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Sassy’s Ultimate Holiday Fair Guide 2012

It’s that time again! Yup, it’s barely November but the holiday shopping fair/popup/bazaar madness has begun. But not to fear – we’ve done all the dirty work for you to make sure you don’t miss a beat! Many of these make for great days out, with food, music, activities, crafts and more to keep everyone happy – and Santa himself even making a few appearances. So grab your diaries, ‘cause here’s our guide to all the best festive fairs in Hong Kong!

(And psst: we know there are even more out there… so drop us a line in the comments if we missed one you love).

DISCOVERY BAY ZAKS PRE-CHRISTMAS SALE 
Beat the rush with this early-bird event, selling cute colourful Penny Scallan and Golly Gosh print accessories and homeware – all at discount prices! Then sneak in a lovely al fresco lunch and beachside stroll afterwards. 

When: 6 & 7 November, 8:30am-4:30pm
Where: Zaks Restaurant, D Deck, Discovery Bay

LAST MINUTE SHOPPING BAZAAR 2012
You’ll find everything under one roof: clothes, accessories, art, health and beauty products, gourmet food & wines, and so much more.

When: 7 November and 17 December, 10am-6pm
Where: American Club Tai Tam, 28 Tai Tam Road, Tai Tam, Hong Kong
Note: Not an American Club member? No problem! Register in advance by emailing shoppinghongkong@gmail.com to get full access.

DB URBAN FARMERS’ MARKET
This fab open-air market has loads of locally grown produce, fresh yummy baked goods and so much more – all set against the backdrop of the seaside landscape of DB.

When: 11 November & 2 December, 10am-4pm
Where: North Plaza, Discovery Bay, Hong Kong
Sassy Tip: The DB Farmers’ Market is free to attend and can be easily reached by the Free Express Shuttle departing from DB Bus Terminus (every 30 minutes on the half hour and on the hour), or by external buses from Tung Chung or Sunny Bay MTR stations.

ISLAND EAST FARMERS’ MARKET
A one-stop shop for some of the best organic locally-produced goodies (co-founded by our very own That Girl Janice!), this market boasts live music, cooking demos and over 40 different stalls selling a variety of food, clothes, accessories and handcrafted goods… we’re addicted to the Tai Tai Pies!

When: Every Sunday, from 11 November until 16 December, 10am-5pm
Where: Tong Chong Street, Taikoo Place, Island East, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong

CONRAD FAIR – The Gift & Lifestyle Fair
The first of three fab fairs showcasing gifts galore! You’re spoilt for choice with literally thousands of designer gifts (including The9thMuse, Pretty Dangerous and Pomme café). ‘Nuff said.

When: 12 November
Where: Conrad Hotel, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong

HONG KONG CRICKET CLUB CHRISTMAS FAIRS
The Hong Kong Cricket Club has two festive fairs – the first is a holiday bazaar that’s certain to tick a few gifts off the shopping list; the second is a Christmas Wine & Food Fair for members and their guests only.

When: 13 November, 10am-7pm; 15 November, 6.30-10pm
Where: Function Suites, The Hong Kong Cricket Club, 137 Wong Nai Chung Gap Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
More info: Food & Wine Fair costs $150 for members, $200 for members’ guests, and includes $100 of coupons for buying wine; make sure you register to attend for that one before 14 November!

CHINESE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL FAIR

When: 17 November
Where: Chinese International School, 1 Hau Yuen Path Braemar Hill, North Point, Hong Kong

SHA TIN COLLEGE & JUNIOR SCHOOL FAIR

When: 17 November, 12-6pm
Where: 3 Lai Wo Lane, Fo Tan, Sha Tin, Hong Kong
Note: There are free buses running there from Sha Tin MTR, Exit B, from 11.30am onwards!

CITY KIDS HKPPA ANNUAL CHRISTMAS FAIR
Expect a fun-filled afternoon complete with arts and crafts activities, a scrummy BBQ and fabulous bake sale, a raffle with loads of great prizes and even some carol singers and Santa himself to get you in the mood! Keep a look out for all your favourite shops, including Mirth and Ricebowl Republic, for some great gifting ideas.

When: 17 November, 11am-5pm
Where: City Kids, 2/F, 12 Borrett Road, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong

CYBERPORT WEEKEND MARKETS
A fun-filled fair with over 60 booths, offering exotic handicrafts, organic food, clothes, handmade skincare and virtually everything else you can think of!  You can also get enjoyed with creative farming and up-cycling workshops, or kick back and enjoy a free movie on the outdoor cinema screen (you even get a free snack pack!).

When: November 17-18, December 22-26, January 19-20, February 23-24, March 16-17
Where: The Podium, Cyberport 2, The Arcade Cyberport, 100 Cyberport Rd, Cyberport, Hong Kong
Note: The December 22-26 markets will be at Ocean View Court, The Arcade, Cyberport

FIS TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS FAIR – MARCHE DE NOEL
A traditional holiday fair with a certain je ne sais quoi.  More than just gifts and goodies, here you can find holiday décor and even Christmas trees and holiday hampers. 

When: 24 November, 10am-5pm
Where: 34 Price Road, Jardine’s Lookout Two, Lamma Island, Hong Kong

LAMMA FUN DAY
This is a fair with a difference as it helps raise funds for The Child Welfare Scheme, a charity that works with underprivileged children in Nepal to improve their lives through education, health and even legal issues such as preventing child trafficking. Expect loads of food stalls, music, games and loads of beachside fun.

When: 24 November
Where: Yung Shue Wan, Tai Wan To, Lamma Island, Hong Kong

REPULSE BAY CHRISTMAS FAIR
A great day out and firm favourite amongst the city’s festive fairs, featuring over 50 stalls selling Christmas decorations, ladies accessories, paintings, handicrafts and other great gift ideas – plus a bouncy play area (alas, only for littlies!) and a live band.

When: 24 November
Where: Arcade Area, The Repulse Bay, 109 Repulse Bay Road, Hong Kong

HONG KONG WINTERFEST
Every year, the Western tradition of Christmas and the Eastern love of festivals meet, mingle and make merry in Hong Kong. Buildings and streets sparkle, shop sales thrill, festive menus fill, and carol singers rejoice.

When: 25 November-1 January
Where: Everywhere!

CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL FAMILY FUN FAIR
While the shopping’s good and there’s a ton to eat and drink, we love the fun hands-on activities at this fair…  And it’s not the run of mill stuff either. Think pony rides, a bungee run, sumo wrestling, and a rodeo bull!

When: 25 November, 11am-4pm
Where: Canadian International School, 36 Nam Long Shan Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong
How much: Early bird tickets $100 (buy online here); $120 on the day

JWA ANNUAL CHARITY BAZAAR 2012
The Jewish Women’s Association bazaar will be selling an assortment of branded clothing, bags, accessories, toys, homeware and other Christmas items – with all proceeds going to charity, plus food, activities and much more.

When: 25 November, 10am-5pm
Where: The Island School, 20 Borrett Road, Mid-levels, Hong Kong
How much: $20
Note: Remember to bring your HKID for entry

KEE CLUB CHRISTMAS BAZAAR

When: 26 November, 11am-8pm
Where: Kee Club, 6th Floor, 32 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong

CONRAD FAIR – Christmas Showcase
More gifts and goodies galore from hundreds of shops, brands and vendors you know and love – including Sassy faves MISCHA, Itsie Bitsie, Attic Lifestyle, Lane’s jewellery and Studio M Christmas cards.

When: Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Where: Conrad Hotel, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong

CALLIXTO CHRISTMAS POP-UP SHOP
Stock up on gorgeous jewellery, bags, scarves, homeware and other accessories sourced from all around the globe at this special festive pop-up shop by fab e-boutique Callixto.

When: 28 November-2 December
Where: Edit, 67 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong

SHOP TIL YOU DROP
Enjoy martinis and manicures at this fab shopping event featuring handmade cards from Tatty Natty, stunning jewels from Kara Krystals, handmade statement jewellery from Bejewelled Bespoke, and vintage-inspired jewellery, sleepwear and lingerie from The Powder Room – and plenty more!

When: 29 November, 7-10pm
Where: Drop, 39-43 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong

NIGHTFEST AT SOUTH ISLAND SCHOOL
This year, South Island School are holding a super glam Hollywood-themed winter fair. There will be fabulous market stalls, delicious food, super entertainment and more. Sounds like fun!

When: 30 November, 5-10pm
Where: South Island School, 50 Nam Fung Road Aberdeen, Hong Kong
How much: $10 per person, $30 per family

HULLET HOUSE CHRISTMAS MARKET
Hong Kong’s only traditional Christmas Market is back for its second year! Hullett House’s historical courtyard and garden will be transformed once again into a quintessential European Christmas Market, with a mouth-watering array of specially-selected sausages, smoked meats, cheese, teas, gingerbread, Christmas cakes, chocolate, jams, preserves – and even a sneaky tipple of mulled wine and eggnog too! There’ll also be Christmas cards, ornaments, books and other seasonal gifts, with carol singing and a special appearance from Santa and his reindeers – so there’s absolutely no excuse for not getting into the festive spirit!

When: 1-2 December, 12-9pm
Where: Hullett House, 1881 Heritage, No. 2A Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

GERMAN SWISS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL CHRISTMAS BAZAAR
German Swiss International School’s biggest annual fundraiser will have a host of home-baked goodies and traditional German Christmas food and decorations amongst the usual stalls of books, clothing and gifts.

When: 1 December
Where: GSIS, 11 Guildford Road, The Peak, Hong Kong

ITALIAN WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION CHARITY BAZAAR
There are two main attractions here:  ‘Il Mercatino’, a bazaar of Italian products, and the ‘Le Grazie’ restaurant serving authentic Italian dishes prepared by the local Italian community. Tables can be booked, and a delicious meal enjoyed, at a minimal cost and with all proceeds supporting the Duchess of Kent hospital, a paediatric hospital specialized in orthopaedics, neurology and degenerative diseases.

When: 1 December, 10am-5pm
Where: Gardens of The Duchess of Kent Children’s Hospital 12, Sandy Bay Road, Pokfulam
How much: $20
Note: There is no parking available, so please use public transport!

ISLAND SCHOOL CHRISTMAS FAIR
Loads of stalls selling books, clothes and other gifts, a Food Hall dishing up homemade delicacies from countries around the world plus entertainment throughout the day. 

When: 1 December, 2pm-6:30pm
Where: Island School, 20 Borett Road, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong

CHUNG HOM KOM CHRISTMAS MARKET
There will be 11 vendors selling jewellery, accessories, clothes, toys, crafts and other Christmas gifts, plus the chance to sip on some mulled wine too!

When: 1 December, 10am-5pm
Where: Chung Hom Kok Garden Centre, Chung Hom Kok, Hong Kong

HONG KONG COUNTRY CLUB CHRISTMAS FAIR
Another stalwart of the festive fair season, vendors will be selling jewellery, accessories, clothes, toys, crafts and other Christmas gifts. A jazz band will also be playing throughout the day to keep your festive spirits high!

When: 2 December
Where: 188 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Deep Water Bay, Hong Kong

AROXTA & HOME ESSENTIALS CHRISTMAS SHOPPING LOUNGE
Over 25 vendors to pick from – plus if you make a purchase on the day, you’ll also get to pick up a free mystery gift from their Secret Santa Bag too. There will also be fantastic lucky draws with 15 luxury prizes up for grabs.

When: Wednesday, 5 December, 11am-7.30pm
Where: Home Essentials, 33 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong

THE CHRISTMAS LIST SHOPPING WALK
This unique one night only event includes fourteen fabulous shops (including Sassy faves Polkadot, The9thMuse, Itsie Bitsie, Love It and Fast Beauty) opening later than usual with little nibbles and cheeky glasses of vino at each store to keep you energised whilst you Christmas shop!

When: 5 December, 6-10pm
Where: Central and Sheung Wan (see full list of stores here)
How much: $100, buy tickets here

THE GIFT SHOP @ THE SPACE
A cool one-day concept pop-up shop featuring loads of the best homegrown labels from Hong Kong’s creative community – including MISCHA, niin jewellery, Tangram and many more!

When: 6 December, 11am-8pm
Where:  The Space, 210 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

THE WOMAN’S FOUNDATION CHRISTMAS POP-UP SALE
A day of food, fashion and fun – including a large range of gorgeous retro chic items from British designer Orla Kiely at great prices (proceeds from which will go to The Woman’s Foundation community programmes). There will also be tasty treats from CakeSmith, jewellery from GlamourPods and lovely lingerie from The Powder Room – plus free Aesop gift packs for the first 25 arrivals!

When: 7 December, 12-3pm
Where: Boujis, 37 Pottinger Street, Central, Hong Kong
Note: Cash only!

How much:

VINE CHRISTMAS BAZAAR
It’s time to get crafty with loads of local indie creative vendors at this fair by Handmade Hong Kong – they’ll even gift wrap the goods for you too!

When: 8 December, 10am-5pm
Where: The Vine Centre, 29 Burrows Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL CHRISTMAS FAIR
When: 8 December, 10am-4pm
Where: Singapore International School, 23 Nam Long Shan Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong

CONRAD FAIR – Christmas Gift Festival
The final instalment of this grande dame of HK holiday fairs, here you find literally everything under the sun for everyone on your list (and a few things for you too…!), including Good Luxe eco-friendly hampers, Boho Betty bracelets and Aromatherapy Associates skincare.

When: 10 December
Where: Conrad Hotel, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong

DESIGNERS’ CHRISTMAS OPEN STUDIO
Come join the likes of Madeleine Thompson, MISCHA, Niin and Magnan & Tse for this festive open studio – with some special festive treats and mulled wine to enjoy too!

When: 12-13 December, 10am-8pm
Where: Studios 306-307, Yu Yuet Lai Building, 43-55 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong

HONG KONG FOOTBALL CLUB CHRISTMAS FETE
This year, members can bring up to four guests to join in the fun – including arts and crafts, games, activities, festive food and beverages at the Foor Court, live music, entertainment and much more. Ladies, don’t forget, no high heels on the pitch!

When: 15 December, 2-6pm
Where: Main Pitch, Hong Kong Football Club, 3 Sports Road, Happy Valley, Hong Kong
How much: Members $250, non-members $350
Note: Pre-registration is essential and must be done before 30 November

HONG KONG WINTER MEGA SHOWCASE 2012
 The 10th annual Mega Showcase features lots of different zones loaded with goodies and activities galore – including a shopping zone, a winter book pavilion, a food festical and more.

When: 23-26 December
Where: Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

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