Still in a serious post-Christmas daze and can’t fathom planning anything for New Year’s Eve? You’re in luck. Here’s everything you need to know about what to do and where to go this New Year’s Eve (and Day) in Hong Kong.
A Viennese New Year
December 30-31, 8pm
Hong Kong Cultural Center Concert Hall, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Tsa Tsui
The Hong Kong Philharmonic Society Limited presents a night of pokas, marches and toe-tapping waltzes. There’s nothing quite like a New Year’s Eve of Viennese dances.
Tickets range from HK$140 to HK$400.
Check it out here.
Brass & Singing for New Year
December 31, 3pm
Sha Tin Town Hall Cultural Activities Hall, 1 Yuen Wo Rd, Sha Tin
Hearing the trumpets already? Brass De Bravissimo Brass Quintet, Big Brass De Bravissimo and Munsang College School Choir will perform well-known music tunes for you on New Year’s Eve. Tickets are HK$90 – HK$120.
See full event details here.
New Year’s Eve Countdown Carnival
December 31-January 1, 8:30pm-12:15am
Sha Tin Park and Sha Tin Plaza, New Territories
Come to Sha Tin Park for an exciting night of dancers, jugglers, magic shows and music! Best of all, you’ll count down to 2012 with families from all around.
See www.lcsd.gov.hk for more information.
Times Square Apple Countdown
December 31-January 1, 9pm
Times Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay
If you’re missing the New York Times Square countdown craze, you’ll find the Eastern equivalent right here in Causeway Bay. This is the place to join many others as the clock begins its countdown. Hong Kongers have been celebrating New Year’s Eve at Times Square since 1994, often with live music and entertainment, and this year will be no different. There is no entry fee and the countdown will broadcast on Radio and Television Hong Kong FM94.8-96.9. But be warned, the crowds can be overwhelming and you’ll need at least an hour to reach the center of the celebrations!
Countdown at Ocean Terminal Rooftop
December 31-January 1
Entering time: 10pm-11:30pm
Ocean Terminal Rooftop Carpark, Tsim Tsa Tsui
Between December 24-27, spend HK$1000 in any two shops at Ocean Terminal and get a free ticket to prime seat for the new year’s eve fireworks at the Ocean Terminal rooftop! There will be Hong Kong’s famous pyrotechnic displays as well, starting just a minute before midnight. In order to get the ticket you will also have donated at least HKD20 to the Hong Kong Blood Cancer Foundation. Donation box and ticket counter are both located on the ground floor of Ocean Terminal 2.
Hong Kong Fireworks and Pyrotechnic Display 2012
December 31 – January 1, Midnight
Hong Kong’s New Year fireworks over the Central skyline will start 2012 off with a humongous dragon finale. Charter a boat and cruise the Harbour, enjoying the skyscraper cityscape as the backdrop to a spectacular light, sound and fireworks show. If you can’t get onto a boat, watch from the Avenue of Stars in Tsim Sha Tsui. Fireworks will be set off from the top of buildings along the waterfront on the Hong Kong Island side of Victoria Harbour. The numbers 10 to 1 will appear in fireworks for the final 10-second countdown. After midnight, there will be a four-minute long pyrotechnics display worth HK$7.8 million that will resemble a big dragon dancing along Hong Kong’s skyline.
If you’re out and about with the family into midnight, then rest assured – you really can’t miss Hong Kong’s famous light and fireworks display. Find a cosy spot anywhere in Central, Causeway Bay, Wanchai, Tsim Tsa Tsui harbour front, Ocean Terminal, along Victoria Harbour or at Tamar Site – be sure to get there early! And if you’re celebrating New Year’s Eve in quiet indoors, wherever you may be in the world, join the celebration through live streaming.
World’s Largest Dragon and Lion Dance Parade
January 1, 2-5pm
From Charter Road, along Hennessey Road, to Southorn Playground, Wanchai
Last year, Hong Kong broke the Guinness World Record of largest lion dance on display with 1,111 lions in the Dragon and Lion Dance Parade. In celebration of the coming year of the Dragon, there will be 88 dragons this year. No doubt this will be an amazing recognition of Hong Kong’s heritage as we step into 2012.
Check out the event here.
Cirque du Soleil at The Venetian
December 31 – January 1, 10pm
The Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel, Estrada da Baía de N. Senhora da Esperança, s/n, Taipa, Macau
If you’re looking to spend the night away from Hong Kong then The Venetian in Macao is the place to be. A mesmerizing evening of dancing and music, join Zaia and the Cirque du Soleil as they journey into space, followed by a countdown with the cast. An unforgettable experience for the entire family.
For ticketing details, click here.
Hong Kong Disneyland
Now through January 2
Hong Kong Disneyland, Penny’s Bay, Lantau Island
Holiday festivities aren’t complete until there’s a little magic involved. Hong Kong Disneyland, with the newly opened Toy Story Land and happening Main Street, is the place to go for a day of wonders, and we bet that you’ll love the fireworks at the end of the day.
Sneak a peek of the magic online.
SKY100 New Year Event
January 1 – 31, 10am – 10pm
100/F, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon
SKY100 offers one of the best views of the Hong Kong skyline for just HK$150/adult and HK$105 concession! Seeing the famed lights of Hong Kong with Sky100 is a one-in-a-lifetime experience.
Get your tickets here
EAT + ENJOY
Flame at Towngas
Flame at Towngas Avenue is offering a delicious New Year’s Eve menu at the tempting price of HK$388 up.
Call 2367 2710 (Causeway Bay) or 2367 2713 (Tsim Sha Tsui) for reservations.
Harbour Grand Hotel
Harbour Grand Hotel offers a wide range of options, from a buffet to a full six-course menu. And with prices ranging from HK$339 – HK$1,088, you’ll probably find something in your budget. Le 188’ is featuring live entertainment from 7:30-11pm!
Garley Building, 45-53 Graham Street, Central
If you’re looking for a relaxed New Year’s Eve dinner then this is the place to be. Their set dinner is HK$1000/person – and they even offer a vegetarian New Year’s Eve menu.
The Kitchen Restaurant
December 31 12-2:30pm, 8:30-11pm
W Hong Kong, 1 Ausin Road, Kowloon
A sophisticated, modern restaurant with a spectacular view of the Hong Kong harbour – perfect for a family New Year’s Eve dinner. New Year’s Eve lunch is available at HK$508, while dinner is at HK$1090 – children get half off. There are only a few spots left so call 37172299 now to reserve!
Cafe on the Park & Satay Inn
December 31 – January 1
A great option for those looking for a delicious and stylish New Year’s Eve dinner without spending a fortune – Sino Group of Hotels’ Cafe on the Park and Satay Inn both offer festive menus from HK$298.
See their full brochure here.
December 31 – January 1
Perhaps the most highly recommended hotel for New Year’s Eve dinner, the Intercontinental boasts of an amazing view of the harbour – guests can enjoy Hong Kong’s spectacular fireworks display amidst the comfort and fine dining of Intercontinental’s restaurants and bars. New Year’s Eve dinner is at HK$2488/adult and HK$1288/child at its various restaurants. The Hotel also offers New Year’s Eve afternoon tea at HK$328/person or HK$488/2 persons and New Year’s Day Brunch and Lunch starting from HK$328.
Check out their full festive program here.
December 31 – January 2
1/F, The L Place, 139 Queen’s Road, Central
For in-season, local, organic everyday Italian food for everyday people, Linguini Fini is the place to go. Welcoming parties of all numbers, on New Year’s Eve, they are offering three delicious festive dishes as well as a free flowing Prosecco package for HK$88 or free-flowing Champagne for HK$288 after 10pm. And when it comes to hair of the dog on New Year’s Day (and the day after too, as the case may be…), Linguini has got it covered with a la carte brunch dishes, free-flowin’ Prosecco for HK$88 and even, for the serious hair-of-the-doggers, a shot of beer with every brunch cocktail!
For more information visit www.linguinifini.com or call 2857-1333.
December 31 – January 1
Mandarin Oriental, 5 Connaught Road, Central
The Mandarin Grill + Bar, Clipper Lounge and Captain’s Bar will host a three-piece live jazz band and six-course dinner (HK$2,988), and a traditional bagpiper will perform when the countdown to midnight begins. There will also be a free-flowing New Year’s Day Champagne brunch at Mandarin Grill + Bar (adults HK$988, children HK$498).
For reservations call 2522-0111 or visit www.mandarinoriental.com
The Langham Hotel
December 31 – January 1
This year, the Langham Hotel is offering many a delicious menus for New Year’s Eve and the day after – especially for those looking for fine dining without spending an absolute bomb – their New Year’s Eve dinner starts at just HK$228.
PARTY INTO 2012
Black & Gold at Entourage
December 31-January 1, 10pm-3am
Entourage, 5 Elgin Street, Central
Free flowing Perrier Jouët, top DJs, delicious snacks from Executive Chef Frank Lebiez and a live NYE countdown – they’re even offering hotel packages for the night, catering to groups of all sizes.
HK$1,088 in advance (HK$1,288 on the door); RSVP to [email protected].
December 31-January 1
KEE Club, 6/F, 32 Wellington Street, Central
Blast off into outerspace from 10pm ’til late at Kee Club. The theme is inspired by futuristic space travel. Think Blade Runner, Close Encounters, Star Wars.
Standard tickets are HK$400 and available through [email protected], or try your luck and walk-in for HK$500.
Hullet House: Hollywood Glamour
December 31-January 1, 10pm-4am
Hullet House, 1881 Heritage, 2A Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Hosted by the amazing Dimsum & Then Some ladies and Hullett House. Come dressed as your favorite movie star and walk the red carpet. Entertainment will be provided by the Starlight Dancers, who will be dressed as Hollywood celebrities. There’s a live jazz band, as well as DJ Hallex, who’ll be playing modern electro-swing.
Tickets are HK$300 in advance and HK$380 at the door including a glass of champagne. Dinner packages at Hullett House’s five award-winning restaurants are also available.
To RSVP call 3988-0000 or email [email protected] or [email protected].
For more information go to www.hulletthouse.com.
Lan Kwai Fong
December 31 2011 All Hours Into 2012
Lan Kwai Fong, Central
The biggest party of the year (yes, it beats the Halloween bash), with most bars and restaurants offering buffets, drinks and other “all in” deals. The crowds can be suffocating to say the least, but if you are intent on a good time, the streets and bars in Lan Kwai Fong are the place to be.
Lily&Bloom: The Ultimate Boardwalk Carnival
December 31-January 1, 7pm-3am
Lily & Bloom, 5/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham St., Central
The Ultimate Boardwalk Carnival with an assortment of themed activities. Inspired by street life in cities at the turn of the 20th century, the venue is sure to be decorated in sumptuous style.
Pre-sale tickets HK$550; at-the-door HK$650. Includes free-flowing open bar and canapés from 7pm to 3am. There is also a five-course dinner menu option for HK$1,500 which includes the open bar at Lily (add HK$200 for wine pairing with dinner). Call 2810-6166 or email [email protected].
New York, New York NYE Party
December 31-January 1
BLT and Al Molo, Ocean Terminal, Shop G62, G/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui
Celebrate at BLT Steakhouse and sister restaurant Al Molo’s waterfront terrace in Ocean Terminal while dancing to a laser light show set against the stunning view of the Harbour. Dance to New York jazz classics and later get into full swing with a New York DJ.
Gala buffet costs HK$888 with an open bar for HK$1,288. 11pm onwards: HK$488.
To RSVP: Call 2730-7900 or email [email protected].
SEVVA: Sandy Kandau Live
December 31-January 1
SEVVA, 25/F, Prince’s Building, 10 Chater Road, Central
Hailed as one of the most decadent parties in town (with a price to match), Sevva’s extravagant gala will feature the fab Dutch singer, dancer and magician Sandy Kandau. She’ll put on a one-woman show of quick-change costumes, while belting out the latest hits. More entertainment by Metro, an American Hong Kong-based acapella group.
Tickets: HK$3,880/person. For more information visit www.sevva.hk or email [email protected].
The Luxe Manor: Rock to 2012
December 31 10pm-2am
The Luxe Manor, 39 Kimberley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
The New Year’s Eve Countdown Party in the dada bar + lounge rocks from 10pm to 2am with the live band, Sweet Revenge playing everything rock ‘n roll.
Tickets are HK$250 each. To RSVP call 3763 8778 or email [email protected]. www.dadalounge.com.hk
The Mira: Masquerade Magic
December 31-January 1
The Mira,The Ballroom, 18/F, The Mira Hong Kong, 118 Nathan Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui
Party with the fun crowd in Vibes’ chill garden under the stars. Be sure to bring your flirtiest mask. To combine the joy of New Year’s Eve celebrations free admittance to the Mira Masquerade Magic Party will be granted to those who choose to indulge themselves with either an exquisite 8-course festive dinner at WHISK, OR Yamm’s New Year’s Eve Buffet Dinner that includes a close-up magic show.
Whisk dinner costs HK$1,888/person (includes free entry to the outdoor countdown party at Vibes). Yamm’s Buffet Dinner: (8:30pm – midnight) HK$888/adult and HK$538/child (no entry to the Masquerade Party for children below 18 years of age). VIP Tables: HK$2,012 for a private table with seating for 8-10 guests, including one bottle of champagne and a deluxe snack platter. Advance tickets: HK$750 per person when purchased from 11 – 30 Dec inclusive. At the door: HK$850 per person when purchased on 31 Dec.
Tickets are available at The Mira Festive Counter, 2315 5885 or online.
The Pawn of Deception
December 31 2011 8pm onwards to 2012
The Pawn, 62 Johnston Road, Wanchai
Bring it in with a bang at this James-Bond themed party (there’s always ONE double-oh-seven event on somewhere at this time of year!) complete with live entertainment, DJ and a fun casino.
Live and Let Dine (!) special menu costs HK$1,588/person either on the roof garden or in the dining room from 8pm onwards. Post-dinner party only: all-you-can-drink deal for HK$600/person from 9pm onwards.
To RSVP, call 2866-3444 or email [email protected].
Top Deck: Ambassador’s Reception
December 31 2pm-8:30pm
Top Deck, Top Floor Jumbo Kingdom, Shum Wan Pier Drive, Wong Chuk Hang, Aberdeen
International guest DJ Bottin and superstar visual artist Mizz Zee will entertain for the first time in Hong Kong. Dress code is a mix of Italo-Disco, Leopard Skin, Dwarfs (seriously!), Diamonds, Moon Boots and Confetti.
Tickets are available only at Top Deck: HK$690 for Ladies, HK$890 for Gents. Call 2552 3331 or email [email protected].
W Hotel: Hed Kandi’s Disco’s Revenge
December 31 into the night and New Year
W Hotel, The Great Room, 1 Austin Rd. West, West Kowloon
Hed Kandi throws some of the best parties. Starting at 10pm, enjoy a night of funk and electro house tunes. Andrew Daniels headlines as the official Hed Kandi DJ, plus a live saxophone performance by Aimee Jay. Dress code is disco chic and retro glam.
Advance tickets are HK$1,480, which includes an open bar from 11pm-3am, as well as light snacks at 2am. At-the-door tickets can’t be guaranteed, but if you are lucky, they are HK$1,880. Email [email protected] or visit www.hedkandiasia.com.
W Hotel: Party at the Living Room
December 31 spinning into January 1
W Hotel, Living Room, W Hotel, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon Station
Ring in the New Year in true W Style to the sounds of their DJ spinning you into 2012 under the Living Room’s 9-metre ceiling. Includes free-flow Perrier-Jouët with berries and nuts to share.
HK$588/person. Call 3717 2710 or email [email protected] to get yours now.