Hong Kong Festivals and Events
January 2012

We kick off 2012 with the New Year's Countdown and Fireworks and shortly thereafter come the Chinese New Year preparations and celebrations.

Check out this video with a recap for the Lunar New Year Celebrations in Hong Kong for 2012:

Hong Kong's New Year's Countdown - December 31, 2011 before midnight - January 1, 2012

Hong Kong New Year's Countdown Hong Kong's New Year's Countdown 2012 will start a minute prior to midnight and the countdown reflected on the tower of Two IFC.

At midnight "2012" appears on Two IFC, the theme music for this year's celebration is "Soaring Dragon with a Happy Heart" as the new Chinese New Year of the Dragon approaches.

A four-minute fireworks display from the 10 participating buildings on this side of Hong Kong Island follows.

Where? You can watch all along the promenade, be sure to get there early!

How Much? Free!

Dragon Lion Dance Extravaganza - January 1, 2012, 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Hong Kong Dragon Lion Dance Extravaganza Truly a feast for the eyes! There will be 88 Dragons and 50 Lions

Where? The Parade will start on Chater Road and continue along Hennessy Road. It will end at the Southern Playground in Wanchai where the Dragon and Lion Dance Performances will take place.

How Much? Free!

Hong Kong Chinese New Year Flower Markets - January 17 - 22, 2012 Noon to Midnight

Hong Kong Chinese New Year Flower Markets
A popular tradition in anticipation of Chinese New Year, Hong Kong Flower Markets are buzzing with a frenzy of activity as households prepare decorations as well as gifts for their loved ones.

Besides the normal flower markets that run year-round, one of the most popular Chinese New Year Flower Markets is set up just for the occasion in Victoria Park, although open during the day, best time to visit and catch all the electrifying atmposhere is at night, but be prepared for the crowds!

Where? Victoria Park, MTR Causeway Bay Station Exit E, then follow the crowds along Great George Street or MTR Tin Hau Station Exit A2, turn left at exit.

How Much? Depends on what you're buying! Free to browse!

Chinese New Year Night Parade - January 23, 2012, 8:00 p.m.

Hong Kong Dragon Lion Dance Extravaganza The Hong Kong Chinese New Year Parade is a classic featuring colorful floats and dancers wearing traditional Chinese costumes as well as international troupes from all over the world, and Dragon and Lion Dancers.

How Much?Free along the Parade route, fee applies for spectator stands.

Click here for more info on the Hong Kong Chinese New Year Night Parade including Parade Route and options for viewing.

Chinese New Year Fireworks -January 24, 2012, 8:00 p.m.

Hong Kong Dragon Lion Dance Extravaganza To welcome the New Year, a fleet of boats and barges set up in the middle of Victoria Harbour launches the pyrothecnic wonder as the sky above the harbour explodes in bursts of shimmering color on a breathtaking show that lasts approximately 25 to 30 minutes.

How Much?Free at public places, might want to consider watching the fireworks aboard a Harbour Cruise.

Click here for more info on the Hong Kong Chinese New Year Fireworks including options for viewing.

Lunar New Year Lantern Exhibition - Jan 19 - Feb 26, 2012

Hong Kong Lunar New Year Lantern Festival The Government of Hong Kong's Leisure and Cultural Services Department sponsors a series of events to foster Chinese ethnic culture to residents and tourists alike.

As part of the Lunar New Year festivities, the department sets up an amazing annual Lantern Exhibition, this year's Theme is Glittering Toys - A Showcase of Chinese Zodiac.

Where? Evenings at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Plaza, Tsim Sha Tsui.

How Much? Free

Here's more on the Chinese Lantern Festival celebrations in Hong Kong.

Chinese New Year at Disneyland Hong Kong - Jan.13 - Feb.5, 2012

Hong Kong Disneyland Chinese New Year
During Chinese New Year, Disneyland Hong Kong transforms once again after the rush of the Christmas season. This time instead of fluffy snow and holiday wreaths, it is lanterns, red envelopes, chinese lions, drums and gongs...

And in typical Disney fashion, our favourite characters will be there dressed in full Chinese traditional gear to celebrate and wish you Gung Hay Fat Choy!

Hong Kong Well-Wishing Festival - January 23 - February 6 2012

Hong Kong Well Wishing Festival Two popular traditions: wishing trees and wishing lanterns, in addition to performances and cultural activities and lots and lots of local foods.

If you missed the Chinese New Year Parade, this is your chance, all the floats will be on display and the performers from the parade will also perform here.

Where? Lam Tsuen Wishing Trees, take MTR to Tai Wo Station (New Territories) then a free shuttle or taxi to Lam Tsuen Wishing Square.
How Much? Most events are free, there is a fee for banquets and feasts. Visit www.lamtsuen.com for more info.

Hong Kong Arts Festival - January 28 - March 8 2012

Hong Kong Performing Arts Festival On its 40th year, this is Hong Kong's foremost event dedicated to the performing arts.

All genres of the performing arts are well represented including concerts, ballets, operas, drama by leading international orchestras, performers and artists in world-class venues.

For this year's line up and ticket information check the official site www.hk.artsfestival.org

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