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The Weekend Ahead: December 19 - 20

By Sophie Pettit 16 December 2015
From dancing soldiers to heart-pounding rides, German Christmas markets to chocolate making workshops, this weekend is packed with sweet treats. Enjoy.

The Nutcracker

55d2f02b7b5891 Christmas wouldn’t be complete without The Nutcracker. Let the graceful dancers of the Hong Kong Ballet whisk you away on a magical adventure as Clara, Fritz, and the Nutcracker battle the evil Rat King in this spectacular show. Can the heroic Nutcracker conquer the dastardly Rat King and his army? Will the children save the day and reunite the Ballerina and her beloved Nutcracker? There’s only one way to find out. When: December 18 – 27 (performances at 2.30pm or 7.30pm) Where: Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre How much: $180 – $1,000 (limited VIP tickets) Click here for information and ticket sales.

Stanley Plaza Christmas Seaside Market

market Experience a magical winter wonderland by the sea as Stanley Plaza transforms itself into a German Christmas market. With more than 80 food and gift stalls, free mulled wine for shoppers, and an appearance from Santa himself, this is a perfect fun-filled event for the whole family. Stock up on gooey cheeses, delicious burgers, and sizzling sausages made from the finest meats, pick some handmade trinkets for your Christmas tree, or snag some gorgeous wooden toys to fill the stockings for the little ones. Kids can take photos with Santa, or the whole clan can huddle together for a family shot with this stylish Christmas market in the background.

When: December 19 - 20 (12pm - 8pm) Where: Stanley Plaza, 23 Carmel Road, Stanley How much: Free Click here for more information.

 The AIA Great European Carnival

11015944_1621448988087568_5542760098277878212_n Roll up! Roll up! The AIA Great European Carnival returns to the Central Harbourfront this weekend to bring you heart-pounding rides, carnival skill games, an outdoor ice rink, a European food court, and non-stop entertainment on the main stage. Said to be "bigger, better, and with more attractions" than last year, the carnival is expected to attract over a million guests throughout Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day, and Chinese New Year. The popular photo boards of this year will be 3D scaled replicas of iconic landmarks from across Europe, so you can journey around the globe and get that perfect snapshot. When: December 17 - February 21, 2016 Where: Central Harbourfront Event Space How much: $90 (child ticket, includes 7 tokens) $125 (adult ticket, includes 10 tokens) Click here to buy tickets.

'Chocotejas' Peruvian Chocolate Workshop

chocolate Calling all chocolate lovers - i.e. everyone! El Mercado is inviting you to get your hands dirty (in the best possible way) and make your own delicious Peruvian style chocolates for your loved ones this Christmas. Learn about Peruvian 'Chocotejas' from Peruavian chef Emmanuel before putting your chocolate making skills to the test using designs and fillings of your choice. The workshop is suitable for all ages, but spaces are limited, so be sure to book in advance to avoid disappointment. When: December 17 & 22 (7pm - 8.30pm) December 19 & 20 (2pm - 3.30pm) Where: El Mercado Hong Kong, 21/F, 239 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai How much: $100 per person (proceeds go to charity) Click here to buy tickets.

Hong Kong Pulse 3D Light Show

pulse Enjoy truly magical moments in the form of a spectacular eight-minute 3D light show at the iconic Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Coinciding with Hong Kong WinterFest, the show unveils an array of dazzling images that add to the enchantment of the Christmas season, along with exciting audiovisual effects. Click here to watch a sneak preview. When: December 9 - 28 (shows at 8.20pm, 8.45pm, 9.15pm, and 9.45pm nightly) Where: Open Piazza, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon How much: Free Click here for more information.

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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.