December 2018 Hong Kong Festivals and Events

Christmas Winterfest, Horse Racing, New Year's Countdown
Christmas Lights in Hong Kong

December is a fantastic time to be in Hong Kong with cooler and drier temperatures and a flurry of fabulous events 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.

For nature lovers, this is the time to enjoy our fantastic reserves and trails. Weather is pleasant and migrating birds are here in spades.

And of course, the event and entertainment schedule is as full as ever. Here are the top Hong Kong Festivals and events for December 2018.

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Holiday Events in December

Ongoing Events This December 2018

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Hong Kong Highlight Events December 2018

Hong Kong WinterFest

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 and is always a stunner.

When?: Mid-November to January 1st, 2019
Where?: Central's Statue Square, Winterfest events throughout the territory
How Much?: Free

Lumières Hong Kong

Lumieres HK

Inspired by Lyon, France's "La Fête des Lumières" (The Festival of Lights) Hong Kong welcomed its first Lumières Hong Kong last year when the city was enveloped by fantastic light installations creating that magical atmosphere this festival is so well-known for.

Lumières Hong Kong will be back in November 2019 with more stunning installations which will be set up throughout the city, projected accross some of the city's most iconic landmarks.

When: Will be back in 2019
Where: Various venues throughout Hong Kong, in the past included: Statue Square, PMQ, Man Mo Temple, General Post Office, TST Clocktower, Fringe Club, Chater Garden, the Former French Mission Building and the Connaught Road Central Pedestrian Subyway.
How much: Most installations are open to everyone. Just get out there! Paid installations, if any, TBA

Longines Hong Kong International Races

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?: Sunday, December 9, 2018 - 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)

The Great European Carnival

Great European Carnival Rides at Night

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!

The Great Circus of Europe is back this year, a heart-pounding thrill show for families with a mind blowing new show with never before seen acts and many favorite classics. This year's acts include Rubber Man, the Double Giant Space Wheel, Double Aerial Flyers and many more.

When?: 14 December 2018 - 17 February 2019 (closed on January 11) - 11:00am to 11:00 pm
Where?: Central Waterfront Event Space, at the Central Waterfront next to the Ferris Wheel
How Much?: General Admission: Adults HK 130 (includes entry and 10 tokens), Child (3-11) HK 90 (includes entry and 7 tokens), bundles available
Number of tokens required for each attraction/ride vary.
Tickets for the Great Circus of Europe HK $200+

Hong Kong Mega ShowCase

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 22 - 25, 2018, Food Festival December 22 - 26, 2018
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

Hong Kong's New Year's Countdown and Fireworks

Hong Kong New Year's Countdown

Wave goodbye to 2018 and welcome the new year with a bang! Hong Kong's New Year's Countdown to 2019 and fireworks display on the Harbour is one of the territories signature events of the year.

This year's limelight is expected to be on the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre as it was in prior years. The fireworks display lasts 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, 2018
Where? Many vantage points, wherever there is a view of the skies above Victoria Harbour!
How Much? Free!

Watching the Fireworks from the water aboard a Harbour Cruise
Watch The Fireworks Aboard a Harbour Cruise

Hong Kong Restaurants and Rooftop Bars With Harbour Views
Restaurants and Rooftop Bars with a View

Hong Kong Hotels with Views of the Fireworks
Hotels with Best Views of the Fireworks

December 2018 Hong Kong Concerts and Entertainment

Hong Kong Ballet: The Nutcraker

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.

Set to Tchaikovsky's iconic music with live accompaniment by the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, this is Hong Kong's ultimate family holiday tradition.

When?: Several performances December 14 - 26, 2018
Where?: Hong Kong Cultural Centre - Grand Theatre
How Much?: HK$180, $320, $480, $680, $1,000 (Limited VIP)
Suitable for ages 3 and above

Father Christmas

Father Christmas

Join Father Christmas as he gets ready for his busiest day of the year, Christmas Eve.

Watch as he prepares his Christmas deliveries, feeds his reindeer and finally takes flight into the snowy night.

This heart-warming adaptation is full of merry touches with plenty of live music, songs and playful puppetry. It's a perfect introduction to theatre for young children!

Play is in English and 55 minutes long, no minimum age.

When? Thursday thru Saturday November 29 - December 1, 2018 - various times
Where? The Hong Kong Jockey Club Amphitheatre, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Wanchai
How Much? HK$329+

Hong Kong Philharmonic's Christmas For The Family: A Harry Little Christmas

Hong Kong Philharmonic Christmas FAmily Concert

When? December 23, 2018 - 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm

Where? Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall

How Much? HK$220, HK280, HK$380, HK$420

For Ages 3 and Above

Hong Kong Philharmonic's A Viennese New Year

Hong Kong Philharmonic New Year Concert

Blue Danube Waltz , Radetzky March and more...

David Angus conductor.

Like the spectacular Viennese celebration that inspires this always-sold-out performance, the concert will culminate in the Blue Danube Waltz and the Radetzky March (clapping and foot-stomping encouraged!). Ages 6 and above.

When? December 30 - 31, 2018 - 8:00 pm
Where? Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall
How Much? HK$220, HK280, HK$380, HK$480

December 2018 Hong Kong Holiday Events

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 light-up ceremonies...

When?: November 15, 2018 to January 1st, 2019
Where?: Disneyland Hong Kong
How Much?: Included with Admission Ticket

Remember you can buy discount tickets online at
HK Disneyland Discount Tickets Adult HK619 HKD537 US$70, Children HK458 HKD404 US$51
More Info and Booking at

Ocean Park Hong Kong Christmas Sensation

Christmas at Ocean Park Hong Kong

Lots happening at Ocean Park during the holiday season...

There is always a holiday highlight, we've had stunning ice skating shows, Cyber Illusion Spectaculars and all sorts of spellbinding cutting-edge live entertainment!

And you can always count on the giant 70-foot Christmas tree at Waterfront Plaza, Christmas Candyland, the Holiday Street Shows at the Summit, Santa feeding the fish at the Grand Aquarium, and of course Christmas Menus, snacks, cakes and tons of souvenirs to highlight the season!

When?: December 15 to January 1st
Where?: Ocean Park Hong Kong
How Much?: Included with Admission Ticket

Remember you can buy discount tickets online at
Ocean Park Discount Tickets Adult HK480 HKD418 US$53, Children HK240 HKD238 US$30

More Info and Booking at

Lan Kwai Fong Christmas and New Year's Eve Street Party

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, 2018
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

Macao Light Festival 2018 - Time Travel in Macao

Senado Square Macao Light Festival

Next door in Macao, the Festival of Lights is back! This is a highly anticipated annual event just in time for the holiday season that lights up the city's heritage landmarks creating a festive and enchanting atmosphere all throughout.

This year's Festival of Lights brings five projection mapping shows that will be staged at three locations: at the Ruins of St. Paul, St. Dominic's Church and at the Pak Tai Temple, each show lasts approximately 5 minutes and are staged every 30 minutes.

Light Installations and interactive games will take place at various venues throughout the city in the Old Town, around Nam Van Lake and in the Taipa side.

When?: December 2 - 31, 2018 - lightings from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Where?: Three main locations and routes:
Old Town - take bus 3, 3A, 4, 6A, 8A, 19, 26A, 33, N1A
Nam Van Lake - take bus 6B, 9, 9A, 18, 18B, 23, 32, 32T, N2
Taipa - take bus 11, 15, 22, 28A, 30, 33, 34
How Much?: FREE

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  • Single Trip from Hong Kong Island: HK200 HK139 US$ 17
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Ongoing Hong Kong Events

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

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

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 about 12 minutes.

When?: Every Night
Where?: Can be seen from both sides of Victoria Harbour, specially stunning aboard a Harbour Cruise.
How Much? Free

The Horse Races at Happy Valley

Happy Valley Horse Races

The Happy Valley horse races in 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. On race day, 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.

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