With social distancing measures back in place again, the holidays will certainly be different this year. Many events have had to be cancelled or postponed this month, but that’s not to say there aren’t still many opportunities to celebrate the festive season with loved ones. Ahead, we’ve got the best virtual December events that you can enjoy from home, including Christmas markets, comedy shows, art and design festivals and more!
What if we said you could have Nordic products delivered to your door, straight from the hometown of Santa himself? Thanks to the Finnish Online Christmas Market, Hongkongers will be able to do just that and experience Finnish Christmas traditions from home. Organised by the Finnish Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, this virtual marketplace features over 100 products, from cashmere scarves and mulled wine to handmade wooden jewellery and more. Happy shopping!
When: Until Sunday, 20 December
How much: Free
Inspired by the blockbuster movie, the Bay Area’s top comedians are bringing you a comedy showcase that will knock your woolly socks off. Celebrating the Bay’s Asian-American culture and heritage, this virtual stand-up show hosted by K. Cheng (NBC’s Stand Up for Diversity, Khmers of Comedy) is packed full of laughs.
When: Saturday, 5 December, 12pm to 12:45pm
How much: Free, donations welcome – RSVP here
The city’s largest creative festival has returned and has taken on a hybrid physical/virtual format. Celebrating young, local creatives, the design festival is showcasing interactive art installations, multi-sensorial experiences and light projections spread across the grounds of PMQ. There are also a number of online and on-site workshops running on handcrafting, art-making, upcyling and more. Design Dialogues is now open for registration.
Head here to start your Virtual Guided Tour.
When: Until Sunday, 6 December, 11am to 8pm
Where: PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong and online
How much: Free
It’s not Christmas without a bit of drama – of the pantomime sort, of course! Having presented its annual festive extravaganza for nearly 60 years running, Hong Kong Players is back with another side-splitting performance. We hear there is danger brewing in the land of Quarantina, as Lord 20 of Twentington is intent on ruining Christmas. You’ll have to wait and see if Auntie Biotics and the rest of the Quaranteam can stop him.
When: Thursday, 10 December to Sunday, 13 December
How much: $150 to $500 – head here to book
This year, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra’s biggest annual event, Swire Symphony Under The Stars, will be live-streamed for you and your loved ones to enjoy from the cosy comforts of your home. The concert will feature uplifting tunes by the likes of Mozart, Vivaldi, Debussy and Bernstein, combined with multi-media effects, photo collages and animations. Accessible worldwide, this event will be presented on HK Phil’s website, YouTube channel and Facebook page.
When: Saturday, 12 December, 7:30pm
How much: Free
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