January 2018 Hong Kong Festivals and Events

Dragon and Lion Dance Extravaganza, Volvo Ocean Race, Hong Kong Marathon
New Years Day Dragon and Lion Extravaganza

We kick off 2018 with an array of fantastic and colorful events, with the Lion and Dragon Dance Festival and Extravaganza welcoming the new year on January 1st and following that, the Volvo Ocean Race will be making a stop for the very first time in Hong Kong, unraveling two weeks of world-class sailing events and festivals.

The Winterfest and Christmas celebrations will be wrapping up the first week of the month and after the frenzy of the holiday season, the tempo does not let up as the preparations for the most revered event in the calendar, Chinese New Year, will be getting underway in anticipation of the big day on February 16, 2018.

With pleasant cooler temperatures, days can be cloudy but dry, a light jacket will definitely come in handy but leave your heavy stuff at home.

I know these months are packed with exciting events, but do make some time to head outdoors and enjoy nature! For nature lovers, this is the time to enjoy our fantastic reserves and trails. Weather is pleasant and migrating birds are here in spades.

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So let's get started. Here's this month's fantastic line-up:

Hong Kong Highlight Events

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Hong Kong Highlight Events January 2018

Dragon and Lion Dance Extravaganza

Hong Kong Dragon Lion Dance Extravaganza

Hundreds of colorful dragons, lions, happy Buddhas, acrobats, celestial guardians... running and parading through the streets of Hong Kong in one of the most colorful, thrilling and noisy events to welcome the new year. Truly a feast for the eyes!

Dragon Parades and Lion Dances are nothing new to the territory, however, this event really takes it to another level!

Themes vary from year to year, but are always accompanied by the usual troupes of acrobats and over 500 mascots and lucky animals.

Dragon and Lion Dance Extravaganza: Performances and Parade

When?: January 1, 2018 - Activities throughout the day 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where?: Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza B and C
How Much?: Free!

New Year's Day Race Meeting - January 1st, 2018

Hong Kong Horse Races in Sha Tin

This is one of eight "Magnificent Race Days" being waged in the Sha Tin Race Course during the racing calendar.

This New Year's Day Race is full of excitement with the Chinese Club Challenge Cup a HK G3 race, being the highlight of the event.

Good luck on this very first day of the year!

When?:January 1st, 2018 - Noon - 6pm (Gates open at 11am)
Where?: Sha Tin Race Course
How Much?: General Admission at Public Enclosure HK10 or Members' Enclosure with Tourist Badge HK130 (must bring passport)

Imagine Dragons Evolve World Tour - January 13, 2018

Imagine Dragons

The american rockers will perform live in Hong Kong as part of their Evolve World Tour on Saturday January 13, 2018.

The band gained popularity with the release of their debut album, Night Visions, in 2012 which spawned the smash hits, 'Radioactive', 'It's Time' and 'Demons'. The record was followed up by Smoke + Mirrors, their sophomore studio album, in 2015.

This time, Imagine Dragons will be performing in Hong Kong in support of their latest album, Evolve.

When?: Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 8:00 pm
Where?: AsiaWorld Expo Arena Hall 1
How Much?: HK$460+

The Volvo Ocean Race and Festival

Hong Kong Volvo Ocean Race

The Volvo Ocean Race is a world-class premier global yacht race and one of the most demanding team sporting events in the world.

Held every three years, the race around the world and accross four oceans, touches six continents and twelve host cities, of which, Hong Kong will be one for the very first time in the event's history.

Besides the ocean legs, there will be in-port sailing races in Hong Kong including a Round the Hong Kong Island Race.

Throughout the fifteen days while the Volvo Ocean Race visits Hong Kong, Kai Tak Runway Park will be transformed into an entertainment hub with sailing races, live music, performers, interactive games, food, bars, lion dancers, free give-aways and more!

When?: January 17 - 31, 2018. Boats are expected to arrive on January 20, 2018
Where?: Kai Tak Runway Park
How Much?: FREE

Cats The Musical On Tour

Cats The Musical in Hong Kong

CATS, one of the greatest musicals of all time, returns to Hong Kong. Featuring a fantastical set, Andrew Lloyd Webber's magnificent score that includes the poignant hit song "Memory", dazzling choreography and stunning costumes, CATS is a brilliant song and dance spectacular.

When?: January 6 - February 4, 2018
Where?: The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Lyric Theatre
How Much?: HK$ 445 + Likely to sell out

Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon

Hong Kong Marathon

This is a signature international sporting event in Hong Kong attracting some 70,000 participants and a total prize money for the Marathon of US$ 300,000.

The 42-kilometer Marathon Route starts in Nathan Road in Tsim Sha Tsui and ends in Victoria Park in Hong Kong Island.

There is also a Half-Marathon, a 10km Race, a Half-Marathon Wheelchair Race and a 3km Wheelchair Race.

When?: January 21st, 2018 - Events held throughout the day.
Where?: Watch along Race Route on both sides of the harbour
How Much?: FREE for spectators

Disney On Ice 100 Years Of Magic

Disney on Ice in Hong Kong

With over 50 of our beloved Disney friends, this show is a smash hit for the family.

Stories and melodies represented in the show have changed from time to time depending on the newest films, i.e. Finding Nemo is adapted into Finding Dory.

Regardless, the show melds the old classics together with the newer films and the result is a fantastic array of stunning ice choreography, special effects, and of course Disney's signature colorful costumes.

When?: January 25 - 28, 2018
Where?: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center 5BC
How Much?: HK$600+

The Great European Carnival

Great European Carnival Rides at Night

A giant, amazing outdoor event in one of Hong Kong's most iconic settings with sweeping views of Victoria Harbour.

What is it? Thrilling rides for all, carnival games, live entertainment including local and international music artists and comedy performers, Hong Kong's biggest ever outdoor ice rink, and of course, festival food from around the world!

When?: TBA mid-December to February - 11:00am to 11:00 pm
Where?: Central Waterfront Event Space, at the Central Waterfront next to the Ferris Wheel
How Much?: General Admission: TBA, last year Adults HK 125 (includes 10 tokens), Child (3-11) HK 90 (includes 7 tokens)
Tokens are HK10. Number of tokens required for each attraction/ride vary.

Ongoing Hong Kong Events

These are some popular ongoing events that are worth checking out, specially since they are FREE or offered for a low fee!

These events feature some of the great and ancient traditions of the territory and are offered by experts in their corresponding fields:

The Symphony of Lights

HK Symphony of Lights

The Symphony of Lights is Hong Kong's light and sound show, a tribute to the city and its people, their diversity, energy and vitality.

The stage is the entire city, which is what makes it so unique, you can watch the lights from just about anywhere in the waterfront. This free show offered by the city, takes place every night at 8:00 pm and lasts about 12 minutes.

When?: Every Night
Where?: Can be seen from both sides of Victoria Harbour, specially stunning aboard a Harbour Cruise.
How Much? Free

The Horse Races at Happy Valley

Happy Valley Horse Races

The Happy Valley horse races in Hong Kong whether or not you are a horse racing enthusiast is an experience not to be missed!

The beautiful horses, the skillful jockeys, the crowds going wild, they all add up to an exciting, fun-filled, thrilling atmosphere in a world-class venue.

The Happy Valley race course itself is a sight in itself, the city has built around it through the years and it is now practically surrounded by skyscrapers, an awesome experience specially at night when the city is illuminated.

When?: Wednesday Nights. On race day, first race starts at 7:15 p.m. and the gates open at 5:15 p.m. The races are done by 11:00 p.m.
Where?: Happy Valley Race Course
How Much? Depends, there are many ways to experience the races, from General Stand to Private Boxes and special packages including dinner and drinks. General Stand entrance starts at HK10. The "Come Horseracing Tour" provides transportation to/from your hotel, dinner and drinks and access to the Member's Boxes.

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