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The Weekend Ahead: December 12 - 13

By Sophie Pettit 9 December 2015
From Christmas themed pub crawls to bowling with Santa, and public tug-of-wars to bacon-fuelled rugby scrums, this weekend is jam-packed with action! Enjoy.

 Hullett House's Christmas Market

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Celebrate the winter season’s cheer at Kowloon’s merriest marketplace. This year, Hullett House is partnering with official charity beneficiary, HandsOn Hong Kong and all donated toys received at the event will be given to children in need. The open-air market offers festive gourmet delights, unique hand-crafted gifts, fashion apparel, and stocking fillers. Santa Claus will be reading stories to his elves, while carol singers and other live performers entertain the crowd. A daily 'Best Dressed Elf' contest will be held during the event weekend with a special surprise for the winning elf! When: December 11 - 13 (5pm – 11pm / 12pm - 11pm / 12pm - 9pm) Where: 50 Pigeons Courtyard, Hullett House, 1881 Heritage, 2A Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon How much: Free Visit the Facebook page for more information.

SantaCon Hong Kong

SantaCon There's nothing quite like donning your Santa hat and joining hundreds of Hong Kongers on an epic pub crawl to get you in the festive spirit. More than one thousand people are marked as 'going' to this year's event on Facebook, so be prepared for an ocean of red and white  and a lot of clanking glasses. Ho Ho Ho! When: December 12 (starts at 12pm) Where: Various locations How much: Free Visit the Facebook event page for information and updates.

The 12 Pubs of Christmas

hatsWhere else could you wander through the streets dressed as a Christmas tree? Dress up as your favourite Christmas character or item and join your fellow Hong Kongers on a journey through the 12 Pubs of Christmas for a great cause. The event is free but donations will be collected on the day for local charity Room to Read. Pub goers will be given a wristband which gives them access to some fantastic deals in bars such as Beer Bay, Stormies, Rula Bula, Solas, Typhoon, and Joe Bananas. The pièce de résistance is taking over the Star Ferry for a rendition of The Twelve Days of Christmas! When: December 12 (starts at 1pm) Where: Various locations How much: Free (cash and online donations accepted) Visit the Facebook page for more information.

Discovery Bay Christmas Market

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With 171 of Hong Kong's finest indie-craft talents, you are sure to find something special for everyone on your Christmas list at this festive market. You will find everything from fine jewellery, cool ceramics, eco-friendly stationery, posters and prints, gorgeous baby accessories, decorations, pet treats, bags, quirky vintage clothing, one-of-a-kind housewares, and organic goods. When: December 13 (11am - 6pm) Where: Discovery Bay Main Plaza (dine at one of the 13 participating restaurants and spend more than $120 to get a free ferry ride home) How much: Free Click here for more information.

Tikitiki’s Santa Claus Funky Bowling

12106721_1651178018471006_1573468766092164236_nWhat better way to celebrate the festive season than by singing and bowling with Santa Claus? Before he rounds up his reindeer and hops on his sleigh, the big guy will be paying a visit to Tikitiki Bowling Bar to play some funky bowling and strike a turkey (three strikes in a row!) Each of the ten bowling lanes will have a "funky" yet entertaining style of bowling, such as bowling backwards, through the legs, and left handed bowling, that kids can enjoy taking part in. There will also be a chance to sing some Christmas carols as Tiktiki’s lively house band, Frankie Hollywood and the Tiki Birds, will be performing favourite holiday classics. When: December 13 (2pm - 5pm) Where: Tikitiki Bowling Bar, 4/F, Centro, 1A Chui Tong Road, Sai Kung How much: Free Visit the Facebook event page for more information.

Freespace Happening

070617-yilin-d12-jz049 Head to West Kowloon Cultural District this Sunday and enjoy an afternoon of live music, interactive art, hands-on workshops, and a handicraft market. Presented as part of the Mobile M+: Live Art programme, the event features a publically staged, open tug-of-war called Twenty from Chinese performance artist Lin Yilin, which everyone is invited to join. There will also be a Pop Up Press run by Hong Kong Open Printshop, where you can print on your tote bag, and a market full of locally crafted goodies. When: December 13 (2pm - 7pm) Where: Nursery Park, West Kowloon Cultural District How much: Free Click here for more information.

Hong Kong Corporate Sevens

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Head down to So Kon Po Recreation Ground for an action-packed Sunday and enjoy a day of tackles, scrums, and bacon rolls as the Savills Corporate Sevens returns for the third year. Gates open at 9.30am to the sound of pipes and drums, before the first game kicks off and early morning spectators and team members can tuck into freshly cooked bacon rolls. Entry is free and there is a Kids' Zone to keep the little ones entertained.

When: December 13 (starts at 9.30am, presentation at 5pm) Where: So Kon Po Recreation Ground, 55 Caroline Hill Road, Causeway Bay How much: Free Click here for more information.

Dog Adoption Sunday

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Join local charity Kirsten’s Zoo for a fun-filled dog adoption day at Rude Bar and Lounge. They have lots of gorgeous dogs and puppies looking for loving new homes and families. Collection boxes will be at the event, but you can also make an online donation to Kirsten's Zoo and help towards the daily care of the animals in their care.

When: December 13 (1.30pm - 4.30pm) Where: Rude Bar & Lounge, 79 Wyndham Street, Central How much: Free Visit the Facebook event page for more information.

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Sophie is always on the lookout for a great story and her next big adventure and loves nothing more than discovering the city’s hidden gems—and most delicious cocktails. When she’s not exploring new places, she’s off travelling and ticking countries off her bucket list.

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