Things to do in Hong Kong in January
3 January 2017
Christmas? Check. New Year's Eve? Check. But the party is not quite over with Chinese New Year falling at the end of January and plenty of other fun events, shows and activities in the lead-up in Hong Kong. There's children's theatre, classical music concerts, ballet, fireworks, exhibitions, a carnival and even a Metallica tour on offer!
This festival devoted to providing world-class theatre to young people in Hong Kong brings characters and scenes from well-loved books to life. An annual highlight on many family calendars, this year the festival is featuring ten productions over five weeks, including Julia Donaldson's The Snail and The Whale and Oliver Jeffers' The Way Back Home. Tickets start at HK$195.
Where: Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, 1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai
When: Various times, 5 January-12 February
Group singing is cheaper than therapy, healthier than drinking, and more fun than working out – why not join The Hong Kong Women's Choir? Auditions for Nova, the choir's core group of singers, will be held for their 20th anniversary Spring season on the 10th, 11th, 17th and 18th of January. To join Grace Notes, a smaller group who sing a cappella (unaccompanied), auditions are available on the 13th and 14th in Causeway Bay. Registration is necessary.
Where: Sheung Wan Civic Centre; City Hall, Central; Leighton House, Causeway Bay
When: Various times, 11-18 January
Knitters will choose their favourite colour from the Debbie Bliss chunky collection and delve straight into the joy of knitting a simple but cute beanie for the cooler months at this Yarn in the Works event. Suitable for the novice and for those who wish to move 'beyond the square'. Relax, enjoy a glass of bubbles, and make new friends. Booking necessary – attendance is HK$410 including a choice of yarn and refreshments.
Where: 28 Pound Lane, Sheung Wan
When: 2pm, 14 January
Multi-platinum selling recording artist Bryan Adams is set to hit Hong Kong again as one of his Asia stops, after his last show in town in February 1993, bringing Bryan Adams Get Up Tour 2017 to AsiaWorld-Expo on 14 January 2017. The Canadian crooner released his thirteenth studio album,Get Up(Ume), worldwide on 16 October 2015. Adams has sold more than 65 million albums in a career spanning three decades.
Where: AsiaWorld-Expo, Hong Kong International Airport, Lantau
When: 8pm, 14 January
The Hong Kong Ballet presents this fun, interactive show for the young and young at heart, Ballet Classics For Children: Cinderella. Can Cinderella escape from her ugly Stepsisters and win the Prince’s heart before midnight? Will her Fairy Godmother be able to help her in time? This popular series of family friendly one-hour introductions to ballet classics for both ballet novices and long-time fans has been choreographed by Yuri Ng. The two performances are narrated in English.
Where: Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
When: Various times, 21-22 January
The enchanting story of two unlikely friends – good witch Glinda and outcast Elphaba – has captivated more than 50 million theatregoers around the world. Now Wicked is in Hong Kong after successful runs on Broadway and the West End. The award-winning show features stunning costumes and songs by Academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz.
Where: The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Lyric Theatre, 1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai
When: Various times. Until 22 January
Taikoo Place hosts The World of Tim Burton, an exhibition of the work of visionary film director Tim Burton, known for movies such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Batman. While he is best recognised for his acclaimed list of whimsical blockbuster movies, he is also an extremely talented artist, illustrator, and author who expresses his personal views of the realistic world through his dark humor and imaginative works. The Hong Kong exhibition will have nine thematic sections as a journey through Burton’s world. Tickets start at HK$180, with a parent and child special ticket offer in December.
Where: ArtisTree, 1/F Cornwall House, Taikoo Place
When: 10am-10pm, Until 23 January
Flip, twist, tumble and somersault! Who doesn't like to see their child be active, confident and healthy? Joy Koh, Singapore’s highest qualified gymnastics coach, is coming to Hong Kong as part of Stamford American School's Global Mentor Program to teach children a combination of movement patterns and foundational sports skills. Plus, don’t miss her inspirational talk "Raising Champions"; about character building through sports and how to succeed inside and outside of the gym. Registration essential.
Classes: The Little Gym, Suite 601, 6/F, World Commerce Centre Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui
Talk: Stamford American School Admissions Office, Two Exchange Square, Level 40, Suites 4005-4007, 8 Connaught Place, Central
When: Various times, 16-17 January
The HK Phil launches Siegfried, part 3 of The Ring of the Nibelung, Wagner’s supreme operatic masterpiece. You will journey into the world of gods, dwarves, warrior maidens, and the superhero Siegfried, who forges his father Siegmund’s shattered sword, kills a fierce dragon, and, with the help of a forest bird, rushes off to the Magic Fire-encircled rock where the incomparable heroine Brünnhilde sleeps. He awakens her with a kiss, leading to a breathtaking duet. Maestro van Zweden again leads immense orchestral forces and world-class singers to mount this enduring legend – the first orchestra in the region to bring the experience to you.
Where: Concert Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
When: Various times, 19 & 22 January
Metallica are performing their first ever show in Hong Kong as part of their WorldWired Tour. The tour follows the release of the band's eleventh studio album, Hardwired, in November. The band, formed in 1981 by drummer Lars Ulrich and guitarist and vocalist James Hetfield, is one of the most successful and influential in the world. Tickets start at HK$580.
Where: AsiaWorld-Expo, Arena, Cheong Wing Rd, Chek Lap Kok
When: 8pm, 20 January
Celebrations for the Year of the Rooster include the annual night parade in Tsim Sha Tsui on 28 January, which features lively floats, marching bands, acrobats, traditional dancers and Chinese lions. The following night, the Lunar New Year fireworks light up the sky, which spectators can enjoy from vantage points around Victoria Harbour.
Night Parade: Free viewing from Canton Road, Haiphong Road and Nathan Road in Tsim Sha Tsui.
Fireworks: Popular viewing spots include Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront, Central and Western District Promenade and Golden Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai.
When: Various times, 28-29 January
The AIA Great European Carnival has returned for the winter to the Central Harbourfront Event space. This much-loved family event has all the favourite rides and attractions, as well as an exciting new themed area.
Where: Central Harbourfront Event Space
When: 11am-11pm. Until 12 February
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