Cover Discover all the coolest events happening in Hong Kong throughout December (Photo: Courtesy of Stanley Plaza)

From Christmas markets to cultural events and new art exhibitions, these are the best things to do in Hong Kong this December

It’s officially December and dazzling lights are popping across the city, which can only mean one thing—the holiday season is here. Although overseas travel may not be feasible this Christmas, there are plenty of fun events and activities to look forward to in town—think: gift hunting at Christmas markets, indulging in seasonal treats and spending time with your family and friends.

Aside from gearing up for Christmas and planning our parties, there’s still much to see in do in Hong Kong over the festive period. Read on to discover the best events happening in December 2021—including Hong Kong Ballet’s annual performance of The Nutcracker, unique art exhibitions, and more.  

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deTour 2021

When: From now till December 12 

Where: PMQ, Central

What: deTour, Hong Kong’s biggest design festival returns this December with the theme of “Use(fu)less”. Aiming to reflect how ‘useful’ designs respond to specific needs and explore the invisible values behind all those seemingly ‘useless’ designs, the event will feature mind-blowing creative works and interactive art experiences by local and international designers, expanding visitors' understanding of design.

Find out more about the event at detour.hk

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Tong Chong Street Market Coffee Festival”

When: From now till December 24

Where: G/F, One Taikoo Place, Quarry Bay

What: The ever-popular Tong Chong Street Market is back! This winter, coffee and food lovers will be treated to a tempting selection of treats offered by some of the city’s most popular food and beverage vendors—including Flash Coffee’s unique coffee blends, Hooman by the Sea x Superhooman’s festive hot chocolate drinks paired with tiramisu waffle, Potato Head’s Indonesian delicacies, and many more.

Find out more about the event here

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'Teleport" exhibition

When: From now till February 28, 2022

Where: 11/F, The L.Place, 139 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong

What: Art lovers rejoice! A new exhibition, Teleport, has just opened in Central, welcoming guests to enjoy a series of immersive art experiences featuring state-of-the-art technology, world-classic music and animation. Aside from admiring works by leading digital artists, you’ll also be able to find many Instagrammable digital installations for photography.

Find out more about the event and purchase tickets at teleport.com

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The Mills WeWeave Cultural Festival

When: December 4-5

Where: The Mills, 45 Pak Tin Par Street, Tsuen Wan

What: Returning for its second edition, The Mills’ WeWeave Cultural Festival will present a fantastic mix of arts, cultural and music events to showcase Hong Kong’s diverse local culture. 

Enjoy a fun-filled weekend with a selection of music performances by local artists including Endy Chow and Gareth.T, discover unique gifts for your loved ones at the market, and join their special workshops and spend a relaxing afternoon enjoying sound healing therapy, learning ancient knitting techniques, creating tie-dye T-shirts or Christmas decorations.

Discover more at themills.com.hk

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Hong Kong Ballet: The Nutcracker

When: December 11-12; 14-17; 18-19; 21-24; 25-26

Where: Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

What: No Christmas calendar will be complete without the timeless holiday tradition, Hong Kong Ballet’s annual production of The Nutcracker, which features majestic staging, beautiful costumes, choreography and storytelling. Competition for the tickets is fierce every year—act quick!

Purchase tickets at urbtix.hk 

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BaseHall Christmas events

When: December 11

Where: BaseHall, 1 Connaught Place, Hong Kong

What: Multi-concept food hall BaseHall is partnering with The Good Sons, a charitable retail concept to launch a European-style festive market to get you in the holiday spirit. Offering plenty of delicious food and drinks, the event features different workshops for guests to enjoy as well—including Christmas wreath-making classes by The Grey Green, leather goods workshops by Motto Carpe Diem, as well as gingerbread decorating with Nest Bakery. That’s not all, the market also welcomes a host of gift stalls selling pre-loved designer wear from Hula and vinyl records from Yeti Out.

At night, the market will be transformed into a fun holiday party jam-packed with festive food, music and games. Six-piece band The Carpio Brothers—who have previously played at Foxglove, the Intercontinental and the Grand Hyatt—will kick off the event performing Christmas classics to set the perfect party mood. 

Register at eventbrite.hk

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Stanley Christmas Market

When: December 11-12; 18-19 and 24-27

Where: Open-air amphitheatre and public space, Stanley Plaza

What: Gather your friends for a weekend of festive joy and support local businesses at the Stanley Christmas Market. This year, the Stanley Plaza will be transformed into a Wild West-themed adventure land, brimming with over 60 stalls selling unique handmade crafts and holiday treats. 

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Tai Kwun Circus Plays 2021

When: December 15 – January 2

Where: Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong

What: Tai Kwun is bringing back their popular Circus Plays in December, just in time for Christmas and Near Year holidays. This year, the event will feature captivating circus performances and fun family workshops that are fun for all ages.

Highlights of the event programme include Flotados by a famous Spanish troupe, a performance featuring aerial dances; the award-winning solo performance PLI by Czech multidisciplinary artist Viktor Černicky;  circus party, Ting-koo-ki Mad Skills Battle, and more. 

Discover more about the event here 

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K11 Musea Christmas Village Pop-up

When: December 16 – January 13, 2022

Where: 6/F Sculpture Park, K11 Musea

What: K11 Musea is celebrating the festive season with a Savoire-Faire Christmas Village pop-up, where guests are invited to enjoy an extravagant celebration filled with spectacular performances, top-notch shopping experiences and delectable treats. 

Stepping inside the intricately designed archway entrance, guests will find over 20 international and local food, drink and crafts vendors showcasing the city’s best artisanal offerings. An eclectic range of music, opera and dance performances will also be offered on-site that guarantees a holiday to remember.

Find out more at k11musea.com 

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HKPhill: Christmas Fantasia

When: December 23-24

Where: Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall

What: Soak up some musical festive cheer at Hong Kong Philharmonic’s upcoming concert, Christmas Fantasia, which features stellar performances from the Hong Kong Children’s Choir and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Chorus. Guests will enjoy classic festive tones from Tchaikovsky, Bizet, Handel, and more.

Purchase tickets at urbtix.hk

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