This guide is for Christmas markets, fetes, carols, concerts, shows, displays, festivals and carnivals.
MARKETS & FÊTES
DEC 1 & 2
This annual event is packed with local and international high-end vendors. 12-7pm, 2 Lower Albert Road, Central. Anita Chan Lai Gallery, G/F. Open to the public. Credit cards accepted. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
UNTIL DEC 2
TLS presents…A Winter Wonderland
Take the family to help the elves in Santa’s Workshop, where you can write a letter to Santa, make crafts, drink mulled wine and hot chocolate and eat mince pies. Finally, you’ll meet the big man himself in his grotto and get a professional photo as a family with loads of fun props and of course, snow. You’ll receive three edited photos after the event. $900 per family for a 30-minute slot from 4-7pm at The White Loft, Wong Chuk Hang. For tickets email email@example.com
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.
The Christmas Southside Shopping Market & Long Lunch
$250 for an all-you-can-eat food package (those aged 18 and over can add free-flow bubbly, wine and beer for an extra $200 online, $250 at the door). Children aged 3 and under eat free. The sumptuous buffet long lunch includes roast beef and Yorkshire puds, pies and turkey. Plus, enjoy a holiday raffle, lawn games, live music, face painters and other selected F&B vendors. Head to the 16th floor for the Christmas Gift Shopping Market and Kid Zone hosted by Little Picasso. Noon-4pm. Buy your tickets before they sell out at store.thebutchers.club
Il Mercatino, a charity fair by the Italian Women’s Association
Italian food and wine, clothes, toys, ornaments, crafts, jewellery, Christmas cards, and much more. Don’t miss the Italian Gourmet Corner. Bring your own bag. Entrance fee is $20. All proceeds go to charity. 10am – 5pm, the gardens of The Duchess of Kent Children’s Hospital, 12 Sandy Bay Road, Pok Fu Lam. Closest parking is Cyberport.
St. Stephen’s Chapel Annual Christmas Fête
Pick up some excellent Christmas puddings, fudge and second-hand books at the stalls and watch Santa arrive by helicopter at 12:30pm. Plus, bouncy castles and an entertainment programme packed with a coconut shy, Santa’s Grotto, Chinese Acrobats, Lion Dancers, a magic show, marching bands, Morris dancers, festive music, Scottish Highlanders and Soak the Vicar! Free admission for children, $20 for adults. 11am to 4:30pm. St Stephen’s College Sports Ground, Wong Ma Kok Road, Stanley. 2813 0360, ststephen.org.hk
French International School
The school’s Christmas fair returns with a kids’ wonderland, festive refreshments and over 35 stalls for all your Christmas shopping needs. Plus, a surprise visit from Santa. 34 Price Road, Jardine’s Lookout, 2577 6217, www.fis.edu.hk
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
Singapore International School
Held at SIS’ primary school campus, the Christmas fair includes food and drink, bazaar stalls, games, arts and crafts and a flea market for second hand books and uniforms. 10am-4pm. 23 Nam Long Shan Road, Aberdeen, 2872 0266, www.singapore.edu.hk
Winter Wonderland with Stamford American School
Celebrate Christmas with Stamford American School at its Winter Wonderland. Meet Santa, enjoy a Christmas-themed drama workshop, scavenger hunt, arts and crafts activities and a specialist-led playgroup. Held in partnership with Safari Kid, KidsFest and FAUST. Suitable for children aged 1 to 8 years old. 10am-12pm, 101 Chi Fu Landmark, Chi Fu Fa Yuen, Pok Fu Lam. Free but places are limited. RSVP at www.sais.hk/winter-wonderland, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 2500 8688.
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.
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
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.
DEC 10&11, 17&18
Stanley Plaza Enchanted Christmas Market
Oceanside festive fun. This year’s market invites guests to explore the magical world of classic German fairy tales, with festive handicrafts, authentic German snacks, mulled wine and a giant candy house filled with lollipops. Spend $600 or more to receive a limited edition fairy tale glass cup, engraved with images of iconic German fairy tales and Stanley Plaza. Noon to 8pm.
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
Hong Kong Food Festival 2016
Stock up on tasty Christmas treats for the family. Tickets are $20, available at the door. Hall 3, HKEC, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai.
CAROLS & CONCERTS
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
The Fayre of St. John’s
Raise fund for Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre at the magnificent St. John’s Cathedral with an evening of carols, mince pies, mulled wine and performances from some of Hong Kong’s noted celebrities and singers. Tickets start from $2,500 and can be purchased by making a direct donation to Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre.
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, Matilda International Hospital, 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
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.
CentreStage Christmas Concert & Poetry Recital
Start the festive season by singing along to Christmas classics, listening to poetry recitals and live opera, against the backdrop of the South China Sea. Open to the public. Adult tickets are $320 and children’s tickets are $150. Tickets include a mince pie and drink on arrival. 6:30-8:30pm, Maggie & Rose rooftop, 301 the pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay. Book online at www.centrestagestudioshk.com or call 5689 2272.
Christmas Lessons & Carols by candlelight
6pm, St Stephen’s College Sports Ground, Wong Ma Kok Road, Stanley. 2813 0360, ststephen.org.hk
11pm. (Christmas Crib Service for young families, with carols at 5pm). St Stephen’s College Sports Ground, Wong Ma Kok Road, Stanley. 2813 0360, ststephen.org.hk.
Christmas Eucharist with Carols
St Stephen’s College Sports Ground, Wong Ma Kok Road, Stanley. 2813 0360, ststephen.org.hk
SHOWS & DISPLAYS
Disney on Ice
Join all your favourite Disney characters from Minnie and Mickey to Dory, Timon and Pumba in a dazzling performance on ice. Performance lasts two hours with a 15 minute intermission. Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Wan Chai. Tickets from $280-$680 from www.hkticketing.com or call 3128 8288.
DEC 8-JAN 22
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.
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
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.
VARIOUS DATES BETWEEN DEC 16-25
Hong Kong Ballet, Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
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).
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 JAN 4
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.
FESTIVALS & CARNIVALS
UNTIL JAN 1
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
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 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