Hong Kong will be buzzing with what’s on this weekend with plenty of fun events. Whether you are into the arts, racing, or just want to embrace the spirit of Christmas, you’ll find something to suit in this selection.
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: 1 December–1 January
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: 1–10 December
Get your Christmas shopping done and get a photo of your kids with Santa at the same time! The Prestige Fairs Christmas Showcase and Christmas Gift Festival at the Conrad Hong Kong are a great way to make a dent on your Christmas shopping. 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.
Where: Conrad Hong Kong, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty
When: 10am–6pm, 2 December
Register: free photo with Santa
What’s on: Il Mercatino Charity Fair
Don’t miss the fun of The Italian Women’s Association annual charity fair at Sandy Bay, Il Mercatino. Held in the gardens at The Duchess of Kent’s Children’s Hospital in Pok Fu Lam, the market will have a host of charity stalls with Italian food and wine, clothes, toys, ornaments, handicrafts, jewellery, Christmas cards, and an Italian gourmet corner. Entrance fee is HK$20. Please bring your own bag. Note there is no parking available, so use of public transport is advised.
Where: The Duchess of Kent Children’s Hospital, 12 Sandy Bay Road, Pok Fu Lam
When: 10am–5pm, 2 December
What’s on: Thai Festival in Lan Kwai Fong
Don’t miss the first-ever Thai Festival By Sansiri at Lan Kwai Fong. This two-day festival will showcase the hippest Thai shopping, food, and culture, along with the Thai festive spirit. The festival will be held in the streets of Lan Kwai Fong from 1pm to late with over 50 booths.
Where: Wyndham Street and D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong
When: 1pm–late, 2–3 December
What’s on: Formula E Hong Kong E-Prix
The electric street racing series returns to Hong Kong for another exhilarating weekend of world-class motorsports and entertainment. There will be two separate races staged in 2 and 3 December, complete with podium finishes in Tamar Park E-Village. this unique event experience is quickly becoming one of the key attractions on Hong Kong’s entertainment calendar.
Where: Tamar Park, Harcourt Road, Admiralty
When: 2–3 December
What’s on: In Praise of Silk
Check out this magnificent collection of contemporary fashion and historical costume designs at the In Praise of Silk: Fashion from China National Silk Museum Across Time exhibition. The exhibition is a tribute to “mulberry silk”, the fibre that made China famous since historical times. A glimpse into the evolution of the Chinese fashion and silk culture is offered by the collaboration between HKDI’s Department of Fashion and Image Design (FID) and the China National Silk Museum, the world’s largest silk museum. The Museum collection will also feature multimedia installations, an exploration into the production of silk with a weaving loom, photographs, and more. Add to the list of things to do for history buffs.
Where: d-mart, Hong Kong Design Institute, 3 King Ling Road, Tseung Kwan O, New Territories
When: Until 2 December
What’s on: Canticle of the Sun
The Hong Kong Bach Choir presents the exciting, thrilling and enjoyable music of Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) and Sofia Gubaidulina (b. 1931). This is an event for all, even for people that are not familiar with classical or choral music. Enjoy some good choral singing and an interesting stage performance, while the solo cello entices the choir and the audience with extraordinary music.
Where: Concert Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre,10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
When: 8pm–10pm, 4 December
What’s on: Wild Iconographies
Wild Iconographies is an encounter with past magazine movements through the present environment in which images are produced and circulated. In the spirit of the visionaries who drove these movements, this talk by Verina Gfader will discuss how printed matter is imagined and realised as an agent for collective action, social thought, and “world imagining.”
Where: A Space, Asia Art Archive, 10/F Hollywood Centre, 233 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan
When: 7pm–8pm, 5 December
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, 5 December–24 February
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: 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 Hong Kong Contemporary Art (HOCA) Foundation is proud to announce the landmark exhibition, The World of Tintin. The 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: 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: 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: 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: 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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