The Annual Christmas Carol Concert Appeal
This annual event has been running for five years in support of Society for Community Organisation (SoCO), a charity which supports the poorest of Hong Kong’s society, many of whom are “cage dwellers”. This year’s event takes place at The Helena May. Open to all, tickets are $600 from ticketflap.com, and include free flow food and drink. facebook.com/ChristmasCarolConcertAppealHongKong
Carols by Candlelight charity event
Five Christmas choirs, Father Christmas and snowmen join forces at the Matilda International Hospital, whose heritage hospital grounds have been transformed into a romantic, twinkling Christmas wonderland. Families can enjoy Christmas stalls of food and other goodies, games and crafts, plus Santa’s grotto. Free, and open to all, with all proceeds going to Matilda Children’s Foundation, which provides life-changing surgeries to children with no other means of assistance. 6-8pm, 41 Mount Kellett Road, The Peak, 2849 0355. A free shuttle bus runs between the Peak Galleria and the Matilda International Hospital every 30 minutes starting at the Peak from 5:15pm to 8:30pm. www.matilda.org/childrenfoundation
Bradbury School Winter Night Market
Local vendors, international food, games, prizes and more, plus a silent auction. 5:30-8:30pm, 43C Stubbs Road. No parking available (a regular shuttle bus operates from Central and the cricket club). Entrance is $30 per person, $100 per family.
American International School
The annual Winter Fair includes international food stalls run by parents, a wide variety of game booths, student performances and a grand prize lucky draw for families of all ages. Fair tickets and raffle tickets are available at the door. 3:30pm-8pm. 125 Waterloo Road, Kowloon Tong, 2336 3812.
Quarry Bay School
Run by Quarry Bay School parents, the Christmas Winter Fayre will include a host of international food stalls where you’ll find delicacies from around the world. Don’t miss the lucky draw, games stalls and special performances. Tickets $10 per person. 5.30-8.30pm, 6 Hau Yuen Path, Braemar Hill, North Point, 2566 4242, qbs.edu.hk
Hullett House Christmas Market
Head to this Nordic-themed Christmas market and enjoy live music while shopping for gourmet food and drink, fashion, handmade accessories and festive decorations. Free entry. 5-11pm (Friday); noon-11pm (Saturday); noon-9pm (Sunday). 50 Pigeons Courtyard, Hullett House, 1881 Heritage, 2A Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon.
Discovery College Family Fun Day
Discovery College’s biggest event of the year and its major fundraiser. Delicious food stalls, great games and activities for children of all ages, live music and entertainment, arts and crafts, bouncy castles, prizes and more. Noon to 5pm , 38 Siena Avenue, Discovery Bay, Lantau Island.
Island Five-0 Winter Arts Festival
Island School’s long standing winter fair focuses on the arts this year, as the school celebrates it’s 50th anniversary. Enjoy an international food hall, craft beer stalls and games, plus musical performances by students, teachers and alumni, art exhibitions, film screenings and theatre. 3-10pm. Entry $20. 20 Borrett Road, Mid-levels, 2524 7135, island.edu.hk
Sai Kung Art and About
Organised by local artist Tony Cheng and the Sai Kung District Council, the outdoor art event sees over 50 artists gather to meet and share creative ideas and attend workshops. Free, 12.30-6pm, locations around Sai Kung, see website for details, www.skdcc.org
Sai Kung Sunday Christmas Market
This indoor market has tasty treats, plus a great selection of gifts including food, handicrafts, jewellery, wine, children’s clothing and more. Free entry. 11am-5pm, Hong Kong Academy, 33 Wai Man Road, Sai Kung.
H Studio Open Day
Take a look into H Studio’s three working studios, speak to and admire various artwork from local and resident H Studio artists Lori Foster, Helen Boyd and Narelle Cridland. Free, refreshments provided. 11am-4pm, 1/1 Wan King Path, Sai Kung.
Hong Kong Corporate Sevens
Suits play sevens. The 2016 tournament has set their sights on raising $1 million for The Deaf Rugby Programme. Free entry. 9am-8pm. So Kon Po Recreation Field, 55 Caroline Hill Road, www.corporate7s.com.hk
DEC 4 & 11
Classics for Kids Christmas Concert
The SAR Philharmonic Orchestra’s 15th annual interactive concert introduces children to classical music and lets them try out the instruments too. 2.15pm and 5pm, Hong Kong Jockey Club Amphitheatre, HKAPA, Wan Chai. Tickets from $295 from www.hkticketing.com, 3128 8288.
WIFA Annual Holiday Bazaar
Hosted by Women in Finance Asia in aid of Free To Run, an organisation that uses the power of sports to help women and girls overcome the harmful effects of conflict and discrimination. Browse products from local businesses, artisans and designers, while enjoying holiday treats. Don’t forget to enter the lucky draw for a chance to win prizes. Free entry. 6.30-9pm, Clifford Chance, 27/F, Jardine House, Central.
David Gething book signing
Meet author David Gething at the signing of his latest book, Relentless: Seven Marathons, Seven Continents, Seven Days, as he shares his stories and experiences. 6.30-7.30pm, Escapade Sports, Shop 5, Level 8, Silverstrand Mart, Clearwater Bay. There are 30 places available on a first come, first served basis. Entry is $275, to register, contact email@example.com
Cub Scout Christmas Pantomime
The 299 Cub Scout Pack will be performing their christmas pantomime, this year they have chosen to perform the 12 days of Christmas. Throughout the performance, there will be stalls selling cakes, hot chocolate and pre-loved toys and books – all of which will be run by the Scout Troop. All money raised will be donated to Butterfly Children’s Hospice. Performance starts at 7pm at TWC Sea Activity Centre, Pak Sha Wan. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
King George V School
Alongside Kowloon Junior School and Jockey Club Sarah Roe School, the KGV Christmas fair will feature food and drinks stalls with the highlight of the night being the carol concert where student musicians and singers will perform Christmas classics. Stalls open at 5pm, concert starts at 6pm at KGV’s Piazza. 2 Tin Kwong Road, Ho Man Tin, 2711 3029, www.kgv.edu.hk
Sai Kung Community Christmas Concert
A night of music and entertainment from local bands Pineapple Jam, Loose Ends and Choir Boys as well as Clearwater Bay School Choir and Sai Kung Orchestra. Live music starts from 5pm, concert kicks off 6pm and community carols at 7.30pm. Held at the Waterfront Park. Contact Chris for more information email@example.com
SKIP Christmas Fair
Festive family fun for preschoolers. Meet Santa, plus enjoy arts & crafts, games, food and drink. 10am-2pm, $50 per person. Sai Kung Pre-school Group Limited, 159 Che Keng Tuk Road, Sai Kung, www.skip.edu.hk
Italian Christmas Market 2016
Fine Italian wines, cheeses and cold cuts, plus accessories and clothes. Bellissimo! Free entry. Noon-7pm, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central.
Wellness 360 Festive Fair
Presenting ways you can live a healthy life during this season of indulgence. Expect live dance and fitness performances, plus workout sessions throughout the day. Free entry. 10am-7pm, Lee Garden One, Driveway, Causeway Bay.
Discovery Bay Christmas Market
Find one-of-a-kind, locally crafted gifts for everyone on your list. Free entry, 11am-6pm, Main Plaza, Discovery Bay. Stay for dinner at one of the designated D’Deck restaurants and enjoy a free ferry ride back to Central. www.handmadehongkong.com
DEC 11 & 23-24
The Snowman & the Bear
Watch Raymond Briggs’ heartwarming Christmas classics on the big screen with a live orchestral accompaniment, narration and singing. Sha Tin Town Hall Auditorium on December 11 and Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall on December 23-24.
DEC 11 & 14-18
Hong Kong Players Pantomime
Hong Kong Players have been staging Christmas pantos in Hong Kong for the past 54 years. The group’s 55th panto – The Snow Queen – an icy take of love and hate, good and evil, courage and cowardice, and trolls! Performances on December 11 and 14-18 at Kellett School Theatre, Kowloon Bay. Concession tickets from $250 and adults tickets from $270 at www.ticketflap.com. More details at www.hongkongplayers.com
SELECTED DATES BETWEEN DEC 11 & 18
The Snow Queen
Those talented Hong Kong players are back this Christmas with another laugh-out-loud pantomime. This year’s truly wicked performance sees the icy princess and her evil trolls strike terror into the hearts of local villagers. Will the villagers triumph over winter and bring back summer? Suitable for all ages, there will be gags a-plenty as the magnificent Dame Gloria leads the charge – oh yes there will! This year the cast will be taking up residence at Kellett School, 7 Lam Hing St, Kowloon Bay. Tickets available from ticketflap.com/snow-queen
Open Air Cinema Night
Enjoy drinks and snacks and watch 1984 comedy horror film, Gremlins. Starts at 7pm, doors open at 6pm. Tickets are $120 per person including two drinks and snacks. RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The Hive Sai Kung, 5 Tai Mong Tsai Road, Sai Kung.
DEC 19-JAN 6
Sport4Kids’ Christmas camps
Football Camp (ages 5-14) is run by specialist coaches and develops a range of skills while making sure kids have fun. Camp takes place from 12-3pm. Fees are $3,000 for five days.
For something broader, try the Multi-Sports Camp (ages 4-11) which involves a variety of sports, games and activities. Camp takes place from 9am-12pm. Fees are $2,800 for five days. Both camps take place at Hong Kong Academy, 33 Wai Man Road. To sign up, call 2773 1650 or email email@example.com
DEC 21-JAN 2
Ocean Park Winter School 2016
Ocean Park’s famous Winter School is back with Super Animals Camp (ages 4-5; $1,788) and The Animal School (ages 6-8; $2,840). Both three-day camps use illustrated picture books to teach children about various animals, as well as close encounters with the animals themselves, music and art. www.oceanpark.com.hk
Don’t forget to leave out a snack for Santa Claus and his reindeer.
Santa’s been (hopefully). Open your presents, eat, drink and be merry.
Public holiday. Play with your new presents.
The second weekday after Christmas Day
Another public holiday!
UNTIL DEC 28
Christmas-themed 3D Light Show
The 3D Light Show displays Victoria Harbour in all its glory during its nightly Christmas-themed spectacular with audiovisual effects at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre and Clock Tower in Tsim Sha Tsui. Four shows each night (8.20pm, 8.45pm, 9.15pm, 9.45pm).
New Year’s Eve
Celebrate the start of 2017 with the masses by grabbing a prime spot along the harbourfront for the midnight firework display. Those seeking a quieter start to the year should head to Bowen Road for all the spectacular views but without the throng of people.
UNTIL JAN 2
Goofy is bringing Christmas cheer to Hong Kong this year as he dons his Santa costume and greets guests during Hong Kong Disneyland’s “A Sparkling Christmas”. Tell Santa Goofy what you’re wishing for this year or send a limited edition Christmas postcard through the Santa Goofy mailbox. An 18-metre LED-wrapped Christmas tree is not to be missed while the night parade is a visual feast of seasonal decorations with Christmas carollers singing all your favourite tunes. Visit hongkongdisneyland.com for more details.
UNTIL JAN 2
Ocean Park Christmas Sensation 2016
This year’s attractions include a 4D stage show, the all-new Penguin Dress-Up Delights and the Cyber Illusion Spectacular stage show featuring world-class illusionists, Michael Boyd and Cassandra Gasser (finalists of the reality show, Australia’s Got Talent). Watch them perform lightning-fast costume changes, disappearances, double levitations and fire cage escapes. Make sure to visit Santa’s Tree Hut and the Park’s signature, giant 40-foot Christmas tree. Visit the park on the evening of December 17 to enjoy carols under the tree and have the chance to help Santa turn on the Christmas tree lights. www.oceanpark.com.hk
UNTIL FEB 12
AIA Christmas Carnival
Roll up, roll up! The AIA Great European Carnival returns to Central Harbourfront. Attracting more than one million visitors last year, the carnival will once again play host to fairground rides, games, dance shows, pantomimes and magicians. More than one million cuddly toys are there to be won! Tickets start at $90 for children and $125 for adults. More information at www.tgec.asia