HONG KONG WINTERFEST 2016
Hong Kong WinterFest, an annual event organised by Hong Kong Tourism Board, runs from 2nd December 2016 until 1st January 2017 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
THE STATUE SQUARE CHRISTMAS TREE - 2nd December 2016 to 1st January 2017
A`classic sparkling Christmas tree will be on display at North Statue Square (adjacent to Mandarin Oriental Hotel) in Central from 2nd December 2016 until 1st January 2017.
2nd December, 8pm to 10pm
3rd to 15th December, 5pm to 10pm
16th to 26th December (except 24th December), 5pm to 11pm
27th December to 1st January (except 31st December) 5pm to 10pm
31st December, 5pm to midnight
A Christmas Choir will give performances at various times during 19th to 24th December
Santa Claus and friends will make appearances at various times during 2nd to 4th , 9th to 11th and 16th to 25th December
Hong Kong Tourism Board's 2016 WinterFest Statue Square Christmas Tree
BOCHK HONG KONG NEW YEAR COUNTDOWN CELEBRATIONS 2017 - 31st December 2016
The main New Year’s countdown event, organised by Hong Kong Tourism Board and sponsored by Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited (BOCHK). From 11pm, on 31st December 2016, 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. The show will feature new patterns symbolising stars and butterflies, and imitating a 20-gun salute. To mark the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the numeral 20 will appear in the sky midway through the display. The theme song has been re-mixed by local musician Mr Chiu Tsang Hei to include a solo section played by a sanxian (Chinese Lute). The event will conclude with special lighting effects, based on the concept of the northern lights, over Victoria Harbour.
Scene from the 2017 New Year's Countdown
Show anchor with giant LED display - Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
Buildings with rooftop pyrotechnic effects ;
Cheung Kong Center
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 2017 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 2016 to about 1am on 1 January 2017. The landing steps at Kowloon Public Pier will be closed from 9:30pm on 31 December 2016 to about 2am on 1 January 2017).
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.
Starting at 10pm on New Year's Eve Hong Kong Tourism Board will host a street party at Tsim Sha Tsui Pier (near Star House) at which a number of artists and bands will perform including Supper Moment, Phil Lam, Kandy Wong of Sugar Club, Daniel Chau, Auston Lam, Kayee Tam, Hana Tam, MastaMic and Ally Tse.
Local bands performed at the Street Party outside Star House at Tsim Sha Tsui prior to the 2017 New Year's Countdown pyrotechnics display
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 - 17th December 2016 to 2nd January 2017
Ocean Park features a stage show, Cyber Illusion Spectacular, as its main event, with magic acts, cutting-edge visual effects and live entertainment performed by internationally-acclaimed illusionists, including finalists of the reality show, Australia’s Got Talent, Michael Boyd and Soul MystiqueTM. The Park will be decked out with Christmas decorations, and seasonal attractions including Santa Tree Hut and the Park’s signature, gigantic Christmas tree. The cast of playful ‘penguin’ characters from the all-new Penguin Dress-Up Delights will interact with guests this Christmas.
Cyber Illusion Spectacular is a live stage show themed around illusion, magic and wonder. On a futuristic stage backed by walls of LED lights, the show features world-class illusionists, Michael Boyd and Cassandra Gasser, who perform acts including disappearances, double levitations and fire cage escapes. Guests will also be shocked by Soul Mystique’sTM lightning-fast costume changes. Visitors can meet Santa Claus or take photo with his elves at Santa Tree Hut, or explore Santa’s Whimsical Garden, an expansive Christmas-themed park featuring giant musical instrument themed topiaries. An international living statue artist will also be available for selfies. Penguin Dress-Up Delights will feature performers in penguin costumes bouncing on stilts and dancing while handing out Christmas candies to visitors. Light Up The Night will see the park light its 40-feet tall Christmas tree and Christmas Carols will be sung underneath it.
17th December to 23rd December - 10am to 7pm
24th December to 2nd January - 10am to 8pm
Normal admission prices apply.
For further information see;
HONG KONG DISNEYLAND – DISNEY SPARKLING CHRISTMAS - 17th November 2016 until 2nd January 2017
Hong Kong Disneyland transforms its Main Street, U.S.A into Christmas Town with snowfall, festive ornaments dangling from trees and storefronts, and carollers singing your favourite seasonal songs. As night falls the extravagantly-lit Christmas tree comes to life in a combination of seasonal lighting and music. Mickey Mouse and other character will be dressed in holiday attire.
17th November to 8th December - 10am to 8pm
9th to 11th December and 16th December to 2nd January – 10am to 9pm
12th December to 15th December - 10am to 8-30pm
For further information see;
HONG KONG PULSE 3D LIGHT SHOW - 25th November to 28th December 2016
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 8-20pm (English Version), 8-45pm (Cantonese Version), 9-15pm (English Version) and 9-45pm (Mandarin Version) each evening from 25th November 2016 to 28th December 2016 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
STARRY WINTERFEST AT NGONG PING 360
Throughout the Christmas and New Year period Ngong Ping Village will feature seasonal installations and festive performances. The village will have a snowman, reindeers and a Tai O stilt house which will provide a Christmas-themed backdrop for photos and the cable car terminal will be specially decorated. Festive performances by The HK Concordia Choir, Twinkle Dance Company, Music Children Foundation and Mu Min Network Service Centre take place on certain dates between 10th and 24th December. For further information see;
AIA GREAT EUROPEAN CARNIVAL – 16th December 2016 until 12th February 2017
The AIA Great European Carnival, which made its debut in Hong Kong during last winter returns for the Christmas and Chinese New Year period from 16th December 2016 until 12th February 2017. The event, which takes place on Central Waterfront Event Space, adjacent to the Hong Kong Observation Wheel, features traditional carnival rides, games, entertainment, attractions and special events including Udderbelly Festival and Luminarie light sculptures.
Admission charge - to be advised
DRAGON AND LION DANCE EXTRAVAGANZA 2017 – parade featuring over 800 dragon and lion characters from 2pm to 4-30pm, on 1st January 2017, 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.
IFC Mall's polar display
Landmark Atrium's spectacular "Landmark Circus" features a circus troupe creating astonishing performances with full choreography and synchronised movement
Elements Mall's Fanastical Christmas offering
Further afield in the New Territories, Citywalk mall in Tsuen Wan has earned a reputation for colourful seasonal displays
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 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 2016
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.
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 and New Year's Day.
In the case of North Lamma Public Library, which will be temporarily closed from 28th December 28, the library will be closed on Christmas Eve and its provisional library service stop will be closed on New Year's Eve at 4.30pm.