Can you believe we’ve reached the last month of the year? While December is chock-full of holiday cheer, it’s also a time when we shudder to think how high our credit card bill must be after all that gift shopping. Not to fear; we have plenty of events to keep you busy in the run up to Christmas – without having to shell out your savings. Stuff yourself at the returning Tong Chong Street Market or get a bit of cardio in before the big holiday feast. Click through our pick of the best virtual and physical wallet-friendly events happening this December.
The world’s largest sustainable fashion design competition, the Redress Design Award, celebrates the end of another cycle with a magnificent showcase of designs by the finalists of 2020, presented alongside works by the competition’s 10th anniversary Alumni All Stars. See the waste-reducing looks up close and find out more about circular design strategies at this stunning exhibition featuring 14 designers, including three from Hong Kong.
When: Until Sunday, 6 December, 11am to 9pm
Where: Community Space, Unit 204-205, 2/F, THE FOREST HK, 17 Nelson Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong
How much: Free!
K11 Musea is bringing a creative, modern twist to traditional Christmas celebrations this year with its A Very MUSEA Christmas Village. Be sure to catch Globoscope, an immersive sensory light showcase by French artistic lab Collectif Coin. Made up of over 170 luminous blinking spheres, the spectacular showcase first debuted at the Fête des Lumières de Lyon in 2014 and has since travelled across Europe, the UK and US, before finally landing in Hong Kong. Head here to book a private viewing with up to nine of your nearest and dearest – sessions are limited to three a day so secure your slot now!
While you’re there, make sure to stop by the DESIGN TRUST: Critically Homemade Select Showcase at the Gold Ball, which features some truly inspiring and innovative prototypes by both local and international designers. Selected designs will be reproduced in limited quantities and made available for sale.
When: Until Sunday, 3, January, 5:30pm to 10pm
Where: K11 MUSEA, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
How much: Free!
Foodies rejoice! Our favourite gourmet food festival is back with more exciting culinary eats. Highlights include an exclusive holiday blend pour over coffee (brewed by the experts at Blue Bottle Coffee) and mouth-watering bites from the likes of NOMAD Burger, KALA toast and gelateria TEEMTONEfai. In addition to the many street food offerings, visitors can expect a marketplace with freshly-baked goods, seasonal organic fruits, vegetables and more! Head here for more details.
When: Tuesday, 1 December to Friday, 18 December, Monday to Friday, 8am to 3pm
Where: G/F, One Taikoo Place, 979 King’s Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong
How much: Free!
Looking for a fun, yummy activity to do first thing in the morning? From Cookie Squares to Croissant Chips, Michel et Augustin is hosting a series of weekly virtual baking workshops. The best part? The recipes can be made with ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen! If you can’t make the morning sessions (or if you’re looking to recreate the pastries!), you can always rewatch the videos on Michel et Augustin’s Instagram page.
When: Friday, 4 December, 8am to 9am
How much: Free! RSVP here.
Kapok is hosting a Pre-Christmas party and you’re invited! With a fun and lively atmosphere, you can expect a live DJ set, cocktails by Fernet Hunter and a special one-day-only shopping offer for those looking to pick up some last-minute gifts. Don’t leave without checking out its brand new Christmas window designs by local artist streetsignhk.
When: Saturday, 5 December, 2pm to 6pm
Where: Kapok, 8 Sun Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How much: Free!
Grab your yoga mat and towel because things are about to get sweaty! With a powerful mix of cardio, strength and flexibility exercises, fitness instructor Pui Lee is here to guide you through a fun circuit workout. A range of options will be offered for different ability levels, so everyone from fitness novices to gym veterans are welcome to join. You’ll need two weighted objects; feel free to fill up a couple of water bottles or grab some bags of flour (but make sure they’re properly sealed!).
When: Sunday, 6 December, 6pm to 7pm
How much: Free! Head here to sign up
Featured image courtesy of Tin Iglesias for Sassy Media Group, image 1 courtesy Redress via Facebook, image 2 of courtesy of K11 MUSEA, image 3 courtesy of Taikoo Place via Facebook, image 4 courtesy of Michel et Augustin, image 5 courtesy of Kapok via Facebook, image 6 courtesy of Kari Shea via Unsplash.