It's beginning to look like Christmas in Hong Kong. Thinking of a day out with the family? Or even taking a spin around one of Hong Kong's best ice skating rinks? You can plan it all and more below.
Christmas events in Hong Kong 2016
Five Christmas choirs, a Santa Claus and snowmen await you at this charity event. Carollers from five secondary schools are performing Christmas classics all evening, while audiences can enjoy games, festive bites and stalls at this heartwarming occasion. Proceeds go to the Matilda Children’s Foundation.
Experience a white Christmas right here in Hong Kong! Running throughout Dec 1 to 3, get your Christmas shopping done in one go at this enchanting fair as you browse through a wide selection of handcrafted gifts, take part in an outdoor snowball fight, peruse arts and crafts workshops, and munch on nibbles and mulled wine. Another charity occasion, proceeds from the fair are donated to Operation Santa Claus.
With the colonial architecture of Hullett House serving as backdrop, this three-day Nordic-themed Christmas market has got all your holiday essentials from unique and one-of-a-kind Christmas decorations to handmade jewellery to top fashion apparels. And, of course, all the best festive food and beverages.
An extension of the ‘children’s storytelling social enterprise’ Papinee, this immersive multimedia exhibition aims to inspire kids and to transport them on a journey through seven countries. Each one features installations complete with dynamic lighting, sound, props and smells, as viewers walk through a gallery with original characters like Monkey King Vani-Zuma and Owl King Strix
Chung Ying Theatre gives us the 21st run of a stunning adaptation of Mitch Albom’s bestselling novel Tuesdays With Morrie. When Mitch finds out his mentor Morrie Schwartz is dying, the two reunite after years of distance to discuss life, death and everything in between. In Cantonese with English surtitles.
Known for their elaborate annual Christmas installations, The Landmark is transformed into a festive circus with Santa Paws as the ringmaster. Brought to life by French illustrator Eric Giriat, enjoy the splendor and charming show every half hour. Fill in a circus special ticket and the Landmark will make a $10 donation to Make a Wish Foundation.
The Southside theme park is putting on a spellbinding stage show – a 'Cyber Illusion Spectacular' – this Advent, featuring magic acts by international illusionists like Michael Boyd and Soul Mystique. Visit the Santa Tree Hut and see the park’s 40-foot-high Christmas tree all lit up before hitting the roller-coasters.
This is a Christmas adventure for the whole family to enjoy. Upon buying tickets, you’ll receive details about the location and be able to take part in a magical 75-minute workshop and learn how to be one of Santa’s little helpers. Don an elf uniform as you learn, collect stamps throughout and bring home delicious cookies.
This year, be enchanted by Stanley Plaza’s stunning fairytale village as the market transforms into a traditional German-inspired Christmas bazaar with a touch of fairytale magic. Spread the joy of the holiday season and savour an array of surprises including festive handicrafts, authentic German snacks, a life-sized candy house and much more. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for December 10 and 11, and 17 and 18, for two straight weekends of holiday fun!
From now until Dec 28, Hongkongers and tourists can enjoy a spectacular 3D audiovisual light show by the Kowloon harbourfront. Visit the Avenue of the Stars and the historical Tsim Sha Tsui clock tower before viewing at the holiday-themed light show, which makes for a fantastic photo opportunity by the harbour and city skyline.
Winner of three Tony Awards and two Olivier Awards in New York and London respectively, the musical hit is a re-telling of the story The Wizard of Oz. Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire, the musical follows two witches, Elphaba and Glinda, as they turn from rival students into the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good. Featuring popular numbers including Defying Gravity and For Good, it's an unmissable event for all musical lovers.
Until January 2, head over to Elements as puppet-making maestro Ian Mackinnon is recreating scenes from Wes Anderson’s stop-motion film Fantastic Mr Fox and bringing the classic Roald Dahl characters to life next to the mall’s eight-metre-high Christmas tree. Expect behind the scenes character sketches and puppets as well.
Parkview is hosting its first Christmas charity workshop and is welcoming children of all ages to learn how to craft ornaments, decorate baubles and design Christmas garlands. Proceeds go towards the Lizzie Bee Foundation to support the elderly.
It’s not really Christmas without seeing a performance of The Nutcracker. Between December 16 and 25, the Hong Kong Ballet is putting on a magical performance that follows the journey of Clara and the nutcracker prince as they meet a host of colourful characters and battle the villainous Rat King.
Head down to Hong Kong’s rowdiest street party as you count down to Christmas with fellow partiers. Guaranteed to be the liveliest spot in town, Lan Kwai Fong is going all out this year with fantastic food, drinks and live entertainment. Reserve your place at one of LKF’s bars early!
Hong Kong’s biggest carnival returns from December 16 to February 12! With all your favourite thrilling rides, an ice rink, game booths, and more than a million toys waiting to be won, the carnival is the perfect Christmas day-out for the family, complete with the gorgeous Hong Kong skyline for selfies.