UNTIL JAN 2
Not had enough of Christmas yet? Catch the last few days of Hong Kong Disneyland’s Christmas extravaganza with Goofy and friends. Don’t miss the 18-metre LED-wrapped Christmas tree while the night parade is a visual feast of seasonal decorations with Christmas carollers singing all your favourite tunes. Visit hongkongdisneyland.com for more details.
UNTIL JAN 2
Ocean Park Christmas Sensation 2016
Attractions include a 4D stage show, the all-new Penguin Dress-Up Delights and the Cyber Illusion Spectacular stage show featuring world-class illusionists, Michael Boyd and Cassandra Gasser. www.oceanpark.com.hk
UNTIL JAN 22
The spellbinding musical, which has cast its magic on more than 50 million theatre goers worldwide, takes to the stage at the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts. Inspired by L. Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz, find out how the wicked witch of the west became so wonderfully wicked. Tickets from $445 at www.hkticketing.com.
UNTIL FEB 12
AIA Christmas Carnival
Roll up, roll up! The AIA Great European Carnival returns to Central Harbourfront. Attracting more than one million visitors last year, the carnival plays host once again to fairground rides, games, dance shows, pantomimes and magicians. Tickets start at $90 for children and $125 for adults. More information at www.tgec.asia
41st New Year Swimming Lifesaving Championships
Hong Kong Life Saving Society’s New Year race is back for its 41st year. The 600m race will start from Middle Bay Beach and finish at Repulse Bay Jetty. Last year’s event saw over 2,600 participants with the oldest aged 81. The race will begin at 10am.
Dragon & Lion Dance Festival
Ring in the New Year with colourful dragons, lions, acrobats and more as celebrations for the start of 2017 take to the streets. Performances take place across Hong Kong, from the Star Ferry to Ocean Park and Victoria Peak.
JAN 5-FEB 12
The biggest children’s theatre festival returns for another year of fun-filled performances at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. One production not to miss is Gruffalos, Ladybirds and other Beasts which will feature Julia Donaldson herself live on stage (see page 54 for our exclusive interview). Tickets available at www.hkticketing.com.
JAN 8 & the 2nd Sunday of every month
Music by the Sea
Stanley’s monthly busking event is back. With a variety of songs ranging from classic, pop and even originals, why not head over and relax by the sea with some great live music. 2:30pm – 4:30pm, Stanley Plaza.
Discovery Bay Markets
DIY Indie arts, crafts and small traders fair. Stay for dinner at one of the designated D’Deck restaurants and enjoy a free ferry ride back to Central. 11am-6pm, Discovery Bay Plaza, Discovery Bay, Lantau.
Clearwater Bay Chase
10km run from Clearwater Bay Marina to Clearwater Bay Beach II and back. That hill is not for the faint-hearted! All enrollment fees go to support Breakthrough and its Liberal Studies Project, 8.30am-12pm, The Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club, cwbgolf.org/cwbchase.
The launch event of Sai Kung resident and author Matt Cooper’s new book, The Last Gibbon. Held at Kidnapped. 7 Man Nin Street, Sai Kung.
Ballet Classics for Children: Cinderella
Adaptations of ballet classics by choreographer Yuri Ng. Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, tickets from $180, ticket.urbtix.hk.
Gammon China Coast Marathon and Half Marathon 2017
Train ahead for this gruelling marathon which starts and finishes at High Island Reservoir in Pak Tam Chung. Race starts at 8am. $500 registration fee, registration deadline Jan 8, or earlier if quota is filled. Participants must be 18 years or older. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. www.avohk.org
JAN 25 & 27
First Aid skills
Dr. Alan Wong talks about and demonstrates essential first aid training for parents of young children and caregivers to prepare them for child related emergencies. January 25, 10am-noon; January, 27 2-4pm, free-of-charge. To register, contact The Child Development Team at One Island South, Wong Chuk Hang on 2511 3326.
Walk for a Cause
A charity walk organised by the Fat Big Heart Sai Kung Hong Kong. The walk starts from Tsam Chuk Wan at 10am (arrive at 7.30am to register on the day) and finishes in Pak Tam Chung. $35 registration fee, call Liezel Villariez to register 9341 5216.