The New Year Fireworks however, as Hong Kong fireworks go, are not on the same scale as the Chinese New Year Fireworks or the National Day Fireworks which are twenty plus minutes extravaganzas launched from land and harbour.
There is a focal point for the New Year's fireworks where the main countdown is projected. In previous years, the main countdown was displayed in the IFC tower, with the fireworks and light shows being launched from many of Hong Kong Island's landmark buildings. The show lasted a little bit over four minutes. Even though shorter and smaller in scope, the pyrotechnics were still a dazzling spectacle with a superb atmosphere:
More recently, the limelight has transferred from the IFC tower to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, also on the Hong Kong Island side, and this is where the countdown to midnight has been reflected.
The scope and range of the fireworks has also been extended. In the last couple of years, the show has lasted over 8 minutes and the fireworks were launched from land on skyscrapers on both sides as well as the harbour barges. You can practically watch the fireworks from just about anywhere in Hong Kong.
New features and improvements are constantly being added. The 2015 countdown celebrations featured "Shooting Stars" beginning an hour before the countdown. Every fifteen minutes, splashes of light would explode from the rooftops of the buildings surrounding the harbour. The 2016 countdown added "smileys" bursting out in the sky...
The Fireworks will be held at midnight December 31, 2015 The Countdown starts 60 seconds before midnight and the focal point will be the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre as in the prior year.
This year's theme is "Love and Joy" and the fireworks and pyrotechnics will be launched from various heights accross the harbour as well as the rooftops of seven skyscrapers in Admiralty and Wan Chai. There will be Smilies and Hearts galore complementing the Love and Joy theme and greetings in different languages will be reflected on the HK Convention Centre.
You need to stake out your viewing place waaaay before midnight as most public places will be packed, and remember, road closures start early as well, around 6:30 pm.
Which side of the harbour? As a general rule, you should watch from whatever side you are staying and plan on walking. Trying to catch a taxi or the packed MTR on the way home when every one else is also trying to do the same is quite challenging to say the least.
Also consider whether you want to have the focal point of the countdown in view or just want to enjoy the fireworks.
One of our favourite spots to watch is from the Tsim Sha Tsui side, you can watch all along the Promenade and Avenue of the Stars from the Star Ferry Terminal to the New World Centre in the East.
Another popular vantage point for fireworks is the Hung Hom Bypass which is closed to traffic between Salisbury Road and Hung Hom Road
If staying in the Hong Kong Island side, consider the area around the Convention Centre and Bauhinia Square or anywhere along the Central Waterfront Promenade that extends from the Central Star Ferry Pier to Tamar Park and has elevated walkways for great views.
You can also consider watching the New Year fireworks up close aboard a Harbour Cruise, or from one of the many rooftop restaurants and lounges in the city, but booking early is a must.
And check out our Where to Enjoy the Best Views of Victoria Harbour page for some more ideas where you can enjoy the display.
Enjoy the festivities and celebrations of this amazing time that is Winterfest in Hong Kong!
When?: December 31, 2015 - Countdown starts 60 seconds before midnight.
Where?: Anywhere with a view of the harbour.
How much?: Free! at all public viewing areas.
Boujis Boycotts Prohibition theme will showcase a transformed holiday venue, favourite timeless cocktails from an exclusive new menu, canapes before 12:30am, a Black and White photo booth, a surprise performance, and much more.
When?: December 31, 2015 doors open 10:00 pm
Where?: Boujis, 37 Pottinger Street, Central
Dress: Black and Gold
How Much?: HK$300
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Witness a blazing display of colourful fireworks in a light and sound show to commemorate the arrival of 2016, while participating in a party that includes lucky draws, face painting, and a countdown to the start of the new year.
Includes Thai Buffet Dinner.
When?: December 31, 2015 boarding at 8:15 pm
Where?: Departs from Tsim Sha Tsui Public Pier
How Much?: HK$249
More Info and Booking: 2016 NYE Fireworks Cruise
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