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Sassy Mama’s Christmas Event Guide 2014

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Christmas is all about spending time with your family, but it’s always nice to get out of the house and see what the 852’s up to for the holidays! The Christmas lights are out, Pacific Place is drowning in décor and it’s impossible to go anywhere and not hear a carol; we’ve found a few jolly events we think you and your family might be interested in this year. (Who knows, you might even meet the big red man himself!)



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Light Up A Life
The “Light Up A Life” Christmas Concert features traditional festive music and a Tree Lighting Ceremony. Hear fun, classic Christmas songs by the Hong Kong Welsh Male voice choir and the Island School Orchestra and Choir. All proceeds go towards terminally ill patients and their families. Any donation is appreciated, no matter how small, and you and your family can enjoy beautiful music while giving back to the community. Book your tickets at the St. John’s Cathedral Bookstore now!
When: 2 December at 7:30pm
Where: St. John’s Cathedral, 4-8 Garden Road, Hong Kong
How much: $200 per person


Winter in Venice
Want to take a mini holiday break? Pop on over to Macau to check out this winter carnival featuring a 3-D light display to light up your night and “Seasons of Wonder” projected daily through the beginning of January. Let your kiddos run around the outdoor winter fairyland, play in the snow and twirl under the snow flakes. Although artificial, the detail is truly amazing. Ice-skate, rock-around the Christmas tree and enjoy winter food delicacies with live entertainment in the background. Admission is FREE! Now you have no excuse mama, round up the kids and get ready to delve into the spirit of Christmas!
When: 3 December – 4 January, 2015
Where: Estrada da Baia de Nossa Senhora da Esperanca, Macau, +853 2882 8888
How much: Free

Carols by Candlelight
To experience the music of Christmas firsthand, head to Matilda International Hospital. There’ll be six Christmas choirs, a real-life Santa, and “angels” welcoming in the holiday season. Listen to the beautiful carols as you enjoy Christmas cuisine, peruse for fun holiday goodies and enjoy games and crafts with the kids! Spend your evening at this lovely event and help raise money for disabled children who aren’t as fortunate.
When: 4 December, 6-8pm
Where: 41 Mount Kellet Road, The Peak, Hong Kong, 2849 0355
How much: Free!

Take an evening out with the family to enjoy all the excitement at WinterFest! Shop around, eat festive food and stare in awe at the beautiful giant Christmas tree! The twinkling lights surrounding the tree are pretty impressive as well. Make holiday memories and spread the joy!
When: 5 December – 1 January, 2015
Where: Open Piazza, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
How much: Free!

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The classic tale of the Puss in Boots is in Hong Kong! The production is fun and exciting and perfect for all ages. Bring your children for a fun night out a great Christmas story. Buy tickets here before it’s sold out!
When: 5-7 and 11-14 December.
Where: Shouson Theatre, Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How much: $290 or 330, purchase on URBTIX here

Christmas_2011-eThe Cecilian Singers
Sip mulled wine and nom on mince pies while you enjoy the Cecilian Singers a capella group and accompanying performances. As one of the oldest choirs in Hong Kong, the singers have a wide repertoire and never disappoint! All profits from the concert go towards a charity of the choir’s choice.
When: 9 December at 7:30pm
Where: St. Johns Cathedral, Garden Road, Central, Hong Kong, 2570 3783
How much: $200 per ticket, $100 concessions, buy tickets here.

Family Disco! Christmas Party
Party and dance to shake up the happiness this Christmas! Miles ELP International Academy is holding a Christmas Party on 13 Dec which will be in full swing with family bonding activities including disco dance jam, live music performance by teachers, exciting games and many more! Space is limited, so register now for FREE entry! Join the party to fill this Christmas with joy & cheer!
When: 13 December, 3:30-5pm
Where: Miles International Academy,
How much: Free! Like Miles’ Facebook and register for FREE at [email protected].

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Hong Kong’s largest indoor lighting spectacle is at Ocean Park! If your kids have never been to the park (who’re we kidding?), now is the time to take them. Run around the park and see Christmas characters and Santa in a candy cottage house. A 70-foot Christmas tree surrounded by delicious delights and candy canes outlining the park are sure to get you in the holiday spirit! Make sure you stay for a meal; Ocean Park’s Christmas menus cannot be missed. Indulge in the Doraemon Christmas Set Menu at Neptune’s Restaurant, which includes a Christmas décor appetiser to start, and a hot melting chocolate pudding with a Doraemon cookie and an edible Christmas snowman to end the holiday-heavy meal.
When: 13 December –4 January, 2015
Where: Ocean Park, Aberdeen, Hong Kong, 2873 5584
How much: Admission: $320 per adult, $160 per child. Get your tickets online here!

Discoveryland’s Winter Wonderland
Take your kids to see magical decorations at Discoveryland! Santa’s elves will lead you through fun Christmas activities on the way to meet Santa. The little ones will receive a gift and photo with Santa along with other fun goodies! Get ready for an action packed holiday, mama, and don’t forget your camera!
When: Decorations throughout December, 21-27th Santa visit
Where: Shop G31, G/F, DB North Plaza, Discovery Bay
How much: Admission: $168 per adult on weekdays, $200 per adult on weekends, $148 per child on weekdays, $188 per child on weekends. Child admission includes one accompanying parent FREE. 

Kassia Women’s Choir
The Kassia Women’s Choir is focusing on Christmas movies this December, performing songs from favourites such as The Muppets, The Polar Express, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Home Alone and Miracle on 34th Street. The little ones will love being able to recognise the tunes; just be warned, you may be asked to download the movies the next day!
When: 17-18 December at 8pm.
Where: Sheung Wan Civic Centre Theatre, Hong Kong, 6149 3558
How much: $220, get your tickets ahead of time here.

A Cambridge Christmas 
The musical life at Cambridge is coming to Hong Kong through the very talented College of Gonville and Caius Choir. The choir is world renowned for its enthusiastic and dynamic performances. The carol services are said to be “hauntingly beautiful” and truly magical during the holiday season. This is the concert to attend for an evening of beautiful music to get you in the holiday spirit!
When: 18 December at 8pm
Where: Shouson Theatre, Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How much: $220-$460, tickets are available online here. 

shutterstock_148750952The Nutcracker
Let your kids indulge in the classic story of the Nutcracker on Christmas Eve! The HK ballet’s adaptation displays talent, beauty and the story we all know and love featuring Clara, Fitz and the Nutcracker. Your family will be captivated by the dancing and lovely music throughout the entire performance. If your little ones haven’t seen it yet, this is the year!

When: 19-21, 24-28 December.
Where: G/F, 60 Blue Pool Road, Happy Valley, Hong Kong , 2573 7398
How much: $140-1,000 per person. Click here to book your tickets! 

Christmas Carnival at Auberge Discovery Bay
Games, scrumptious buffets and an all-inclusive Christmas room package await you at this fabulous seaside hotel. Let the kids squeal with delight in the Bouncy Castle, decorate Gingerbread men, meet Santa, watch a magic show and more! This hotel is the perfect place to spoil yourself; take a trip to the spa for the special “Christmas Warm Delight”. Activities for the kids AND relaxation for the mama? Book a room now! Check out our Sassy Mama review here.
When: 20-26 December, 11am-6pm
Where: Auberge Discovery Bay Hong Kong, 88 Siena Avenue, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
How much: $2,288 and up for a one-night stay, including a buffet breakfast and dinner. 

The Phantom of the Opera
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical masterpiece returns to the stage in Hong Kong! The Phantom of the Opera is leading the way among the pack of theatre shows hitting the city this season, so it’s a definite must-watch (make sure you get a babysitter for the really little ones for this one)! A musical genius haunts the Paris opera house and falls in love with a young soprano, Christine. Drama, jealousy and madness ensue… expect an amazing show with great music and visuals to match!
When: 21 December 2014 – 18 January 2015
Where: AsiaWorld-Expo, Arena in Theatre Mode, Lantau, Hong Kong
How much: Tickets start from $295 and are available from or by calling 3128 8288.

3698_snowbear-bgThe Snowman & The Bear
The City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong presents “The Snowman & The Bear”! The two animated films will be played on a big screen while the orchestra plays the magical music in the background. Phil Whelan and Tania Martin will narrate the heartwarming story about a snowman coming to life and “The Bear” where a little girl wakes up to a polar bear in her bedroom! The kid-friendly show is hosted in English and lasts for 80 minutes.

When: 26 December 3pm, 28 December, 3pm and 7:30pm
Where: Tuen Mun Town Hall Auditorium on the 26th, Sha Tin Town Hall Auditorium on the 28th
How much: $200-$400, book tickets here. 



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Head on over to My Little Princess’ last pop-up store just in time to check off that holiday shopping list, on Saturday, 13 Dec. In addition to picking up cool Christmas gifts, kids will get to enjoy face painting, a free Xmas photo booth and cupcakes! Mamas, enjoy a hot cup o’ Joe while you shop, with all proceeds going toward the HK Cancer Fund! After all, it’s not Christmas without taking part in the spirit of giving!
When: Saturday, 13 December, 10am-4pm
Where: BoConcept, 73 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Free!

Lot 5 Christmas Pop-Up
Come to Soho for boutique Christmas shopping, powered by Hong Kong’s StuffGenie. The first series will feature accessories, fashion, and gifts for the holiday season. If you’re a foodie the 10-14 of December is your time to feast on culinary treats! The 3rd and final series offers up-and-coming brands, leather goods, and wine and spirits as the last hurrah. Toffee Nut Lattes, fabulous scarves and yummy cupcakes await!
When: 3-7 December, 10-14 December, 17-21 December
Where: No. 5 Staunton Street, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Free!


Starry Christmas at Harbour City
Take your kiddies to see the Christmas train station with bright colors of red, white, and gold at Harbour City. Take them inside the 30-metre long train to look at the stars inside and snap pictures and then pick up some cotton candy inside Ocean Terminal! Shuan the Sheep will be displayed in the big barn in the Gateway Arcade of Harbour City and the Kid Zone will have 30 figurines of Shaun dress up in different colours! Get festive decorations, photo ops and plenty of Christmas fun all in one go.
When: Through 4 January, 2015
Where: Ocean Centre, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
How much: $20 donation to ride the train goes toward the Hong Kong Blood Cancer Foundation. 

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Maritime Square Showcase Frozen Ice Castle
If you’ve never had a reason to rendezvous in an MTR mall before, here’s one for you! Maritime Square, a 4-story mall located in Tsing Yi Station, has transformed into a Frozen winter wonderland, bringing your kid’s favourite movie of the year to life! Take them for a ramble around the ice castle, where the lighting and music from Frozen will enchant them and the Be-frozen Studio will keep them happily occupied as they don the outfits of Elsa, Anna and Olaf the Snowman. Be careful with your wallet at the Pop-up Store with Frozen premiums – your munchkins will likely want everything inside!
When: Through 4 January, 2015
Where: Fantasy Island, 1/F, Maritime Square, Hong Kong, 2186 7284
How much: Free

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Christmas at LANDMARK
LANDMARK has turned into a chic Parisian Christmas extravaganza this holiday season, with a special collaboration with famed designer Karl Lagerfeld’s supermodel muse, Ines de la Fressange. Explore “mini Paris” complete with beautiful Parisian figurines, while picking up all your holiday gifts with LANDMARK’s impressive store offerings. From Christmas-themed snacks to holiday decor, the LANDMARK stores are pulling out all the stops this Christmas – time to get ready for that holiday shopping spree, mama!
When: Through Christmas
Where: LANDMARK, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Free

For a full list of all the holiday fairs around town to get your Christmas shopping done, check out our roundup here




Tang Tang Tang Tang
You won’t want to miss the ultimate Christmas workshop this season at one of our favourite lifestyle stores! Create chic pom poms, tassels and dream catchers to decorate your home for the holidays. Snack on mince pies, gingerbread, candy canes and hot chocolate while you DIY! Guests also receive a 10% discount off all store items. With only 8 slots per session space is limited so reserve your spot now!
When: 25 November, 4, 11, 18 December, at 5pm, 6pm, 7pm.
Where: 66 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2525 2112
How much: $180 per person

Christmas Camp 2014 – Miles Christmas Town 
RockABaby & Miles International Academy are calling all children to Miles Christmas town! From 22-31 December, join the Christmas camp which consists of a range of workshops for 8 months – 6 years old including music, dance, art jamming, mini theatre, mixed age siblings workshops and much more. Celebrate Christmas in a fun, musical and creative way with RockABaby and Miles International Academy! Find out more details here.
When: 22-24, 29-31 December
Where: Miles International Academy
How much: Click here for pricing details.

Elephant Community Press
Treat your little ones to a 3-day workshop to practice their writing and explore storytelling. The theme of the workshop varies by age group: 4-6, 6-8, 8-10, 10-12 and 12-14 years old. There is a story behind each theme to excite the children and put the direction of the story in their hands! Students ages 6-14 receive a copy of their story in a published booklet after the workshop to share with relatives and maybe their children one day! Enroll online here.
When: 22-24 and 29-31 December
Where: Unit 704, Lap Fai Building, 6-8 Pottinger Street, Central, Hong Kong, 3487 3153
How much: Christmas Storyland, $900. How the Grinch Confused Christmas, Most Famous Elf of All, Behind the Scenes of Christmas Town, and Christmas of the Dead $1,650.


Mandarin for Munchkins’ Christmas Camp
Kids ages 3 1/2 – 14 years old can learn Mandarin Mon-Fri through arts and craft, music, stories, audio-visuals, games and singing at Mandarin for Munchkins’ Christmas Camp. For older children who need to brush up their skills, an excursion-based camp will take them to museums, beaches and parks! A mini camp is offered for your tiny ones, and Mandarin Chef and Mandarin Theatre for specific skill learning!
When: 22 December – 3 January, 2015
Where: Central or Discovery Bay locations
How much: Click here for more information.

Active Kids Camps
Wether your child is interested in science, chess, or cooking, Active Kids Holiday Camps has something for everyone! Let your little one spend a few hours each day using microscopes and building robots at Science Adventures Camp, baking mince pies and melted snowman cookies at Stormy Chef Camp, or testing their memory, strategic thinking, and sportsmanship at The Chess Academy!
When: 18-31 December Stormy Chef, 22-31 December Science Adventures and Chess Academy
Where: Unit A, 11/F, Yam Tze Commercial Building, 23 Thomson Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
How much: Click here for more information.

IHP Active Kids Christmas Camp
Keep your kids busy and active this Christmas with soccer and tennis camps. They’ll improve their skills, make friends with kids their age and perhaps develop a love for a new sport over the course of 3-4 days. Classes are an hour or an hour and a half each day, so there’s still plenty of time for family activities and cookie decorating! Enroll now to reserve a spot.
When: 22-24, 29 December and 2 January, 2015
Where: Stanley Ho Sports Club, University of Hong Kong, 10 Sha Wan Drive, Sandy Bay, Hong Kong
How much: $540-$1,440

Colour My World Christmas Workshops
Your munchkins will not want to miss decorating a giant 3D Gingerbread man! For 2.5 hours a day your little one can paint, design, and accessorise their giant cookie! Or enroll the babe to participate in the Story Dramatisation workshop to perform classic winter tales on stage! If you’re 10-12 year old has a major sweet tooth then the oil painting on canvas will be a blast! They will learn how to paint still life with massive piles of candy surrounding them…just remind them not to eat it!
When: 22-24 December or 29-31 December
Where: Rm 108 Aberdeen Marina Tower, 8 Shum Wan Road, Hong Kong
How much: $1,600-$1,800

Faust Christmas Holiday Theatre
Encourage your little ones to explore the performing world with this three day camp! They will learn how to work together in a team, understand the different roles in the theatre, and how to express feelings with body movement and gestures. This camp is a great way to help your shy babes become more outgoing and sociable! Appropriate for kids ages 4-12.
When: 22-24 December, and/or 29-31 December
Where: 5th Floor, 359 & 361 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
How much: $1,790


British Council’s Winter Intensive Courses
Help your child improve their English skills in a fun-filled environment with a 3-day course at the British Council. Kids will use their imaginations to solve puzzles, write stories and invent characters! The course varies by grade level, but all courses have a Christmas theme like “Adventures with the Gingerbread Man” and “Winter Wonderland”. Levels K2 through P6 are encouraged to sign up! Visit the website for more information.
When: 29-31 December
Where: British Council, 3 Supreme Court Road, Admiralty, Hong Kong
How much: $1,800-$2,650

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