Carols, Concerts and Shows
11th Annual Community Carols
The Hong Kong Singers is the longest established theatrical group in Hong Kong. Over the years they have presented productions from Mendelssohn’s Elijah to West End and Broadway classics, and every year they do carolling tours all over Hong Kong, performing from the beginning of the month until Christmas. Admission to the community carols is free for all. 7:30pm start. Lan Kwai Fong Amphitheatre, Wo On Lane, Central.
Father Christmas Play
An adaptation of Raymond Briggs’ children’s book Father Christmas by international theatre company ABA Productions. Watch as Santa makes his final preparations for his snowy night flights to deliver presents—a festive treat perfect for those under 6 filled with live music and playful puppetry.
Tickets range from $335 to $435 at hongkongticketing.com. Five time slots across two days, Hong Kong Jockey Club Amphitheatre, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, 1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai.
DEC 3 & 10
Classics for Kids Christmas Concert
The SAR Philharmonic Orchestra’s annual interactive concert introduces children to classical music and lets them try out the instruments too. The fun and games start at 2.15pm and 5pm, Hong Kong Jockey Club Amphitheatre, HKAPA, Wan Chai. Tickets from $295 at hkticketing.com, 3128 8288.
Christmas Carol Concert Appeal
Join the festivities with drinks, canapés and carols to benefit the Society for Community Organization. This event will be their sixth annual carol concert. Tickets range from $600 to $2,500, visit ticketflap.com/christmas-carol-concert-appeal-2017. 6:30-8:30pm. Helena May, 35 Garden Road, Central.
Winter Arts Show
Creative Secondary School will be putting on a winter show this year. There will be music and drama performances as well as a visual arts exhibition. The event is sponsored by the Creative Secondary School Parent-Teacher Association and is open to the public. 7-8:30pm, free entry. 1/F School Hall, Creative Secondary School, 3 Pung Loi Road. Email email@example.com for more information.
Animal Benefit Concert
The Village Dogs and other local bands will be performing at the Animal Benefit Concert. All proceeds made from the live music event will go towards numerous Sai Kung Animal Rescue Groups. Tickets $250 per person, includes finger food and two drinks. 7-11pm. Momentai, Sai Kung Waterfront, Wai Man Road.
DEC 16-17 AND 23-26
The Hong Kong Ballet brings us its sixth annual production of the festive ballet
The Nutcracker. Follow the magical adventures of Clara, Fritz and the heroic Nutcracker in their quest to defeat the evil Rat King and reunite true love. Tchaikovsky’s timeless score will be accompanied live by Hong Kong Sinfonietta. Prices range from $180 to $1,000 on urbtix.hk. Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre. hkballet.com
Markets and Fêtes
UNTIL DEC 2
White Christmas Street Fair
Swire Properties brings us festive shopping, food and drinks, DIY workshops, and live entertainment. Last year’s event boasted 36 performance units and around 30 shopping booths, brought to life by 150 community ambassador volunteers. Look out for this season’s mascot, a gingerbread man. Tong Chong Street, Taikoo Place. Visit facebook.com/SwireXmasFair for updates.
Quarry Bay School Christmas Fayre
The Quarry Bay School parents are hosting their annual christmas fayre. Expect multiple food stalls with delicacies from all around the world, all lovingly prepared by the parents—plus game stalls, special performances and a lucky draw. Tickets are $10 per person. 6-8pm. 6 Hau Yuen Path, Braemar Hill, North Point. qbs.edu.hk
GSIS Christmas Bazaar
Enjoy a taste of authentic German Swiss festivities with games, a Santa’s grotto, booths selling ornamental wreaths and more, plus plenty of traditional food such as raclette and Stollen. Parking is not available, but the school will be providing free shuttle bus services to and from Central, Pok Fu Lam, and Southside.
10am-4pm. German Swiss International School, 11 Guildford Road, The Peak.
DEC 2 AND 10
Prestige Christmas Showcase at the Conrad
Over 350 pop-up stalls and brands from around the world to solve your gift-buying woes. If you prefer a more opulent environment to street fairs, this is for you. Browse the best of fashion, gourmet food, homeware, children’s products and more within the luxury of the Conrad. Participating stalls vary on each date. Shoppers are eligible for a 15 per cent VIP Prestige Shopper Discount when dining at the Garden Café or Lobby Lounge. Free admission, 10am-6pm or 8pm.
Visit prestigefairs.hk for the full list of vendors. Grand Ballroom, Conrad Hong Kong, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway.
Sai Kung Winter Market
This an indoor market is filled with potential Christmas gifts, from street food to all natural soaps. The market can be fully air-conditioned or heated and is made kid-friendly with tables for the children to play at. There is limited and unpredictable parking so arrive early. Robina #4, Tam Wat Village, Yan Yee Road, Sai Kung. saikungmarkets.com
SKIP Christmas Fair
The annual SKIP Christmas Fair returns with festive family fun for pre-schoolers. Enjoy arts and crafts, cookie decorations, games, food and drinks, and a visit to see Santa. $50 entrance. 11am-3pm. Sai Kung Pre-school, 159 Che Keng Tuk Road, Sai Kung. skip.edu.hk
Jingle while you Mingle
Stop by The Hive for its Christmas pop up market and support the community’s local vendors. Expect at least 14 companies such as Bella Blu, Not Only Olives, Glasshouse Fragrances, and Catherine’s Puppies Rescue Shelter. There will also be mulled wine to keep you warm and fuzzy, and a free glass of prosecco for clients. 6-10pm. The Hive Sai Kung, 5 Tai Mong Tsai Road, Sai Kung. thehivesaikung.com.hk
Festivals and Carnivals
UNTIL JAN 1
A Disney Christmas
Disneyland has been transformed into a magical winter wonderland for the holidays. Enjoy shows and events such as Mickey and Friends Christmastime Ball, and the Christmas tree lighting ceremony. The restaurants within the park and hotels have added more than 70 items especially for their festive menus. In addition, from now until December 22, Hong Kong residents can sign up for the Double The Fun offer for two entries on or before December 23 for $639. 10:30am-8pm. $419 for child tickets, $589 for adults and $100 for seniors. For more details, visit disneyland.com
DEC 11–JAN 1
Ocean Park Christmas Sensation
We’ve been promised that this year’s Ocean Park festive events will be bigger and better than ever. Headlining the festivities is Hong Kong’s first ever virtual reality rollercoaster, Mine Train, with several other VR game zones. They have also collaborated with Pinkoi, Asia’s leading online marketplace for designers, to turn Waterfront Plaza into a Christmas village where, apart from the festive marketplace, there will also be staples such as Santa’s Cottage and Garden of Romance.
Don’t miss the daily Light Up the Night ceremony at the Park’s signature 40-foot tree with a choir performance. Kids can also participate in the interactive Whiskers and Friends Winter Games at Whiskers Harbour. Ocean Park, Aberdeen. oceanpark.com.hk
UNTIL JAN 1
Hong Kong WinterFest
Organised by Hong Kong Tourism Board, WinterFest consists largely 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 also the two dazzling multimedia shows: A Symphony of Lights and the Hong Kong Pulse Light Show. Soak up the festive spirit and uncover new Christmas delights such as special shopping offers and festive menus as you roam the city. discoverhongkong.com
Holiday Happiness is Here @ Tikitiki
During every Saturday of the month, including Christmas Eve and Day, Tikitiki is hosting fun activities with prizes up for grabs. Enjoy family friendly workshops and games, as well as entertainment for the grown ups such as cocktail concoction courses. Giveaways and games include a bowling competition, where contestants stand to win a free buffet dinner and $500 worth of Tiki Bucks. Tickets also include a Holiday Season Buffet Service served by Santa and his elves.
Admission costs $399 for adults and $199 for children. Patrons can enjoy two hours free in-building parking with $400 expenditure. 6-10pm. Call 2657 8488 for reservations. 4/F, Centro 1A, Chui Tong Road, Sai Kung. tikitiki.hk
MID DEC–EARLY JAN
Ocean Park Christmas Sensation
Last year we were presented visits from Santa, a giant 70ft Christmas tree, Christmas Candyland, street shows at the summit and Christmas themed menus. While festivities have yet to be confirmed, we are told to expect more and better this season. For updated details, visit oceanpark.com.hk
This annual event is a delicious journey of food from all over the world: Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, Korea, Italy, Australia, Thailand and many more. Dec 24-27: 10am- 9pm, Dec 28: 10am- 7pm. Hall 3, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center. $20 Entrance fee and free for anyone who is below 4 and above 64.
AIA The Great European Carnival
This year’s offering is filled with rides and roller coasters, game stands for all ages, plenty of food stalls, live music and performances, as well as the famous Gandey European Circus staged in a 1,200 seat big top circus tent. Central Harbourfront event space. Tickets can be bought online at tgec.asia/registration or on site.
Winter camps and workshops
DEC 18-23 & 27-30
HK Forest Adventures Christmas camp
Let the kids run wild this christmas at HK Forest Adventures’s Christmas camp. Trading indoor classes for outdoor forests, HK Forest Adventures runs themed camps to spark children’s imagination and creativity. Day camps run December 18-23 while overnight camps run December 27-30. To register visit hongkongforestadventures.com
DEC 18-22 AND JAN 2-5
ESF winter sports camps & clinics
Camps are split by age or ability and range from tennis, to multisport, swimming and gymnastics. The multisport course covers six sports (football, tennis, gymnastics, swimming, basketball, kungfu) and starts at $2,500 for a week. Locations vary. Visit esf.org.hk/camps
YWCA winter camps
37 different camps, each separated into different levels depending on participants’ age. There will be arts and crafts, almost any sport you can think of, speech, chinese writing, Hong Kong street food, robot workshops, sensory discovery and many more. Prices, dates and times will differ according to choice of camp. For more information and booking, visit clle.ywca.org.hk
ESF winter language and learning camps
This camp caters to two groups: kindergarten students and lower primary students. Immersive in nature, it aims to improve students’ confidence and English-speaking abilities. Spread across four schools, the exact location will differ according to choice of camp. $2,580 for a week-long course. esf.org.hk/camps
DEC 16- JAN 6
Banana Art Club Christmas camp
This Christmas art camp is available for children aged 3 to teens aged 17. The camp will cover canvas painting, crafts, watercolour painting, sketching, manga and cartoon drawing and Chinese painting. Two-hour sessions cost $398, three-hour sessions cost $590, five sessions cost $2,100; all materials are included. Locations at either Causeway Bay or Discovery College—prices differ by location. Visit bananaartclub.com/holiday-camp
UNTIL DEC 26
Exhibition: The World of Tintin
Created in 1929, The Tintin Adventures has been translated into 100 different languages and sold more than 230 million copies worldwide. The world of Tintin is a landmark exhibition exploring the internationally known cartoon reporter and adventurer. The exhibition showcases eight albums from The Adventures of Tintin series and much more. Wednesday to Sunday, Noon-8pm. ArtisTree, 1/F, Cambridge House, Quarry Bay. horca.org/the-world-of-tintin
A ten-day festival to celebrate cultural expression. deTour showcases Hong Kong for the international creative hub it is. Expect public interactive installations, exhibitions from local and international designers, and workshops and dialogues from some of the most exciting minds in the industry. This year’s theme is ‘Harmonious Chaos’, exploring the often overlooked beauty that lies in the imperfect process of creation. All exhibitions and events are free of charge. PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central. detour.hk
Holiday Nail Art for a cause
The Mandarin Salon at the Mandarin Oriental is here to help put the finishing touches on your seasonal party looks with a range of holiday themed nail art and manicures. You can choose your favourite motif, priced at $90 per finger. Alternatively, choose the hour-long charity manicure priced at $390—proceeds will be donated to Mother’s Choice. 5 Connaught Road Central. mandarinoriental.com
Sai Kung Montessori Information Session
Sai Kung Montessori will be hosting an information session for the upcoming 2018/2019 academic year. The session will introduce and explore the child-centered Montessori approach and provide an opportunity to learn more about the school. 10-11am. RSVP by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sai Kung Live
The monthly music event returns after its brief hiatus with classic and modern rock performances from Urban Nomad and local band The Village Dogs. 8-11pm. Momentai, Sai Kung Waterfront, Wai Man Road.
HKT Hong Kong E-Prix
This event will once again open the annual Formula E season, but this time it will be split into two races. A purpose-built urban track has been set up at Central Harbourfront. At the centre of the events lies the Allianz E-Village, where attendees can engage in interactive experiences such as the racing simulator. Only a small number of Grandstand tickets remain, prices start from $1,190. For ticketing, chances to win Allianz E-Village entry and more information, visit hkformulae.com
DEC 2, 3 and 23
Kids Holiday Treats Decorating Classes
InterContinental Hong Kong’s executive pastry chef Cyril Dupuis will lead three sessions of festive treats decorating. The last will be gingerbread house decorating. Classes are inclusive of a storytelling session from ‘The Nutcracker’ and a cup of hot chocolate (for both kids and adults during storytelling); Santa himself will drop by with cookies. Open to 5- to 11-year-olds, $380 per head. The Steak House winebar + grill, InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Kowloon. hongkong-ic.intercontinental.com
DEC 3, 10, 17, 24
Central Walking Street Art Tour
For art lovers or anybody who loves hidden gems. Explore SoHo for the various art pieces dotted around the district that most pedestrians might not notice. This hour-long tour around Hong Kong’s streets and corners is available in both English and Chinese. $165 per person. Purchase tickets at klook.com or download the klook app from the app store.
Sai Kung Art and About
Sai Kung Art and About returns for its third event, this year with over 70 artists involved. Expect live art demonstrations, art workshops and art displays around town hall. Local artist Tony Cheng started the annual event as a way to bring Sai Kung artists together and share creative ideas. Located around Sai Kung. See facebook.com/saikungAAA for more details.
Rhythm of Shape
The International Schools Theatre Association are holding an intensive weekend of drama, physical theatre and music. Students will learn to abandon the safety of rules and learn to create from a deeper level of consciousness, helping them hone skills for creative collaboration and communication.
Hong Kong Corporate Sevens
Watch men and women from the city’s many corporates—including HSBC, Savills and KPMG—compete in tag rugby and help to raise funds for the Po Leung Kuk Tackling Life programme. The programme seeks to introduce Po Leung Kuk students to rugby and encourage a healthy and positive lifestyle. The Kidz Zone will be open from 10:30am-4pm. Head to the Village for hot bacon rolls and enter the raffle for the chance to win prizes. 9am-8pm, 2850 5990. So Kon Po Recreation Ground, a 15 minute walk from the Causeway Bay MTR Exit F. You could also take the 5B City Bus, 675 KBM or the 936 bus.
School Site Welcome Centre @Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury is hosting site visits and welcome sessions at the new school site on Shek Kok Road in Tseung Kwan O. This is an exclusive opportunity for interested parties to gather an inside view on the progress and latest development of the school facilities.
1-2 pm, Shrewsbury International School Hong Kong Campus, Shek Kok Road, Tseung Kwan O (LOHAS Park MTR). To register, visit shrewsbury.hk/School-Site-Welcome-Centre-at-Shrewsbury
The Art of Composition and Arrangement
Music legend John Altman will host a masterclass on composition and arrangement. Altman’s music credentials include James Bond films, The Life of Brian, Titanic and collaborating with musicians such as Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Bob marley and more. Enrolled students will have the opportunity to share their own compositions for Altman’s invaluable feedback. 3:30-6pm. Hong Kong Academy, 33 Wai Man Road, Sai Kung. Open to music students and teachers, $500. To register visit ista-hongkong.com/what-we-do
The Art of Improvisation
A second masterclass by John Altman, this time focusing on the art of improvisation. Learn his golden tips and secrets to achieving musical success and perform in a concert following the masterclass. 4:00-6pm, followed by the public concert at 7:30pm. Hong Kong Academy, 33 Wai Man Road, Sai Kung. Open to high school music students, $500. To register visit ista-hongkong.com/what-we-do
Shawn Mendes Illuminate World Tour
Shawn Mendes, an 18-year-old from Toronto, is coming to Hong Kong to perform his second album, Illuminate, which hit number one of the Billboard top 200 chart earlier this year. The track ‘Mercy’ from the album has been certified platinum and the video has over 115 million views. 8-9:30pm, AsiaWorld- Expo, Hall 10. Tickets cost $680 at hkticketing.com
First Christmas @ Shrewsbury
To celebrate the holiday season, Shrewsbury will be hosting a special event for parents and children at their Admissions Office in Central. All are welcome to join and enjoy a range of light seasonal refreshments and themed activities, including face painting and balloon tying – experience Christmas the Shrewsbury way.
12-1pm, 1-2pm, 7/F, Bangkok Bank Building, 28 Des Voeux Road Central, Hong Kong (Entrance at Chiu Lung Street). To register, visit shrewsbury.hk/Christmas-at-Shrewsbury
Christmastime at The Mandarin
Drop by The Mandarin Oriental for a host of festive entertainment including magicians and face painters, choir and ballet performances and an appearance from Santa himself. Starts from noon on December 23-25. Don’t miss the hotel’s long-standing tradition of enjoying fresh roasted chestnuts, mince pies and warm mulled wine; available at varying times from December 18-25. Visit mandarinoriental.com for a full schedule of the hotel’s Christmas events. 5 Connaught Road Central.
Dates for your diary
Deadline for letter to Santa via Hong Kong Post
Send your letters in before this date to get a reply in time for Christmas—don’t forget to address it to Santa Claus and include your return address!
Christmas Jumper Day
Launched in the UK in 2012, Christmas Jumper Day has finally launched in 852! Don a Christmas jumper today to show off your festive fashion and also raise awareness for international NGO Save the Children. Find out more at christmasjumperday.org.hk
Leave a snack out for Santa and his reindeers before going to bed.
Public holiday. Hopefully Santa will have filled your stockings!
Another public holiday.
New Year’s Eve
Celebrate the start of 2018, the Year of the Dog. Join hundreds at the harbourfront to watch the fireworks display!