Front and center in Hong Kong this February 2018 are the Chinese New Year celebrations which will be in full swing as we welcome the Year of the Dog...
Watch out for dancing lions, parading dragons, and of course Hong Kong's signature fireworks extravaganza!
It's all happening this month, Chinese New Year is on February 16, 2018, the preparations begin early in the month as the territory envelopes itself in a sea of red and gold and the flower markets and temples are brimming with activity and excitement.
The celebrations extend for the next 15 days into March
and culminate with the Spring Lantern Festival on March 2, 2018.
So let's get started. Here's this month's fantastic line-up:
Chinese New Year Highlight Celebrations in February 2018:
Pleasant, dry and cooler temperatures continue through this month, a light jacket will definitely come in handy but leave your heavy stuff at home.
February will be packed with exciting events, but do make some time to head outdoors and enjoy the marvelous weather! For nature lovers, this is the time to enjoy our fantastic reserves and trails. Weather is pleasant and migrating birds are here in spades.
Hong Kong Lunar New Year Highlight Events February 2018
Hong Kong Chinese New Year Flower Markets
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 atmosphere is at night, but be prepared for the crowds!
When? February 10 - 16, 2018 On New Year's Eve February 15, 2018 it will be open throughout
until the early hours (6:00 am) of New Year's Day when it will close.
February 10 - 15 from 12:00 noon to midnight
February 16 - from midnight to 6:00 am
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!
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.
It has been traditionally held on the first night of the New Year and is together with the fireworks, one of the hallmark celebrations of the Lunar New Year.
When? February 16, 2018 - 8:00 p.m.
How Much? Free along the Parade route, fee applies for spectator stands.
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 pyrothechnic wonder as the sky above the harbour explodes in bursts of shimmering color.
show lasts approximately 25 to 30 minutes.
When? February 17, 2018- 8:00 p.m.
Where? Victoria Harbour, all along the waterfront or where there is a view just above the Harbour.
How Much? FREE
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 18, 2018 - 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)
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 in the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront in the lead up to the Lantern Carnival which mark the end of the Lunar New Year celebrations.
When? Early February through Early March 2018. Displays are normally 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
A Golden Chinese New Year Celebration at Disneyland Hong Kong
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? February through early March
Where? Hong Kong Disneyland
How Much? CNY events are free with entrance ticket.
Remember you can buy discount tickets online at Klook.com:
HK Disneyland Discount Tickets Adult HK619 HKD524 US$67, Children HK458 HKD366 US$48
More Info and Booking at Klook.com
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.
Remember you can buy discount tickets online at Klook.com:
Ocean Park Discount Tickets Adult HK438 HKD380 US$49, Children HK219 HKD193 US$24
More Info and Booking at Klook.com
Hong Kong Well-Wishing Festival
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. This is not exactly "around the corner" but well worth the trip.
When? From New Year's Day February 16 until the Lantern Festival weekend March 4, 2018
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.
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!
New this year? The Great Circus of Europe, a heart-pounding thrill show for families, featuring over 25 fantastic performers from around the world and several world-class acts including The Motorcycles in the Globe, The Gerlings Highwire, The Space Wheel...
When?: December 21, 2017 to February 25, 2018 (except Friday January 12) - 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 HK$100 e-token), Child (3-11) HK 90 (includes HK$70 e-token)
Number of tokens required for each attraction/ride vary.
Tickets for the Great Circus of Europe HK $200+
CATS, one of the greatest musicals of all time, returns to Hong Kong.
Featuring a fantastical set, Andrew Lloyd Webber's magnificent score that includes the poignant hit song "Memory", dazzling choreography and stunning costumes, CATS is a brilliant song and dance spectacular.
Come join as the Jellicle Cats come out to play in a larger-than-life junk yard on the night of the Jellicle Ball!
When?: January 6 - February 4, 2018
Where?: The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Lyric Theatre
How Much?: HK$ 445 + Likely to sell out
C3 in Hong Kong which stands for "Characters, Culture and Contents" is an annual anime, comics and games event for fans of Japanese ACG culture.
Major anime publishers, retailers and production houses bring the authentic Japanese anime and comic culture to Hong Kong with their latest creations, with popular Japanese singers/voice actors/producers etc. here to entertain Hong Kong fans.
This year, C3 will co-operate with AFA, the Anime Festival Asia and rename as C3AFA HK 2018
Longines Masters of Hong Kong - February 9 - 11, 2018
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 candy, 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 five different sessions from Friday through Sunday when these are battled out:
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?: February 9 - 11, 2018
Where?: AsiaWorld Expo
How Much?: Admission to the Prestige Village is FREE
Tickets for competition sessions - HK$200 - HK$980, family and concessionary tickets available as well as premium VIP packages.
Hong Kong Arts Festival - February 23 - March 24, 2018
On its 46th year, this is Hong Kong's foremost event dedicated to the performing arts.
Four 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 Danish National Symphony Orchestra, the National Theatre of Great Britain, the China National Peking Opera Company, the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra, Ballet Zurich and many others.
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 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.