Leisure and Pleasure: Events in Hong Kong this December
The most festive month of the year is here and, as usual, Hong Kong is just buzzing with a multitude of events and activities to keep you engaged almost every day of the week. From car racing events to Christmas musicals, there’s something for everyone and every budget. We have our heart set on the events listed here.
Hong Kong E-Prix
Street racing becomes a reality in Hong Kong with the 2017 HKT E-Prix. As prelude to the Formula E season, the event will see electric single-seat race cars jockey for pole position around a track at Central’s iconic Harbourfront. The city will be the first in Asia to host a unique “double-header” featuring two separate and distinct races.
2 – 3 December
Central Harbourfront Event Space
Coinciding with Hong Kong’s Business of Design Week, the deTour creative festival returns to the PMQ this month. The annual cultural event brings together a bevy of artists and designers for this year’s theme of Harmonious Chaos. Installations and interactive pieces from more than 20 different designers – all handpicked for the festival – will be on show. Be sure not to miss Confluence – a towering 14m light wall from local design collective Bloom.
1 – 10 December
35 Aberdeen Street, Central
Canadian pop idol Shawn Mendes brings his globetrotting Illuminate tour to Hong Kong this month. The 19-year-old singer-songwriter will perform his chart-toppers, including hits Stitches and Mercy, at Lantau’s AsiaWorld-Expo. With his likable persona and washboard abs, Mendes is sure to prove a hit with teenyboppers across Hong Kong – scoop up tickets for your kids while they last!
Hall 10, AsiaWorld-Expo
The UK’s largest electronic music festival, Creamfields, returns to Hong Kong this month to celebrate its 20th anniversary. AsiaWorld- Expo will play host to some of the biggest names in the scene, including Above & Beyond, Galantis, Tiësto and Flume. Single-day and weekend passes are currently available.
15 – 16 December
The Hong Kong Ballet will kick off the holiday season with a fresh take on The Nutcracker. The world-famous ballet tells the story of young siblings Clara and Fritz Stahlbaum, who dream of a magical Christmas tree and a nutcracker prince. The two embark on an unforgettable adventure to help the heroic Nutcracker defeat the evil Rat King. Featuring a live performance of Tchaikovsky’s iconic score by the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and choreography by Terence Kohler, The Nutcracker carries on the time-honoured Christmas tradition.
15 – 26 December
Grand Theatre, Hong Kong
Cultural Centre, Tsim Sha Tsui
It’s not every day that one gets to downward dog with the world’s oldest practitioner of yoga: 99-year-old Tao Porchon-Lynch. An early adoptee of yoga at the age of eight, Tao led a colourful life as a resistance fighter during WWII and also studied under an occultist. In an immersive two-hour “on-the-mat” experience, participants will have the opportunity to learn the four pillars of yoga while discovering Tao’s secrets to healthy living. Namaste!
19 – 21 December
Pacific Place, Admiralty
Scrooge! – The Musical
The Chan Dang Social Services Foundation is reviving the popular Broadway musical Scrooge! just in time for Christmas. Say “bah humbug!” to the holiday blues with this critically acclaimed Broadway show, adapted from the classic Charles Dickens novella, A Christmas Carol. Currently undergoing its second revival, the production is set to take centre stage at the Lyric Theatre, Hong Kong’s premier performing arts venue. The winner of three Hong Kong Drama Awards, Scrooge! is the perfect activity for families looking to ring in – and sing in – the festive season.
19 – 26 December
The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
1, Gloucester Road, Wan Chai
From 7:45pm onwards
The World of Tintin
Budding illustrators and cartoon enthusiasts are in for a treat with the arrival of The World of Tintin exhibition at Quarry Bay. This unique collaboration between the HOCA Foundation and Musee Hergé is the largest ever showcase of Tintin artworks in Hong Kong. Three dioramic artworks have been specially created for the exhibition, modelled on scenes from the Tintin series. The scale of the exhibition is immense, with three pop-up shops around Hong Kong (ArtisTree, City Plaza and Central) presenting a variety of Tintin memorabilia.
Now till 26 December
Level 1, Cambridge House, Quarry Bay