What’s on this month…
With Thanksgiving in our rearview, we can finally welcome our favourite month of the year! The Christmas countdown has officially begun and there are loads of events happening to fill up your calendar in between holiday shopping and festive soirees. Get into the Christmas spirit with visits to one of many markets, give back and help those less fortunate at The Great Big Clothing Drive or join hundreds of silly Santas for Santacon 2016. Most of all, have the happiest Christmas ever, ladies!
‘Tis the season, girls! December is finally here and what better way to get into the festive spirit than by browsing local markets chockablock full of hand-crafted goodies, gifts and treats! Find one-of-a-kind prezzies, sample local foods and shop ’til you drop this season.
When: Throughout December
Where: All over town!
How much: Most fairs will have free entry, but some may have a small cover charge.
Join Quintessentially Lifestyle at their the third edition of “The Fayre of St. John’s”, a special charity event in aid of Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre. Taking place at the magnificent St. John’s Cathedral, the evening will bring together another delightful series of carols and hymns to Hong Kong’s movers and shakers, as well as unique performances to kick start the festive season.
When: Thursday, 1 December, 6pm
Where: St. John’s Cathedral, 4-8 Garden Road, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Starting from $2,500 – $8,000 for VIP reserved seating, available to purchase by making a donation to Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre – with all proceeds going directly to the charity. Click here to book.
Hong Kong International Bakery Expo
Love to bake or just love to eat?! The Hong Kong International Bakery Expo is back and is calling all bakery business and cake queens! Exhibiting bakeries will be bursting with pastries, cakes, cupcakes, confectionery, coffee and all cookware. Aside from live demos and cooking competitions, it’s a great networking opportunity for all bakers and business owners alike to share new ideas and learn old tricks of the trade.
When: Thursday, 1 December – Sunday, 4 December, 10am – 7pm
Where: Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How much: $50 – click here to register and book!
Hong Kong Story by local illustrator, Don Mak, is making its debut this month! The exhibit tells the story of our epic city through a series of six illustrations which use watercolour and digital effects. Each piece of art captures an era since the ‘60s, with images of street corners and crossroads proudly depicting HK’s rich history. Grab the girls and get a sneak peek of this brand new art exhibition that’s sure to get everyone talking!
When: Friday, 2 December, 7 – 9pm
Where: Odd One Out, G/F, 14 St. Francis Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How much: Free entry.
KEE Club & FOB present: Neon Indian Live DJ Set
DJ Neon Indian AKA Alan Palomo made his HK debut at Clockenflap last weekend and had the crowds amped up! If you missed his unique mash up of pop meets disco funk and R&B hip-hop beats, don’t fret ladies, he’s back and spinning for an entire evening at KEE Club! Dance the night away and see where the sound takes you…
When: Friday, 2 December, 10pm – 4am
Where: KEE Club, 6/F, 32 Wellington Street, Central
How much: $150 Early Bird, $200 Advance, $250 at the door – complimentary ticket for KEE Club members with one guest – book your tickets here!
Christmas Shopping Market and Long Lunch
Aside from an all-you-can-eat holiday feast, The Butcher’s Club Christmas Southside Market & Long Lunch will be revving up for an afternoon of live music, holiday raffles, face painting and games. Choose from a selection of food and bev vendors and browse hand-crafted gifts! In addition, Little Picasso Studio will be hosting a series of arts and crafts workshops throughout the day (on the 16th floor) so grab the girls and get ready for one festive affair!
When: Saturday, 3 December, 12-4pm
Where: The Butchers Club Deli, The Rooftop, 16/F Shui Ki Industrial Building, 18 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Hong Kong Island
How much: $250 per person with the option to add an additional $200 for free flow beverages. Book here!
Best known for his work with Lil Jon in “Turn Down for What” as well as collabs with Biebs and Skrillex, Grammy nominated French producer, DJ Snake is hosting a massive party! If house music is your jam, this is the place to be. The best part? Ladies will be treated to free entry before 1am… party on!
When: Wednesday, 7 December 10pm – 6am
Where: Club Cubic, Level 2, The Shops at The Boulevard, City of Dreams, Macau
How much: $350 per person – book your ticket here!
Gather for a jazzy evening of South Asian music! Expect a unique lineup of tunes and stellar performances as The Zero Point showcases a range of beats from Sufi, folk, Bollywood, punjabi, hindustani, classical, jazz, pop, funk RnB and a little soul. Grab a drink, chill out to some good music and discover something new! Sounds like a good gig to us.
When: Saturday, 10 December, 8 – 11pm
Where: Grappa’s Cellar, Jardine House, 1 Connaught Place, Central District, Hong Kong
How much: $200 per person inclusive of one standard drink. Book here!
Hundreds of Santas flooding the streets of HK can only mean one thing… SantaCon 2016 is back! Amp up for a day of bar hopping at some of our fave watering holes – this annual, non-sensical Santa gathering occurs in major cities across the globe, for pretty much no reason other than to parade and party. Happy holidays!
When: Saturday, 10 December, 12 – 8pm
Where: All over town!
How much: Free to join, just be sure to bring enough cash for a long day of boozing and clubbing!
Everybody loves a good laugh, and that’s exactly what you’ll get at Hong Kong’s Players latest theatre production, The Snow Queen. A seasonal tale with a twist, you’ll be laughing hysterically throughout the entire month of December. Be sure to grab your tickets quick as this one is sure to sell out!
When: Sunday, 11 December – Sunday, 18 December
Where: Kellett Theatre, Kellett School, Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong
How much: Tickets start at $210 – book here!
Join Artists Abroad as they celebrate their newest exhibition, ‘Kaleidoscopes’. Together with guest artist, Martin Lever, each artist will be interpreting the theme using their individual styles and a variety of mediums. From Chinese scenes to abstract landscapes, the exhibition will fill the Rotunda with imaginative and vibrant pieces!
When: Monday, 12 December (opening reception, 6.30pm onwards) – Friday, 23 December, 10am – 8pm daily.
Where: The Rotunda, Exchange Square, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Free to attend! For more info email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 9150 0912.
Last year there were hundreds of elves, santas and Christmas trees running loose around the city raising over $10,000 for charity and this year, 12 Pubs of Christmas is raising funds for Room to Read. From Hong Kong to Kowloon, join them in a charitable pub crawl and enjoy a festive tipple or two.
When: Saturday, 17 December – Sunday, 18 December
Where: All over Hong Kong
How much: Details to be released soon!
Bill Bailey Live in Hong Kong: Larks in Transit
Prepare for an evening of nonstop laughs with one of the UK’s top comedians, Bill Bailey! Bailey will be taking the stage for one night only in an evening of tales worth telling.
When: Wednesday, 14 December, 8-9.30pm
Where: Kowloonbay International Trade & Exhibition Centre, 6/F Rotunda 3, Hong Kong
How much: From $488 – book here!
Clear out your wardrobes and give back this Christmas! Donate your clothing throughout the month in preparation of The Great Big Clothing Drive. Volunteers will gather to sort the clothing collected and help distribute your items amongst homeless camps throughout the city. Lend a helping hand this holiday season, you’ll be glad you did.
When: Saturday, 17 December, 12-4pm (sorting clothing), 4pm onwards (delivering clothing)
Where: DreamLikeBubbles, 7/F no 36 Belcher’s Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong
How much: Drop off you clothes to any of the collection point or at DreamLikeBubbles on Saturday, 17 December!
Read more: 10 Ways to Give Back this Christmas
New Years Eve Vintage Hollywood
The Optimist and Pirata are throwing an unforgettable NYE party that’ll transport you back in time with a Hollywood Vintage soiree! We’re talking ultimate glitz and glamour, French music, popcorn, movie star look alikes and much more. If you’re lucky, you may run into Miss Monroe over a cocktail at the photo-booth! Check out their packages which include a classic cocktail dinner, free-flow booze and DJs spinning classic jams all night long. Get those flapper dresses and feathers ready, we’ll see you there!
When: Saturday, 31 December, 7pm-3am
Where: The Optimist Hong Kong, 239 Hennessy Road G/F, Hong Kong
How much: Ultimate Countdown Packages – $1,488 (includes cocktail dinner and free flow drinks all night long), Pre Countdown Package – $888 (includes cocktail dinner and free flow drinks until 10pm), Party Package – $788 (includes free flowing drinks between 10pm-2am). Book here!
Read more: Stay tuned for our roundup of the best New Year’s Eve parties, coming soon!
In The Mood for SKA at The Wanch
For a full evening of the newest Ska jams, head over to The Wanch! Enjoy drinks over some smooth, live rhythmic reggae beats. Better arrive early to secure a good spot and groove the night away!
When: Friday, 2 December, 9.30pm – 11.45pm
Where: The Wanch, 54 Jaffe Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How much: Free entry.
A show in the cemetery – romantic… or creepy? Either way, we’re intrigued! Spend an evening listening to the sounds of a Edinburgh Fringe Festival headliner featuring the piano, cello and violin! A promised “euphoric assault on the senses”, this is one unique experience to try if you’re looking for something different.
When: Two days available showings; Friday, 2 December, 8pm – Saturday, December, 4pm.
Where: Macau Cultural Center, Macau
How much: $180 per person – book your tickets here!
To celebrate their 20th anniversary, Treasure Island is hosting a beachside luau extravaganza, complete with all the goods! Paddle, eat, drink and be merry. Camp under the stars with equipment provided at Treasure Island campgrounds, or ‘glamp’ it at one of their sea front cabanas. Wake up, eat some grub and do it all over again!
When: Saturday, 3 December, 12pm – Sunday, 4 December, 2pm
Where: Mavericks HK, Pui O Beach, Hong Kong
How much: $550 per person for dinner and drinks, $950 per person for dinner, drinks, camping and breakfast – book your tickets here!