What’s on in December

UNTIL DEC 2

#GetRedressed Charity Pop-Up Shop

Hong Kong-based environmental charity, Redress invites you to snap up preloved bargains at their charity pop-up shop. Includes ‘like-new’ womenswear, accessories, menswear and more. 9am – 6pm daily. Free admission. OnTheList, 6 Duddell Street, Central. Redress.com.hk

UNTIL DEC 31

Run for a Cure

Throughout December, one and all can participate in Run for a Cure. This year the Hong Kong Cancer Fund aims to raise $ 3 million, so they need all the help they can get! Choose to walk or simply make a generous donation. cancer-fund.org

UNTIL JAN 20

Weber Pop-Up Kiosk

Receive a free grilling grate, wok and steamer set worth $1,638 when you purchase any E310 or E330 Spirit grill. Free Smokey Joe portable charcoal grill worth $849 will be free for any purchase of E210 Spirit grill.  Kiosk 18, Level 2, The Pulse, Repulse Bay.  weber.com/hk

DEC 1

Pinot Palooza

Taste wines from Australia, New Zealand, USA, France, Italy and beyond and soak up the music. Tickets include a take home epic wine glass and unlimited wine tastes. No tokens. 11am – 6pm. $350. 33 Man Kwong Street, Central. pinotpalooza.hk

DEC 5

Southside Charity Christmas Lunch with free entry to Christmas Pop-up market

Enjoy lunch at El Charro Mexican Cantina, and browse over 20+ pop-up stalls – perfect for Christmas shopping. Stalls include jewellery, Flowers, Apparels, handbags, kitchen products and photo booths. 11am – 3pm. $550 per ticket, $500 per ticket when you book a table with min 6 persons. EL Charro Mexican Cantina, Cyberport.

DEC 5, 12 & 19

Han Academy Introductory Meetings

Every Wednesday, parents who are interested in Han Academy can find out more about their development, curriculum, teachers, textbooks and more. 8am – 10am. Free admission. G/F-2/F, No. 33-35 Wong Chuk Hang Rd, Aberdeen. hanacademy.edu.hk/en/

DEC 6 – 8

DeisgnInspire Expo

Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, DesignInspire is an international exhibition showcasing Hong Kong and global innovation and creativity. Starting at 9.30am. Free. Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Wan Chai. designinspire.com.hk

DEC 8 – 9

Sai Kung Bulldogs Christmas Football Trials

The Bulldogs are holding free football trials children and toddlers. Join in the fun and test their footie skills. saikungbulldogs.com

Dec 8 – 9

CapitaLand Vietnam New Project – De La Sol (Phase II) Seminar

Discover the potential of De La Sol by CapitaLand – the first international development in District 4 of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam – adjacent to the traditional CBD in District 1.

12:30 – 2pm. Free to attend. The Park Lane Hong Kong 27/F, 310 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay. asiabankersclub.com

DEC 9

Hong Kong Corporate Sevens

Enter your corporate team in this year’s competition to raise money for Po Leung Kuk Tackling Life Programme. Starts 9am. Free for spectators. So Kon Po Recreation Ground, Eastern Hospital Road, Causeway Bay. corporate7s.com.hk

DEC 13

‘The Slightest Chance’ – Book Signing by Paul Letters

Local author Paul Letters will be signing copies of his new book The Slightest Chance at Kidnapped in Sai Kung. 6pm. Free admission. G/F, 7 Man Nin Street, Sai Kung. facebook.com/kidnappedbookshop/

DEC 15

Shangela in Hong Kong

Rupaul’s Drag Race All Stars 3 Diva, Shangela stops in Hong Kong with her brand new show ‘Shangela is Shook’. 8pm. $488. Kowloon Bay International Trade and Exhibition Centre, 1 Trademark Drive, Kowloon Bay. la-comedylive.com/shangela

DEC 15

WWF Flag Day

A volunteer opportunity for kids and families to sign up to raise funds for WWF’s ocean conservation programs. Volunteers must be aged 14 and over. Wwf.org.hk

DEC 15 – 16

Creamfields Hong Kong

The world’s leading dance music festival series from UK, is coming to Hong Kong for its second year in a row with headlining acts including Alesso and Martin Garrix. Central Harbourfront Event Space. livenation.asia

DEC 22 – 26

Hong Kong Food Festival

This annual event is a delicious journey of food from all over the world. 10am – 9pm; 26 December 10am – 7pm. $20. Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hall 3, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai. food-expo.com.hk

 

DEC 25

Christmas Day

Public Holiday. Hopefully Santa will have filled your stockings! You can stay up late too as tomorrow is another public holiday.

DEC 31

New Year’s Eve

Join hundreds at the harbourfront to watch the fireworks display and welcome in 2019!

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Christmas Markets

DEC 8 

Treasure Island Charity Beach Ball

Give back this Christmas and book a table at the Charity Beach Ball with proceeds supporting charities for animals and wildlife on Lantau Island. 6pm. $5800 per table, includes dinner and two hours free flow drinks. Treasure Island Restaurant and Bar, Pui O Beach, Lantau Island. treasureislandhk.com

DEC 9

Sai Kung Stray Friends Christmas Paws Party

Have fun and help raise money for Sai Kung’s very own dog Charity $100 for adults and $20 for children. 151 Tam Lam Wu Road, Sai Kung. saikungstrayfriends.org

 

 

DEC 8 – 9 & 15 – 16

Stanley Plaza Finnish Christmas Market

Held over two consecutive weekends, browse over 100 stalls, including Hong Kong’s first seaside Pets Christmas Market located at Murray House. 12 – 8pm. Free. Stanley Plaza Amphitheatre, Stanley. Thelink.com.hk

DEC 8 – 9

Treasure Island Christmas Market

Browse treasures for one and all at this two-day Christmas Market. 11am – 5pm. Free. Pui O Beach, Lantau Island. Treasureislandhk.com

DEC 9

Handmade Hong Kong Holiday Markets

Browse over 120 of Hong Kong’s finest indie-craft talents. Pick up stocking stuffers and one-of-a-kind gifts, with the bonus of purchasing directly from local artists. 11am – 6pm. Discovery Bay South Plaza, Discovery Bay. handmadehongkong.com

DEC 15

The Hive Sai Kung Christmas Market

Browse various vendors selling a selection of gifts, plus participate in workshops throughout the day! 11am – 5pm. Free. 5 Tai Mong Tsai Road, Sai Kung. skhosts@thehive.com.hk

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Festivals and Carnivals

 

UNTIL JAN 1

A Disney Christmas

Be transported to a stunning winter wonderland, filled with yuletide carols, glittering lights, shimmering snowflakes, magical performances and more. Prices vary. hongkongdisneyland.com

UNTIL JAN 1

Hong Kong WinterFest

WinterFest consists of a range of seasonal displays spread across several landmark buildings. Worthy of note is the Christmas tree at North Statue Square in Central, and the Hong Kong Pulse Light Show. Free admission. Event locations and times vary. discoverhongkong.com

 

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Carols, Concerts and Shows

UNTIL JAN 1

Santa Academy at IFC

This seasonal installation comprises of six interactive checkpoints – from learning Santa’s signature ‘Ho Ho Ho’ belly laugh to postcard writing. Free admission. 9am – 10.30pm daily. 8 Finance Street, Central. ifc.com.hk/xmas2018

DEC 1

Father Christmas

This heart-warming adaptation is full of merry touches with live music and playful puppetry. Various times. From $329. The Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, 1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai. viagogo.com

DEC 1 – 15

Angels for Children Secret Santa

Bring some Christmas joy to the children of Po Leung Kuk and the Society for Community Organisation (SoCO) by signing up to become a child’s Secret Santa. Sign up at angels-for-children.org

DEC 2 & 9

Classics for Kids Christmas Concert

The SAR Philharmonic Orchestra’s 17th annual interactive concert introduces children to classical music and lets them try out the instruments. 2.15pm and 5pm. Tickets from $350. Hong Kong Jockey Club Amphitheatre, Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, Wan Chai. hkticketing.com

DEC 4

Matilda Hospital – Carols by Candlelight

Listen to school choirs and enjoy game and sales stalls, mulled wine and food delights. Money raised goes towards the Matilda Children Foundation. 6-8pm. Free. Matilda Hospital, 41 Mount Kellett Road, The Peak. matilda.org

DEC 6

Christmas Carol Concert Appeal

Join in the celebrations of the 7th annual carol concert with drinks, canapés and carols to benefit the Society for Community Organization. 6.30 – 8.30pm. Tickets $600. Helena May, 35 Garden Road, Central. ticketflap.com/carolconcert2018

DEC 6 – 9

“Nutcracker The Play”

Faust International Youth Theatre proudly presents Nutcracker – The Play. This unique version of captures the magic and fantasy of the original story through movement and music. Various times. From $210. McAulay Arts Studio, Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai. urbtix.hk

DEC 14 – 26

“The Nutcracker”

Brought to you by the Hong Kong Ballet. Follow the magical adventures of Clara, Fritz and the heroic Nutcracker in their quest to defeat the evil Rat King and reunite true love. Various times. Prices from $180. Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Grand Theatre, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. hkballet.com

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Workshops and Camps

THROUGHOUT DEC

Winter Workshops at Kids’ Gallery

With 8 different themes for you to choose from, learn all about art, musical theatre, food art, and ballet during the festive season, and take home some beautiful and original designs. 28 Cumberland Road, Kowloon Tong. kidsgallery.com

NOV 19 – JAN 12

Banana Art Club Christmas Camp

For ages 3 – 17. Enjoy canvas painting, crafts, watercolour painting, sketching and more. Various time slots. Two-hour sessions $398, three hour session $590. Causeway Bay Centre, Flat 49, 14/F Eton Tower, 8 Hysan Avenue, Causeway Bay. bananaartclub.com/holiday-camp

DEC 17 – 21

ESF Winter Sports Camps & Clinics

Multi-sports camps are split by age and combine a range of age-appropriate activities that aim to develop a core range of skills. Specialty clinics such as swimming, tennis and gymnastics are taught by experts. Camps starts from $1,150 for one week. esf.org.hk/camps

 

 

DEC 20 – 21 & 27 – 28 & JAN 2 – 4

Woodland Christmas Camp – Elves Workshop

Join in the fun of jingle bell dancing, singing along with Rudolf, baking Christmas cookies and more! Workshops are three hour drop off sessions. Ages 3 to 7. All welcome. 9am – 12 midday. $750 per day. Register at woodlandschools.com

DEC 27 – 29

ESF Winter Wonderland Language Camp

Kindergarten Camps use drama, games, storybooks and art to develop language skills, whilst the Lower Primary Reader’s Theatre Camp brings scripts to life through writing, acting and reading. All language camps are $2,050. esf.org.hk/camps

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JAN 12

Gurkha Trailblazer 2019

Race in the 26km or 12km category From 8.30am. Start and finish line at Lau Shui Heung Reservoir. Entry until December 31, from $400. Gurkhatrailblazer.com

JAN 13

Lantau Base Camp Ladies Trail Run

The 20km/11km trail race can be fast walked, jogged or run. Afterward, load up on chocolate, and add the finisher crystal key chain to your annual Ladies Trail Running Race collections. Starts 10am. From $290. Starts and finishes near Mui Wo Silvermine Beach. Events.lantaubasecamp.com

 

JAN 16 – 27

“Mamma Mia!”

Mamma Mia!, returns to Hong Kong – a tale of love, friendship and identity told through the timeless hits of ABBA. Times vary. Tickets from $195. Lyric Theatre, The Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, 1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai. mamma-mia.com

JAN 19 – 20

“Once on This Island JR”

Face Productions presents their next performance with their Face Academy cast – Once on This Island JR.  $350 adults, $250 concession. Jan 19: 3pm and 7pm, Jan 20: 7pm only. Y-Studio, Youth Square, Chai Wan. Tickets from tickets.urbtix.hk

JAN 20

Gammon China Coast Marathon and Half Marathon

Registration is open for Hong Kong’s oldest marathon and half marathon. Start and finish at Pak Tam Chung. 8am. Earlybird $400 (AVOHK members $350) on or before 16 December. $500 (AVOHK members $450) on or after 17 December. Avohk.org

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