With live music at Momentai, The Clearwater Bay Chase, Volvo Ocean Race and more in full swing this month – we’re off to a great start this 2018!
UNTIL JAN 1
Dragon & Lion Dance Extravaganza 2018
The 2018 route has been confirmed! The parade will run from 11:30am-1pm, beginning at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre in Tsim Sha Tsui and continuing towards Canton Road as in previous years. This will be followed by the International Dragon and Lion Dance Day Launching Ceremony from 1-2pm and the Variety Show and Dragon and Lion Dance Workshop from 2-5pm. Free to attend. More info at dragonlion.hk/
UNTIL JAN 1
This annual event organised by the Hong Kong Tourism Board includes the sparkling Statue Square Christmas Tree, A Symphony of lights and the Pulse 3D Light Show. As we countdown to the New Year Celebrations go off with a bang over Victoria Harbour with what is anticipated to be the city’s most spectacular firework show yet. Various locations. discoverhongkong.com
UNTIL JAN 1
No Christmas season is complete until you have experienced the nightly snowfall at Hong Kong Disneyland. Other festivities include the musical extravaganza Christmastime Ball, lighting of the 18-metre LED-wrapped Christmas tree and a visit to Santa Goofy at Christmas Post Office on Main Street – send limited edition Christmas postcards to your friends and family. Standard tickets $419 for children and $589 for adults. For more information visit hongkongdisneyland.com
UNTIL JAN 1
Ocean Park Christmas Sensation 2017
Glide through a rainforest canopy, dive into the ocean and come face to face with wild animals as you experience Hong Kong’s first ever VR rollercoaster. As night falls Waterfront plaza becomes a festive Christmas village which hosts a daily ‘Light up the Night’ ceremony and live choir performance around the 40-foot tall Christmas tree. Standard tickets $219 for children and $438 for adults. More information at oceanpark.com.hk
UNTIL JAN 5
Mandarin Immersion Winter Camp
The Mulberry House Winter Camp 2018 World Tour uses language to explore 10 cities across five continents. Through activities including music melodies, dramatic storytelling, crafts, science experiments, cooking and collaborative projects children will learn about flags, people, food, landmarks and culture around the world. From January 2 onwards, children will explore Japan and China. Maximum of eight children per class. Sessions between 9am and 5.30pm.
$600-$1,066 depending on age of child. Two locations: Central: Studio 2403, Universal Trade Center, 17-19 Caine Road. South Side: Studio 801-802, One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang. Reserve a place at mulberryhouseasia.com
JAN 7 & 21
Live music at Momentai
On the first and third Saturday of January, live music will liven up Momentai restaurant from 7:30 to 11 pm by the local motown/soul/funk band, The Soulkeepers.
JAN 10 & 24
Momentai quiz night with Russell Williams
Momentai offers quiz nights on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday with Russell Williams. Team up with up to five friends, take on the challenge and win great prizes. The third prize is a bottle of any house wine, the second runners up will receive five free drinks $74 and under. And the first prize winner will get a $500 bar tab.
UNTIL JAN 13
Damien Hirst: Visual Candy and Natural History
Paintings and sculptures by controversial, British artist, Damien Hirst will be on display at Gagosian Gallery. The exhibition showcases Hirst’s work from early-mid 1990’s which, amongst other things, includes a glass tank containing biological specimens. Gagosian Gallery, 7/F, Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central. More information at gagosian.com
UNTIL FEB 25
AIA The Great European Carnival
Merging elements of carnival and festival into a giant outdoor event. 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. 11am-11pm. Central Harbourfront event space. Tickets $40-$130 online at tgec.asia or onsite.
UNTIL MAR 5
Pixar 30 Years of Animation
Pixar invites Hong Kong fans to take an exclusive peek behind the scenes of some of its most popular movies. The special exhibition with the theme “friendship and family” is the first collaboration between Hong Kong Heritage Museum and Pixar since 2011. 10am-6pm weekdays, 10am-7pm weekends (closed Tuesdays). Tickets $20, more information at heritagemuseum.gov.hk
UNTIL MAR 26
Hong Kong International Poster Triennial 2017
Held every three years, this event features international poster designs by showcasing and collecting outstanding works from all over the world. 10am-6pm weekdays, 10am-7pm weekends (closed Tuesdays). Free admission. Hong Kong Heritage Museum. More information at hk.heritage.museum
UNTIL MAR 30
Glitter, Glitz and Glamour
Known as the godfather of Hong Kong movie posters, local illustrator Yuen Tai-yung showcases 24 signature celebrity caricatures including those of Bruce Lee, Anita Mui and Leslie Cheung.
Free to attend. Avenue of Stars, Waterfront Podium Garden, Tsim Sha Tsui
The Youth Chinese Opera
Organised by the Sai Kung Kai Fung Committee, The Young Cantonese Academy Cantonese Opera Troupe will be performing traditional Cantonese opera. 5:30-9:30pm on January at Sai Kung Tin Hau Temple Square. 2-5pm on January 7 at Hang Hau Community Hall. Further information at districtcouncils.gov.hk
JAN 6 – FEB 11
CATS the Musical
Demand for the musical phenomenon has been so overwhelming that the producers have made a last minute extension of the season of the 2015 Olivier Award-nominated, Andrew Lloyd Weber production until February 11.
Witness the Jellicle Cats’ annual gathering to decide which feline will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and a new life. Based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the show is alight with witty verse, stunning costumes and a fantastic score. Tickets range from $445 to $1,245; family packages and student discount also available. The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Lyric Theatre. Tickets and information at hongkongticketing.com
The Clearwater Bay Chase 2018
10 kilometre charity run from Clearwater Bay Marina to Clearwater Bay Beach II and back. All enrolment fees will go to Breakthrough Ltd to support its Liberal Studies Project. 8:30am-12pm. The Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club. Call 3464 0582 or visit cwbgolf.org/cwbchase or facebook.com/ClearwaterBayChase/ for more information.
JAN 12-FEB 11
The five-week festival of world class theatre for young people returns to Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. The event encourages and promotes a wide variety of performance styles from across the world. This year features nine productions including The Gruffalo, Ugly Duckling and Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo. Tickets available at hkticketing.com or call 3128 8288.
Imagine Dragons Evolve World Tour Live in Hong Kong
The grammy-award winning American rockers are performing for one night only in Hong Kong to promote their third album, Evolve. AsiaWorld-Expo. 8pm. Ticket $388 to $888 from hongkongticketing.com
The 9th Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival
A cultural landmark in Hong Kong, Cho-Liang Lin returns to direct the week-long music event featuring workshops, concerts and talks from 16 international artists and six local artists. Performances from Anna Polonsky, Cheung Man-yui Kitty and Jerusalem Quartet, the event opens with “An Evening in Paris” and concludes with “Russian Farewell” which features a trio of performances by three iconic Russian composers.
Tickets from $100. Concerts held at Hong Kong City Hall and other locations across the city, visit pphk.org for specific concert locations and to buy tickets.
Lantau Base Camp Ladies Race
The Lantau Base Camp Ladies Race returns following its success being Hong Kong’s first women-only trail race last year. Female runners take in breathtaking views of Chi Ma Wan as they race across Mui Wo to raise money for Hong Kong Cancer Fund. Race starts at China Bear Bar and Restaurant in Mui Wo at 9am.
Entry fee is $360 for the 12 kilometre and $400 for the 20 kilometre. For more information visit events.lantaubasecamp.com/
Early Years Foundation Stage Experience Day
Top Schools brings together Sai Kung district schools at Hebe Haven Yacht Club for a program packed with educational activities and informative, interactive sessions. Aimed at parents of children 5 years and below, schools including Nord Anglia International School, Mills International Preschool, Woodland Preschool and Shrewsbury School will run activities with the children and demonstrate strategies that parents can use at home.
Hebe Haven Yacht Club will offer refreshments as well as free taster sailing sessions. 11am-3pm. Free admission, Hebe Haven Yacht Club, register online at eventbrite.hk
Standard Charter Hong Kong Marathon
Starting on Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui and finishing in Victoria Park, this 42 kilometre international annual marathon attracts over 70,000 participants. Events include a half Marathon, a 10 kilometre race, a half marathon wheelchair race and a 3 kilometre wheelchair race.
Races start at 6:10am, support the runners on either side of the harbour.
LOL with Kanan Gill Live in Hong Kong
The famous Indian stand-up comedian and YouTuber will perform live for the first time in Hong Kong. A software engineer by profession, Gill acquired YouTube fame with ‘Pretentious Movie Reviews’, a series in which he presented hilarious reviews of nostalgic Bollywood movies.
7:30pm. Hong Kong Jockey Club Amphitheatre. Tickets $288-$488 from hkticketing.com
JAN 25- 28
Disney on Ice
The show returns to Hong Kong to celebrate Walt Disney’s 100th birthday with “100 years of magic”. The program includes 50 memorable Disney characters and 30 great sing-along songs, including ‘Let It Go’, ‘Hakuna Matata’ and ‘You’ve Got A Friend In Me’. Ticket prices range from $300 to $780. Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai. disneyonice.com
Global Game Jam
Throughout this 48-hour event participants work with developers around the world to create a game based around a centralised theme. Global Game Jam (GGJ) encourages designers, developers, artists and those with no previous coding experience to take part. Many of the games developed in previous years have become fully realised games. Training Room 1-3, Level 3, Core F, Cyberport 3, Cyberport, 100 Cyberport Road. For more information and to register visit ggjhongkong.blogspot.hk/
Volvo Ocean Race Hong Kong
Held every three years, The Volvo Ocean Race is considered one of the toughest sport competitions in the world covering roughly 40,000 nautical miles and taking around nine months to complete. For the first time in the race’s 43-year history, a stopover has been confirmed in Hong Kong. The key Hong Kong race will see the boats compete up and down Victoria Harbour on January 27 at 2pm. On January 28 at 11am the boats will take part in an exclusive to Hong Kong Round the Island Race. Watch in harbour racing from Victoria harbour. For other events throughout the Race Festival visit volvooceanracehk.com
Gammon China Coast Marathon and half Marathon 2018
Not for the faint hearted, this challenging marathon attracts some of Hong Kong’s hardiest runners. The route starts and ends at High Island Reservoir in Pak Tam Chung. $500 registration fee, deadline for registration is January 8, or earlier if quota is filled. For more information visit avohk.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org
One OK Rock Ambition Asia Tour 2018 Live in Hong Kong
The well sought-after Japanese rock band will be making their debut in Hong Kong at Asiaworld Expo Arena following an impressive show in Taipei in which tickets sold out in 15 minutes. 8pm. Asia World-Expo Arena. Tickets $580-$1,080 from hkticketing.com
Your Mum presents:The xx Live in Hong Kong
Following the release of their third LP ‘I See You’ earlier this year, The xx return to Hong Kong as part of their biggest Asian tour to date. In 2013 they played to a sell-out audience in Hong Kong. The xx are considered to be at the top of their game following the release of two further albums. 7:30-10pm. AsiaWorld-Expo. Tickets are all standing. $730 including booking fee from ticketflap.com
Green Power Hike 2018
This large-scale annual hike attracts over 3,000 participants. Organised with the aim to appreciate Hong Kong’s natural beauty, participants are encouraged to take part in green practices including ‘Take Your Litter Home’, waste separation and recycling. Funds raised will go to Green Power’s works in environmental education. Enrollment quota is already full, to join the waitlist email email@example.com
The Hive CoFarm Open Day
The Hive CoFarm opens its doors to the public, showcasing innovative Agritech, community gardens and permaculture. The open day will feature a farmer’s market with locally grown produce and urban farming workshops. 12-4pm. DD129 Lot 1290, New Territory, Yuen Long. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org