It's not long until the schools break up for a mid-term break from February 4-8. Are you looking for new and exciting ways to celebrate Chinese New Year with the family? We’ve rounded up some of the most fun and festive ways to usher in the Year of the Pig in Hong Kong…
Taking place on Chinese New Year's Day, this parade of fantastic floats and spectacular performances by local and international performers is full of fun and fortune. The night-time parade departs from the Hong Kong Cultural Centre at 8pm and proceeds along the main streets of Tsim Sha Tsui. Welcome in the Year of the Pig with lots of hip-hop dancing, cheerleading, acrobatics and more.
When: February 5, 8–9:45pm (Street performers will entertain the crowds along the route from 6pm onwards)
Where: Parade starts with an opening ceremony at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza. The first float and performing group will arrive at Canton Road at around 8:30pm, Haiphong Road at 8:50pm and Nathan Road at 9pm.
Join in the Chinese New Year celebration activities with one of Hong Kong’s favourite traditions. Write your wish on a red or gold piece of paper and tie it to a piece of string with an orange; throw the string over one of the wishing trees in Lam Tsuen, and leave it hanging for your wish to come true! You can also release a wishing lantern into the Lam Tsuen Canal.
And there’ll be opportunity to see the fabulous floats from the International Chinese New Year Night Parade, which will be on display from February 6-19.
When: February 5 to March 3, 8:45am-6:30pm
Where: Lam Tsuen, New Territories
Hundreds of colourful lanterns will illuminate the skies over the grounds of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Tseung Kwan O Po Tsui Park and Tuen Mun Park. Themed around Glittering Peacocks in Full Bloom, this dazzling display is lit every night for a month. As well as heritage exhibitions on topics such as lantern making, dragon or lion making and Chinese painting, there are dragon parades and lion dances.
When: January 25 – February 24
Where: Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza, Tseung Kwan O Po Tsui Park and Tuen Mun Park
There’s plenty of seasonal fun at Hong Kong’s popular theme park. Meet the Three Little Pigs, together with Mickey Mouse and Friends in their Chinese New Year outfits; enjoy traditional Chinese New Year songs in the God of Fortune Goofy Celebration Moment performance; and sample some festive Chinese New Year food. All visitors will receive a special Lai See full of treats from February 5 to 9, while stocks last.
When: January 25 – February 24
Where: Hong Kong Disneyland Resort
Head to the harbourfront on February 8 to enjoy a spectacular firework display. The 25-minute show coincides with the daily Symphony of Lights, which features lasers and choreographed lights across the waterfront buildings. The best places to watch the fireworks are both sides of the harbourfront in Tsim Sha Tsui, Central, Wan Chai, onboard a boat on the water, or from The Peak.
When: February 6, 8pm
Where: Victoria Harbour