Ring out the decade with an excitement-packed calendar of events in Hong Kong.
The Lion King — International Tour
When: 18 December–12 January
Price: HK$399–1,399 from HK Ticketing
Honestly, what could top a calendar invite to the number one musical in the world? The Lion King graces the Hong Kong stage this December as the 25th global production of the award-winning Broadway feat. Disney fans no doubt will be ecstatic to hum along to legendary tunes by Elton John and Tim Rice, as well as admire director Julie Taymor’s majestic staging, intricate costumes, puppetry and storytelling. At the heart of it is of course the beloved coming-of-age tale of Simba the lion that always manages to pull at the heartstrings, no matter how well you know the story. If you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, there are still a handful left. The show will be performed in English with Chinese surtitles.
Arena, AsiaWorld-Expo, Chek Lap Kok, Hong Kong
Warsaw Boys’ Choir at K11 MUSEA
When: 22–24 December
Christmas carols at this time of year can cheer up any world-weary soul, and with the famous Warsaw Boys’ Choir in tow, there’s no better way to get in the festive spirit. Catch the Grammy-winning chorus as they perform at K11 Musea this month with a selection of newly arranged carols, folk songs, and tunes performed in Hong Kong for the very first time. Shows start at 12:30pm and 4:30pm around the shopping complex.
K11 Musea, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Hong Kong
Lumens by Video Phase
When: 26–29 December
For Tai Kwun’s winter season, the entire parade ground is alight with the glitter of Christmas atmosphere, but come Boxing Day, you’ll want to camp out and experience a unique interactive multisensory universe created by Canadian artist duo Video Phase. Surrounded by 3D multi-screens, the two performers blend captivating visuals with a virtual choir, laser frames, motion capture and more. From 28 to 29 December, at 1pm, audience members will be invited on stage to improvise music that will influence the visuals. More information here.
Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong
Habitu Enchanted Winter Forest Latte Art Class
When: 15, 21 December, 11:30am–1pm
Price: HK$398, register from Habitu
As if knowing how to pour a latte heart isn’t already enough of a flex, this Habitu latte art workshop will have you swirling milk into espresso in an array of festive shapes. You’ll learn the ins and outs of successful free-pour latte art, from the importance of milk temperature to coffee grind size, as well as art etching techniques to create a Christmas tree and snowman on your coffee foam. Classes will be held in Cantonese. A regular latte art workshop in English is also available on 27 December.
Habitu, L804, 8/F, Hysan Place, 500 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 3543 1313
HK Ballet: The Nutcracker
When: 20–23; 25–28 December
Price: HK$180–1,000 from HK Ticketing
The magic of Christmas is completely encompassed with the Hong Kong Ballet’s yearly tradition of performing Terence Kohler’s The Nutcracker. Set to Tchaikovsky’s enduring score performed by the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, follow along with the classic story where Clara and Fritz join hands with the Nutcracker to save his beloved Ballerina from the clutches of the evil Rat King. VIP and HK$680 ticket holders can join a complimentary Champagne appreciation session hosted by Perrier-Jouët — check the website for more information.
Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Game Night at Wheat and Wood
When: 18 December, 7–9pm
Looking for something different to do on a weeknight in Hong Kong, or looking for a quirky date night idea apart from the staid routine of dinner, drinks and a movie? Hunker down for a cosy night of drinks and board games at Kennedy Town board game cafe Wheat and Wood, where they are hosting a themed game night for Settlers of Catan. Played in over 30 languages across the globe, Settlers is even touted as an icebreaker in Silicon Valley and considered a necessary social skill for entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. The cafe will be hosting two games, friendly for beginners and veterans alike. More information here.
Wheat and Wood, Shop 6, G/F, Brilliant Court, 28 Praya, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, +852 2399 0433
Creamfields Hong Kong
When: 29–29 December
Price: HK$788–1,788 from EventBrite
Lace your shoes and get those arms ready in the air — it’s the time of year again to catch your favourite EDM acts in Hong Kong. The iconic UK electronic extravaganza Creamfields is bringing the likes of Armin Van Buuren to DJ Snake to Hong Kong’s largest electronic music festival, hosted at West Kowloon Art Park this year. It’s the first-ever outdoor iteration of the festival in the city, featuring an extra ‘Into the Realm’ stage with an A-list lineup.
West Kowloon Art Park, West Kowloon Cultural District, 1 Austin Road, West Kowloon, Hong Kong
Talisker x Oyster Pairing
When: Through 30 December
‘Tis the season of indulgences, after all, and this December you can dig into a unique pairing of the peat-heavy Talisker 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch with the brininess of fresh oysters at 15 venues around town. Hosted at participating venues such as Maison Es, Table and Frantzen’s Kitchen, you can tuck into paired dinner menus, or simply bivalves on ice paired with a couple glasses of the single malt Scotch.
Check out the list of venues here.
AIA Carnival and The Great Circus of Europe
When: Through 16 February
Price: HK$130–300 from Zicket
The AIA Carnival returns this winter with a brand new futuristic look to light up the Central Harbourfront skyline. Adrenaline junkies and carnival lovers can also look forward to a new range of attractions and fairground games. Don’t miss The Great Circus of Europe, which also brings a fresh lineup of daredevil acts under the big tent. More information here.
Central Harbourfront Event Space, 9 Lung Wo Road, Central, Hong Kong
Moonlit Movies: Christmas Classics
When: 18–22 December
Price: HK$80 online; HK$100 at the door.
Catch heartwarming family movies and holiday rom coms perfect for this season with a blanket under the stars at the recently launched film screening series at the Central Harbourfront’s Observation Wheel. Titles range from The Greatest Showman to Elf, Notting Hill to Christmas staples such as Love Actually and The Holiday. Popcorn, movie snacks and beverages are available for sale on site. More information here.
Hong Kong Observation Wheel, Central Harbourfront, Central, Hong Kong