HONG KONG WINTERFEST 2017
Hong Kong WinterFest, an annual event organised by Hong Kong Tourism Board, runs from 1st December 2017 until 1st January 2018 and features a number of seasonal events during the Christmas and New Year period.
IFC Mall in Central has one of many impressive festive season displays to be found in Hong Kong's major shopping malls and its 2017 offering is "Christmas in Space"
THE STATUE SQUARE CHRISTMAS TREE - 1st December 2017 to 1st January 2018
A`classic sparkling Christmas tree will be on display at North Statue Square (adjacent to Mandarin Oriental Hotel) in Central from 1st December 2017 until 1st January 2018.
1st to 14th December 5pm to 10pm
15th to 21st December 5pm to 11pm
22nd to 25th December* 5pm to midnight
26th December to 1st January* 5pm to 10pm
* extended to 12-30am on the nights of 24th December and 31st December
A Christmas Choir will give performances at various times during 18th to 24th December
Santa Claus and friends will make appearances at various times during 1st to 3rd , 8th to 10th and 15th to 25th December
Hong Kong Tourism Board's 2017 WinterFest Statue Square Christmas Tree
THE CTS HONG KONG NEW YEAR COUNTDOWN CELEBRATIONS 2018 - 31st December 2017
The main New Year’s countdown event, organised by Hong Kong Tourism Board and title-sponsored by the China National Travel Service Group Corporation (CTS). From 11pm, on 31st December 2017, at 15-minute intervals, “Shooting Stars”, short bursts of pyrotechnics are launched at 15-minute intervals from the rooftops of participating buildings. As the clock ticks down to midnight the spectacular 10-minute pyromusical show begins, starting on Victoria Harbour, followed by displays launched from the harbour, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) in Wan Chai, and nearby buildings. This year, for the first time, fireworks from a multi-award winning European manufacturer will be incorporated into the display. The display will cover an area 35% wider than previous displays and will be accompanied by a synchronised musical soundtrack composed and produced by renowned music director Mr Chiu Tsang Hei.
Scene from the 2018 countdown pyrotechnics display
Show anchor with giant LED display - Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
Buildings with rooftop pyrotechnic effects ;
Queensway Government Offices
SHOOTING STARS (from 11:00pm at 15-minute intervals):
"Shooting Stars" will be launched every 15 minutes from 11pm onwards from the rooftops of six participating buildings on Hong Kong Island. The shooting stars represent god wishes for happiness, health, fortune and wealth.
A giant high-definition LED screen on the façade of the HKCEC will display the 2018 numerals and New Year greetings in different languages. There will be an artificial snow effect in the Hong Kong Cultural Centre area. A live broadcast of the countdown show will be shown on the south façade of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Hong Kong Island;
Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade and Hong Kong Cultural Centre Open Piazza
Golden Bauhinia Square, Wan Chai
New Central Harbourfront
Central Piers No. 9 and No. 10
Victoria Harbour, aboard one of the New Year countdown cruises organised by the local travel trade (Boats, however, will not be allowed to enter the pyrotechnics launching area during the display. Central Victoria Harbour will be closed to marine traffic from 11pm on 31 December 2017 to about 1am on 1 January 2018. The landing steps at Kowloon Public Pier will be closed from 9:30pm on 31 December 2017 to about 2am on 1 January 2018).
It is expected that the display will be attended by an estimated 320,000 people, with about 260,000 watching from the Kowloon side of the harbour and 60,000 from the Hong Kong Island side.
PERFORMING ARTS GROUP "STRANGE FRUIT"
Starting at 10pm on New Year's Eve at at Tsim Sha Tsui Pier (near Star House) Australian performing arts group "Strange Fruit" will launch the global debut of their brand new performance "Deco-Sphere". Performers will dance and sway with elegance on gigantic 2-metre diameter orbs on 5-metre poles incorporating theatrical, chorographical and circus entertainments.
Australian performing arts group "Strange Fruit" launched their latest show outside Hong Kong Cultural Centre on 31st December 2017
TVB Jade will broadcast the whole event live in Hong Kong. Hong Kong Tourism Board will broadcast the event live via satellite to major media organisations around the world and arrange live broadcasts on social media and video platforms.
SPECIAL TRAFFIC AND CROWD CONTROL MEASURES - Visitors should note that extensive road closures and crowd control measures will be put in place in the Central, Tsim Sha Tsui and Wan Chai districts area from 6pm, 8pm and 9pm onwards. Further details to be advised.
OCEAN PARK CHRISTMAS SENSATION - 11th December 2017 to 1st January 2018
Christmas Sensation runs from 11th December 2017 to 1st January 2018 and visitors can experience Hong Kong's first VR rollercoaster, “Mine Train presented by Samsung Gear VR”. Visitors are equipped with special VR headsets and can glide through a rainforest canopy, float along wild rivers, dive into the ocean and come face to face with the amazing animals living in the rich biodiversity of the Amazon rainforest, while experiencing the sensations of high speed and centrifugal force as the train rockets over the ups and downs along the tracks.
Waterfront Plaza becomes a festive Christmas village and as night falls, there will be a daily “Light Up the Night” ceremony at the 40-foot tall Christmas tree, which will include a choir performance every night. The Waterfront Plaza will also feature “Santa's Cottage” where families can snap a seasonal photo with Santa Claus.
17th December to 22nd December 2017- 10am to 7pm
23rd December 2017 to 1st January 2018 - 10am to 8pm
Normal admission prices apply.
For further information see;
HONG KONG DISNEYLAND – "A DISNEY CHRISTMAS" - 16th November 2017 until 1st January 2018
Special events this year include “Mickey and Friends Christmastime Ball” a 20-minute show taking place two or three times daily at the forecourt of Sleeping Beauty and Main Street USA’s “A Magical Twilight Snowfall” and “A Holiday Wish-Come-True” Tree Lighting Ceremony.
17th Nov to 19th Nov 10am to 9pm
20th Nov to 23rd Nov 10-30am to 8pm
24th Nov to 26th Nov 10am to 9pm
27th Nov to 30th Nov 10-30am to 8pm
1st Dec to 3rd Dec 10am to 9pm
4th Dec to 7th Dec 10-30am to 8-30pm
8th Dec to 10th Dec 10am to 9pm
11th Dec to14th Dec 10-30am to 8-30pm
15th Dec to 20th Dec 10am to 9pm
21st Dec to 23rd Dec 9-30am to 9pm
24th Dec to 1st Jan 10am to 9pm
For further information see;
HONG KONG PULSE 3D LIGHT SHOW - 1st December to 28th December 2017
Hong Kong Pulse 3D Light Show was a new event organised by Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) in 2014 which is shown four times each evening during three time periods to enhance the festive ambience of three HKTB mega events including Hong Kong WinterFest.
Produced by Spinifex Group, a prestigious Australian overseas production team, the spectacle is created by images projected on to the façade of Hong Kong Cultural Centre and Clock Tower and is based on the theme of Hong Kong as a vibrant, cosmopolitan city, and shows how it evolved through the years into the major world city it is today through striking visuals, including uniquely local buildings.
Spinifex Group’s Head of Creative, Richard Lindsay, has over 20 years’ experience in the design industry and has been involved in numerous international creative media shows, including the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics in 2008, in which he collaborated with famed Chinese film director Zhang Yimou; the 2010 Shanghai World Expo; the 2010Vancouver Winter Olympics; and the 2013 edition of the Sydney Opera House light show in “Vivid Sydney”.
The show lasts about 8 minutes and takes place at 8-10pm, 8-20pm, 8-40pm, 9pm and 9-20pm each evening from 1st December 2017 to 28th December 2017 at the`Open Piazza, Hong Kong Cultural Centre.
The show features a theme song, which will be played during the show at the venue and on a number of radio channels, namely FM103.4 MHz, FM106.8 MHz, and FM107.9 MHz.
Scene from the 2016 WinterFest edition of Pulse 3D Light Show, projected on to the façade of Hong Kong Cultural Centre
SNOWY CHRISTMAS AT NGONG PING 360
Visitors will be able to watch snowfall at Ngong Ping Village at certain times daily between 1st December 2017 and 1st January 2018.
A specially decorated cable car installation is being set up at Ngong Ping to enhance the festivity. Snowfall effects will take place at scheduled times in Ngong Ping Village Square and the Bodhi Tree. Each snowfall session will last about 20 minutes on Mondays to Fridays at 12-45 and 14-30 and on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays at 12-45, 14-30 and 16-00.
There will also be performances of Christmas carols at Ngong Ping Village with snowflakes and music in the air on 9th December from 13-00 to 15-00, 16th December from 14-00 to 15-00 and 16-15 to 16-45 , 23rd December from 12-00 to 18-00 and 24th December from 13-00 to 13-30.
Ngong Ping 360's decorated cable car installation at Ngong Ping Village
For further details see;
AIA GREAT EUROPEAN CARNIVAL - 21st December 2017 to 25th February 2018 (except 12th January 2018)
The AIA Great European Carnival, which made its debut in Hong Kong in 2015 and again operated last winter returns for the Christmas and Chinese New Year period from 21st December 2017 until 25th February 2018 (except Friday 12th January 2018). The event, which takes place on Central Waterfront Event Space, adjacent to the Hong Kong Observation Wheel, features circus, traditional carnival rides, games, entertainment, attractions and special events.
Adult HK$130, includes HK$100 E-tokens
Child HK$90, includes HK$70 E-tokens
Entry Only HK$40
DRAGON AND LION DANCE EXTRAVAGANZA 2018 – parade featuring over 800 dragon and lion characters from 2pm to 4-30pm, on 1st January 2018, starting on Canton Road and passing Hong Kong Cultural Centre and Avenue of Stars, finishing at UC Centenary Garden, East Tsim Sha Tsui;
Major shopping malls all feature attractive Christmas decorations, starting from about mid-November until early December and lasting throughout the Christmas and New Year period and some of the best include Harbour City and 1881 Heritage at Tsim Sha Tsui, Times Square and Hysan Place in Causeway Bay, IFC Mall in Central, Festival Walk at Kowloon Tong, Elements Mall at ICC (International Commerce Centre) above Kowloon Station in West Kowloon and in the New Territories, Citywalk at Tsuen Wan and New Town Plaza, Sha Tin.
Festival Walk at Kowloon Tong has a French themed display for 2017
Landmark Atrium's spectacular 2017 display includes choreography and synchronised movement
Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui 2017 Christmas display
Many buildings facing the harbour in Central and Sheung Wan on Hong Kong Island and East Tsim Sha Tsui and Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon are illuminated with Christmas displays.
Illuminated seasonal greetings, seen from the harbourside, displayed on the façade of Hutchison House, Central
Hong Kong's tallest building, International Commerce Centre (ICC), West Kowloon 2017 Christmas Display
HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Arriving visitors are greeted by a seasonal displays in the arrival hall at the airport
Festive display in the arrival hall of Hong Kong International Airport for Christmas 2017
ICC LIGHT AND MUSIC SHOW
From 21st to 27th December 2016 the ICC Light and Music Show will feature a Christmas light show and on 31st December there will be a special New Year’s countdown animation. Synchronized music is broadcast on the P3 and P4 Terraces of IFC Mall in Central and the music accompanying the show can also be heard by downloading the ICC Light and Music Show smartphone app. The show takes place nightly at 7-45pm and 9pm.
The ICC Light and Music Show premiered on 25th April 2013 and has been recognised with a Guinness World Record certificate for largest light and sound show on a single building. The show combines music and story in light on two façades of International Commerce Centre (ICC) facing the harbour totalling 50,000 square metres. The towering 118-floor ICC, Hong Kong's tallest building at 490-metres, posed a challenge with its height and width in creating and projecting highly-detailed graphics. The show is the brainchild of Hirohito Totsune, renowned Japanese lighting designer with achievements recognized by a leading international lighting design association, including the Tokyo Skytree lighting. For the initial show Hirohuto Totsune and his team created almost a thousand sketches for the animation that filled the ICC façades through a programme controlling each LED at 30 frames per second resulting in a breakthrough in beautifully rendered animation that surpasses traditional lighting design.
For further details see the ICC Light and Music Show website;
Scenes from "Dancing Fun, Sharing Fun", last year's presentation, on the façade of ICC, Hong Kong's tallest building
MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY (MTR)
All MTR lines except the Disneyland Resort Line and Airport Express Line will operate overnight on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.
MTR LIGHT RAIL
Light Rail routes 505,507,610,614P,615P,706 and 751 will operate overnight on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve
HONG KONG TRAMWAYS
Hong Kong Tramways tram services operating hours on New Year's Eve will be extended until 3am the following day.
SPECIAL POSTAL ARRANGEMENTS;
25th & 26th DECEMBER 2017
All post offices will be closed on December 25th and 26th except for the General Post Office at Connaught Place, Central which will open from noon to 5pm and the Airport Post Office which will open from 8am to 5pm. General postal services will be provided. Details of services available will be advertised at the respective post offices.
There will be no mail delivery on 25th and 26th December. One mail collection will be made for the posting boxes of the General Post Office and the Airport Post Office.
1st JANUARY 2018
All post offices will be closed on 1st January except for the General Post Office at Connaught Place, Central, Tsim Sha Tsui Post Office at Middle Road, Tsuen Wan Post Office, Sha Tin Central Post Office, Tuen Mun Central Post Office and the Airport Post Office. The General Post Office will open from 9am to 5pm, Tsim Sha Tsui Post Office, Tsuen Wan Post Office, Sha Tin Central Post Office and Tuen Mun Central Post Office will open from 9am to 1pm. Normal business hours of 8am to 5pm will be maintained by the Airport Post Office. General postal services will be provided. Details of services available will be advertised at the respective post offices.
There will be no mail delivery on 1st January. One mail collection will be made for the posting boxes of the above six post offices.
PUBLIC LIBRARY OPENING HOURS DURING CHRISTMAS AND THE NEW YEAR PERIOD
Hong Kong public libraries, including Hong Kong Central Library and the mobile libraries, will be closed at 5pm on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve and will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day (Dec 26th) and New Year's Day.