The traditional New Year's Fireworks have been cancelled over protest fears. Expect a smaller scale NYE countdown celebration to welcome 2020. Organisers say safety is top priority and promise enhanced light show and fireworks launched from skyscrapers rather than the harbour barges.
The New Year's Eve fireworks in Hong Kong have come a long way from the early 4-minute displays launched from many of Hong Kong Island's landmark buildings.
The scope and range of the fireworks as the complexity and sophistication of the entire performance has been extended exponentially with fireworks being launched from the middle of Victoria Harbour and the addition of many features, laser and LED displays, and stunning coreography.
You can practically watch the fireworks from
just about anywhere in Hong Kong and new features and improvements are constantly being added. The countdown celebrations have featured "Shooting Stars" beginning an hour before the countdown with splashes of light exploding every 15 minutes from the rooftops of the buildings surrounding the harbour...
Even though shorter and smaller in scope than the Chinese New Year and National Day Fireworks which last a whooping 20 plus minutes, the pyrotechnics and synchronized music and sound effects provide an incredibly dazzling spectacle with a superb atmosphere.
Watch below the mind-blowing 2018 countdown when the display area was increased by a third to 1.1 km along the harbourfront. The fireworks lasted approximately ten minutes and featured for the first time pyrotechnics from an award-winning European fireworks maker accompanied by a soundtrack composed and produced by veteran local music director Chiu Tsang-hei.
New Year's Countdown 2020
The Fireworks will be held at midnight December 31, 2019 and will be a 10-minute synchronised "pyromusical" including fireworks, pyrotechnics, music and lights, all beautifully choreographed.
The fireworks will be launched from the barges set up in the harbour, lighting effects and fireworks shoot out of rooftops of buildings and landmarks on both sides with many exploding high in the sky above Victoria Harbour. The numerals "2020" and New Year blessings will of course be displayed on the facade of the Convention Center.
And don't miss the grand finale when 45 different patterns of fireworks will be projected within the last single minute including flowers, candles, smileys, hearts...
You need to stake out your viewing place waaaay
before midnight as most public places will be packed, and remember, road closures start as early as 6:30 pm.
There is also a live street party featuring various artist performances starting at 11 p.m. in Tsim Sha Tsui and hosted by the Hong Kong Tourism Board. This year's guest performers include singers George Lam Chi-cheung, AGA and emerging band MIRROR, check them out by the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza and viewing deck.
"Shooting Stars" start at 11:00 pm, every 15 minutes, rooftops of skyscrapers around the harbour will launch bursts of shimmering lights.
When?: December 31, 2018 - Countdown starts 60 seconds before midnight.
Where?: Anywhere within view of the harbour.
How much?: Free! at all public viewing areas.
What if you can't be here? The HKTB will be live streaming the countdown on its Facebook page so be sure to tune in!
Which side of the harbour? As a general rule, you should watch from whatever side you are staying and plan on walking. Trying to catch
a taxi or the packed MTR on the way home when every one else is also trying to do the same is quite challenging to say the least.
Also consider whether you want to have the focal point of the countdown in view or just want to enjoy the fireworks. The focal point is normally at the Convention Center, so best view if you want to watch that is from the Kowloon side.
One of our favourite spots to watch from Kowloon in Tsim Sha Tsui,
you can watch all along
the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade from the Star Ferry Terminal to the New World Centre in the East.
Another popular vantage point for fireworks is the Hung Hom Bypass which is closed to traffic between Salisbury Road and Hung Hom Road, and the Hung Hom Promenade.
The First Ever New Year's Countdown at Hong Kong Disneyland! - CANCELLED
On New Year's Eve, at 9 pm, the park's Castle Hub Stage will be transformed into a festive party area. High energy performances will have you dancing and swaying the night away. A magician will be performing jaw-dropping illusions to mesmerise everyone around. Mickey Mouse himself will take part in a spectacular percussive performance, so put on your very own set of special edition New Year's Mickey Mouse ears headbands and join the party!
As midnight approaches, Mickey will step onto the Castle Hub Stage while a countdown moment along with pyrotechnics counts down to the big moment as everyone shouts in unison "3, 2, 1, Happy New Year!" It’s sure to be an unforgettable and magical celebration that will inspire hopes and dreams for the new year to come!
When?:December 31, 2019 - 9:00 pm to 3:00 am Event has been cancelled due to potential issues with late-night transportation.
Where?: Hong Kong Disneyland
How Much?: General Admission (9 - 12) HK$999, Children (3 - 11) HK$909, Seniors 65+ HK$629, includes one day admission to the park, wristband for admission to Countdown party, 3 dining tokens valid after 9 pm, NYE Countdown Party
Mickey Headband and Pin. Two day ticket option available.
You can buy discount tickets online at Klook.com, select the New Year's Countdown Party option :
Adult HK999 HKD989 US$126, Children HK909 HKD899 US$115, Seniors HK629 HKD619 US$79.
More Info and Booking at Klook.com
New Year's Eve Fireworks Cruises
Watching the fireworks from a Harbour Cruise in the middle of Victoria Harbour as the entire sky lits up and splashes of colour and light explode all around you is truly a once-in-a-lifetime mesmerizing experience. There simply are no words to describe it.
Another plus besides the front-row fifty-yard-line awesome views is the fact that you avoid the crowds and, this is a big one, there will be free-flowing drinks AND toilets available...
New Year's Eve fireworks cruises are extremely popular, so needless to say, you need to book as soon as you firm up your plans as they sell out quite quickly!
NYE Fireworks Cruise, Dinner Buffet and Free Flow Drinks
Enjoy the most amazing night view of the fireworks aboard this small-group yacht (maximum 40 passengers), includes
Western Style Buffet Menu on the harbourside including: Crab Roe, Cucumber & Fruit Salad, Mini Egg Salad Croissant, Italian Meatball, BBQ Chicken Wings, American Baby Ribs w/ Roasted Potatoes, Grilled Pork Drumsticks in BBQ Sauce, Angus Diced Beef w/Gravy, Spaghetti Bolognese, Spanish Seafood Fried Rice, Fresh Fruit Platter
Soft drinks and water
Adult pricing applies to all travelers
When?: December 31, 2019 meets at pier at 9:00 pm
Where?: Departs from Central Pier 10
Returns to North Point Tong Shui Road Pier
How Much?: US$ 160
Small Group 2020 New Year's Eve Deluxe Seaside Lobster Buffet, Fireworks Cruise, and Open Bar
A very exclusive celebration including a Deluxe banquet at an authentic harbour side local seafood restaurant, followed by a smooth boarding process to an intimate 70ft yacht for the most fantastic night views and the magnificent New Year's Eve fireworks. Celebrate aboard an intimate and exclusive 70ft cruiser with a delicious Deluxe dinner and whilst enjoying the fantastic night view and build-up to midnight.
Share the magnificent New Year's Eve fireworks aboard the cruise.
Open-bar hospitality: beer, soft drinks, juices, Prosecco, red wine and white wine
Can also cater for gluten free/dairy free/vegan dietary requirements - please confirm if required at the time of booking
Small group, maximum 50 guests.
When?: December 31, 2019 check in starts 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Where?: Meeting point will be at the corner of Nathan Road and Middle Road of the rear entrance of The Peninsula Hotel Hong Kong outside store "Ralph Lauren". By the end of our cruise, guests will be dropped off at the Causeway Bay typhoon shelter to disembark. Trains will be running all night for guests to get back to their hotels, taxis or uber will also be available to hail. Expected disembarkation at 1am.
How Much?: US$ 425
Passengers 18+ ONLY
Dress code is Smart Casual
2020 New Year's Eve Fireworks and Dinner Buffet Cruise
Guaranteed the best seats in town! Enjoy the open-bar hospitality, hearty food menu, the fantastic night view and the magnificent Fireworks Show!
Dinner buffet of Thai and Western cuisine
Free-flow alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
When?: December 31, 2019 boarding starts 8:00 pm
Where?: Departs from Central Public Pier 10 and returns to original departure point
Family-friendly, all ages welcome
How Much?: US$ 259, children (3 - 17) US$173
New Year's Eve Fireworks Cruise on Luxury Yacht with Buffet
Enjoy a buffet dinner and free flow of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks aboard the signature yacht Infinity while cruising along the harbour to see the stunning night view of Hong Kong. Before midnight, the yacht will anchor at the best spot so you can watch the most amazing fireworks in the year with your friends and family to welcome year 2020.
Free-flowing alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks: red, white, sparkling wine, beer, soft drinks and water
Buffet Menu TBA
When?: December 31, 2019, departure 9:00 pm
Where?: Departs from Kwun Tong Public Pier
Returns to same dock right after the midnight fireworks.
How Much?: US$ 367, children (0-17) US$327
New Year's Eve Open Bar Yacht Cruise with Fireworks
Board the intimate and exclusive 70ft yacht, enjoy the open-bar hospitality, hearty food menu, the fantastic night views and the magnificent New Year's Eve fireworks.
Free-flowing alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks: beer, wine and soft drinks
When?: December 31, 2019, departure 9:00 pm
Where?: Departs from Kowloon City Ferry Pier, San Ma Tau St, Ma Tau Kok, Hong Kong
Returns to Causeway Bay typhoon shelter.
How Much?: US$ 320
Certainly an experience to remember! Sells out quick!
Ride up the double decker elevators at Hong Kong's tallest building straight to Sky100 Observation Deck where you enjoy spectacular 360-degree views of the Hong Kong skyline, famous Victoria Harbour and the stunning fireworks with a live band.
One free drink included with the New Year Fireworks package (choice of Sparkling Wine, White or Red Wine, Beer, OJ or Soft Drink)
Quick and easy entrance with this e-ticket admission