Hong Kong Festivals and Events
February 2016

February in Hong Kong, Chinese New Year Decorations

Front and center in February 2016 are the Chinese New Year celebrations, the biggest and most anticipated events of the year as we welcome the Year of the Monkey!

The Flower markets are bustling with activity by now as we await the fantastic events to welcome this new year. The fireworks, the fantastic parade, the Well Wishing Festival, and the Lion and Dragon dances are still to come!

It's all happening this month, Chinese New Year is on February 8, 2016, the celebrations are ongoing for the next 15 days and culminate with the Spring Lantern Festival.

More on this year's Chinese New Year, Year of the Monkey Celebrations.

A summary of this month's line-up:

Ongoing Events for February 2016

Enjoy the cooler temperatures this month, it's a great time to get out and enjoy one of these savory treats!



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Hong Kong Chinese New Year Flower Markets

Flower Market during Chinese New Year Season

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!

When? Noon to midnight from February 2 until February 7, 2016
On New Year's Eve February 7, open throughout until the early hours (6:00 am) of New Year's Day February 8, 2016.

Where? Several locations, main venue at 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.

In Kowloon side, check out Fa Hui Park in Mongkok.

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

Here's more on the Chinese New Year Flower Markets

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Chinese New Year Night Parade

Acrobats and performers at Chinese New Year Night Parade

The Hong Kong Chinese New Year Parade is a classic event featuring colorful floats, marching bands, troupes of acrobats, lively dragons, traditional Chinese dancers, international troupes from all over the world, drummers, Chinese lions, and of course, firecrackers.

When? February 8, 2016 - 8:00 p.m.

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.

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Chinese New Year Fireworks

The Fireworks over Victoria Harbour to celebrate Chinese New Year

You really don't want to miss this one! It's one of Hong Kong signature events.

To welcome the Lunar 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.

The breathtaking show lasts approximately 25 to 30 minutes.

When? February 9, 2016 - 8:00 p.m.

Where? Victoria Harbour, all along the waterfront or where there is a view just above the Harbour.

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

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

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Hong Kong Well-Wishing Festival

Wishing Tree in Lam Tsuen

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 troupes from the parade will also perform here.

When? From New Year's Day February 8 until the Lantern Festival February 22, 2016,

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.

Here's more on the Well Wishing Festival.

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Lunar New Year Lantern Exhibition

Lantern Displays for Chinese New Year at the Clocktower

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 and the theme varies from year to year. This year's theme "Kingdom of Vigorous Monkeys"!

When? February 4 - 28, 2016. Displays are lit 6:00pm to 11pm from Thursday to Sunday.

Where? Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza by the Water Pools in front of the Clocktower, Tsim Sha Tsui.

How Much? Free

More Info: The Lunar New Year Lantern Festivals

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A Golden Chinese New Year Celebration at Disneyland Hong Kong

Mickey and Minnie wearing their best reds at 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, mandarin oranges, 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!

When? January 29 to Mid-February

Where? Hong Kong Disneyland

How Much? CNY events are free with entrance ticket. Don't forget you can get discount tickets at Klook.com

Here's more on A Golden Chinese New Year at Disneyland Hong Kong

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Pulse: Hong Kong's Waterfront 3D Light Show

Pulse Hong Kong 3D light show

Hong Kong Pulse is the city's newest light show, 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.

This month, the show runs through the Chinese New Year season and the theme is of course Spring Festival-related. There are four nightly sessions, each 8 minutes long.

When?: February 10-29, 2016 - 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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Ocean Park Lucky Lunar Fiesta

Ocean Park Chinese New Year Drummers

Every year, the park goes all out to celebrate the Lunar New Year with traditional events throughout: Leaping lions at the Waterfront, dazzling dragon dances at the Summit, incredible board-busting Kung Fu shows, lucky red packets at the God of Fortune Palace, roaring dances at the Waterfront Plaza while Old Hong Kong plays host to Golden Lions dancing on the streets and Kung Fu troupes galore.

Giant drums and spectacular acrobatics and lots of memorable photo opportunities.

For the little ones, lucky pinwheel workshops at Whiskers Harbour and all restaurants of course, will be featuring seasonal specials.

When? February 6 - 21, 2016

Where? Ocean Park Hong Kong

How Much? CNY events are free with entrance ticket. Don't forget you can get discount tickets at Klook.com

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Chinese New Year Race Day (Horse Racing) - February 10, 2016

Hong Kong Horse Races at Sha Tin Racecourse

This has for years been Hong Kong's most popular horse racing event of all.

This is not only an exciting day at the horse races but for visitors also a chance to enjoy a full programme of traditional festivities including a grand opening show, the traditional lion dance, a variety of cultural and entertainment performances, and jockeys greeting fans with good luck messages.

The featured race of the day is the Chinese New Year Cup.

When?:February 10, 2016 - Noon - 6pm (Gates open at 11am)

Where?: Sha Tin Race Course

How Much?: General Admission at Public Enclosure HK10 or Members' Enclosure with Tourist Badge HK130 (must bring passport)

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Lunar New Year Lantern Carnival - February 22, 2016

Lantern Carnival in Tsim Sha Tsui

The festivities culminate on the 15th day of the Lunar Year, on February 22, 2016, with the Lunar New Year Lantern Carnival.

This day, expect to see fantastic lantern displays, all shapes, size and forms, lining up streets and alleys and particularly at the Carnival, where there will also be cultural performances, dances, stage acts, folk craft demonstrations.

When? February 22, 2016 - 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm

Where? The Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza, Tsim Sha Tsui.

How Much? Free

Here's more on the Chinese Lantern Festival

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Light Rose Garden HK

Light Rose Garden HK: 25000 LED roses lit up in the Harbour

25,000 LED heart-warming white roses will be scattered around Victoria Harbour this Valentine's Day and through the end of the Chinese New Year holiday period and the Lantern Festival.

Created by Korean PANCOM, with the support of the Fair Trade Hong Kong Foundation and its supporting partners, the rose motion lights are especially made for charity sale.

When?: February 14 - 16, 2016 at the Central and Western Promenade
February 19 - 22, 2016 at Tamar Park
* Roses transplantation period from February 17-19 will be opened to public as usual

Lighting Hours: 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm every night

How Much?: FREE

More Info: www.lightrosegarden.com

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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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And this year, the Great European Festival also brings Udderbelly with its iconic purple cow which you can't miss on the waterfront, with hundreds of live entertainment acts for the entire family. See below!

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Udderbelly Festival Hong Kong

Uderbelly Upsidedown Purple Cow

Uderbelly's iconic giant upside-down purple cow, Violet, comes from Edinburgh directly to Hong Kong for the first time as part of the Great European Carnival, bringing the biggest programme of live shows for all ages and tastes including Circus acts from around the world, comedy acts, dance troupes, family entertainment...

Some highlights this year:

  • Britain's greatest street dance troupe, Flawless, who featured on Britain's Got Talent in 2009
  • Michael Winslow from Police Academy with his show of '1'000 voices
  • Gobsmacked, a next generation cappella performance
  • Thomas the Tank Engine on stage

When?: December 4, 2015 - February 14, 2016

Where?: Central Waterfront next to the Ferris Wheel

For entire line-up and Tickets: Uderbelly Asia Official Site

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Valentine's DAy In Hong Kong - Sunday, February 14, 2016

Romantic Sunset and Champagne

From romantic strolls, a quiet restaurant with killer views, the iconic sunset cruise on the harbour or a mind-blowing flight as you soar over the magnificent skyline...

Here are some romantic getaway ideas for a magical Valentine's Day in Hong Kong

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Hong Kong Arts Festival - February 19 - March 20, 2016

Hong Kong Performing Arts Festival

On its 44th year, this is Hong Kong's foremost event dedicated to the performing arts.

Five weeks of spectacular performances with all genres of the performing arts well-represented including concerts, ballets, operas, drama by leading international orchestras, performers and artists in world-class venues.

This year's line up include the Royal Shakespeare Company, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Teatro Regio Torino, sensational American vocalist Lisa Fischer, the Jingju Theater Company of Beijing and many more.

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

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Madonna Rebel Heart Tour - February 17-18, 2016

Madonna Rebel Heart Tour

Following the release of her Rebel Heart album, 'the queen of pop' Madonna, is embarking on a worldwide concert tour that would see her perform in some of the words' most iconic stages with a stop at our very own AsiaWorld Arena.

With an album's worth of new material, as well as a career's worth of chart topping hits, Madonna's performances promise to be ones to remember.

When? Wednesday and Thursday February 17 - 1, 2016

Where? AsiaWorld Arena

How Much? HK$ 950+ Find tickets

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Longines Masters of Hong Kong - February 19 - 21, 2016

Established in three of the world's most iconic cities, Los Angeles, Paris and Hong Kong, the unique Masters Series is recognised by Fédération Equestre Internationale and is one of the most prestigious equestrian events worldwide.

If you love horses, this is your event! This is not only about exhilarating show jumping, polo matches, unique racing and jumping competitions, expert jockeys and outstanding horsemanship... Besides fantastic equestrian eye camdy, this is a chic social event, the Masters features a "Prestige Village", the main beehive of activity featuring live entertainment, wine tastings, meet-and-greet with the riders, demos and classes, and of course luxury boutiques and champagne lunches...

The main equestrian events take place over four different sessions and include:

  • The Hong Kong Jockey Club Trophy
  • The Hong Kong Jockey Club Race of the Riders
  • Shanghai Tang Polo Cup
  • Longines Speed Challenge
  • Massimo Dutti Trophy
  • Longines Grand Prix

When?: Friday through Sunday February 19 - 21, 2016

Where?: AsiaWorld Expo

How Much?: Admission to the Prestige Village is FREE

Tickets for competition sessions - HK$330 - HK$850, family and concessionary tickets available as well as premium VIP packages.

Check out 50% off discount tickets available at Groupon: HK330 HK 165, HK590 HK295, HK850 HK425

More Info and Tickets: The Longines Masters of Hong Kong

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Ongoing Hong Kong Events for February, 2016

Hong Kong Cultural Events

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

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. The "Come Horseracing Tour" provides transportation to/from your hotel, dinner and drinks and access to the Member's Boxes.

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

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