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The Weekend Ahead: December 5 - 6

By Sophie Pettit 2 December 2015
From cheeky pandas to virtual reality 3D penguins, flying snowmen to wicked stepmothers, this weekend is jam-packed with colourful characters waiting to meet you!

"Pandamic Nouveau" by Harry Harrison

panda Explore the world of political cartoons as Harry Harrison presents his new exhibition, which showcases a series of non-commissioned originals starring one of his favourite characters, the large, fat, “cuddly”, yet somewhat sinister Chinese panda. Over the years, Harry's work has picked up various awards including the Human Rights Press Award for Body of Work, and most recently the Award of Excellence in Editorial Cartooning at the 2015 SOPA Awards. The exhibition runs until December 11 so it's worth taking a gander at his panda! When: Saturday, December 5 (1pm - 7pm) Where: Rouge Ephemere Art Gallery, 1/F, Flat B, 89 Hollywood Road, Central How much: Free Click here for more information.

How Cool Is That?


Pop along to Gweilo Bar & Grill and enjoy some drinks for a great cause. For every drink purchased, the bar will buy a dinner voucher for the homeless from a local restaurant in Sham Shui Po. Organised by local humanitarian movement, ImpactHK, the event brings together individuals who wish to have a direct and positive impact on the lives of Hong Kong’s homeless. The bar offers bottled beer, white and red wine, and spirits for $50. Click here to find our more about the amazing work that ImpactHK does for the community. When: Saturday, December 5 (7pm - 12pm) Where: Gweilo Bar & Grill, 26 Old Bailey Street, Central How much: Free to come ($50 per drink) Click here for more information.

Ice & Cosy White Christmas Street Fair

swire Dive into a cinematic virtual reality where 3D orca whales, penguins, and polar bears come to play amid the icy terrain of the Arctic in the fantastic new ICY EXPERIENCE at this year's White Christmas Street Fair. Don't miss your chance to donate $70 to Operation Santa Claus and get up close and personal with the animals for a special snapshot of your adventure. Don a warm jacket and enjoy an ice cold cocktail at the stylish outdoor ice bar, or dress up for the Santathon Frozen Challenge and race Santa and his Elves across an ice-themed obstacle course. If you're feeling creative, learn how to create a weather storm glass that mysteriously predicts approaching weather, paint your own Christmas ornament ball, or create a Christmas flavored lip balm and hand cream to fill those Christmas stockings. When: Thursday, December 3 - Saturday, December 5 (1pm - 7pm) Where: Tong Chong Street, Taikoo Place, Quarry Bay How much: Free (donations are welcome) Click here for more information.

Kowloon City Treasure Hunt

5ssNID40CyPA5CxpIhLKnra2qa6Bvh0jUPyU2XIX6dK8H7XvmKP4XNxGQJersBqIZLXYTL5oYBU_2Lwmt-DiV0Q_LoOAhT-Nyqo7bbnPrm0eH7h9GxSQzBz5GxIAjSejYKkjLwJeO9dlOlQn0Txw8khVtqJNiFWhClueAWQ=s0-d-e1-ft Grab your smartphone and join Walk in Hong Kong and iDiscover City Walks on a treasure hunt in Kowloon City using their new Kowloon City Walk App. Explore, learn, and celebrate this unique neighbourhood in this fun event which runs in conjunction with the Kowloon City Book Fair. Participants can download the normally chargeable walk for free on the day, and will receive a free gift after completing all the entertaining Treasure Hunt tasks. To take part register in advance and collect your free treasure hunt kit when you arrive on the day. When: Saturday, 5 December (3pm - 6pm) Where: Outside the library, 2nd floor, HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity, Kowloon City How much: Free Click here for more information.

 'Il Marcatino' - Italian Day at Sandy Bay Charity Market

Il Marcatino Charity Market Celebrating its 32nd anniversary, this charity market organised by The Italian Women's Association promises the opportunity to "chill out Italian style" with the best of Italian, including branded goods such as  Lotto, Benetton, Ferrero, Giochi Preziosi, Jane Crawford at very low prices. There is also a gourmet delight in the Italian corner, L'Angolo del Buongustaio, serving Italian food and wine from Hong Kong's more famous Italian restaurants When: Saturday, December 5 (10am - 5pm) Where: The Duchess of Kent Children's Hospital, 12 Sandy Bay Road (off Victoria Road), Pok Fu Lam. No parking, please use public transport. How much: $20 Click here for more information.

The French International School Christmas Fair


Explore more than 50 stores selling gifts, homeware, clothing, and more, at this annual festive fair. There will also be a full schedule of activities for the kids and adults including a concert, and for the children, storytelling and a magical wonderland! When: Saturday, December 5 (10am - 5pm) Where: Jardine’s Lookout Campus, 34 Price Road, Jardine's Lookout How much: Free Click here for more information.

Udderbelly Festival

UND_9152_4_600_403_60 Explore the weird and wonderful world of Hong Kong's debut Udderbelly Festival, which brings over 200 performances from London, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Australia, and Hong Kong. A giant upside down purple cow shaped temporary theatre will take up residence on Central Harbourfront for eleven exciting weeks of live entertainment. Audiences can expect to see circus, dance, music, and family shows, as well as sing-a-long cinema, comedy, and cabaret. Comedy favourites include Russell Howard, Rory Bremner, Jason Manford, and local funnyman Tyson Chak. Udderly moovelous! When: Friday, December 4 - Sunday, February 14 Where: Central Harbourfront Event Space How much: Ticket prices vary for each show Click here for the full schedule and ticket sales.

 Gough Street Christmas Market

Gough Street

Get in the holiday mood with delicious refreshments and exclusive promotions all weekend long from an eclectic selection of stores and restaurants in Gough Street, Mei Lung Street, and Shin Hing Street  one of the trendiest neighbourhoods in Hong Kong!

When: Saturday, December 5 and Sunday, December 6 (11am - 8pm) Where: Gough Street, Sheung Wan How much: Free Click here for more information.

The Snowman & The Bear

Snowman Celebrate the Christmas season with the heartwarming tale of The Snowman & The Bear. Based on the books by Raymond Briggs, the two animated films have melted the hearts of every generation and now the magic returns to the big screen, along with live orchestral accompaniment, narration, and singing. Delightful! When: Saturday, December 5 (7.30pm) and Sunday, December 6 (2.30pm and 5pm) Where: Tsuen Wan Town Hall Auditorium, 72 Tai Ho Road, Tsuen Wan, New Territories How much: $120 - $380 Click here for ticket information and sales.

Cinderella The Panto

cinderella Watch the story of Cinderella unravel on stage as glass slippers, ugly sisters, wicked stepmothers and of course, a handsome prince come together in this magical show that will have us yelling "BOO" for all the right reasons. Hong Kong Players proudly present this all-singing, all-dancing musical extravaganza for all the family. Expect some new twists to the tale including a circus setting, fantastic music, and a script that’s chock-full of jokes old and new. You can't beat a good panto – oh no you can't! When: Saturday, December 5 (2.30pm and 6.30pm) and Sunday, December 6 (2.30pm and 6pm) Where: Udderbelly, Central Harbourfront Event Space, Central How much: $290 - $350 (VIP seats $438) Click here for ticket information and sales.

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Sophie Pettit


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.