Hong Kong Festivals and Events
December 2013

Here are the top Hong Kong Festivals and events for December 2013. The WinterFest celebrations are in full swing now in Hong Kong with Christmas just around the corner, the lights, decorations, and smells of the season are permeating every corner of the land. Santas, caroling angels, snow flurries, glittering stars, all come together to get you in the mood of the holiday.

And to wrap it all up:

Also check-out these popular ongoing events during December 2013:

Hong Kong WinterFest - November 29, 2013 to January 1, 2014

Hong Kong WinterFest

Hong Kong WinterFest is the series of events sponsored by the Hong Kong Tourism Board which kick-off in Mid-November and run up until the New Year's Countdown on January 1st.

One of the highlights is the centrepiece in Central's Statue Square, which becomes the season's icon. This year's theme is "Wishes on the Wind" and the landmark centerpiece at Statue Square is a 15 metre contemporary sculpture featuring three dandelions beautifully illuminated and carrying your special wishes in the wind for this holiday season...

When?: November 29, 2013 - January 1, 2014
Where?: Central's Statue Square
How Much?: Free
More Info: Hong Kong Christmas Events

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Longines Hong Kong International Races - December 8, 2013

The Hong Kong International Races Longines is the tittle sponsor and official timekeeper of the biggest and most anticipated meeting in Hong Kong's horse racing calendar.

Without a doubt a thrilling day not to be missed for horse-racing enthusiasts as the four international G1 Races share in the stupendous HK72 million purse: the Hong Kong Cup, Hong Kong Mile, Hong Kong Vase, and Hong Kong Sprint.

When?: December 8, 2013 - 12:00 - 6:00 pm

Where?: Sha Tin Race Course

How Much?: General Admission at Public Enclosure HK10 or Members' Enclosure with Tourist Badge HK190 (must bring passport)

More Info: Hong Kong International Races

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Hong Kong Disneyland Sparkling Christmas - November 14, 2013 to January 5, 2014

Christmas at Disneyland Hong Kong

Parades, Carols, Christmas Trees...The entire park is transformed into a wonderland full of the holiday cheer, shiny ornaments, dazzling lights, fluffy snow, bows, balls and garlands, holiday wreaths... all decorate every corner of this magical world and make it even merrier...

You don't want to miss the magnificent Christmas Tree, the parties, the parades, and of course the fireworks.

When?: November 14, 2013 - January 5, 2014

Where?: Disneyland Hong Kong

How Much?: Included with Admission Ticket

More info:Disneyland Hong Kong Sparkling Christmas.

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Ocean Park Hong Kong Christmas Sensation - December 14, 2013 - January 1, 2014

Christmas at Ocean Park Hong Kong

Lots happening at Ocean Park during the holiday season:

  • The Christmas Light Show at Aqua City's Lagoon
  • Nutcracker Christmas City
  • The 40-foot tree and nightly lighting ceremony
  • Santa's Elf Factory and Christmas Hideaway
  • DIY Christmas Cakes...
  • Christmas Menus, snacks, cakes and tons of souvenirs to highlight the season

When?: December 14, 2013 - January 1, 2014

Where?: Ocean Park Hong Kong

How Much?: Included with Admission Ticket

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Starlight Romance (formerly Starlight Garden) at New Town Plaza - November 12, 2013 to January 5, 2014

Starlight Garden at New Town Plaza

Star Light Gardens is a stunning coreography and one-of-a-kind surreal show with hundreds of thousands of shimmering LED lights.

When?: November 12, 2013 to January 5, 2014 - 6:00pm-10:00pm Extended to 11pm on weekends and from mid-December

Where?: New Town Plaza Shopping Centre, 18-19 Sha Tin Centre Street, Outdoor Gardens on Level 7, Sha Tin, New Territories.

How Much?: Free

More Info: Starlight Gardens at New Town Plaza

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Hong Kong's New Year's Countdown - Midnight December 31, 2013

Hong Kong New Year's Countdown

Wave goodbye to 2013 and welcome the new year with a bang! Hong Kong's New Year's Countdown to 2014 and fireworks display on the Harbour is one of the territories signature events of the year. This year's limelight will be on the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre as it was last year. Similarly, the fireworks display will last eight minutes, and are to be launched from both the skyscrapers and the harbour barges, so the scope and range of view is massive but you still want to stake out your position well ahead of midnight!

We are looking forward to this year's celebration!

When? Midnight December 31, 2013

Where? Many vantage points, preferably where you have the Convention Centre in view.

How Much? Free!

More Info: Hong Kong's New Year's Countdown to 2014

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Ongoing Hong Kong Events for December, 2013

These are some popular ongoing events that are worth checking out, specially since they are FREE!

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

Hong Kong Ongoing Events: Tai Chi Class
Tai Chi Class

Hong Kong Ongoing Events: Lion Dance Demonstration
Lion Dance Demo

Hong Kong Ongoing Events: Feng Shui Class
Feng Shui Class

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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 aboout 15 minutes.

When?: Every Night

Where?: Can be seen from both sides of Victoria Harbour

How Much? Free

Click here for more on Hong Kong's Symphony of Lights and best spots to watch.

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The Happy Valley Horse Races

Happy Valley Horse Races Happy Valley 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. 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.

Click here for more on Happy Valley Horse Racing, how to get there and options for viewing the races.

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