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10 things not to miss in Hong Kong this weekend

By Annette Chan 22 December 2021

Header images courtesy of Winter Wonderland HK and Lake House

Need some inspiration on what to do this weekend? Take a look at our rundown of the best events and things to do around Hong Kong, and see what else is coming up in our events calendar.

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Photo: @cali.oo (via Instagram)

Mark(et) your diary

Festivities are synonymous with feasting—and with that in mind, the Calioo Christmas market is a prime opportunity to load up on delicious snacks and support small independent businesses. Put on your cosiest ‘fit and head down to the Central harbourfront to check out the plethora of vendors selling festive treats like mulled wine, gingerbread cookies, and Belgian waffles under the Observation Wheel.

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When: Until 2 January 2022

Where: Observation Wheel & AIA Vitality Park, Central Harbourfront Event Space, 9 Lung Wo Road, Central

Photo: Lake House (via Facebook)

Hit ’em up

Speaking of festivities, it also would not be a holiday season in Hong Kong without excessively elaborate photo ops around town. Besides the glamorous shopping mall displays with genial Santa Clauses, there are plenty of other check-in spots—or, as they are known in Cantonese slang, “card hitting” (打卡; da2 kaat1)—all around town. At Sha Tin’s famous Shing Mun River, merrymakers can pose under a romantic tunnel of glowing purple and blue fairy lights every night after 6.30 pm.

Meanwhile, Lake House in Tai Po Kau is playing up its grand European architecture with a pet-friendly Christmas village, complete with artificial snow flurries, a giant igloo, and a beautiful Christmas tree out on the jetty that you can zip up to in “Santa’s sleigh” (a.k.a. a decked-out paddle boat).

Click here for more information on the Lake House Christmas village.

Where: Lek Yuen Bridge, Shing Mun River, Sha Tin (Shing Mun River)

Lake House, 2 Hung Lam Drive, Tai Po Kau (Christmas village)

Photo: Winter Wonderland HK (via Facebook)

Anyway, here’s Wonderland

In case you haven’t had your fill of Christmas events, we’ve got one last one for you—a sprawling European market-inspired Winter Wonderland at AsiaWorld-Expo, with stalls styled to look like European houses, a cooler-than-cool interactive Christmas tree art installation by experiential art collective Xcept, and plenty of cute card-hitting spots, including a themed Mr Men & Little Miss maze, a 30-metre-long inflatable bouncy castle, and a “Santa Claus post office.”

A series of family-friendly workshops are available, and there is also—rather inexplicably—a red Volvo parked inside the festival. Our theory? It’s a modern sleigh for the modern Santa (because job insecurity spares nobody, not even reindeer). For a frosty treat, pop by the “Glacial Ice House” bar to enjoy a beverage whipped up by star mixologist Sandeep Kumar (co-founder of The Wise King) at -15 degrees Celsius.

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When: Until 2 January 2022

Where: Hall 2, AsiaWorld-Expo, Airport Expo Boulevard, Chek Lap Kok

Photo: Mudita (via Facebook)

Chef de part(y)

Give your feet a little warm-up for New Year’s Eve by hitting up a party (or three) this weekend. First off this Friday is the tenth edition of the After Dark Sessions at Social Room, a popular club night showcasing melodic techno, melodic house, and progressive house music.

Saturday brings with it a festive Christmas Pop Dance Party at Lambda Lounge with a drag variety show, dancers, and a “sexy Santa” set to pop anthems—though if your Christmas cheer naturally sits closer to Grinch levels (pre-heart enlargement), then the “Black Christmas” Emo Night at Mudita may be more your speed. On top of the usual tunes from emo and other 2000s genres (we recall a fair bit of pop-punk and pop-rock being thrown in there), there will also be live tattooing, free-flow drinks packages, and prizes to be won.

Click here for more information on After Dark Sessions, here for more information the Christmas Pop Dance Party, and here for more information on Emo Night.

When: 24 & 25 December

Where: Social Room, 3/F, Won Hing Building, 74–78 Stanley Street, Central (After Dark Sessions)

Lambda Lounge, 108 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan (Christmas Pop Dance Party)

Mudita, 24–30 Ice House Street, Central (Emo Night)


Make a meal of it

Still figuring out your Christmas meals? Put off sourcing a turkey until the last minute and need a back-up plan? Whatever the reason, we know some of you may still be trying to lock down your festive lunches and dinners, so we have done the work for you and singled out the best holiday meals around town, right here.

Photo: AIA Vitality Hub

Move it

Post-feasting, if you are looking for a fun (and free!) way to curb the sluggishness, pop down to the Central harbourfront’s newest addition, the AIA Vitality Hub. Check out activities like tai chi, Zumba, capoeira, a morning run club, and kid-friendly dance fitness classes. There are also plenty of yoga classes available for people of different experience levels and ages, including morning flow, vinyasa, yoga for seniors, and sunset yoga, during which you can watch the sun set over Victoria Harbour.

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Where: AIA Vitality Hub, 33 Man Kwong Street, Central

Photo: Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong (via Facebook)

The thrill of the (pur)chase

Maybe sorting out your meals isn’t the only thing you’ve left to the last minute—perhaps the thought of some white elephant or Secret Santa gift exchange you forgot about has filled you with horror, or you simply put off picking up your Christmas presents because “it’s not that soon.” Whatever the reason, we’ve got you—from savoury granolas that enhance every meal to massage packages for your permanently stressed pal (we all have one) and chic hampers, we have put together the ultimate Christmas gift guide.

Photo: Lee Gardens

Fur goodness sake

For a festive event that includes the whole family—furry friends and all—head down to Causeway Bay for Furrytales, an adorable festival of arts and crafts, holiday cheer, and pet-centric activities. Browse the weekend market with your beloved pet at The Magical Garden, snap a Christmas card-worthy photo in the Cosy Christmas pet family portrait lounge, and check out the fun artsy activities on the Rooftop Spa.

Not only can you get involved with cute events like pet yoga, mahjong tile-painting, and perfume-mixing workshops, but you can also join outdoor film screenings on weekdays and potentially meet your next family member at the weekend pet adoption corner!

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When: Until 9 January 2022

Where: Lee Garden One & Two, Causeway Bay

Photo: Asia Society Hong Kong Center

Time capsule

Travel back to the Hong Kong of yesteryear at the Asia Society Hong Kong Center’s latest exhibition, “Recovery, Resilience, Resurgence.” Featuring the work of three photographers—German-Australian Hedda Morrison, Singaporean-born Hongkonger Lee Fook Chee, and New Zealand photojournalist Brian Brake, this stunning four-chamber exhibition covers some 30 years of Hong Kong history, from the post-war era of 1940s to the industrial boom of the 1970s.

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When: Until 6 March 2022

Where: Chantal Miller Gallery, Asia Society Hong Kong Center, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty

Photo: The Glenlivet

Get whisked away

Avid whisky drinkers (the kind that call it “the water of life”) are in for a treat, yet again—after a number of interactive whisky events from Macallan, Talisker, and the exclusive Secret Speyside collection, K11 Art Mall is closing out the year with an experiential The Glenlivet pop-up.

Entitled “The Glenlivet Bothy Pop-Up – An Experience Beyond Time,” the pop-up is designed to educate fans of the brand on Glenlivet’s heritage and innovation, while offering samples at the tasting bar and retail gifts. Designed to resemble a cottage in the Scottish Highlands—a.k.a. a bothy—the pop-up includes a history room, experiential tasting room, and an exclusive sneak peek at the new Glenlivet cocktail capsules.

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When: Until January 2022

Where: Atrium, K11 Art Mall, 18 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

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Annette Chan

Senior editor

Annette is an editor and copywriter with a lifetime of experience in hunting out the most interesting, odd, and delightful things about her beloved home city. Having written extensively about everything from food and culture to fashion, music, and hospitality, she considers her speciality to be Hong Kong itself. In her free time, you can find Annette trying out new dumpling recipes or playing Big Two at her favourite local bars with a cocktail in hand.

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