February 2021 Hong Kong Festivals and Events

Dragons, Lions, Lantern Galore...

Some events may be cancelled due to the current health precautions. Please check with event organisers for updates.

February in Hong Kong, Chinese New Year Decorations

The Chinese New Year celebrations in a somewhat different format this year due to the pandemic, will be in full swing in Hong Kong this February. Covid-19 continues to present many challenges with many of the large-scale highlight events having been cancelled.

Both the Chinese New Year Night Parade and the Chinese New Year Fireworks have been cancelled this year. Bus as we get ready to welcome the Year of the Ox on February 12, 2021 there will be plenty of socially-distanced events to keep everyone safe and the celebrations will wrap up as always with the traditional Spring Lantern Festival by the end of the month.

Watch out for dancing lions and parading dragons which wll be making the rounds as always. Here are the top Hong Kong events for February 2021.

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Recurring February Events Cancelled/Suspended in 2021

  • The Hong Kong Marathon - POSTPONED to October 24, 2021
  • The Great European Carnival - CANCELLED
  • Chinese New Year Parade - CANCELLED
  • Chinese New Year Fireworks - CANCELLED
  • The Longines Masters of Hong Kong (Equestrian) - CANCELLED
  • C3 Hong Kong - for Anime, Comics and Games fans - CANCELLED

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 Spring Festival events so 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, migrating birds are here in spades.

Get Outdoors!

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Activities, Tours, Attractions that are OPEN

Tours, attractions and activities that can be conducted safely while adhering to proper social distancing guidelines have reopened as have most outdoor activities.

It's time to get out! Here's a list of fun outdoor things to do that have restarted operations and can be booked now. When possible book tickets online and/or make a reservation as many of the activities are running on limited capacities.


Hong Kong Lunar New Year Socially-Distanced Highlight Events

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 atmosphere is at night, but be prepared for the crowds!

When? February 6 through February 12, 2021. On New Year's Eve February 11, 2021 it will be open throughout until the early hours (6:00 am) of New Year's Day when it will close.
Hours from 12:00 noon to midnight
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.
How Much? Depends on what you're buying! Free to browse!

Chinese New Year Night Parade - CANCELLED

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.

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.

The 2021 International Chinese New Year Night Parade which was scheduled for February 12, 2021 at 8:00 pm has been cancelled as it traditionally invites renowned performing groups from different parts of the world, these groups are unable to join the event as pandemic travel restrictions remain in place.

The HKTB has decided instead to organise an Online+Offline event. Details to follow, stay tuned!

Chinese New Year Fireworks - CANCELLED

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 pyrothechnic wonder as the sky above the harbour explodes in bursts of shimmering color.

The breathtaking show lasts approximately 25 to 30 minutes.

When? February 13, 2021 - 8:00 p.m. - CANCELLED
Where? Victoria Harbour, all along the waterfront or where there is a view just above the Harbour.
How Much? FREE

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 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? TBC - February 2021 Displays are lit 6:00pm to 11pm from Friday to Sunday.
Where? Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza by the Water Pools in front of the Clocktower, Tsim Sha Tsui.
How Much? Free

Chinese New Year Race Day (Horse Racing)

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.

At this time, due to the tighter Covid-19 measures, THE RACES ARE RUNNING WITHOUT PUBLIC ATTENDANCE. The Hong Kong Jockey Club however obtains permission by the Government to organise attendance with certain conditions for race meetings at both Happy Valley and Sha Tin, for example by making a booking at one of the course venues following prescribed measures. This might vary depending on restrictions and curfews in effect at a particular race day. Here are the latest arrangements.

When?: February 14, 2021 - 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 HK190 (must bring passport)

A Golden Chinese New Year Celebration at Disneyland Hong Kong - Park is closed until further notice

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? TBA Park is closed until further notice
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 HK639 HKD570 US$73, Children HK475 HKD435 US$56
Effective October 19, 2021 pricing for Peak Days Adult HK699 HKD638 US$82, Children HK524 HKD488 US$62
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Ocean Park Lucky Lunar Fiesta - Park is closed until further notice

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? TBC - Park is closed until further notice
Where? Ocean Park Hong Kong
How Much? CNY events are free with entrance ticket.

Remember you can buy discount tickets online at Klook.com:
Ocean Park Discount Tickets Adult HK498 HKD448 US$57, Children HK249 HKD224 US$29
Autumn Package HK360 adults, HK195 child, and Halloween Combo Tickets also available.
Limited Early Bird Offer for Water World Ocean Park HK Ticket

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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. This is not exactly "around the corner" but well worth the trip.

When? From New Year's Day February 12 until the Lantern Festival February 26, 2021 - CANCELLED
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.

Valentine's Day In Hong Kong - February 14, 2021

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...

Longines Masters of Hong Kong - Cancelled

Hong Kong Masters

Established across three continents and four iconic cities - Paris, Hong Kong, New York and Lausanne - the Longines Masters series is one of the most prestigious equestrian events in the world.

If you love horses, this is your event! This is not only about exhilarating show jumping, 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...

New to this year's event and in the same arena as Longines Masters, is the Asian Arabian Horse Show, the first of its kind in Hong Kong.

This is a fantastic event for the entire family as there will also be activities for kids such as the unique Hobby Horse competition, a simulation of the gymnastic elements of real-life horseback riding that can be surprisingly competitive.

When?: Cancelled
Where?: AsiaWorld Expo
How Much?: Admission to the Prestige Village HK 180
Tickets for competition sessions - HK$230 for a Grandstand Pass, family and concessionary tickets available as well as premium VIP packages.

Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon

Hong Kong Marathon

This is a signature international sporting event in Hong Kong attracting some 70,000 participants and a total prize money for the Marathon of US$ 300,000.

The 42-kilometer Marathon Route starts in Nathan Road in Tsim Sha Tsui and ends in Victoria Park in Hong Kong Island.

There is also a Half-Marathon, a 10km Race, a Half-Marathon Wheelchair Race and a 3km Wheelchair Race as well as just for fun non-competitive family runs.

When?: Postponed to October 24, 2021
Where?: Watch along Race Route on both sides of the harbour
How Much?: FREE for spectators

Hong Kong Arts Festival - February - March 2021

Hong Kong Performing Arts Festival

On its 49th year, this is Hong Kong's foremost event dedicated to the performing arts. This year, due to the current Covid precautions the format will be a bit different with both In-Venue as well as virtual online programmes.

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 National Theatre Brno, the iconic Russian dance company Igor Moiseyev Ballet, the Wiener Symphoniker, Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, the China National Peking Opera Company and many more.

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.

At this time, due to the ongoing Covid-19 measures, THE RACES ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC with special arrangements that have been made for race meetings at both Happy Valley and Sha Tin. RESERVATIONS must be made in advance by booking at any one of the course venues and following the prescribed measures. The measures might vary depending on restrictions and curfews in effect at a particular race day. Here are the latest arrangements.

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.
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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