As Hong Kong gets into the festive spirit this December, the city is organising a host of cosy events that warm hearts in this season of giving — from special charity events to Christmas latte art classes to traditional Christmas markets. You’ll also want to whet your appetite (or work off that Thanksgiving feast) with a number of gastronomic and wellness events that round out the calendar for the fortnight. Scroll through below to find our list of the best events in Hong Kong this December.
Flow & Nourish Rooftop Yoga Series at Ovolo Southside
When: 1 & 8 December, 10:30am
Price: HK$400 from Ticketflap
Detox ahead of the indulgent season with the introduction of the new Flow & Nourish rooftop yoga series at Southside terrace bar Above by Komune. The Ovolo Southside Hotel has teamed up with boutique yoga studio Kita Yoga to host hour-long sessions on the sunny terrace. The first session is led by Janith, with predominant focus on slow breathing and connecting with your body’s sensations; the second session will be a more dynamic flow led by Miya, who will also incorporate instrumental sound meditation to help participants unwind. The classes are followed by a brunch at Komune (included in the price), with healthy options such as avocado toast and chia seed pudding with fruits and almonds.
Ovolo Southside, 23/F, 64 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong
The Grand Gelinaz! Shuffle 2019
When: 3 December, 6:30–11pm
Price: HK$1,908 from Gelinaz
The Gelinaz is an international extravaganza of fine cuisine, held one day a year where 148 of the world’s greatest chefs strap in for a one-night-only shuffle party — remixing venues and recipes across the globe. This year, the chefs stay in their home restaurants, and instead are swapping eight newly created recipes with other chefs around the globe, where they will be served on new turf. In turn, they will also receive a menu of dishes they will serve on the evening of the Grand Gelinaz this year — even the diners won’t be told whom the masterminds of their dinner menu are until they turn up. Spread across 38 countries and 17 time zones, the event in Hong Kong takes place at The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong’s Tosca di Angelo, VEA, Aaharn, Happy Paradise, Ho Lee Fook, and Tate Dining Room. Head to Gelinaz for more information.
SoCO Christmas Carols
When: 5 December, 6:30pm
Price: From HK$650 from Ticketflap
The Society for Community Organisation supports the least privileged in the city throughout the year through various projects helping children to the elderly, as well as hosts exhibitions to raise awareness of the hardships that many go through in Hong Kong. SoCo’s members host a yearly charity carol evening to raise funds for those in need, and this 8th edition continues the tradition to kick start the month with some happy music and festive cheer. Tickets serve as donations to the non-profit.
Helena May, 35 Garden Road, Central, Hong Kong
Finnish Christmas Market
When: 6–8 December
Santa pays a visit to the Hong Kong harbourfront this December with the Finnish Christmas Market taking over for a weekend. Hosted by the Finnish Chamber of Commerce, the market kick-starts the joyful festive season with some time-honoured Nordic holiday traditions as well as providing a dose of Christmas shopping. Sip on some spiced Scandinavian Glögi, try your hand at the Finnish throwing game of Mölkky, and nibble on Nordic delicacies while you get into the spirit of the holidays — or even pay a visit to Santa’s Office.
AIA Vitality Park/Hong Kong Observation Wheel, Central, Hong Kong
TEDxTinHau Women: Bold & Brilliant Without Apologies
When: 6 December, 1–7pm
Price: HK$600 from Pelago
This year’s TEDxTinHauWomen returns as a community fair celebrating the work of brilliant women, and features once again a talented panel of speakers. Topics range from the search for extraterrestrial life on Mars from planetary scientist Dr. Angélica Anglés, to architect Gigi Chao’s story of how she turned down her father’s HK$500 million-dollar dowry. The day of talks will also be accompanied by two networking sessions. Check TEDxTinHauWomen for more details.
Sky100, ICC, 1 Austin Road West, West Kowloon, Hong Kong
BMW x Land Glamping Experience
When: 7–8 December
Price: HK$980–2,200 from BMW HK
It’s the perfect weather to be outside in Hong Kong, and to make the most of the great outdoors before the temperature descends, BMW is organising two day-camp sessions for keen car owners, featuring a series of whimsical workshops and the chance to test drive BMW’s X1 to X5 range of SUVs along Yuen Long’s rocky terrain and rural roads. An overnight stay was also available along with nighttime exclusives such as outdoor movie screenings and stargazing, though the guest quota has been met.
Day-campers can expect to sip on handcrafted coffee brewed outdoors, or to join in on a latte art workshop in the Glamorous Zone; taste a range of flame-kissed barbecue dishes or become the grill master yourself in the Gourmet Zone; or even inhale some fresh air as you stretch through an open-air yoga class in the Active Zone. Dog owners will want to bring their furry best friends on the Sunday and enjoy the day out along the grass.
Pak Nai Natural Garden, 154 Sheung Pak Nai Tsuen, Lau Fau Shan, Yuen Long
Italian Charity Day at Sandy Bay
When: 7 December, 10am–5pm
Organised for close to four decades by the Italian Women’s Association, the Italian Charity Day at Sandy Bay takes place on the first Saturday of December each year to raise funds for a good cause. The biggest draws of the Charity Day are of course the open-air Bazaar, featuring more than 90 stalls purveying a range of accessories, toys, shoes, as well as the popular Gourmet Corner, featuring all your favourite Italian dishes and snacks sponsored by some of the best Italian eateries in town. This year, proceeds will go to the Duchess of Kent Children’s Hospital and a selection of local charity projects such as Operation Santa Claus — the successful event managed to raise HK$1.25 million in just one day last year.
The Gardens of the Duchess of Kent Children’s Hospital, 12 Sandy Bay Road, Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong
Festive Veggie Bouquet Jamming
When: 8 December, 11am–1pm
Price: HK$500 per person, register via +852 6398 9372 or email email@example.com.
Sure the poinsettias and firs typical of this time of year make this season feel magical, but how about a practical bouquet that also teaches the importance of sustainability and celebrates festive abundance? Head to K11 Musea’s Nature Discovery Park, Hong Kong’s first urban biodiversity museum and education facility, where you can learn about local biodiversity at its expansive green rooftop garden. The two-hour experience will have you harvesting and making your own edible bouquet of organic, fresh vegetables.
Nature Discovery Park, 8/F, K11 Musea, Victoria Dockside, Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Meet Yu Nagaba Gallery — I’m Your Venus
When: 12–16 December
Following the pop-up of Japanese street artist Verdy’s presence in town, the second instalment of AllRightsReserved’s ‘Meet___ Project’ brings artist Yu Nagaba to town for a week-long exhibition. This is Yu Nagaba’s first overseas exhibition, and will introduce his whimsical oil on canvas sketches riffing on famous movie scenes and popular culture to Hong Kong art lovers. The centrepiece of the exhibition is none other than Leonardo Da Vinci’s Venus, reimagined as a skater girl. The iconic character is also rendered in limited edition collectibles, such as a vinyl sculpture, skate deck, beer glass and graphic apparel — all available for sale online.
19 Old Bailey Street, Central, Hong Kong
24 Hours in Movement: Pegged Legs, Hooked Hands
When: 14 December
Price: HK$100 from EventBrite
Eaton HK is hosting Hong Kong’s first 24-hour dance and movement festival, with an exuberant property-wide event with performances that extend from the hotel’s lobby to the rooftop swimming pool, to even Michelin-starred Yat Tung Heen. Enlisting more than 40 Hong Kong and international artists, the entire day is dedicated to dance in all its forms — praising technical virtuosity as much as poetic expression. The festival starts from 3am on 14 December, with highlight performances at sunrise at the pool over hot coffee; parkour sessions over breakfast; acrobatics and Chinese opera at The Astor, a partnership with the Hong Kong Ballet and more.
Eaton HK, 380 Nathan Road, Jordan, Hong Kong, +852 2782 1818
Hush Home x ImpactHK Charity Blanket Drive
When: 7–15 December
For this season of giving, and where warmth and comfort is needed more than ever, boutique mattress brand Hush Home and local non-profit ImpactHK are teaming up for a Buy One Give One campaign in an effort to support the homeless and needy. The campaign coincides with ImpactHK’s Big Sleep Out event: part of a global sleep out, where on 7 December, participants worldwide are invited to sleep under the stars to raise awareness and call for an end to global homelessness. Shop Hush Home’s All-Season Duvets (with 15 percent off using code IMPACTHK), and the company pledges to donate one blanket to the charity for every duvet sold. More information from Hush Home.