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The Weekend Ahead: January 2-3

By Julie Magno 31 December 2015
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

new year 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. When:  December 31, from 11:00pm for the shooting stars display, with the main spectacular at midnight Where: Vantage points around the harbour How much: $Free

SEE ALSO: 12 New Year's Eve Parties

Lucky Start January 1 – Sha Tin Race Day

new year race 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.

Cirque Adrenaline 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. When: December 22, 2015 – January 3, 2016 Where: 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. Click here to buy tickets.

 Free Entry to Hong Kong's Top 16 Museums thoughout January

free entry to museums in 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. When: January 1–31, 2016 Where:  16 of Hong Kong's top museums. Learn more here. How much: $Free!

Udderbelly Festival – Braniac Live and "Ah G"

braniac live - ah gThis 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”. Braniac Live 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. Ah G 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. When: Braniac Live: until January 10; Ah G: January 2–3 Where: The Udderbelly Tent, Central Harbourfront Event Space, 9 Lung Wo Road, Central, HK (Entrance next to the Observation Wheel) How much: Tickets from $385 for both shows. Click here 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  How much: $125 (includes 10 coupons for rides) Click here to buy tickets.

Now is the time to buy tickets for…

James Galway 

galway 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! When: January 31, 2016 Where: Hong Kong City Hall How much: $280, $480, or $680. Click here to buy tickets.

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