December is a month to make time for family.
This month there are performances galore! We are so excited for “The Lion King”, but if you prefer some local theatre, head to Shouson Theatre in Wan Chai for the Hong Kong Players’ performance of Sleeping Beauty – The Panto. Get into the Christmas spirit with the City Chamber Orchestra’s production of Snowman and the Bear. Central Harbourfront is going to be bustling this month, with the Great European Circus coming to town as well as Moonlit Movies. Now that the weather has cooled down, it’s the perfect time to pack a picnic and settle in for an evening outdoor film!
Fill up those calendars and take the kids out and about.
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Christmas is that magical time of year when the whole family can be swept away with festive cheer. There are displays and decorations everywhere, classic Christmas movies to watch and of course, that visit from Santa to look forward to!
To mark the Christmas season the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong presents its annual cinema concert featuring Raymond Briggs’ award-winning animated films. The Snowman & The Bear can be experienced on the big screen as the orchestra performs Howard Blake’s beautiful musical score live in concert. Kids will be entranced as a snowman is brought to life on Christmas Eve, and a girl embarks on a starry night bear ride.
Featuring storytelling by Forrest Morr and Tania Martin, vocals by baritone Alan Tsang and tenor Justin Li, as well as young solo singers, this is one Christmas event you won’t want to miss! A wonderful wintertime treat for the whole family (suitable for children over 3 years)!
When: 2pm and 4:30 pm, Saturday 21, December 2019
Where: Sha Tin Town Hall Auditorium, 1 Yuen Wo Road, Sha Tin, New Territories, Hong Kong
How much:$400, $300, $250, $150 (restricted view seats), tickets available through URBTIX
Contact: Snowman Enterprises Ltd, 2864 2156, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.thesnowman.co.uk
It’s that time of year again – oh yes it is! Hong Kong Players returns with its 58th panto, and this time the cast is taking on the fairytale classic Sleeping Beauty. As King Frump celebrates the birth of his first child Beauty, the evil Fairy Marla crashes the happy occasion and curses Beauty to sleep for 100 years when she reaches her 18th birthday. But as Beauty’s big birthday approaches, she finds she has bigger problems to deal with than just her own. Can Beauty, the brave Prince and his Squire, the good Fairy Splenda, and some unlikely allies, overcome all the troubles that face the Kingdom?
When: Thursday, 5 to Sunday, 15 December 2019
Where: Hong Kong Arts Centre Shouson Theatre, 2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How much: A category – $400; B category – $350
Tickets: Available through URBTIX
After a record 21 years on Broadway, and having being seen by over 100-million people worldwide, The Lion King is finally making its way to Hong Kong! This is a one-of-a-kind production that will entertain the whole family. Go on a musical journey to the savannahs of Africa and lose yourself in the stunning costumes and choreography. Original songs “The Circle of Life” and award-winning “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” (thank you Sir Elton and Sir Tim!) are accompanied by new music written especially for the production. Book your tickets now!
When: Wednesday, 18 December 2019 to Sunday, 12 January 2020
Where: Asia World Expo, Lantau Island
How much: VIP – $1,299; A Res – $1,099; B Res – $899; C Res – $699; D Res – $599; E Res – $399
Tickets: Available through HK Ticketing
Hong Kong’s largest outdoor cinema is back! Held across 15 nights, Moonlit Movies will be capturing the spirit of Christmas with everyone’s favourite family-friendly films. Kids of all ages will love the live-action remake of Aladdin (Saturday, 7 December) or maybe you want to get the family reacquainted with the original Lion King (Saturday, 21 December), before you head to see the musical live on stage. Indulge in an evening of movie magic, set against the majestic backdrop of Victoria Harbour. We love that many of the films are screening in the afternoon, at the very family-friendly time of 3:30pm, so you can be home for bedtime.
When: Now until Sunday, 22 December 2019
Where: The Hong Kong Observation Wheel, AIA Vitality Park, Central, Hong Kong
How much: $80 (plus $10 service fee)
Tickets: Available from Moonlit Movies
For the third year running, The Great Circus of Europe returns to Hong Kong’s Central Harbourfront. This year, treat the kids to a new range of never-seen-before acts under the Big Top at the AIA Great European Carnival. This fantastic family-friendly show is guaranteed to become the talk of the town. You don’t want to miss out! Witness awe-inspiring and death-defying acts mixed with a touch of comedy and laughter.
When: Thursday, 12 December 2019 to Sunday, 16 February 2020
Where: Central Harbourfront Event Space, Central, Hong Kong
How much: From $200
Tickets: Available from Zicket
Read more: The Best Family-Friendly Christmas Events In Hong Kong
Featured image courtesy of Getty, image 1 courtesy of Snowman Enterprises Ltd, image 2 courtesy of Hong Kong Players via Facebook, image 3 courtesy of The Lion King, image 4 courtesy of Moonlit Movies, image 5 courtesy of AIA Carnival via Facebook.