This special weekend starts today, and although we know that once tonight is over some will be focusing on their New Year's resolutions, we still think there is room for fun.
New Year's Fireworks
It looks like it's going to be a fantastic night to welcome in the New Year with the traditional fireworks display on the harbour. The eight-minute spectacular fires off at the stroke of midnight but to warm you up, from 11:00pm look out for the "shooting stars" coming off harbourfront buildings at 15 minute intervals. As always, the real question is where to find the best viewing spots. The Hong Kong Tourism Board has listed a few prime vantage points.
December 31, from 11:00pm for the shooting stars display, with the main spectacular at midnight
Vantage points around the harbour
SEE ALSO: 12 New Year's Eve Parties
Lucky Start January 1 – Sha Tin Race Day
Start the year Hong Kong style with a day at the races. Lucky Start January 1
is one of the Hong Kong Jockey Club's "Magnificent Race Days" so there will be special activities aimed at wishing every race goer the luckiest possible start to the year, plus a Lucky Start keyring door gift for every visitor. The major event of the day will be the historic HKG3 “Chinese Club Challenge Cup”. Racing is an 18 and over activity.
When: January 1, 12:30pm
Where: Sha Tin Racecourse.
How much: $10 entry fee to the public enclosure.
Get your Asanas Aligned for the New Year with Free Yoga by the Harbour
In this free event besides the harbour at Tamar Park, Yoga Union852's Adam Weirick will lead a vibrant, fun and energising 90-minute practice of alignment-based Vinyasa. All levels are welcome with beginner-friendly options for all challenging or intermediate poses. Bring your own mat.
When: January 2, 11:30am
Where: Tamar Park
How much: $Free
For more information visit the Facebook page and message Adam directly.
Closes January 3, this show is truly spectacular and you will
be on the edge of your seat, holding your breath as you watch these amazing artists perform their incredibly skillful acts that are mostly without the backup of safety lines. The video preview above is a realistic glimpse of the thrill coming your way - plus more (although we didn't see the men in the tins). Our tip - counter to common practice, book seats at the sides of the stage as many of the acts are best viewed from this angle. Get tickets from the ticketing hotline now
December 22, 2015 – January 3, 2016
AsiaWorld Expo, Arena, Hong Kong International Airport, Lantau. Airport Express has special $57 roundtrip
offers for show attendees.
How much: $295 – $895. Family packages and student tickets also available.
to buy tickets.
Free Entry to Hong Kong's Top 16 Museums thoughout January
So one of your New Year's resolutions was to improve your general knowledge and worldliness? The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) must have heard you because as part of its Appreciate Hong Kong campaign, the LCSD is offering Hong Kongers free admission to all of its sixteen museums for the entire month of January.
January 1–31, 2016
16 of Hong Kong's top museums. Learn more here.
Udderbelly Festival – Braniac Live and "Ah G"
This weekend the Udderbelly Festival offers you something for the kids, Braniac Live, and something for the adults, Hong Kong's best-selling female stand-up comedian, Cheuk Wan Chi, affectionately known as “Ah G”.
is an award winning kids' TV science show brought live to stage. Expect 60 minutes of messy and loud experiments and demonstrations with audience participation.
returns to an intimate stage where she will present her highly sought after show “Call For A Drink”, which played 33 sell out performances in 2015.
Braniac Live: until January 10; Ah G: January 2–3
The Udderbelly Tent, Central Harbourfront Event Space, 9 Lung Wo Road, Central, HK (Entrance next to the Observation Wheel)
Tickets from $385 for both shows.
for more information.
AIA European Carnival
Said to be "bigger, better, and with more attractions" than last year, the AIA European Carnival is bringing more of the scary rides, better fairground games such as dart throw and hoop tossing to win impossibly big fluffy animals, houses of fun and a maze of mirrors, more kids' rides plus more entertainment - thanks to their partnership with the Udderbelly festival. The AIA European Carnival is fun for the whole family and perfect for a post-holiday activity. Not being brave by any measure, we tried to get on one of the many kids' rides, but were turned away as we were without a child in tow. We settled for the chairs which turned out to be our favourite; the boppy disco tunes made the queuing very tolerable. We leave the scary stuff to you!
When: December 18, 2015 – February 21, 2016
Where: Central Harbour Front Event Space
$125 (includes 10 coupons for rides)
Click here to buy tickets.
Now is the time to buy tickets for…
Sir James Galway gets ready to dazzle Hong Kong with performance alongside the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong in January 2016. Now is the perfect time to secure your spots for the performance!
January 31, 2016
Hong Kong City Hall
$280, $480, or $680.
to buy tickets.
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