January events

JAN 1 & 2
Dragon and Lion Dance Festival
Ring in the New Year with colourful dragons, lions, acrobats and more as celebrations for the start of 2017 take to the streets. Performances take place across Hong Kong, from the Star Ferry to Ocean Park and Victoria Peak.

Hong Kong’s festive offerings include the Pulse 3D Light Show and the classic Statue Square Christmas tree. Look out for special appearances by Santa Claus and friends while a Christmas choir will serenade the crowds with festive carols. This year lovebirds can buy a lock for charity and hang it to the railings for posterity too. www.discoverhongkong.com

Ocean Park Christmas Sensation 2016
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. www.oceanpark.com.hk

PAPINEE World at the Mandarin Oriental
This Christmas, Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong’s hotel lobby has been taken over by storytelling social enterprise PAPINEE World. Local and visiting guests of all ages are invited to enjoy a multisensory fantasy land where they will be magiced to different cities around the world  – from London to Paris and the Japanese gardens of Tokyo – without having to step foot on a plane. Meanwhile, Café Causette has been converted into a PAPINEE Storytelling Café with storytelling events for children.

To see the full exhibition, visit Pearl Lam Galleries. Doors are open exclusively to underprivileged and disadvantaged local children Monday to Friday, 10am-4pm, but the general public can visit from 4.30pm onwards, and all day on weekends. For more information, visit www.papineeworld.com/papinee-world.

Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Road Central, 2522 0111.

Pearl Lam Galleries, No. 1, Soho 189, 189 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan, 2857 1328.


JAN 5-FEB 12
Kidsfest 2017
The biggest children’s theatre festival returns for another year of fun-filled performances at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. One production not to miss is Gruffalos, Ladybirds and other Beasts which will feature Julia Donaldson herself live on stage. Tickets available at www.hkticketing.com or call 3128 8288.


Kidz Night Out
Held from 5.30-8.30pm, Kidz Night Out aims to provide an educational experience for children, where they can learn, build and play with LEGO. Pizza and drinks are included. $300 per child or $250 for current students. Book your spot by calling 2791 0007. For more information visit bricks4kidz.com.hk/saikung


Discovery Bay Markets
DIY Indie arts, crafts and small traders fair. Stay for dinner at one of the designated D’Deck restaurants and enjoy a free ferry ride back to Central. 11am-6pm, Discovery Bay Plaza, Discovery Bay, Lantau.


JAN 7 & 14
The Youth Chinese Opera
Organised by the Sai Kung Kai Fong Committee, The Young Academy Cantonese Opera Troupe will be performing Cantonese opera to showcase traditional culture. 7-10pm on Jan 7 at Tin Hau Temple Sai Kung, 2-5pm on Jan 14 at Hang Hau Community Hall. Visit www.districtcouncils.gov.hk for more information.

JAN 11
Passenger Live in Hong Kong.
From the artist who brought you, ‘Let Her Go’, Michael Rosenberg is gracing Hong Kong with his folk rock music. Tickets start from $575, eventbrite.hk, MacPherson Stadium, Mong Kok.

JAN 14
SCAD Hong Kong Workshop day
Prospective students and their families can explore the innovative learning environments at the historic North Kowloon Magistracy Building and the university’s home in Sham Shui Po. Meet with SCAD representatives and join the interactive workshop. Free, 2pm-5pm, 292 Tai Po Road, Sham Shui Po. For more information, email admission@scad.edu.hk or call 2253 8044.

SCAD Hong Kong exterior. July 2012.

JAN 15
Cantonese Opera Fun Day
Experience the glamour of being a Cantonese opera artist at this event. Try on traditional costumes and makeup. There will be live performances on the day. Free, 1-5.30pm. Sha Tin Town Hall. For more info, visit www.cantoneseopera.hk

JAN 15
Clearwater Bay Chase
10km run from Clearwater Bay Marina to Clearwater Bay Beach II and back. That hill is not for the faint-hearted! All enrollment fees go to support Breakthrough and its Liberal Studies Project. 8.30am-12pm. The Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club. Call 2335 3878 or visit cwbgolf.org/cwbchase, www.facebook.com/ClearwaterBayChase for more information.


JAN 19
The Last Gibbon book signing
The launch event of Sai Kung resident and author Matt Cooper’s new book, The Last Gibbon. Held at Kidnapped. 7 Man Nin Street, Sai Kung.

JAN 19
Yew Chung Early Childhood Education Information Session
Get to know the school’s background, international curriculum and educational philosophy at their information session with talks from the co-principals and school leaders. Register at 2pm on the day, session is from 2.30-4pm. The information session will be held in English. Auditorium of Yew Chung International School, 3 To Fuk Road, Kowloon Tong. For more information email admissions@ycef.com


JAN 19-25
The 8th Hong Kong International Chamber Festival
A week of music – including workshops, concerts and talks – with international artists. Performances from Brett Dean, Laurent Perrin, the Borromeo Quartet and Artistic Director Cho-Liang Lin. Tickets start from $100, opening night $380 from tickets.pphk.org

JAN 20
Metallica in Hong Kong
Channel your inner rock god or goddess as Metallica makes their debut in Hong Kong. Tickets start at $580 from hkticketing.com. 8pm, Asia World-Expo.

JAN 20-22
Ballet Classics for Children: Cinderella
Be entranced by the beauty of dance and music with the adaptations of ballet classics by choreographer Yuri Ng. Tickets $180, $280 from ticket.urbtix.hk. Studio Theatre


JAN 21
Lantau Base Camp Ladies Race
Hong Kong’s first women-only trail race to raise funds for Hong Kong Cancer Fund. The race stretches across Mui Wo giving runners views of Chi Ma Wan. Pick either 11km or 20km. Entry free is $350. For more info visit events.lantaubasecamp.com

JAN 21 & 22
Be captivated by a dramatic performance adapted from US award-winning playwright, Craig Pospisil. The performance shows the panoramic view of life and its complicated interpersonal relationships. Organised by the Sai Kung Tseung Kwan O Women’s Association. Hang Hau Community Hall, Hang Hau. 8-10pm on Jan 21, 3-5pm on Jan 22. Visit www.districtcouncils.gov.hk for more information.


The spellbinding musical, which has cast its magic on more than 50 million theatre goers worldwide, takes to the stage at the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts. Inspired by L. Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz, find out how the wicked witch of the west became so wonderfully wicked. Tickets from $445 at www.hkticketing.com, 3128 8288.

JAN 22
Gammon China Coast Marathon and Half Marathon 2017
Train ahead for this gruelling marathon which starts and finishes at High Island Reservoir in Pak Tam Chung. Race starts at 8am. $500 registration fee, registration deadline Jan 8, or earlier if quota is filled. Participants must be 18 years or older. For more information, email chinacoastmarathon2017@gmail.com. www.avohk.org

The World of Tim Burton Exhibition
Take a look into renowned film director, Tim Burton’s original work, artistic practice and his uniquely envisioned world. 10am-10pm, ArtisTree in Quarry Bay. Tickets at www.cityline.com.hk


JAN 29
Walk for a Cause
A charity walk organised by the Fat Big Heart Sai Kung Hong Kong. The walk starts from Tsam Chuk Wan at 10am (arrive at 7.30am to register on the day) and finishes in Pak Tam Chung. $35 registration fee, call Liezel Villariez to register 9341 5216