What’s On? Things to do this December in Hong Kong
As Hong Kong relaxes its covid restrictions, there is a lot to look forward to in the city for this festive season, with cultural events, shopping fests for Christmas and Sports competitions.
Hong Kong Ballet is proudly presenting The Nutcracker, with this production of the perennial favourite coming courtesy of long-time creative director Septime Webre and his ever-innovative team. This particular interpretation sees Hong Kong’s history and traditions provide the backdrop for this truly classic ballet with the Kowloon-Canton Railway Clock Tower, rickshaws, the Cheung Chau Bun Festival and shadow puppet theatre all added into the mix. With Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s much-loved compositions, lavish costumes and extraordinary production values, this promises to be a truly magical spectacle.
When: 16-31 Dec
Price: From HK$180 to HK$1200
Location: Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
HK Brands and Products Expo
For those looking to purchase a fine array of last minute gifts, the superb selection at this outsized outdoor fair could be just about the perfect shopportunity. Boasting more than 860 stands, the expo organisers promise a myriad of high-quality products, great prices and even better discounts. Among the themed zones tipped to be particularly popular this year are several hardy perennials, most notably food and drink, groceries, noodles, beauty and healthcare, fashion and style and household. There’s everything you need to be a self-made Santa.
When: 7-24 Dec
Price: From HK$10
Location: Victoria Park, Causeway Bay
For more information: hkbpe.com.hk
African Culinary & Drink Making
For those whose culinary curiosity stretches beyond Cantonese dishes, this diversion allows you to explore an appetising fare traditionally prepared in a host of African nations. The event promises dance displays and the opportunity to experience authentic renditions of African tales. Participants will have the chance to make egusi stew, pound yams and mix pineapple ginger drinks. The half-day event will conclude with an exquisite luncheon buffet.
When: 10 Dec
Location: Africa Centre Hong Kong, 21 Hillwood Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
For more information: africacenterhk.com
Hong Kong Cyclothon
Backed by the peerlessly philanthropic Sun Hung Kai Properties, Hong Kong Cyclothon is set to see a selection of cyclists from across the world compete to prove their pedalling prowess in and around Asia’s World City. With just 3,000 premier professional cyclists permitted to participate, all of the event’s categories – 50 km, 30 km, CEO charity, celebrity, men’s open, women’s open and team time trial – are expected to be fiercely contended. This is an epic event for spectators and sportsmen alike.
When: 18 Dec
Price: Free for spectators
Location: Tsim Sha Tsui
For more information: sportsforcharity.com
Nothing says Christmas like the trademark effervescence of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Chorus. These talented tunesmiths have teamed up with the Hong Kong Children’s choir and legendary conductor Apollo Wong for an evening that promises a fine selection of classic carolling and a selection of memorable melodies from Handel’s Messiah and Tchaikovsky’s works. There’s no finer way to tune into the Christmas spirit than by securing a ticket.
When: 23-24 Dec
Price: From $220
Location: Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall
For more information: hkphil.org
Home Furnishing Trends Expo
Homex is likely to prove the one-stop destination for any and all required residential reinvention inspiration. A dedicated showcase for all things home furnishing, it brings together the latest fads in furniture, décor, smart home systems, household equipment and appliances all in one fairly capacious space. Showcasing the finest homeware from across the world, it’s a must-visit event for aspiring space explorers.
When: 24-27 Dec
Price: From $20
Location:Hall 1, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Wan Chai
For more information: home-expo.com.hk
Chinese Opera Festival
Black Box Chinese Opera Festival features four innovative productions. Among the highlights are two original and daringly experimental Cantonese operas. Asura Judgement, has been trailed as a uniquely demanding one man adaptation of Law Ka-ying’s Rashomon-inspired ensemble work. No less intriguing is The Imperial Decree, a thought-provoking meditation featuring the talented duo of Keith Lai and Janet Wong.
When: Until 3 Dec
Price: From $230
Location: Cultural District, West Kowloon
For more information: westkowloon.hk
DeTour Design Festival
One of the most feted annual festivals for the design and creative communities bounces back into the city this month. Organised by PMQ, the event promises to be an immersive design experience, with attendees engaging both physically and virtually. The programme also includes 40 workshop sessions, 12 designer dialogues, several film screenings and a series of guided tours.
When: Until 4 Dec
Price: Free entry
Location: PMQ, Central
For more information: detour.hk
Longines Hong Kong International Races
This year’s edition of the Longines Hong Kong International Races promises a truly distinguished ensemble of 127 elite equine entrants. The event will comprise four international G1 races – the Hong Kong Cup, the Hong Kong Mile, the Hong Kong Vase and the Hong Kong Sprint – with a total of HK$110 million of prize money. It is sure to prove a highlight of the international horse racing calendar.
When: Until 11 Dec
Price: Prices vary
Location: Sha Tin Racecourse
For more information: campaigns.hkjc.com