The best Christmas and New year's parties, feasts and events in HK 2013

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As Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year’s roll into town, Time Out picks out the biggest parties, the tastiest buffets and the top events to enjoy this holiday season

 

Clubbing

Shake your bells at these Christmas and NYE parties

X’mas in Ibiza, Tue 24 Dec
Club Cubic, Macau. 11pm-late, free (before 12.30am), $350 (after 12.30am, inc two drinks). Club Cubic brings you Macau’s definitive Christmas Eve countdown party, in collaboration with Amnesia Ibiza.

Keep Calm & Find Mistletoe Wed 25 Dec
Play, Central, 10pm-late, $300 (ladies), $400 (gents). Swap mince pies for clubbing on Christmas Day – expect massive tunes and a festive crowd. Remember: tradition calls for a kiss if you find yourself caught under the mistletoe.

Snow Glow Paint, Thu 26 Dec
Play, Central. 10pm-late, $150 (adv), $200 (door), inc one drink and T-shirt, free drinks for ladies until midnight. Thank F*ck It’s Thursday is electrifying your Boxing Day with neon colours and glow paint. Let loose and go crazy.

Electrifying All-Nighter New Year’s Countdown Party, Tue Dec 31
Vibes, The Mira, Tsim Sha Tsui. 9pm-late, $738 (earlybird inc open bar), $888 (adv inc open bar), $10,988 (cabanas, min 10 guests inc house pours and bottle of champagne). International bands and DJs Kid Gweilo, Fun Key, Shannon and AWI welcome the New Year with you under the stars all night (to get lucky).

Bring the Bright Resolve to Revel in 2014, Tue Dec 31
Woobar, W Hong Kong, West Kowloon. 10pm-late, $688 (inc three glasses of champagne), $5,888 (group of six, inc bottle of vodka and mixers, and bottle of champagne). Resident DJ Kenji Hidaka, Andrew from Asquared and Burn DJ Lab artist Parvenu are on the decks all night long, with stylish, funky tunes to count you down all the way to the brand New Year.

NYE Party, Tue Dec 31
Ozone, The Ritz-Carlton, Tsim Sha Tsui. 10pm-late, $600 (before 12.30am, inc bottle of champagne), $300 (after 12.30am, inc bottle of champagne). Join international DJs The United Music Crew, Miss Bad Kiss and DJ Yass above the clouds as they rock you into 2014.

alivenotdead New Years Eve Countdown Party, Tue Dec 31
Armani/Prive, Central, 10pm-4am, $600 (adv), $800 (door), inc two free drinks, $300 (after 1am, inc a free drink). Enjoy three lots of entertainment at this bash, with fun to be found in Armani/Aqua, Armani/Prive and the Armani terrace as you count down to midnight. Headliners include Becareful Lee, Japan DMC champion VDJ Ta-Shi and local Hong Kong rapper MastaMic.

 

Food & Drink

Get stuffed at these top buffets

Hooray Bar & Restaurant, Dec 24-31
P502, WTC Mall, 280 Gloucester Rd, Causeway Bay, 2895 0885; jcgroup.hk. $638. Slice into the succulent roasted stuffed turkey, or order a freshly grilled lamb fillet or beef short rib. Don’t forget to choose from the chilled seafood selection, and end your meal with a decadent festive dessert like a chocolate tree log cake.

L’Eau Restaurant, Dec 24-26 & Dec 31-Jan 1
Regal Riverside Hotel, 34-36 Tai Chung Kiu Rd, Sha Tin, 2649 7878, regalhotel.com. $558 (adult), $388 (child). There is something for everyone at the Regal Riverside hotel, with a salmon and turkey poolside
barbecue and an eco food counter, using ingredients with minimal carbon footprint.

Bella Vita, Dec 25-26
11/F, Cubus, 1 Hoi Ping Rd, Causeway Bay, 2577 0699; bellavita.com.hk. $598 (adult), $398 (child). Tuck into an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet at Bella Vita. Enjoy scrumptious seafood including Boston lobster and Australian tiger prawn, gourmet Italian appetisers such as pan-fried foie gras on toast, sizzling hot steaks, hearty pasta, and an array of chilled and warm desserts.

Club @28, Wed Dec 25
Club @28, Crowne Plaza, 8 Leighton Rd, Causeway Bay, 3980 3300; cphongkong.com. $888 (adult) $888, $344 (child). Enjoy a panoramic backdrop to your brunch buffet, 28 stories up. Loaded with festive foods like roasted turkey rolls and Waldorf salad with turkey, @28’s menu also features seafood delights such as oysters and Boston lobster. Polish off your indulgent feast with unlimited glasses of Billecart-Salmon champagne.

Metro Buffet & Grill, Until Wed Jan 1
Metro Buffet & Grill, L/F, Eaton Hong Kong, 380 Nathan Rd, Jordan, 2710 1901;hongkong.eatonhotels.com. $518 (adult), $398 (child). Loosen your belt buckle for these seafood and barbecue dishes. On the menu is oven roasted turkey and roasted rack of lamb, but you can also get into the Christmas spirit with Santa, clowns, magicians and Christmas carols.

Nicholini’s Dec 25-26, Dec 31
8/F, Conrad Hong Kong, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, 2521 3838; conradhotels3.hilton.com. $1,188-$1,588. Christmas doesn’t have be turkey and all the trimmings. A top quality Italian feast works just as well. And we recommend hitting up Nicholini’s at the Conrad Hong Kong, which has just brought out its new Christmas menu. Indulge in exceptional quality with the five-course set menu – or plump for new healthy options like Alaskan crabmeat with cauliflower panna cotta, or goose rolled with chestnuts, pomegranate and pumpkin puree.

Hullett House, Dec 31
50 Pigeons Courtyard, Garden Level, Hullett House, 1881 Heritage, 2A Canton Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, 3988 0210; hulletthouse.com/shanghai-glam. $398 Deluxe ticket, $788 Premium ticket. Count down to 2014 in opulent ‘Shanghai Glam’ style at the beautiful, historic Hullett House in Tsim Sha Tsui. The 50 Pigeons Courtyard is transformed on December 31 into a glitzy dance hall reminiscent of Shanghai in its 1930s glory days. Prepare to be serenaded by the illustrious jazz tunes of Manting Chan as you enjoy some amazing food. Premium entry tickets include a deluxe canapé buffet with a selection of delicious dim sum and barbecued treats, including sliced duck, stir-fried rice cake and a glass of champers!

 

 

Around Town

Holiday events and attractions to keep you busy

Sai Kung Community Christmas Carols NightThu Dec 19
Meet at Sai Kung Town Square, 5pm-7pm. Spread some Christmas cheer and sing traditional carols in Sai Kung. Everyone is welcome to join –  no talent required!

Island East Markets, Sun Dec 22
Tong Chong St, TaiKoo Place, Quarry Bay; hkmarkets.org. 11am-6pm. Hit up the final Island East Market before Christmas to get all your special last-minute gifts.

Christmas in the Dark,  Until Tue Dec 31
Dialogue in the Dark, 215, 2/F, Nob Hill Square, 8 King Lai Path, Mei Foo, 2310 0833; dialogue-in-the-dark.hk. $150, $180 (Sat-Sun & public hols). 10am-7.30pm. Follow your visually impaired guides as you negotiate a Christmas market, sing carols and try gingerbread cookies; all in the dark.

Dragon and Lion Dance Extravaganza, Tue Jan 1
Starts at Canton Rd, along Avenue of Stars and finishes at UC Centenary Garden, East Tsim Sha Tsui, 6344 6188; dragonlion.hk. 1.30pm-5pm. Free. Welcome in 2014 Chinese-style at this traditional  parade. Featuring over 530 auspicious mascots, the parade winds its way  noisily through Tsim Sha Tsui. Gong hei fat choi!

Bike to Illuminate Central Christmas Park Until Thu Jan 2
Oval Atrium, Podium Level 1, IFC Mall, 8 Finance St, Central, 2295 3308;
ifc.com.hk/centralchristmaspark. 10am-10pm. Free.
 Go green and illuminate IFC’s magical Central Christmas Park (based on New York’s own) , by getting
on your bike and powering the lights all by yourself.

Sweet Christmas Until Thu Jan 2
Noah’s Ark, 33 Pak Yan Rd, Ma Wan, 3411 8888; noahsark.com.hk. Have a sweet Christmas at the Jelly Belly Sweet Factory – design your own sweet jar or take part in sweet workshops. There’s balloon modelling, an herb and art garden, and plenty more wholesome fun.

 

Christ-malls

Seasonal décor in Hong Kong

Christmas Sugarland at WTC More
WTC More, 280 Gloucester Rd, Causeway Bay, 2890 6855; wtcmore.com. Aussie artists Pip & Pop use coloured sugar to make a sweet Christmas display. Don’t let the kids try to eat it.

Infinite Rolling Joy at Landmark
Landmark, 15 Queen’s Rd C, Central, 2132 0188; landmark.hk. Kinetic artist Hanns-Martin Wagner has created a huge marble-rolling sculpture atop the fountain at Landmark’s atrium.

RobotSanta at Pacific Place
Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, 2844 8900; pacificplace.com.hk. Santa and his robotic helpers are sorting gifts that are carried on a fantastic, twisting 60m track. Also enjoy live piano battles and dance performances from America’s Got Talent winner Kenichi Ebina.

PopCorn x Ilovedoodle Simply Smile
PopCorn, 9 Tong Yin St, Tseung Kwan O, 3543 1273;popcorntko.com.hk. Renowned Malaysian illustrator Lim Heng-Swee brings his simple, quirky and humorous artwork to the PopCorn mall, with seven interactive displays and 365 art pieces to check out.

Warm White Christmas at Cityplaza
Cityplaza, 18 Tai Koo Shing Rd, Tai Koo, 2568 8665; cityplaza.com. We don’t usually recommend hugging a polar bear, but it’s okay at Cityplaza this year, which is decked out with a bunch of fluffy, knitted critters. Performances include juggling and the Snow Queen musical.

ZLISM Alien Christmas Rhapsody at Harbour City
KidX, G/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2118 8666; harbourcity.com.hk. Funky patterns and bright colours replace the usual red and green at this alien wonderland. Each Sunday, there’s Christmas card and canvas bag painting workshops for the kids.

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