Hong Kong is an incredible city at any time of year, for the shopping, the food or the views alone. But it’s even better when you drop by in time for one of the vibrant festivals! Colourful parades, cuisine-laden fairs, traditional dances and even spooky street parties play out across this sprawling city. From futuristic New Year’s spectaculars to Westernised affairs, the events calendar is jam-packed. So if you thought this glimmering sky-high metropolis couldn’t sparkle any brighter, think again. Here’s a handful of our favourite festivals to celebrate in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival (30 October – 30 November)
The culinary capital of Asia, there’s nowhere better than Hong Kong to celebrate in frivolous style so many fine flavours from around the globe. A month-long feast of indulgence and epicurean delights, the festivities revolve around bustling and colourful street carnivals, and a decadent buffet of food and wine themed fairs and tours. With over 12,000 restaurants across the city – including more than 50 touting Michelin stars - the festivities also extend to fabulous offers for local wining and dining experiences. Some even come with sky-high views! A definitely highlight is the four-day line-up of gastronomic events that kick off the festivities along the stunning harbour of this heaving and sparkling metropolis. Whatever and wherever you eat and drink, expect every palatable pleasure to be world-class.
Hong Kong WinterFest (December)
Soak up the jolly Christmas vibes that sweep over the city throughout December. It’s a fascinating fusion of East and West in a city that doesn’t traditionally celebrate this merry occasion. But any reason to celebrate is enough in Hong Kong! With such a stunning skyline that already glitters, the metropolis truly comes to life at this time of year with winter illuminations and colourful displays on buildings, in malls and on the streets. With WinterFest going off, you’ll discover a great mix of Christmas-themed activities, festive menus and special offers to make the most of the shops spruiking winter sales. Also don’t miss the creative centrepiece in Central Statue Square, the dazzling icon of Christmas in Hong Kong.
You might be surprised to learn that Halloween is a massive celebration in Asia’s World City. So much so, that it’s quickly becoming renowned as Asia’s Halloween party capital. Soak up the fun-filled spooky atmosphere in the shopping centres and theme parks, where the haunted holiday haunts come to life – albeit with the living dead. Disneyland and Ocean Park are two popular spots that get overtaken by skeletons, ghosts, demons, vampires and pumpkins, as well as some special performances. For the revellers out there, when October 31 rolls around get your best costume ready for a night out on the town in Lan Kwai Fong. Already party central, on this spookiest of spooky nights you’re sure to have a screaming good time at the massive street party.
New Year Celebrations (31 December & February)
You can celebrate the New Year twice in Hong Kong! New Year’s Eve on 31 December is one of the most anticipated events on the calendar. The city lights up in a dazzling show of colours, firework spectaculars dazzle the skies and locals and tourists alike party to bring the new year in with a bang. Come February, it’s time to do it all over again, but with a much more traditional touch. Chinese New Year, based on the lunar calendar, brings 15 days of cultural events and long-standing traditions, from grand night parades rolling through the streets to vibrant dragon dances beneath red lanterns and more fireworks and light shows. You can also celebrate at the horse races, snag some extra shopping discounts and indulge your spiritual side at the many colourful temples filled with locals praying for good fortune.
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