Hong Kong really turns it on in December in the lead-up to Christmas with so many things to do. Dazzling light shows, amazing Christmas displays, markets, fairs and carols – it’s all happening. Check out this jam-packed guide to what’s on – and for those Grinches we have included some non-Christmassy things as well!
1. Carols By Candlelight
Six Christmas choirs, Father Christmas and herald angels will star in the Carols by Candlelight event at the Matilda International Hospital. Hear carols, savour specialty Christmas cuisines and buy festive knick knacks for the home. All sales proceeds will go to the Matilda Children’s Foundation.
Where: Matilda International Hospital, 41 Kellett Road, The Peak
When: 6pm-8pm, 1 December
2. The Fayre of St John’s
Head to St John’s Cathedral for an evening of carols and hymns, as well as some unique performances and surprises. The third year of the event, presented by Quintessentially, will see proceeds raised donated to Maggie’s Caring Cancer Centre. The Fayre will be followed by an after-party at KEE Club.
Where: St John’s Cathedral, 4-8 Garden Road, Central
When: 6pm-late, 1 December
The Underground is ripping up the rulebook and ready to rock at Hong Kong’s only regular hard rock-themed night. Bands: The Pansies, Parallel Horizons, Sensation Circle and Instinct of Sight.
Where: Orange Peel Music Lounge, 2/F, Ho Lee Comm Bldg, 38-44 D’Aguilar Street, Central
When: 8pm:11.30pm, 1 December
4. White Christmas Street Fair Taikoo Place
Enjoy a community celebration, with the theme of ‘Homemade Happiness’. Visitors can take part in a snowball fight at the White Christmas Street Fair‘s snow covered playground. Santa Claus will be there, as well as stalls with Christmas food and more than 20 Christmas shopping booths, all around the Taikoo Place complex.
Where: Tong Chong Street, Taikoo Place
When: From 12 pm on 1 December until 7pm on 3 December
5. Shoppinghongkong Holiday Bazaar
Shoppinghongkong‘s bazaars are known for their exquisite selection of products. This year’s two-day holiday bazaar will have women’s and children’s apparel, ethnic and contemporary jewellery, home accessories, educational toys, art, health and beauty products and gourmet food and wines.
Where: The Fringe Club, Anita Chan Lai Gallery, GF, 2 Lower Albert Road, Central
When: 12pm-7pm, 1-2 December
6. The Jungle Book
Faust International Youth Theatre presents this much-loved children’s classic, based on Rudyard Kipling’s famous work. The story sees Mowgli try to find his place within the community of jungle animals.
Where: Hong Kong Jockey Club Amphitheatre, 1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai
When: Various times, 1-3 December
7. Hullet House Christmas Market
The fifth Christmas market at Hullett House has a Nordic theme. It offers traditional delights with gourmet food and beverages, festive decorations, handmade accessories, fine fashion and live entertainment.
Where: Hullett House, 1881 Heritage, 2A Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
When: From 5pm on 2 December until 9pm on 4 December
8. Hong Kong Winterfest
The centerpiece of Winterfest is undoubtedly the massive Christmas Tree at Statue Square, with lights which rival those of the city. Pay a visit to the tree for the chance to meet Father Christmas or enjoy a performance of classic Christmas carols. Love locks can also be bought for HK$50 to hang on the railings.
Where: North Statue Square, Central (adjacent to Mandarin Oriental)
When: From 8pm on 2 December until 12pm on 31 December
9. The Christmas Southside Market Long Lunch
This Butchers Club event combines a Christmas market with entertainment, vendors and food spread across two floors. Keep the kids busy, enjoy an amazing lunch and stock up on Christmas goodies all at the same time. Tickets start at HK$250 for all guests aged 3 and above. Adults can pay extra to add a drinks package.
Where: The Butchers Club, 16/F, Shui Ki Industrial Building, 18 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen
When: 12pm-4pm, 3 December
10. The Arcade’s Snowy Adventureland
The Arcade at Cyberport has an array of activities planned over the festive season. One of the highlights is the Snowy Adventureland train, which is decked out with VR technology at the front, simulating a realistic trip to Santa’s village. Other events include a Christmas snow market on 17-18 December and a performance by the Hong Kong Welsh Male Voice Choir on 17 December.
Where: The Arcade, Cyberport
When: From 10am on 3 December until 10pm on 2 January
11. Christmas Fete
St Stephen’s in Stanley is hosting a Christmas fete with heaps of stalls, including books, children’s games and plenty of food drink with mulled wine and Pimm’s on offer. Children will enjoy a trip to Santa’s grotto, with Santa himself making a grand entrance by helicopter at 12.30pm. Entry is HK$20 for adults, children are free.
Where: St. Stephen’s Chapel, St Stephen’s College Sports Ground, Wong Ma Kok Road, Stanley
When: 11am-4.30pm, 3 December
12. Christmas Show at The Hub
Bang goes 2016 as the Underground unveils another cracker of a showcase. For the first time in the venue’s history, the theme will be Christmas – but there won’t be any cheesy festive sing-alongs. Bands include ReLaxpose, Ignite the Hope, Müchell and Other Theories.
Where: The Hub, 1/F, Fortune Building, 150-158 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai
When: 9pm-12pm, 3 December
13. Sai Kung Sunday Christmas Market
The Sai Kung Sunday Christmas Market will be packed with Christmas goodies for gifts, as well as plenty of delicious treats. It is an indoor market, so bring the family along for a fun day out rain or shine.
Where: Sai Kung Markets, 33 Wai Man Road, Sai Kung
When: 11am-5pm, 4 December
14. Charity Xmas Quiz Night
Where: The Globe, Garley Building, 45-53 Graham Street, Central
When: 5pm-8pm, 4 December
15. The 15th Classics for Kids Christmas Concert
The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts presents this interactive and fun classical music concert tailormade for young children. Kids get to have a close encounter with the orchestra and learn about musical instruments.
Where: Hong Kong Jockey Club Amphitheatre, 1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai
When: Various times, 4-11 December
16. Hong Kong Corporate Sevens
The Savills Hong Kong Corporate Sevens 2016 tournament has set their sights on raising HK$1 million for The Deaf Rugby Programme. The tournament promises to deliver a great day of entertainment for players and their families and friends.
Where: So Kon Po Recreation Ground, 55 Caroline Hill Road
When: 9am-8pm, 4 December
17. The Wonderful World of Disney on Ice
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.
Where: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai
When:Various times, 8-11 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.
Where: The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Lyric Theatre, 1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai
When: Various times, 8 December to 22 January
19. Prestige Christmas Shopping Conrad Fairs
This is the third in a series of one-day showcases for Hong Kong artists, designers and innovators. The 2016 Christmas Showcase will have thousands of gift ideas on display. Many of the exhibitors are small to medium-size and run by local and expat entrepreneurs who do not stock their ranges in shops and department stores, meaning you can find something truly unique.
Where: Conrad Hong Kong, Grand Ballroom, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty
When: 10am-8pm, 8 December
20. Stamford American School Open House
Join Stamford American School at its Open House to meet Superintendent, Malcolm Kay, over lunch or dinner. Families will also get an exclusive sneak peek at Stamford’s campus for children 5 to 18 years old, opening in Ho Man Tin, Kowloon in September 2017. Open House will end with a Q&A session. Limited places.
Where: Stamford American School Admissions Office, Two Exchange Square, Level 40, Suites 4005-4007, 8 Connaught Place, Central
When: 12pm-2pm and 6pm-8pm, 8-9 December
21. Italian Christmas Market
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
22. Beginner’s Crochet Christmas Decoration Workshop
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
23. The Canadian Club Christmas Fayre
Experience a Canadian Winter Wonderland at the 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. Registration necessary.
Where: Hamilton Hill International Kindergarten, 1 Ching Wah Street, North Point
When: 12pm-4pm, 10 December
24. Discovery Bay Sunday Market
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
25. Hong Kong Women’s Choir Grappa’s Family Christmas Lunch
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 and raising money for charity. Tables 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
26. The Snow Queen: A Truly Wicked Pantomime
Hong Kong Players’ 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.
Where: Kellett Theatre, Kellett School, 7 Ham Ling Street, Kowloon Bay
When: Various times, 11-18 December
27. Prestige Christmas Shopping Conrad Fairs
This is the fourth and final in a series of one-day showcases for Hong Kong artists, designers and innovators. The 2016 Christmas Gift Festival will have thousands of gift ideas on display. Many of the exhibitors are small to medium-size and run by local and expat entrepreneurs who do not stock their ranges in shops and department stores, meaning you can find something truly unique.
Where: Conrad Hong Kong, Grand Ballroom, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty
When: 10am-8pm, 14 December
28. John Williams’ Star Wars
A new take on pop culture icon, Star Wars, by the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. Fans will enjoy this celebration of the work of composer John Williams, who is responsible for the trademark music associated with characters such as Darth Vader. As an added bonus, there will also be music played from Raiders of the Lost Ark and Superman.
Where: Concert Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
When: 8pm, 16-17 December
29. AIA Great European Carnival
The Great European Carnival returns this winter to the Central Harbourfront Event space. This much-loved family event will have all the favourite rides and attractions but will also be unveiling a new themed area.
Where: Central Harbourfront Event Space
When: 11am-11pm, 16 December to 12 February
30. Sai Kung Open Air Cinema Club: Gremlins
Enjoy one of the cult classics of the 1980s, Gremlins. The event at The Hive includes two drinks and snacks with the admission price.
Where: The Hive Sai Kung, 5 Tai Mong Tsai Road, Sai Kung
When: 6pm, 17 December
31. Christmas Charity Art Workshops
Families are invited to Parkview for two charity Christmas art workshops from 9am-12pm and 3pm-6pm. All proceeds will be given to Lizzie Bee Foundation to support the elderly. Register to participate.
Where: Hong Kong Parkview, 88 Tai Tam Reservoir Road, Tai Tam
When: 9am-12pm and 3pm-6pm, 17 December
32. 4th Annual Fusion Lifestyle Fair
Hong Kong Bazaar presents the 4th Annual Fusion Lifestyle Fair offers a full day of shopping with stalls of home decor, gifts, jewellery, fashion accessories, handicrafts and designer wear. There is also food and entertainment and an hourly lucky draw.
Where: Mariner’s Club, 11 Middle Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
When: 10am-8pm, 17 December
33. The Nutcracker
This classic Christmas ballet tells the magical tale of Clara, Fritz and Nutcracker as they battle the evil Rat King. The Hong Kong Ballet production is suitable for ages three and above, this show can be enjoyed by the whole family.
Where: Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
When: Various times, 16-25 December
34. Christmas Together at Harbour City
Experience the outdoor Christmas display against the backdrop of Hong Kong’s skyline at Harbour City. This year friends and family are invited to experience the ‘Christmas Party of Snowie’, which sees two big snowballs with 32 different designs all hidden with a ‘secret codes’ for you to find.
Where: Ocean Terminal Forecourt, Harbour City, Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
When: 10am-10pm, Until January 2
35. Sparkling Christmas with Frosty and Friends
The annual Christmas display at 1881 Heritage is sure to delight the kids, featuring Frosty the Snowman this year. Visit the display as part of the trip to TST to enjoy the Christmas 3D light show or the Hullet House Christmas Market.
Where: 1881 Heritage, 2A Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
When: 10am-10pm, Until 8 January
36. The LANDMARK Circus
The LANDMARK Christmas display is always an elaborate affair and this year is no exception. The display has a circus theme, featuring Santa Paws and his friends. There will be a Wishing Machine at the display where LANDMARK will donate to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. There will also be juggling workshops.
Where: LANDMARK, 15 Queen’s Road, Central
When: 10am-10pm, Until 1 January
37. PAPINEE World
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.
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
38. The World of Tim Burton
Taikoo Place hosts The World of Tim Burton, an exhibition of the work of film director Tim Burton, known for movies such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Batman. While he is best recognised for whimsical blockbuster movies, he is also an extremely talented artist, illustrator, and author.
Where: ArtisTree, 1/F Cornwall House, Taikoo Place
When: 10am-10pm, Until 23 January
There’s always so many things to do in Hong Kong!
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