Being the last month of 2020, December is set to be eventful. Besides indulging in some holiday fun, this is the season to give back and spread joy. From Hong Kong Living’s very own Christmas market and charity lunch to a Santa run to raise funds for the underprivileged, have your calendar on the ready because you won’t want to miss out on any of these events.
Hong Kong Lesbian & Gay Film Festival
From Taiwanese and Malaysian gender-themed production Miss Andy to coming-of-age Irish romcom Dating Amber, this year’s Lesbian & Gay Film Festival is highlighting a diverse range of cinema works that brings awareness to the experiences of the LGBTQ community. On December 2, join the panel discussion at Eaton HK to learn about the making of the documentary film Welcome to Chechnya, which sheds light on the anti-gay purges in Russia in the late 2010s.
When: Until December 5
Where: In cinemas across Hong Kong
How much: $95 per ticket, purchase online
Hong Kong Cocktail Weeks
There is no better way to kick off the year-end parties than bar-hopping, so let’s start off the month with showing some love to the city’s best mixologists and much-loved watering holes. The Hong Kong Cocktail Weeks highlights the finest cocktails the city has to offer, hoping to bring back the bustling bar scene in Hong Kong. With the Bar Runner Pass, guests can enjoy five specially crafted tipples and a curated goodie bag. Top-up for tokens is also available.
Redress Design Award 2020 Exhibition
The Redress Design Award will be showcasing the looks from finalists of the 2020 cycle, featuring waste-reducing looks from world’s up and coming menswear and womenswear designers. Out of the 14 designers showcasing their sustainable work, three of them will be from Hong Kong. The exhibition will take place at The Forest, a sustainable environment surrounded by greenery in the midst of Mongkok.
When: Until December 6
Where: Unit 204-205, 2/F, The Forest, 17 Nelson Street, Mong Kok
How much: Free entry
The Art of DC: The Dawn of Superheroes exhibition
Calling all DC fans out there, it is time to assemble. For three months, ‘The Art of DC’ exhibition at Portal 6311 will feature more than 200 original comic pages, a selection of authentic costumes from movies and original comic drawings. Marking its premiere in Asia, fans can enter the world of DC comics and join the interactive games at the exhibition. Tickets are available online.
When: December 3 to March 7, 10:30am-8:30pm on weekdays; 10:30am-9:30pm on weekends and public holidays
Where: Portal 6311, 1/F, FTLife Tower, 18 Sheung Yuet Road, Kowloon Bay
How much: $175 on weekdays, $195 on weekends and public holidays
Hong Kong Living Christmas Getaway
Celebrate the festive season in style with the stunning views of Repulse Bay, join Hong Kong Living’s very own Christmas Getaway at The Pulse to get yourself ready for the best time of the year. Featuring over 30 local brands, our beachside Christmas market offers home decor, kid’s gifts, jewelry and more. With nibbles and festive cocktails at our refreshment corner, enjoy family fun at our workshops offered by Kajal Naina and Chocolart Studio, where you can decorate your own reusable masks and get crafty with some Christmas baubles.
When: December 12-13
Where: The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay
How much: Free entry
As jolly as December may be, don’t forget that this is also the season to give and spread love. Join ImpactHK’s action to give the homeless a warm and filling Christmas. Starting from Giving Tuesday, you can donate to the NGOs’ crowdfunding platform to spread a little joy. Hoping to raise $300,000, their dedicated volunteers hope to serve 30,000 meals to people experiencing homelessness, local street cleaners and underprivileged seniors. All profits go directly to the homeless in Hong Kong.
When: December 1-8
Where: Donate online
Hong Kong Living Christmas Charity Lunch
Following our Christmas Getaway, we are also celebrating the festive season with a three-course Christmas lunch and free-flow drinks at Ruam. The lunch will raise funds to support Feeding Hong Kong and Box of Hope, with all raffle proceeds donated.
When: December 16, 12-3pm
Where: Ruam, J Residence, 60 Johnston Road, Wan Chai
How much: $450
The most seasonal and festive show in town is none other than the Christmas staple from Hong Kong Ballet. This holiday, bring your family along to experience the magic of Tchaikovsky’s timeless score and get fascinated by elegant choreography paired with dazzling costumes. Tickets are limited so reserve yours online while you can.
When: December 18-20, 22-27
Where: Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
How much: $1,000 (limited VIP tickets), $680, $480, $320, $180
HOPE Worldwide Santa Run 2020
Under the theme of giving, support kids with special educational needs with Santa Run 2020. Going virtual this year, runners can design their own route and put on their best Santa fit. Post a photo of your completion and tag #santarunhk2020 on your Facebook or Instagram post.
When: December 6-26
How much: $100, register online
Three Islands Green Race
If you’re thinking of a way to burn off your Christmas feasts, join the fellow runners at Three Islands Green Race. The advanced run covers Lamma, Hong Kong Island and followed by Lantau Island, with the races stretching across a 31-kilometer trail. For those who dare, challenge yourselves to the fourth island, Tung Lung Chau, for an extra 9 kilometers. Traveling time from one island to the other will not be counted into race time.
When: December 26, 7:15am-6:30pm
Where: Pier 4, Central Ferry to Lamma Island
How much: $400