Want to plan ahead and fill up your calendar for the next seven days? Discover the biggest and best things to do in Hong Kong from Monday morning to Sunday evening with our ultimate list. From the latest restaurant openings and the best art exhibitions in Hong Kong to pop-up events and free community classes, we’ve got you covered for the rest of the week. And if you're looking to get some fresh air after a long day at work, why not fit in a hike on a weeknight?
This week's best events
Hong Kong’s biggest carnival returns to Central Harbourfront! With all your favourite thrilling rides, 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. This year, there’s the addition of the Great European Circus featuring incredible aerial acts and motorcycle performances in the wheel of death.
Tsim Sha Tsui’s Avenue of Stars may still be closed for renovation but the stars are still shining bright with the help of this six-month long exhibition featuring the works of Yuen Tai-yung. Also known as the godfather of Hong Kong movie posters, Yuen’s is renowned for his caricatures and contribution to local film posters and is unveiling a series of 24 celebrity caraictures including Bruce Lee, Anita Mui and Leslie Cheung. Pop over the TST and relive old movie magic.
Central Harbourfront is transformed into a sculpture park boasting exceptional pieces by more than 18 emerging and renowned local and international contemporary artists. Set against the backdrop of Hong Kong’s iconic skyline, appreciate sculptures including Yayoi Kusama’s signature pumpkin and giant bear installation by Korean artist Gimhongsok outside the confines of gallery or museum walls.
From gripping experimental dance pieces and riveting Cantonese opera to majestic classical works and sombre stage performances, the Hong Kong Arts Festival has them all. Now in its 46th year, the line-up is as impressive as ever. Highlights include the Olivier Award-winning play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and Anna Karenina by Ballett Zürich.
The power of the Lam Tsuen Wishing Tree is legendary. One of the age-old traditions of Chinese New Year in Hong Kong is a visit to this wishing tree in Tai Po where you write your wishes on a placard and tie it to a mandarin, which is considered an auspicious fruit. It is believed that by throwing the placard up high onto the tree without falling back will make your wishes come true. There are also food vendors selling local snacks and traditional Hakka food, as well as daily cultural performances like singing and lion dances.
Held every three years, the poster triennial brings together outstanding works by talented designers from all over the world and are selected based on careful deliberation by five internationally-renowned designers. Split into four major categories: Ideology, Promotion of Cultural Events, Commercial and Advertising, and Thematic, be inspired and amazed by the collection of aesthetically-pleasing and thought-provoking artworks in the form of posters.
Love Toy Story, The Incredibles, Msters Inc. and all things related to Pixar? This exihibition is one for you. In collaboration with Pixar Animation Studios and as part of the celebration of the 20th anniversary of HKSAR Establishment, the world-renowned studios takes Hong Kong on a journey through its 30 years of history from Toy Story to the most recent Coco, and view an impression collection of hand-drawn sketches, paintings, storyboards and sculptures, as well as digital media, and see how they transformed into the resulting films. With the theme of friendship and family, see how the artists convey emotions of love and sadness and everything in between of the character through various shapes, colours and lines.
Beijing-based artist Lu Song’s first solo exhibition in Hong Kong Combre is a reference to the remote and rural territory that lies beyond the coast or the city. With key themes of purity and mystery, romanticism and eroticism, discipline and mysticism, the artist aims to create a refuge of the mind through his acrylic landscape paintings featuring dark green leaves, water and flowers, allowing viewers to contemplate and find inner peace.
Welcome the Year of the Dog at this free outdoor yoga class as part of Pure Yoga’s semi-regular community classes. Overlooking the waters, breathe in the fresh air at the complmentary morning class and find your zen. The session is taught by Pure Yoga's Greta Lai and Hilda Chan and is completely open to everyone. Register at any Pure Yoga locations or call 8129 2200. Remember to bring a yoga mat, towel and plenty of water. Namaste.
Inspired by newspaper clippings and paper scraps, Singaporean artist Heman Chong put together layers of cropped images and texts from the Abstracts from The Straits Times, the national paper of Singapore, to question the blurring line between seemingly contradictory ideas, gradually fostered by the media; fact and fiction, appearance and reality, secrets and lies.