Here at Sassy Mama, we love a good fair, pop-up shop or bazaar! They usually make for a great family day out whilst also offering a more unique and individual shopping experience – and they come even more in handy come Christmas time, when we want to get as many presents as possible in one fell swoop!
What’s more, there are also loads of special Christmas school fairs – even better for us mamas as they often have more children’s stuff for sale, plus other family-friendly activities, and give us the opportunity to mingle with and support other mamas (and papas!) as they fund-raise for the school itself. So here’s our guide to all the best festive fairs in Hong Kong – and feel free to let us know about any more!
Discovery Bay Pre-Christmas Sale
Beat the rush with this early-bird event, selling cute colourful Penny Scallan print accessories and homeware and Stuck On You’s range of personalised items – all at discount prices! Then sneak in a lovely al fresco lunch and beachside stroll afterwards!
Where: Zaks restaurant, D Deck, Discovery Bay
When: 3 November, 8.30am-4.30pm
More info: [email protected]
Collective Trunk Shows
Get set for two exclusive trunk shows featuring HK brands Makaron (colourful and contemporary home linen), Dark Chocolate (chic casual womenswear) and Nest (children’s pyjamas). Children’s clothes brand Zolima will be at the first event only, whilst Sand, who make aspiga sandals, baskets, belts and hats, and La Petite Caravane (more childrenswear) will join in for the second.
Where: The Legend at Jardine’s Lookout, Tower 2, 41/FA, 23 Tai Hang Drive, Jardine’s Look Out; Chung Hom Kok at Marcela’s, HSE U, Casa Del Sol, 33 Ching Sau Lane
When: 3 November, 10am-5pm; 15 November, 10am-4pm
Shanghai Tang Pop-Up Festive Mongolian Village
Shanghai Tang has had to set sail from its old Central location thanks to Abercrombie & Fitch… yet rather than sobbing into their cheongsams, they’re making the most of it with a very special one-off pop-up winter wonderland instead! Several beautiful authentic Mongolia yurts will be setting up shop instead, stuffed with Shanghai Tang’s luxurious Christmas goodies – including their limited-edition Mongolian Collection of festive gifts, plus women’s men’s and children’s clothes, accessories, fragrances, homeware, haute couture and a bespoke tailoring service.
Where: Rooftop, Central Ferry Pier 4
When: 4 November-31 December, 10.30am-8pm
More info: www.shanghaitang.com/news+events
Picnic In The Park
Hong Kong’s largest live music and dance festival boasts over fifty market stalls from local businesses joining in the fun, plus restaurant booths dishing up yummy treats and other refreshments! There’s also a special Kids Zone to keep the little ones amused.
Where: Siena Park, Discovery Bay
When: 5 November from 11am – 9.30pm
More info: www.picnicintheparkhk.com
Canadian International School Family Fun Fair
It’s the schools 20th anniversary, so you can expect this bash to go with a bang! There’ll be games, an International Food Pavilion, BBQ pit, recycled books stall, pony rides, clowns, vendors and other fun activities galore – plus a few surprises too (hint: don’t leave early)!
Where: Canadian International School, 36 Nam Long Shan Road, Aberdeen
When: 6 November, 11am-4pm
Cyberport Weekend Market
A fantastic outdoor market with a variety of booths selling crafts, accessories, children’s products and much more. There’s also a children’s painting workshop, an art installation where all visitors decorate giant white pins (it’ll make more sense on the day!) and comfy beanbags for lounging about on the grass and soaking up the last of the winter sun!
Where: The Podium, Cyberport 2, 100 Cyberport Road,
When: 5-6 November, 11am-6pm
More info: www.facebook.com/arcade.cyberport
Where: Green Terrace, L3 The Peak Galleria, The Peak
When: 6 November, 11am-7pm; 4 December, 10am-6pm
More info: 2467 7002, hkid.gall[email protected]
The Conrad Fair
Three fairs showcasing gifts galore – starting off with The Gift & Lifestyle Fair, followed by two more festive-themed offerings, The Christmas Showcase and The Christmas Gift Festival. You’ll be spoilt for choice!
Where: Conrad Hotel, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, 2521 3838
When: 7 November, 21 November, 14 December, 10am-8pm
AWA Charity Bazaar
The HK American Women’s Association annual charity fundraiser, where you can shop til you drop, meet local authors, win prizes, enjoy culinary delights and treat yourself to a cuppa, cake and chat over a soothing foot massage… and if you’re laden with too many treasures, there’s even a concierge service to arrange home delivery!
Where: Hong Kong Jockey Club, Happy Valley Racecourse
When: 8 November, 10am-6pm
More info: 2527 2961, [email protected]
We’ll Always Have Paris Pop-Up Shop
Fill your stockings a la française with this super-cute festive fair. Featuring Sassy favourite Flaunt Lingerie, culinary delights and wine pairings from Lestafette, cute French children’s clothes by Little Mercerie, chic leather accessories from Tootie & Carla, fine Italian knitwear by Solo Per Te, custom-made leather gloves by Cabretta Couture and gorgeous tableware by Zest Of Asia.
Where: Burnside Villas, House B8, 9 South Bay Road, Repulse Bay
When: 10 November, 6-9.30pm; 11 November, 9am-2pm
Discovery College Family Fun Day
A fun day out for the whole family featuring stalls selling food, donated items and Christmas gifts, plenty of yummy home-baked confections, music performed by students, a DC Challenge/Scavenger treasure hunt, games, a karate demonstration, the chance to try your hand at arts and crafts and a Junior Masterchef challenge! We’re exhausted just writing about it!
Where: Discovery College, Siena Avenue, Discovery Bay
When: 12 November, 12-5pm
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.
Where: Function Suites, Hong Kong Cricket Club, 137 Wong Nai Chung Gap Road, Causeway Bay
When: 15 November, 10am-8pm; 17 November, 6.30-10pm
How much: Wine & Food Fair $100 for members, $120 for members’ guests, including $100 of coupons for buying wine
ShoppingHongKong Holiday Bazaars
Three fairs featuring an array of fashion, jewellery, art, homeware and other unique gifts; the events at the American Club are open to members and their guests only.
Where: 29-30/F, Azure, Hotel LKF, 33 Wyndham Street, Central; Vista Ballroom, American Club, 28 Tai Tam Road, Tai Tam
When: November 16, 12-6pm; November 15 and December 17, 10am-6pm
City Kids Christmas Fair
City Kids fair caters for even the littlest littlies as well as their older siblings, so it truly is fun for all the family! In addition to stalls from Sassy Mama faves Penny Scallan, Seedling, Hocusadabra and many more of HK’s finest boutiques, there will be a bouncy castle, face-painting, cupcake decorating, craft-making, children’s games, a raffle and even a visit from Santa Claus!
Where: City Kids School, 12 Borrett Road, Mid-Levels
When: 19 November, 12-5pm
Sha Tin College Twilight Fair
The usual staples that make school fairs so great – home-baked yummies, loads of stalls to scope out potential Christmas gifts, a raffle and much more!
Where: Sha Tin College, Lai Wo Lane, Fo Tan, Sha Tin, New Territories
When: 19 November, 1-7pm
Discovery Bay Backyard Holiday Bazaar
This is the largest fair in Handmade Hong Kong’s calendar; with stalls from over 120 vendors selling amazing handmade arts, crafts, clothes, accessories and other locally designed goods, it’s the perfect place to pick up a unique holiday gift!
Where: Discovery Bay Plaza, Discovery Bay
When: 20 November, 10am-5pm
More info: http://www.handmadehongkong.com
Hong Kong Winterfest
Hong Kong Tourist Board’s official event will see a fabulous festive fiesta taking over the entire city! Statue Square in Central will set the scene with a twinkling Tiffany’s decorated Christmas tree, carol-singing and a carousel whilst HK’s first ever outdoor ice-skating rink will appear in East Tsim Sha Tsui so you can glide under the stars and soak up the festive atmosphere. There’ll also be carnivals, sparkling Christmas illuminations, seasonal menus, special offers in shops and restaurants and much much more!
When: 25 November-1 January
More info: www.discoverhongkong.com/winterfest
GSIS Christmas Bazaar
German Swiss International School’s biggest annual fundraiser will have a host of fun family games, home-baked goodies and traditional German Christmas food and decorations amongst the usual stalls offering toys, books and clothing.
Where: GSIS, 11 Guildford Road, The Peak, Hong Kong
When: 26 November, 10am-4pm
ISF Academy Adventure Jam
A day of daring and adventure, featuring a thrilling ‘Adventure Race’, a 7 metre high climbing wall and rope challenges for the kids to tackle, plus games, food stalls and entertainment for the entire family.
Where: ISF Academy, 1 Kong Sin Wan Road, Pok Fu Lam
When: 26 November, 11am-4pm
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 children’s activities, a bouncy play area (alas, only for littlies!) and a live band.
Where: Arcade Area, The Repulse Bay, 109 Repulse Bay Road
When: 27 November, 11am-6pm
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. There’ll also be food, activities and much more fun for all the family; just remember to bring your ID card.
Where: Island School, 20 Borett Road, Mid-Levels
When: 27 November, 10am-5pm
How much: $20 (children are free)
More info: www.jwa.org.hk
Pretty Dangerous Pop-Up Shop
Pretty Dangerous, a purveyor of edgy daring and different jewellery from around the world (much of it, like Daisy Knights and Zelia Horsely Jewellery, new and exclusive to HK,), will be setting up shop for one night only – the perfect chance to pick up some extra-funky prezzies to tick off your shopping list!
Where: Kalamakeup Studio, Room 101, 18-20 Wyndham Street, Central
When: 28 November, 6-8pm
More info: www.facebook.com/PrettyDDangerous
The Italian Women’s Association’s annual Christmas fundraiser for The Duchess Of Kent paediatric hospital is split in two halves – Il Mercatino, a holiday bazaar including many products donated by the event’s Italian sponsors, and Le Grazie, a restaurant serving authentic (and no doubt delicious!) Italian dishes prepared by the local Italian community.
Where: Sandy Bay, Pok Fu Lam
When: 3 December, 10am-5pm
Island School Fair
With all proceeds raised going to the Island School PTA and the Nicola Myers & Kenneth McBride Memorial Fund that helps local students throughout Hong Kong, there will be stalls selling toys, books, clothes and other gifts, a Food Hall dishing up homemade delicacies from countries around the world plus entertainment throughout the day.
Where: Island School, 20 Borett Road, Mid-Levels
When: 3 December, 11am-5pm
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!
Where: Hong Kong Country Club, 188 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Deep Water Bay
When: 4 December, 11am-5pm
Hullett House Christmas Market
Hullett House’s historical courtyard and garden will be transformed 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!
Where: Hullett House, 1881 Heritage, No. 2A Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
When: 9-11 December
More info: 3988 0000, www.hulletthouse.com