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, as the carnival celebrates its fifth anniversary, the Great European Circus is being added to the entertainment lineup, bringing incredible aerial and acrobatic acts, and the chance to see strong man getting run over by a three-tonne truck. Tickets to the circus start from $150.
A monster of an event for chamber music lovers – The Beare’s Premiere Music Festival sees 22 internationally acclaimed musicians perform five concerts, a gala fundraising dinner and 18 outreach and education event including masterclasses, talks, open rehearsals, and community concerts. Joyce DiDonato and award-winning chamber orchestra IlPomo D’OroTo are in town to kick off the festival.
Central Harbourfront has unveiled 14 creative light installations by Hong Kong and international designers, making the harbourfront the photo hotspot of the season. Organised by the Hong Kong Tourism Board, the International Light Art Display features some stunning and, let’s be honest, Insta-bait creations, to admire and play around with. Among the goodies, you’ll find massive illuminated angel wings; a modernised spring rider on a platform dotted with colourful lights that changes hues as you ride it; giant head sculptures; a pawn shop sign-inspired tunnel; and a 25m-high steel ribbed Christmas tree.
Bringing popular children’s stories to life, Kidsfest returns with a myriad of fun-filled stage performances over the span of five weeks. Catch classic productions like The Tiger Who Came to Tea, and Clinc! World of Bubbles, as well as the return of perennial favourites like The Gruffalo.
Here we go again! The hugely popular Abba-inspired jukebox musical comes back to town with all your favourite tunes by the Swedish pop titans. Follow the travails of Sophie, a young bride-to-be who invites three men to her wedding in the hope of discovering which is her father. Dig out those dancing shoes and bell bottoms and sing along to hits like Dancing Queen, Thank You for the Music and Mamma Mia.
Imagine if you could step into the pages of a fashion magazine, and immerse yourself in a world of design and visual culture at this exciting new fashion photography exhibition. Featuring 100 of the finest works made by over 40 important fashion photographers today, curated by art historian Nathalie Herschdorfer, Beyond Fashion allows visitors to see up close works by some of the world’s most celebrated photographers including Nick Knight, Peter Lindbergh and Miles Aldridge, as well as other iconic images and videos. Look forward lunchtime forums, guided tours and special immersive dining events curated by Mike Bagale, former Executive Chef of Chicago’s three-Michelin-starred restaurant Alinea.
Relive your childhood memories with this innovative, digital exhibition at Cyberport as it showcases classical scenes from the hugely popular anime with interactive technologies, projection mapping and movement sensitive activities. There’s plenty of massive figures of beloved characters to take selfies with, various themed zones for you to go Super Saiyan, check out limited edition movie posters and character designs, as well as a splash in the Dragon Balls pool – it’s a ball pit filled with orange balls.
Find the freshest local produce at this regular Sunday Market in Taikoo Place. With over 40 stalls helmed by culinary trailblazers, browse for everything from seasonal fruits, baked goods and organic food and the trendiest bites, get ready sample healthy and delicious nibbles while learning more about sustainable eating. Each month also have a different theme and to kick off the return in November, is a coffee festival featuring the best brewers in the region.
Offering Hongkongers their fill of Kit-Kat bars, the new Kit-Kat pop-up store is also providing the chance to create your own unique Kit-Kat box with an instant photo taken at the shop. This promotion is limited to just 100 boxes every day, so make sure you head there early if you want to take home a box with your happy face slapped on top of it. While you’re there you can also take selfies with the giant Kit-Kat Jenga display or shop for $300 worth of chocolate bars in order to redeem four limited editions Kit-Kat flavours: Durian Delight, Ruby Chocolate with Rose, Abundance of Mandarin and Earl Grey Tea with Orange.
Mickey Mouse turns 90! In celebration of Disney’s most iconic character’s big occasion, beloved characters and princesses grab their skates and join forces to present a dazzling adventure on ice. Watch Mickey Mouse relive his favourite stories and look forward to appearances by Moana, Elsa and dancing brooms.