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Countdown: 25 awesome Christmas events in Hong Kong

There's plenty of festive fun to be had in the lead-up to Christmas in Hong Kong. Here's our round-up of best parties, shows and events each day between December 1 and 25.

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

1

Carols by Candlelight Charity Event

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.

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01 Dec 2016
2

White Christmas Street Fair

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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.

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Until Sat Dec 3
3

St Stephen's Chapel Christmas Fete

This annual traditional English fete in Stanely features bouncy castles, entertaining games and stalls, and plenty of food and shopping. Chinese lion dancers perform before Santa’s grand arrival by helicopter at 12.30pm. Clearly, the reindeer are busy.

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03 Dec 2016
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4

Hullett House Christmas Market 2016

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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.

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04 Dec 2016
5

Papinee World

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

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06 Jan 2017
6

Tuesdays with Morrie

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.

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11 Dec 2016
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7

The Landmark Circus

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.

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06 Jan 2017
8

Conrad Fair Christmas Showcase

Treat your friends and family to high-end designer goods from around the globe at the Conard Fair, which features the latest, most stylish jewellery, fashion, accessories, gourmet food, homewares, children’s products and much more.

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14 Dec 2016
9

Ocean Park Christmas Sensation 2016

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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.

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09 Dec 2016
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10

Santa's Secret Kingdom

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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.

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Until Sat Dec 10
11

Stanley Plaza Enchanted Christmas Market

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!

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12

Pulse: Hong Kong’s 3D Light Show

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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.

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28 Dec 2016
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13

Wicked

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.

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08 Jan 2017
14

Fantastic Mr Fox's Underground Christmas Feast

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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.

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02 Jan 2017
15

Christmas Cupcakes Workshop

Looking to learn how to create and decorate cupcakes with adorable reindeers, snowmen and Santa Claus? Get skilled at working with sugar paste and using different tools for decorating cakes at this baking class.

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18 Dec 2016
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16

SantaCon

It’s time to dust off your red suit and join in Hong Kong’s edition of the global phenomenon that is Santa Con. It’s the perfect excuse to dress up as Santa, meet new friends, parade around town and drink your way through your favourite bars in the city.

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10 Dec 2016
17

Hong Kong Parkview's Charity Christmas Art Workshop

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.

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17 Dec 2016
18

Hope Worldwide Great Santa Run

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Raise funds to support underprivileged children in Sham Shui Po and Tin Shui Wai. Dress up as Santa and join fellow runners for a good natured 3km run or a tougher 8km slog. Remember to register before December 8!

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18 Dec 2016
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19

The Nutcracker

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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.

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26 Dec 2016
20

Happy Wednesday celebrates Christmas

It's the best time of the year! Join in the Christmas spirit and spread the joy as you head down to the Happy Valley races. Don your favourite Santa's hat, munch on festive food and snacks and catch amazing top-notch racing action this December.

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Until Thu Dec 22
21

The Snowman and the Bear

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The City Chamber Orchestra joins in the winter fun as two heartwarming films, The Snowman and The Bear, are accompanied by an orchestra and children’s choir. Be sure to arrive early as the foyer is decorated for Christmas.

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24 Dec 2016
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22

Lan Kwai Fong Christmas Street Party

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!

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24 Dec 2016
23

AIA The Great European Carnival

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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.

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12 Feb 2017

See also

Hong Kong's best ice skating rinks

A good old fashioned festive ice skate is one of the best ways to enjoy the winter season. Have a twirl around the ice at one of these top skating spots.

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By: Ysabelle Cheung

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