What’s on in the Southside, December 2017

  Carols, Concerts and Shows  

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 admin@css.edu.hk for more information.

DEC 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.

DEC 13
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 Nutcracker

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  

SISHK Xmas Fair

Expect a vibrant bazaar with 44 retail stalls, food and beverage stands, games and prizes, and a flea market. Visitors are to buy cash coupons for use at activities, but vendors at the trading stalls will also accept cash payments. Free entry. 10am-4pm. Singapore International School primary school campus, 23 Nam Long Shan Road, Wong Chuk Hang.

DEC 9-10 AND 16-17
Stanley Plaza White Finnish Christmas Market

For two consecutive weekends starting December 9, Stanley Plaza will be transformed into an authentic Finnish market inspired by the St. Thomas Christmas Market, one of the oldest of its kind in Finland. Browse over 80 festive white timber-framed stalls, see the Glass Dining Dome, and enjoy traditional Finnish food and mulled wine. There will also be an interactive zone where guests can watch an aurora VR show in an igloo and experience a Finnish jacuzzi. Performances include Santa Lucia, Finnish folk dance, Christmas carolling, and a Nativity play. There will be free shuttle buses from Ocean Park MTR, Shau Kei Wan and Aberdeen on the event days. Noon-8pm. Stanley Plaza Amphitheatre & Public Open Space.

DEC 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.

DEC 10
Discovery Bay Handmade Sunday Market

The DB Sunday Market will have many stalls filled with handmade products – perfect for unique Christmas presents. 11am-6pm, Discovery Bay Main Plaza. handmadehongkong.com

Dec 17
Christmas Southside Market

The Butchers Club’s Christmas Market will be the biggest one to date with even more vendors, more entertainment and more food, spread out across two floors.

Head on up to The Butchers Club’s expansive rooftop in Wong Chuk Hang for a sumptuous buffet long lunch, a best holiday jumper competition, lawn games, live music, face painters, temporary tatoo artists and a number of selected F&B vendors. 

Advanced tickets are available at The Butchers Club’s website. 12-4pm, The Butchers Club, 16/F Shui Ki Industrial Building, 18 Wong Chuk Hang Road.

  Festivals and Carnivals  

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

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

DEC 2-25
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

DEC 9-10
Italian Christmas Market

The Italian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong & Macao is hosting the Christmas edition of the renowned Italian Market.

This year, the second edition of Italian Market will take place at PMQ, in the heart of Hong Kong, featuring over 15 Christmas themed booths.

Free admission, 11am-7pm, PMQ, No. 35 Aberdeen Street, Central. For more information, visit Italian Christmas Market’s official event page.

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

DEC 24-28
Food Festival

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  

Maggie & Rose art and cooking camps

Maggie & Rose is running a host of camps this Christmas, from ASA Soccer Adventure ($300 for a one-hour session; 4–6 year olds), to Rock School (a three-day band camp style course which culminates in a small concert; $3,800). Themed art and cooking drop-off sessions are aimed 4–8 year-olds and priced at $810 for three hours. Discounts apply for members.

3/F, 301 The Pulse, 28 Beach Road Repulse Bay. To book, call 2638 7191. hk.maggieandrose.com

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

DEC 18-JAN 5
Atom Academy Christmas camp
The Winter Wonderland Christmas Camp in Wong Chuk Hang is packed with activities for children aged 2-8. Think sports, Taekwondo, mandarin and art. $2,500 for a five-day camp (three- and four-day options are also available). Visit atomacademy.com.hk for details or call 2295 6066.
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

DEC 19-31
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

DEC 27-30
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

  Other events  

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

DEC 1-10
deTour 2017

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

DEC 1-23
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

DEC 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.

DEC 9-10
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.

DEC 10
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.

DEC 12-16
Best of British

The British Consulate-General joins hands with the British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong to present Best of British – a five-day festival that celebrates all things British. Seven establishments serving British classics, including Shoreditch, Bricklane, Jamie’s Italian and more will be joining The Great British Food Festival. Cinephiles will be happy to know that tickets are available for open-air screenings of Notting Hill, Bridget Jones’ Diary, James Bond: Spectre and more.

Free admission, 5-11pm on Tuesday and Wednesday, 11am-11pm from Thursday onwards, Tamar Park, Harcourt Road, Admiralty. For more information, visit Best of British’s Facebook page, tickets for film screenings are available here.

DEC 13
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

DEC 16
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

DEC 18-25
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.

DEC 20
VSA Admissions Introductory Session

Learn about the Victoria Shanghai Academy secondary school curriculum at this year 6 to 11 introductory session. Stay after the event for the school’s alfresco Carol Concert as well, featuring performances from the primary and secondary choirs and orchestras, acapella group, jazz band and more. 5:50-7pm. Sign up at vsa.edu.hk/en/School_Tour_Booking.aspx

DEC 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

  Dates for your diary  

DEC 14
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!

DEC 15
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

DEC 24
Christmas Eve

Leave a snack out for Santa and his reindeers before going to bed.

DEC 25
Christmas Day

Public holiday. Hopefully Santa will have filled your stockings!

DEC 26
Boxing Day

Another public holiday.

DEC 31
New Year’s Eve

Celebrate the start of 2018, the Year of the Dog. Join hundreds at the harbourfront to watch the fireworks display!