Hong Kong New Year Countdown
and Fireworks

The Hong Kong New Year Fireworks and Countdown celebration is one of the premier and most anticipated events of the year. Get ready to party away the outgoing year and ring in the new one with a bang!
Hong Kong New Year Countdown Fireworks

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 2014 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.

New Year's Countdown 2016

The Fireworks will be held at midnight December 31, 2015 The Countdown starts 60 seconds before midnight. You need to stake out your viewing place waaaay before then as most public places will be packed, and remember, road closures start early as well, around 6:30 pm.

The 2015 countdown featured "Shooting Stars" beginning at 11:00 pm at 15 minute intervals bursting from the rooftops along the harbour.

Where are the best spots to watch?

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.

New Year's Eve Countdown views  from TST

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.

Here's also a guide for the best free vantage points and tips for enjoying the fireworks!

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.

Latest New Year Countdown news from the HK Tourism Board.

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