Deck the halls! Here’s our round-up of the best wellness events hitting Hong Kong this December, from FREE beach festivals to harbourfront carnivals, and who could forget the Christmas concerts and carols services!
December 7: Lamma Fun Day
Lamma Fun Day returns to the shores of Power Station Beach this month. Hop a ferry and join the fun with live music shows, market stalls, face painting, beach volleyball, a bake sale, yoga – the list literally goes on and on. There’s also two island-wide trail runs, 8K and 14K, so runners can “come for the run, and stay for the fun” all in the name of a good cause; proceeds raised go towards educational and vocational training projects in Nepal. This is Hong Kong’s longest running free outdoor music festival, so support the good vibes at this local pillar of the cultural calendar.
Free to attend. 11am-11pm, Power Station Beach, lammafunday.com.
January 12: Lewis Capaldi
Head off that bout of January blues by booking tickets for Scottish singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi. Capaldi made a big splash at his debut Hong Kong performance at Clockenflap 2017, and his return should be a welcome consolation for anyone still in mourning over the cancellation of Clockenflap last month. Tickets start at $490 from Ticketflap.
7:30pm. MacPherson Stadium, 38 Nelson St., Mong Kok. ticketflap.com/lewis.
December 12- February 16: AIA Carnival
It’s not winter in Hong Kong until the annual AIA Carnival takes over the Central Harbourfront. This year the Carnival is bringing with it some new rides, games and activities, as well as food booths for the whole family to enjoy. The ever-popular Great Circus of Europe is also back for another year, with two shows a day and an exciting lineup of international acts. Adults tickets are $130 including 10 tokens while kids are $90 with seven tokens.
11am-11pm daily, tgec.asia.
December 7: The Hong Kong Gardening Society Xmas Trawl
Navigating Hong Kong’s garden centres and nurseries can seem daunting to novices, like what to look for in healthy plants and how much water they need. The Hong Kong Gardening Society Xmas Trawl is a great way to learn the basics, linking you up with other avid gardeners as you do a tour of the local offerings. Participants are picked up from Central by bus, and taken to three wholesale nurseries in the New Territories for guided workshops and shopping. This is followed by a vegan lunch at Ivy’s Private Farm and Kitchen, an outdoor private kitchen set on an idyllic hillside in the Lam Tsuen Valley, adjacent to Kadoorie Farm.
Costs $450 members of the HKGS; non-members $550. Email [email protected] to book your spot.
December 14: Midnight Runners Go To Sai Kung
Fitness collective Midnight Runners are swapping their nocturnal fitness routine for an action-packed day in Sai Kung Country Park this month. The volunteer team behind the global fitness initiative will be leading a three-hour trail run (or hike) from Sai Wan Pavilion around Stage One of the MacLehose Trail to beautiful Tai Long Wan. Once you make it to Hong Kong’s famed beach, chill out with a drink or join the Run Captain for a 30-minute beach yoga practice. Before you head home by foot (or speedboat if you’re too knackered), enjoy a BBQ on beautiful Ham Tin Beach for $250.
December 14-15: Feast for Christmas
Foodies welcomed the first ever Feast of Hong Kong dining festival earlier this year, and now the concept is back for a special Christmas edition. For $680, your ticket to Feast for Christmas allows you to scoff as many portions of savoury festive classics and sweet treats as your belly can handle. Of course, an obligatory mulled wine or eggnog will keep the party going through the afternoon.
12:30-4:30pm, AIA Observation Wheel. More info at feasthk.com.
Don’t forget to check out out these carol services and Christmas concerts!
DEC 3: The Hong Kong Welsh Male Voice Choir will perform their 29th annual charity Christmas concert. 7:30-9pm at St. John’s Cathedral. Tickets $250 with proceeds benefiting the Society for the Promotion of Hospice Care.
DEC 4-7: An adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas tale, full of comedy, drama, songs and the joy of Christmas. Fringe Club Underground Theatre, Central.
DEC 11: From traditional carols to modern Christmas favourites, the Cecilian Singers will appeal to all musical tastes. Proceeds benefit Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre. Tickets $250 via Ticketflap. St. Stephen’s Chapel, Stanley.
DEC 15: The Hong Kong Oratorio Society presents Handel’s Messiah in this family-friendly Christmas concert. Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall. Tickets from $120