December 2020 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.

Due to Coronavirus concerns, the status of the many events may change at the last minute but so far, many of the regulars are back on the schedule some in slightly different formats and of course adhering to the measures. Hong Kong Mega ShowCase and the Hong Kong International Races are back and the Wine and Dine Festival will be taking place in virtual form.

In addition, some of the events that had been cancelled for the summer have been rescheduled for the winter months so the event and entertainment schedule is as full as ever. The Hong Kong Book Fair postponed from July will be taking place at the Convention Center this month.

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

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Hong Kong Highlight Events December 2020

Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival Goes Virtual This Year

Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival

Rather than a four-day event in the waterfront, this year's festival is going virtual and will span multiple weeks in November and December allowing audiences around the world many opportunities to connect with Hong Kong's leading chefs, restaurateurs and industry thought leaders through virtual pairings, workshops and classes. Of course we will miss the fantastic setting and atmosphere, but the good thing is everyone can participate regardless of where you are in the world!

Enjoy an epicurean journey unlike any other, whether online or in town. Pleasure your palate with exquisite drinks and tastes delivered right to your door. Share interactive moments during live-streamed masterclasses. What's more, indulge in myriad themed events in restaurants - from Michelin-starred dishes to iconic street food - along with exclusive offers. Cheers!

When?: November 11 - December 15, 2020
Where?: Central Harbourfront Event Space and Tamar Park in Hong Kong Island near Central Piers 9 and 10 Tune into HKTB's online hub where Festival programs will take place.
How Much?: General Admission HK$30, 65+ and children 3-12 HK$15.

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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 HK95 million purse: the Hong Kong Cup, Hong Kong Mile, Hong Kong Vase, and Hong Kong Sprint.

When?: Sunday, December 13, 2020 - 12:00 - 6:00 pm
Where?: Sha Tin Race Course

HKTDC Hong Kong Book Fair 2020

Hong Kong Book Fair

Organised by the HK Trade Development Council, it's not only books, books and more books on this week-long affair, lately the emphasis has also been on multimedia, e-books and e-learning resources.

Besides the publishers' exhibits, there is a range of cultural events including seminars and forums featuring English-language world-renowned writers.

If you are a book worm, don't miss this chance to snatch some bargains (specially on the very last day of the fair)!

When?: December 16 - 22, 2020 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m., extended hours on weekends, last day 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Where?: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
How Much?: General Admission HK25 adults, HK10 children , reduced for entry before 12 noon and after 7pm HK10, tourists HK10

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 24 - 27, 2020
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 2020 and welcome the new year with a bang! Hong Kong's New Year's Countdown to 2021 and fireworks display on the Harbour is one of the territories signature events of the year.

This year's celebrations have not been announced and fireworks are not confirmed yet, it will all depend on the government's measures regarding mass gatherings during that time. Stay tuned! The fireworks display normally 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!

When? Midnight December 31, 2020
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

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December 2020 Hong Kong Concerts and Entertainment

Abridged Versions of Operas by Mozart: Così fan tutte x The Magic Flute

Mozart Operas

Performed by the local artists of the Jockey Club Opera Hong Kong Young Artist Development and Education Programme, the abridged opera versions of Mozart's masterpieces — Cosi fan tutte x The Magic Flute, will charm the audience with their sublime melodies and will undoubtedly bring an exciting and memorable opera performance to the audience!

When?: December 4 - 5, 2020
Where?: Tuen Mun Town Hall Auditorium
How Much?: HK$60, $120, $180, $220

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 17 - 27, 2020
Where?: Hong Kong Cultural Centre - Grand Theatre
How Much?: HK$180, $320, $480, $680, $1,000 (Limited VIP)
Suitable for ages 3 and above

Hong Kong Philharmonic's: Christmas Fantasia

Hong Kong Philharmonic Christmas  Concert

Apollo Wong leads The Hong Kong Children’s Choir and Hong Kong Philharmonic Chorus, together with the HK Phil, in a beautiful programme of sacred and secular music in a Christmas Fantasia.

Programme features The Nutcracker selections, Anderson's Christmas Festival, Handel's Messiah: Hallelujah and more.

When? December 24, 2020 - 8:00 pm
Where? Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall
How Much? HK$220, HK280, HK$380, HK$480
For Ages 6 and Above


Hong Kong Philharmonic's A Viennese New Year

Hong Kong Philharmonic New Year Concert

Renowned soprano Louise Kwong performs arias from operas by Verdi and Johann Strauss II, while the Waltz King Johann Strauss II transforms the concert hall into a ballroom with his stunning dance music. Ages 6 and above.

Programme features Rossini's William Tell Overture, J. Strauss' Kaiser-Walzer and Masked Ball: Quadrille, and more.

When? December 30 - 31, 2020 - 7:00 pm
Where? Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall
How Much? HK$220, HK280, HK$380, HK$480

December 2020 Hong Kong Holiday Events

A Disney 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...

And this year it is extra special as Hong Kong Disneyland celebrates its 15th Anniversary with the opening of the newly remodeled castle: the Castle of Magical Dreams, the first of its kind in Disney's history!

What's more, you don't want to miss the magnificent Christmas Tree, the parties, the parades and of course the light-up ceremonies!

When?: November 21, 2020 - January 1st
Where?: Disneyland Hong Kong
How Much?: Christmas events included with admmission ticket

Remember you can buy discount tickets online at Klook.com:
HK Disneyland Discount Tickets Adult HK639 HKD580 US$75, Children HK475 HKD435 US$56
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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...

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?: Mid-December to early January
Where?: Ocean Park Hong Kong
How Much?: Included with Admission Ticket

Remember you can buy discount tickets online at Klook.com:
Ocean Park Discount Tickets Adult HK498 HKD418 US$54, Children HK249 HKD235 US$30, more special deals for HK Residents. If you guy a general admission ticket you still have to make a reservation for the date of your visit.

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Winter Wonderland at A1A Vitality Park in the Waterfront

Christmas at the Hong Kong Observation Wheel

Witness the spectacular Hong Kong winter lights skyline from the very top of the Wheel. After your ride, go saunter along the glittering AIA Vitality Park to soak up the atmosphere with your loved ones. Enjoy our many fun activities including a classic carousel.

When?: December 1, 2020 - February 1, 2021
Where?: A1A Vitality Park and the Observation Wheel in the Waterfront
How Much?: Tickets for the Observation Wheel are HK20 for adults, HK10 for children (3-11) and seniors, private gondola HK160, Carousel HK30, combo packages available.

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, 2020
Where?: Streets of Lan Kwai Fong. Take the MTR to Central Station Exit D2, on to Theatre Lane and up D'Aguilar Street.

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 Are On! This is how you can attend

Happy Valley Horse Races

The 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 two world-class venues, at the Sha Tin Racecourse and the iconic Happy Valley Racecourse.

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. p> At the moment however due to the tighter Covid-19 measures, THE RACES ARE RUNNING WITHOUT PUBLIC ATTENDANCE. The Hong Kong Jockey Club however has obtained permission by the Government to organise attendance at the horse races with certain conditions by making an advance table booking.

When?: Happy Valley Night Races on 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. For now "Happy Wednesdays" are being conducted online due to the Coronavirus measures. Once the restrictions are over, the on course experience will return.
Sha Tin Day Races are on Sundays. First race normally starts at 1:00 pm, earlier if there are more than 10 races. Gates open at 11:00 am.
All races will be streamed live at the HK Jockey Club Racing Channel.
How Much? 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 "All inclusive VIP tour" provides transportation to/from your hotel, dinner and drinks and access to the Member's Boxes.

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