kids with Santa at the same time! The one-day Prestige Fairs event will be jam-packed with heaps of products which will make great gifts, ranging from fashion, jewellery, homewares, toys and gourmet treats. This year, Santa’s coming to the fair, too! Expat Living is offering a free photo of your little ones with Santa Claus to truly make a day at the fair your one-stop Christmas shop. Click on the link below to sign up for your free session. Photos will be emailed to you.
Where: Conrad Hong Kong, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty
When: 10am–6pm, 10 December
What’s on: Hong Kong Corporate Sevens
The Savills Hong Kong Corporate Sevens returns at So Kon Po. The 2017 tournament has set its sights on raising funds for the Po Leung Kuk Tackling Life Rugby Programme. The Corporate Sevens welcomes more than 19 corporate teams for a fun-filled day. There will be a Kidz Zone with face painters, balloon twister and various arts and crafts provided by KidHop, keeping all entertained for hours.
Where: So Kon Po
When: 9am–8pm, 10 December
What’s on: deTour 2017
Hong Kong’s most anticipated cultural event returns once again this year with deTour 2017, a 10-day festival celebrating creative expression, set to take place from 1 December to 10 December at PMQ, the heart of Hong Kong’s creative community.
Where: PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central
When: Until 10 December
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
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
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
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: 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: 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
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