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What's On In Hong Kong In December
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What's On In Hong Kong In December

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Updated: 20 November 2016
With Christmas coming up and 2017 just around the corner, Hong Kong offers an array of shows, concerts, and parties during the festive month of December. Here are all the events around town to keep on your calendar over the next few weeks.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1ST – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4TH

FILM | Hong Kong French Film Festival

📅 Sunday, November 23rd – Wednesday, December 14th

The Alliance Française de Hong Kong presents the 45th edition of the Hong Kong French Film Festival, showcasing the best of French cinema. Over 40 different films will screen across theaters in Hong Kong.

📍 Various Locations

OTHER | Amnesty International Hong Kong: Stop Violence Against Women

📅 Tuesday, November 25th – Saturday, December 10th

In order to raise public awareness of gender-based violence against women, Amnesty International Hong Kong is holding a series of events between the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (November 25) and Human Rights Day (December 10). Activities include film screenings, charity runs, and a fundraising party at FLY.

📍 Various Locations

COMEDY | Kamikaze Komedy With Zenjiro, Hiroshi Shimizu And Nick

📅 Friday, December 2nd

If you’re a stand-up comedy fan, you won’t want to miss the chance to see two of Japan’s top comedians, Zenjiro and Hiroshi Shimizu, perform in English. The show is hosted by Nick Milnes, a two-time finalist of the Hong Kong International Comedy Competition.

Tickets: $160-$200

📍 Hong Kong Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Rd, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2521 7251

ART | Faraway, So Close – Solo Exhibition By Hye Kyoung Kwon

📅 Saturday, December 3rd – Saturday, January 21st

The Art Experience Gallery presents the first solo exhibition by Korean artist Hye Kyoung Kwon. Faraway, So Close features paintings inspired by the hidden signs and objects of contemporary cityscapes, including street objects discovered in South Korea and Hong Kong.

📍 Cable TV Tower, 9 Hoi Shing Road, Tseun Wan, Hong Kong, +852 2110 9928

MONDAY, DECEMBER 5TH – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11TH

FOOD & DRINK | Cocktails For A Cause

📅 Thursday, December 8th

The Karen Leung Foundation’s annual cocktail event features a bartending competition, raffle prizes, and great music. Every drink purchased will benefit cervical cancer treatment and awareness efforts.

Tickets: $200-$450

📍 PLAY, 1/F On Hing Building, Central, Hong Kong

THEATER | Wicked

📅 Thursday, December 8th – Sunday, January 1st

The smash hit musical Wicked is finally making its debut in Hong Kong this December. Centered around the story of an unlikely friendship between two aspiring witches, this spectacular production features show-stopping costumes and musical numbers.

Tickets: $445-$1295

📍 Lyric Theatre, HKAPA, 1 Gloucester Rd, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2584 8500

DANCE | 8/F Platform X

📅 Friday, December 9th – Sunday, December 18th

A joint show by Korean, Japanese, Taiwanese and local Chinese dancers, 8/F Platform X showcases the best of Asian contemporary dance. The performers will fuse traditional dance such as Butoh and the lion dance with modern styles.

Tickets: $200

📍 8/F Platform, Hong Kong Dance Company, Sheung Wan Civic Centre, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 3103 1888

MUSIC | The Zero Point

📅 Saturday, December 10th

For a night of South Asian music and drinks, The Zero Point presents a unique lineup of performances from Sufi music to Bollywood hits. The show will be held at Grappa’s Cellar, one of Hong Kong’s most iconic live music venues.

Tickets: $200

📍 Jardine House, Basement 1, 1 Connaught Pl, Central, Hong Kong, +852 9830 6441

MONDAY, DECEMBER 12th – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18th

COMEDY | Bill Bailey – Larks In Transit Live In Hong Kong

📅 Wednesday, December 14th

The hilarious British comedian, actor, and musician Bill Bailey is in town with his brand new show, Larks in Transit. Watch Bailey tackle politics, philosophy, music, and more with his trademark intelligence and wit.

Tickets: $488-$888

📍 6/F Rotunda 3, Kowloonbay International Trade & Exhibition Centre, Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong

MUSIC | Swire Denim: John Williams’ Star Wars

📅 Friday, December 16th – Saturday, December 17th

Hear the Hong Kong Philharmonic take on the theme music of the blockbuster series Star Wars, composed by 17-time Grammy winner John Williams, accompanied by lightsabers and a few special surprises. Maestro Guy Noble will conduct.

Tickets: $120-$380

📍 Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall, 10 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2721 2030

OPERA | Bizet’s Carmen

📅 Friday, December 16th – Sunday, December 18th

Georges Bizet’s world-famous Carmen is a story of passion, violence, and betrayal. Musica Viva‘s production, conducted by Lio Kuokman, captures the sensuality and tragedy of this much-loved opera.

Tickets: $150-$630

📍 Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall, 5 Edinburgh Pl, Central, Hong Kong, +852 6976 2877

DANCE | HK Ballet: The Nutcracker

📅 Friday, December 16th – Sunday, December 25th

Brought to you by the Hong Kong Ballet, this festive production of The Nutcracker tells the magical tale of Clara and Fritz, set to Tchaikovsky’s lyrical score. Filled with wonder and enchantment, this is the perfect ballet experience for the family.

Tickets: $180-$1000

📍 Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

MONDAY, DECEMBER 19th – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 25th

MUSIC | When Senses Converge By Hong Kong Youth Choir Limited

📅 Tuesday, December 20th

The Hong Kong Youth Choir, one of the city’s leading choral ensembles, presents a holiday concert, When Senses Converge. The program consists of two pieces by American composer Philip Glass and one by Chinese composer Chen Yi.

Tickets: $150-$500

📍 Hong Kong City Hall Theatre, 5 Edinburgh Pl, Central, Hong Kong, +852 3761 6661

COMEDY | Three On Free

📅 Wednesday, December 21st – Saturday, December 24th

This stand-up comedy show, performed in Cantonese at the intimate Fringe Dairy, takes on philosophical themes like existence, being, and doubt. Each ticket comes with one standard drink.

Tickets: $120-$200

📍 Fringe Dairy, 2 Lower Albert Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2521 7251

MUSIC | Hong Kong Philharmonic: A Magical Christmas

📅 Friday, December 23rd – Saturday, December 24th

This holiday concert from the Hong Kong Philharmonic promises a night of festive fun. Vivian Ip conducts the orchestra, complete with a Christmas carol sing-along and imitation snowflakes falling from above.

Tickets: $120-$380

📍 Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall, 10 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

PERFORMANCE | MeiLi’s Dream By Anhui Acrobatic Troupe of China

📅 Sunday, December 25th – Monday, December 26th

This breathtaking acrobatic show from China’s Anhui Province is a stunning display of athletic virtuosity. Expect aerial silks displays, contortions, slack wire acts, and more.

Tickets: $140-$240

📍 Auditorium, Tuen Mun Town Hall, 3 Tuen Hi Rd, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong

MONDAY, DECEMBER 26th – SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31st

MUSIC | YOSHIKI Classical Special With Orchestra

📅 Thursday, December 29th

Japanese musician Yoshiki Hayashi, best known by his stage name YOSHIKI, is a heavy metal rock star turned classical composer. This year, he embarked on his first solo world tour, captivating audiences with his glam-rock theatrics and musical virtuosity.

Tickets: $580-$1280

📍 AsiaWorld–Expo Arena, Cheong Wing Rd, Chek Lap Kok, Hong Kong

PARTY | Vintage Hollywood New Year’s Eve

📅 Saturday, December 31st – Sunday, January 1st

Restaurants The Optimist and Pirata are joining forces this New Year’s Eve to bring you a Hollywood-themed vintage bash. There’ll be a cocktail dinner, food stations, and free-flow drinks to accompany the countdown festivities.

Tickets: $588-$1888

📍 239 Hennessy Rd, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2433 332

PARTY | New Year’s Eve At Grappa’s Cellar

📅 Saturday, December 31st – Sunday, January 1st

Celebrate the arrival of 2017 at Grappa’s Cellar, where The Cellar Sensations will play a succession of musical hits through the ages, starting from Sinatra and Louis Armstrong and ending with numbers from Coldplay and the Black Eyed Peas. A four-course dinner and free-flow champagne will be served.

Tickets: $868-$1,068

📍 Grappa’s Cellar, Jardine House, 1 Connaught Place, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2521 2322

PARTY | The Great Gatsby New Year’s Eve Countdown Party

📅 Saturday, December 31st – Sunday, January 1st

This Gatsby-themed extravaganza at Ozone, located high up on the 118th floor of the Ritz-Carlton, will make your night a New Year’s party to remember. Two internationally acclaimed DJs, Alex from Tokyo and Agata, will man the beats.

Tickets: $720-820

📍 118/F, Elements, International Commerce Centre (ICC), 1 Austin Rd W, West Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2263 2263