It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Hong Kong! All of the big malls and shops have decked the halls with elaborate displays, and the end of the year is almost here. One of this month’s most anticipated events is the New Years Eve Fireworks at Victoria Harbour. There are also sports events, music festivals, live shows, film and theatre, plus a huge carnival in Central. Read more about all the fun things going on this December in Hong Kong.

Pride Run

December kicks off with a new event—the inaugural Pride Run HK—Hong Kong’s first formally recognised LGBTQI+ running event, celebrating fitness, friendship, diversity, and acceptance. The race is suitable for both beginners and hardcore runners, with a 5K family-friendly hike, and a more challenging 10K run. The route goes through the lush forests of Aberdeen Country Park, with lovely views of the Aberdeen Reservoir and Dam, on the south side of Hong Kong Island.

Moonlit Movies

Starting from December 1, and running until the end of the month, head to the Central Harbourfront to catch Moonlit Movies, Hong Kong’s biggest outdoor film event. The movies are shown right by the Hong Kong Observation Wheel, at with a massive outdoor cinema screen, and lots of open space to sit and enjoy. Catch classics like The Rocky Horror Picture Show, romances like Notting Hill, family-friendly films like Shrek, and action with Avengers: Endgame.

Lamma Fun Day

The annual Lamma Fun Day Beach Music Festival is much, much more than just an awesome all-day beach party—it’s a party with a cause. This free festival and fundraiser offers lots of live music with stages on Power Station Beach, plus food stalls, family entertainment, auctions, and two races, all raising money for local charity Child Welfare Scheme.

SantaCon

Get ready for the reddest and most bearded event in Hong Kong—–the annual SantaCon. This is a pub crawl like no other. Hundreds of Santas, Mrs. Clauses, elves, reindeer, and other Christmas personnel come out in full costume and paint the town red. This year the Santas will meet in Central, and visit a number of bars and pubs, using different forms of transportation. Though the event is free, it does raise money for a local charity.

Stanley Plaza Christmas Market

Get your goggles and lab coats on for a really unique Christmas event: the annual Stanley Plaza Seaside Christmas Market, with this year’s theme titled “Christmas Happy Chemistry”! The piazza of the lovely Stanley Plaza will become a bustling outdoor holiday market for three weekends this month, with beautiful lights and lots of festivities to get you in the Christmas spirit.

Great European Carnival

Every winter the Central Harbourfront Event Space hosts a two-month-long family-friendly carnival, complete with rides, games, performers, and huge plush toys to be won. A popular day out for families on holiday, the carnival features traditional rides like a carousel, chair swings, giant slides, bouncy castles, and even an outdoor ice rink for skating! But, it’s not all about the kids—there are also thrill rides guaranteed to make teens and adults scream and hold on for dear life.

Lion King International

The world’s #1 musical is finally coming to Hong Kong for the first time ever this December, during its 2018–2019 International Tour. The AsiaWorld-Expo on Lantau Island will be transformed into the plains of the African savannah, as Simba, Nala, Zazu, Mufasa and all the well-known characters are brought to life by a talented and award-winning cast. The beloved Disney musical arrives in Hong Kong on December 18, with daily shows running until January 5, 2020.

The Nutcracker

It’s one of the most quintessential Christmas productions, and the Hong Kong Ballet does an extraordinary job of putting on The Nutcracker in all its glory. This annual performances of Tcahikovsky’s classic fairytale is a must-see. The shows take place at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre in Tsim Sha Tsui, and sell out every year, so get your tickets early.

New Years Eve Fireworks

If you’re actually in Hong Kong on the very last day of the year, consider yourself truly lucky to be able to see one of the world’s best fireworks displays. Victoria Harbour, which is stunning even on a normal day, becomes painted in millions of colours for the countdown to the new year. All along the harbour front—both on the Hong Kong Island side and Kowloon side—becomes incredibly packed with people, all looking up to the skies in anticipation. Get there early to get a good spot!