Hong Kong Mid-Autumn Festival 2023

A full moon, glitzy lanterns and fiery dragons...
Lantern Displays for Mid-Autumn Festival in Hong Kong

The Mid-Autumn Festival and Lantern Carnivals in Hong Kong take place in many parts of the territory and run for a few days before and after the festival proper which is celebrated on the 8th Full Moon in the Lunar Calendar, usually around September/October in the Western calendar.

Together with the Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance celebrations, they are the centerpieces of the festivities of the Mid-Autumn festival or Moon festival as it is also known.

On this full moon day, families and communities traditionally gathered to celebrate the bountiful harvesting season, somewhat of the equivalent to the American Thanksgiving Day. Nowadays, families and friends typically take part in the many lantern carnivals and celebrations around the city. This year we are hoping for a full programme of cultural performances and entertainment at the carnivals as well as the return of the fire dragon parades which went missing for a couple of years due to the pandemic.

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When and Where are the Lantern Carnivals, Displays and Parades?

The 2023 Hong Kong Mid-Autumn Festival is on Friday September 29, 2023. Lantern Displays start in early September.

These are some of the main Lantern and Mid-Autumn celebrations in Hong Kong which are easy to get to and are very accesible for visitors.

Mid-Autumn Lantern Displays, Carnivals, Parades and Events 2023

All programs are free unless otherwise indicated, public is free to roam around the beautiful lantern displays.

Urban Mid-Autumn Carnival at Victoria Park

Mid-Autumn Lantern Displays Victoria Park

This is the all-in-one mega event that offers magnificent lantern displays and a full cultural programme including a Fire Dragon Dance, kung fu demonstrations, folk songs and crafts and this year we are returning with a full programme.

This year's theme "Chinese Delights in Full Splendour" will showcase dazzling large-scale lanterns from Foshan, intangible cultural heritage performances including Cantonese Opera, the Fire Dragon Dances, delicate handicrafts and lantern riddles as well as a Traditional Craftsmanship of Lantern-Making Exhibition.

When?: September 23 - October 2, 2023 - light-up time from 6:30 pm to 11:00 pm Saturday thru Monday

Where?: Victoria Park at Soccer Pitches 1 - 6

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Tsim Sha Tsui Lantern Installation

Mid-Autumn Lantern Displays Hong Kong Cultural Centre

In the same way as the Spring Lantern Festival, the LCSD sets up an amazing Lantern Exhibition in Tsim Sha Tsui near the Waterfront Promenade.

This one is fairly easy to pop in for tourists as it's just around the corner from the Star Ferry Terminal and the TST metro station and you can enjoy the beautiful displays as you stroll around the Clocktower and the Promenade, and maybe take in the Symphony of Lights show which is featured every night.

The 2023 displays will be set up by the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza by the Clocktower as in prior years with the theme The Moon Machine, a high-tech interactive lighting installation, the colours of which change in response to the size of the crowd gathering in its vicinity!

When?: September 15 - October 8, 2023, light-up time from 6:30 pm to 11:00 pm Fridays thru Sundays

Where?: Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza, in front of the clocktower

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Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance Parades

Fire Dragon Dance in Tai Hang Causeway Bay

The Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance Parade is another example of Hong Kong's traditional culture and a main part of the celebrations of the Mid-Autumn Festival.

This is a fantastic tradition and one you should not miss. You can take part and experience as the 67-metre Fire Dragon winds through the streets of Tai Hang, like it did over a century ago... It's an amazing sight with over 300 performers, 70,000 incense sticks, and lots and lots of firecrackers!

When?: September 28 - 30, 2023 - approx. 8:15 pm - 10:30 pm
Where?: Tai Hang, Causeway Bay.

New Territories East Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival

Mid-Autumn Lantern Displays

The theme for this year is "Happy Reunion by the Riverside". On these bright, moonlit nights, the Sha Tin Park becomes a festive playground with a wide array of lanterns taking the shapes of rabbit and other adorable animals. Also on offer are Chinese handicraft demonstrations, lantern riddles, as well as music and dance shows that are both traditional and innovative.

When?: September 23 - October 2, 2023 - light-up time from 6:30 pm to 11:00 pm Saturday thru Monday, Gala Night on Thursday September 28, 2023

Where?: Sha Tin Park

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New Territories West Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival

Mid-Autumn Lantern Displays Floral

This year's theme is "Lotus Pond under the Full Moon". Members of the public are invited to visit the Tuen Mun Park and savour the views here around the lotus pond and the gurgling stream, appreciating lanterns featuring flowers in full bloom amid dancing butterflies. There are also traditional Chinese handicraft demonstrations and lantern riddles, as well as music and dance performances.

When?: September 23 - October 2, 2023 - light-up time from 6:30 pm to 11:00 pm Saturday thru Monday, Gala Night on Saturday September 30 , 2023

Where?: Tuen Mun Park

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Moon Fest Lumiere at Lee Tung Avenue - until October 23, 2023

Mid-Autumn Lantern Displays Lee Tung Avenue

Over 800 traditional Chinese lanterns, in a bright colour scheme will be hanging above Lee Tung Avenue to create a magnificent scene this Mid-Autumn Festival and on the Festival proper, the return of the popular LED Fire Dragon Parade after a 3 year hiatus!

When?: Now thru October 23, 2023. LED Fire Dragon Fiesta on September 29, 2023 starts 8:30 pm

Where?: Lee Tung Avenue

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