Hong Kong Festivals and Events
December 2015

Christmas Lights in Hong Kong

December is a very pleasant time to be in Hong Kong with cooler and drier temperatures as the WinterFest celebrations are getting underway.

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.

Here are the top Hong Kong Festivals and events for December 2015.

And to wrap it all up:

Also check-out these popular ongoing events during December 2015:


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Hong Kong WinterFest - December 4, 2015 - January 1, 2016

Hong Kong WinterFest

Hong Kong WinterFest is the series of events sponsored by the Hong Kong Tourism Board which kick-off late November/early December 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, Statue Square is going Italian with glittering Chritmas trees and a fantastic light-art installation in the shape of BVLGARY's (the event sponsor) "Serpenti".

When?: December 4, 2015 to January 1, 2016
Where?: Central's Statue Square and events all throughout Hong Kong
How Much?: Free
More Info: Hong Kong Christmas Events

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Operation Santa Claus - An 8km Charity Fun Run by HKU MBA

Operation Santa Hong Kong

HKU MBA is hosting an 8km fun run from Kennedy Town to Cyberport on December 12th to raise money for Operation Santa Claus, a charity event initiated by South China Morning Post.

Participants are encouraged to dress up and bring old toys for collection and donation at the day of the event.

When?: December 12, 2015 Registration starts 7:15 a.m.

Where?: From Kennedy Town to Cyberport

How Much?: Registration HK300. Enter HKUMBA2016 for $100 off. All proceeds for charity.

More info: Please visit the Running Santa Facebook page for details!
Register Here.

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Longines Hong Kong International Races - December 13, 2015

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 HK83 million purse: the Hong Kong Cup, Hong Kong Mile, Hong Kong Vase, and Hong Kong Sprint.

When?: December 13, 2015 - 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

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 17, 2015 to January 3, 2016

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

Christmas at Ocean Park Hong Kong

Lots happening at Ocean Park during the holiday season including a spectacular Ice-Skating show!

  • The 70-foot tree at Waterfront Plaza
  • Christmas Candyland
  • Christmas Street Shows at the Summit
  • A Fabolous Ice Skating Show
  • Santa feeding the fish at the Grand Aquarium
  • Christmas Menus, snacks, cakes and tons of souvenirs to highlight the season

When?: December 12, 2015 to January 3, 2016

Where?: Ocean Park Hong Kong

How Much?: Included with Admission Ticket

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The Great European Carnival

Great European Carnival Rides at Night

Back for a second year! 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?: December 17, 2015 - February 21, 2016 - 11:00am to 11:00 pm

Where?: Central Waterfront next to the Ferris Wheel

How Much?: General Admission: 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.

More Info and Tickets: The Great European Carnival Asia Official Site

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Lan Kwai Fong Christmas and New Year's Eve Street Party - December 24 and 31, 2015

Lan Kwai Fong Christmas Street Party

One huge street party...

As if this wasn't already the liveliest spot in Hong Kong, during the merry season Lan Kwai Fong goes all out with its renowned Christmas street party and then a week later, ready to do it again, to welcome the New Year.

Food, drink, entertainment... all restaurants, bars and clubs will be at capacity so reserve early!

When?: Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve December 24 and 31, 2015
Where?: Streets of Lan Kwai Fong. Take the MTR to Central Station Exit D2, on to Theatre Lane and up D'Aguilar Street.
How Much?: Varies

More information at www.lankwaifong.com.

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Hong Kong Ballet: The Nutcraker - December 18-27, 2015

Hong Kong Ballet: The Nutcracker

Christmas just isn't Christmas without The Nutcracker and a visit with Clara and her Prince, the Sugarplum Fairy, King Rat, the Snowflakes and all the fascinating characters from this favourite of childhood classic holiday entertainment.

When?: Several performances December 18-27, 2015

Where?: Hong Kong Cultural Centre - Grand Theatre

How Much?: HK$180, $320, $520, $680, $1,000

More information and tickets at The Hong Kong Ballet.

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Hong Kong Mega ShowCase - December 24 - 27, 2015

Hong Kong Mega ShowCase

Christmas shopping on steroids! One mega event Ten Mega Themed Zones combined under one roof, open to the public, the largest Christmas indoor carnival in Hong Kong.

The Hong Kong Mega ShowCase is one big indoor festival that takes place at the Hong Kong Convention Centre every year just around Christmas time and combines several major expos and theme trade shows that are held concurrently, all under one roof for a total of ten themed zones:

  • Hong Kong Homex
  • Hong Kong Car Show
  • Hong Kong Food Festival
  • Hong Kong e-Expo
  • Beauty and Health
  • Books, Gifts and Toys
  • Trendy Fashion and Accessories
  • Baby and Kids
  • DIY Crafts and Creativity
  • Pioneer Zone

When? December 24 - 27, 2015 Food Festival until December 28, 2015

Where? Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

How Much? HK$20 this covers entrance to all zones and mega events

More info: Hong Kong Mega ShowCase

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Hong Kong's New Year's Countdown - Midnight December 31, 2015

Hong Kong New Year's Countdown

Wave goodbye to 2015 and welcome the new year with a bang! Hong Kong's New Year's Countdown to 2016 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 in prior years. The fireworks displays last about eight minutes, and are launched from both the skyscrapers and the harbour barges. 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, 2015

Where? Many vantage points, wherever there is a view of the skies above Victoria Harbour!

How Much? Free!

More Info: Hong Kong's New Year's Countdown to 2015

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Star Wars Grand Exhibition at Times Square - Until January 1, 2016

Star Wars exhibition in Times Square

Star Wars fans won't want to miss this one! A massive collection of exclusive film replicas, toys and LEGO sets, and rare 1:1 scale life size models... Just in time for the long-awaited release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which opens on December 17, 2015 in Hong Kong.

When?: Through January 1, 2016 during mall hours 10:00 am to 10:00 pm

Where?: Times Square at 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay

How Much?: FREE

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Ongoing Hong Kong Events for December, 2015

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

Pulse: Hong Kong's 3D Light Show in the Harbourfront

Pulse Hong Kong 3D light show

Hong Kong Pulse is a great FREE show with spectacular 3D audiovisual effects in the Kowloon harbourfront at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre and the TST Clock Tower, just a short walk from the Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry station and the Avenue of the Stars.

In December, the show runs through the Winterfest season and the theme is of course holiday related. There are four nightly sessions, each 8 minutes long.

When?: December 9 - 28, 2015 - 8:20pm, 8:45pm, 9:15pm and 9:45pm nightly

Where?: Hong Kong Cultural Centre and Clock Tower

How Much?: FREE

More info: Hong Kong Pulse.

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Hong Kong Cultural Events

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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