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The best things to do in Hong Kong this December

Your guide to the best events, markets and all the awesome happenings around town throughout the month

aia carnival
Chris Lusher

It’s December! That means the return of holiday markets, festive light displays, the annual AIA carnival and all things generally Christmas. If you’re on the hunt for presents, check out our guide to Hong Kong’s best independent shops, or if you just want to party, why not try one of Hong Kong’s best bars?

Read on to enjoy the best of the Yuletide season and follow our guide to the best events and things to do in Hong Kong throughout the month. 

Hong Kong events highlights


Banksy: Genius or Vandal

Portal 6311, Kowloon Bay

Showcasing over 70 pieces of Banksy’s original artwork, the exhibition will be held from December 20 to March 1, 2020, at private exhibition space Portal 6311 in Kowloon Bay. Not only will visitors be able to marvel at Banksy's amazing collection of works from over the years, but they'll also have a rare and unique chance to immersive themselves in an unprecedented audio-visual installation that's been specially created for this show.  After its success in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Madrid, and Lisbon where it gathered over 700,000 visitors, the Hong Kong exhibition will be the first show held in Asia. Tickets cost $145-$180 from Monday to Friday and $170-$210 on weekend and public holidays. Each ticket will also be assigned to a specific day and time slot (there are only 9 sessions per day) so choose your preferred time and don't be late!

Mr Doodle sothebys
Mr Doodle in front of his works © 2019 Mr Doodle All rights reserved
Art, Drawing and illustration

Mr Doodle Invades Sotheby’s

Sotheby's Hong Kong Gallery, Admiralty

Coming at you this December with his solo exhibition, 25-year-old British artist Sam Cox, more commonly known as Mr Doodle, will be invading Sotheby's gallery with an impressive collection of his best work yet.  In response to art critics who would describe the artist’s work as ‘not art’, Mr Doodle couldn’t think of a better way to prove them wrong than by invading Sotheby's, one of the most prestigious fine art auction houses in the world, with his take on some of the most renowned artworks in history – doodle-style. Humorously reinterpreting some of the most famous and iconic painting in history, each piece has been morphed and recreated in Mr Doodles' own fun, unique and abstract ways. To make it even more exciting, Mr Doodle will be transforming the gallery space into his very own DoodleWorld with a live doodling session on December 7 (3-4pm). This is a rare chance to catch the artist in action so save the date!  

Whiskers N Paws
Whiskers N Paws
Things to do

Operation Santa Paws

Various venues, Central

It's almost Christmas and you know what that means, it's time for Operation Santa Paws! Raising awareness for homeless animals still looking for their forever homes, Operation Santa Paws is a rescue campaign designed to help collect and donate new/gently-used pet supplies to local Hong Kong rescue shelters. If you want to do your part in making sure that our furry friends are well cared for during the festive season, click here for more details on what you can donate, as well as where to find drop-off and collection point around the city.

Photograph: Yu Nagaba/ARR
Art, Drawing and illustration

Meet Yu Nagaba gallery – I'm yours venus by AllRightsReserved

Soho Yard, Soho

They've brought you the giant rubber duck and a floating KAWS, and now they're back again with acclaimed Japanese artist Yu Nagaba in the second exhibition of their brand new creative project series《Meet ___ project》. Marking as his first overseas solo exhibition, Nagaba will showcase his most original artworks from his "Ace Hotel" collection. From Pulp Fiction to La La Land, Nagaba's sketches of imaginary 'tourists' pay tribute to all his favourite classic movie scenes. This not-to-miss exhibition will even be featuring the artist's latest large-scale artwork with a famous Hong Kong movie scene – any guesses?   

K11 Musea
K11 Musea
Things to do

Cultural Muse Encounter

K11 Musea, Tsim Sha Tsui

Featuring 45 contemporary performers, the Cultural Muse Encounter brings you elements of art, dance and music through the journey of four stunning muses: Art, Design, Nature and Fashion. Shoppers can expect to cross paths with acrobat duos, ballerinas, two opera singers, one beatboxer and even a marching band as the muses search endlessly for their magical pixies and fairies. Apart from these exciting performances, Grammy Award-winning Warsaw Boys’ Choir will also be performing at K11 Musea between December 22 to 24, bringing with them newly arranged traditional carols as well as new song performances to get shoppers into the festive mood.

Hong Kong Food Expo
Hong Kong Food Expo
Things to do, Food and drink events

Hong Kong Food Festival

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Wan Chai

Satisfy your food cravings and taste your way around the world with international snacks and food products at the biggest culinary event of the season. For five days in a row, visitors will get to chow down on delicacies from countries as varied as Japan, Italy, Indonesia and Vietnam, sip on luxury wine and even take home some Chinese New Year essentials!

Absolute Abyss © Georges Mathieu; courtesy of the artist & Perrotin
Absolute Abyss © Georges Mathieu; courtesy of the artist & Perrotin

Georges Mathieu solo exhibition

Perrotin, Central

Head to Perrotin gallery this month and pay tribute to the late French artist Georges Mathieu at the first dedicated exhibition held in Hong Kong. Depicting the calligraphic language of the 1950s in a totally new form, Mathieu's works upscale works consists of vehement gestures, broken lines, explosions of paint and high contrastive colours.

Music, Rap, hip hop and R&B


KITEC, Kowloon Bay

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong's hip-hop OGs LMF, 10 of Hong Kong's favourite indie bands and rappers will be holding a gigantic music fest LMFXXYEARFEST at KITEC, Kowloon Bay. With each band taking to the stage doing their very own renditions of LMF classics, accompanied by different rappers such as JB, Dough Boy, Future and Matt Force, this two-day concert guarantees electric collaborations, never-before-heard songs and a ton of pure hip-hop passion.

Conrad Fair Christmas Showcase
Conrad HK
Things to do, Markets and fairs

Prestige Christmas and Lifestyle Gift Fairs

Conrad Hong Kong, Admiralty

Treat your friends and family to high-end designer goods from around the globe at the Conrad Fair, which features the latest, most stylish jewellery, fashion, accessories, gourmet food, homewares, children’s products and much more. There’s nothing like shopping for others – and for yourself – at a five-star hotel ballroom. 

Music, Dance and electronic

Creamfields 2019

West Kowloon Art Park, West Kowloon

After a successful debut in 2017, the iconic UK electronic bonanza Creamfields is back this December. The dance music festival saw some of the world's biggest spin masters – including the likes of Alesso, Diplo, Martin Garrix – do their thing in Hong Kong in the last two years. Expect radio-friendly house anthems and plenty of hands pumping in the air for this edition. 

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