Winter holiday fun!
It’s cold outside (well, for Hong Kong!) but that isn’t going to stop us taking the kids out and about. January in Hong Kong means AIA Carnival time at the Central Harbourfront, fabulous Kidsfest productions (we can’t wait to take the kids to see The Gruffalo!) as well as tuning their musical ears into the Hong Kong Philharmonic’s performance of the Star Wars score and the Sinfonietta putting on a family-friendly orchestral show.
And that’s before we get to the Chinese New Year celebrations. Get those lai see packets ready!
The annual winter carnival is back at the Central Harbourfront for the sixth year running! Treat the kids to a day of carnival fun and excitement. You can also make a visit to the Great Circus of Europe (advance purchase of tickets required, which includes entry to the carnival).
There are rides galore and you can enjoy sky-high views over Central on the Starflyer and scare yourself silly on the Ghost Train. Try your chance at the carnival games and win great toys as prizes. There are also roaming entertainers, show treats (expect sugar highs!) and photo opportunities at every turn.
When: 11am to 11pm, until Sunday, 16 February (closed Friday, 10 January)
Where: Central Harbourfront
How much: Adults – $130 (includes 10 tokens); Children aged 3 to 11 – $90 (includes 7 tokens); purchase additional tokens – $200 for 20, $300 for 3o or $500 for 50
Contact: AIA Carnival
Calling all sci-fi lovers! Australian conductor Benjamin Northey makes a welcome return to steer the HK Philharmonic through the intergalactic highways and byways of one of Hollywood’s most enduring and successful franchises. Alongside a screening of Return of the Jedi, experience John Williams’ classic movie score in glorious “live” sound – a forceful experience you and the kids will never forget! Tickets are selling fast so make sure you book now.
When: 8pm, Saturday, 4 January and 3pm, Sunday, 5 January
Where: Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Concert Hall, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
How much: First price – $780 (plus $10 booking fee); Second price – $580 (plus $10 booking fee)
Contact: Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, tickets via Ticketflap
Follow the travelling Alasdair as he adventures by boat and broomsticks, cars and carpets, roads and rail, spaceships and submarines to join his friends. It is quite an incredible journey! He’s got help on the way from the Hong Kong Sinfonietta playing classics from the great composers like Mozart, Grieg and Johann Strauss, as well as film favourites like Aladdin, Harry Potter and Pirates of the Caribbean.
When: 7:30pm – Friday, 10 January; 3pm – Saturday, 11 and Sunday, 12 January
Where: Hong Kong City Hall, Concert Hall, 5 Edinburgh Place, Central, Hong Kong
How much: 10 January – $340/ $220/ $140; 11 to 12 January – $380/ $260/ $150
Contact: Hong Kong Sinfonietta, tickets via Urbtix
Kidsfest 2020 is back this January and February and we can’t wait to take the kids along for some family-friendly theatre! First up is The Gruffalo (15 to 24 January). This is a favourite every year and sure to sell out so make sure to get your tickets sooner rather than later. Then there’s Tabby McTatt the singing cat! A tale of adventure awaits – it’s purrfect (sorry, couldn’t resist!). This one will be showing from 16 to 24 January. Rounding out January (with more to come in February!) is Mr. Men and Little Miss (29 January to 2 February). Bright colours, simplicity and humour are brought together in this beautifully-crafted live stage show.
There are discounts available for booking multiple shows so why limit yourself to one!
When: Various times
Where: Drama Theatre, Hong Kong Academy Of Performing Arts, 1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How much: A Reserve – $435; B Reserve – $385; C Reserve – $335; D Reserve – $195
Contact: Kidsfest, Tickets via HK Ticketing
We might have just finished one set of New Year’s celebrations, but the fun doesn’t stop there. As with many festivities lately, welcoming the year of the rat will be a pared-back affair. Instead of the annual parade through Tsim Sha Tsui there will be a four-day carnival at a yet-to-be-announced location. You can expect local and international performers as well as food stalls and a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. We’ll bring you all the details as soon as we have them!
To do as the locals do, make a visit to Wong Tai Sin Temple. Expect crowds, lanterns and lots and lots of incense. Wong Tai Sin is said to grant worshippers any wish. The fortune tellers are said to be some of the most accurate in the world so pay them a visit and find out what the new year has in store for you!
When: 25 to 29 January, 2020
How much: TBA
Contact: Discovery Hong Kong
Wong Tai Sin Temple
When: Open daily from 7am to 5pm
Where: Wong Tai Sin Temple, 2 Chuk Yuen Village, Wong Tai Sin, Kowloon, Hong Kong
How much: Free entry (charges apply for fortune tellers)
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