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December 12, 2012

Rocking Around The Christmas Scene

Rocking around the Christmas scene, let the Christmas spirit ring… From Christmas trees that would make Rockefeller Center blush to heartwarming shows and concerts to fun, frolics and fancy dress, HK transforms into a winter wonderland this time of year. So don your Santa hat, dancing shoes, sparkles and Christmas cheer as we introduce the best scenes to rock around this coming holiday.

Rocking Around The Christmas SceneYou will get a sentimental feeling when you hear, voices singing let’s be jolly…

Harlem Gospel Choir – Dec 28, 29
Bringing their powerful voices, swaying hips and clapping hands all the way from New York City, the famed Harlem Gospel Choir touches down just after Christmas to give a show-stopping performance in Hong Kong.  Their inspired and energetic sets will include Christmas carols, gospel music and a tribute to Whitney Houston, featuring some of her greatest hits. Hold on to your seats, this earth shaking, soul touching celebration of song will take your breath away! (Dec 28, Tsuen Wan Town Hall & Dec 29 Yuen Long Theatre, Tickets:

Pop-Up Opera – through Dec 18
The Foundation for the Arts & Music in Asia will be bringing their Popup Opera Tent – a beautiful 6 metre-high, intimate cinema space with luxury seating for 40 viewers – to the heart of Central. Playing on the big screen will be The Traviata Story, a 90-minute documentary narrated by award-winning actress Louisa So, including excerpts from some of the world’s most celebrated productions of Verdi’s beautiful and tragic love story. A cinematic experience that will give you something to sing about! (Through Tues, Dec 18, Edinburgh Place (near City Hall), Screenings at 11am, 12.45pm, 2.30pm, 4.15pm, 6pm and 7.45pm, Tickets: Complimentary, Express Pass available HMV stores,

Deck the halls with boughs of holly…

The Nutcracker – Dec 14 -16 and 20 – 26
This year, everyone’s favourite Christmas ballet tradition has been re-imagined for the 21st century by celebrated Australian choreographer Terence Kohler. This brand-new production, with an entirely fresh look and feel, will be accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s magical score, performed live by the Hong Kong Sinfonietta. Dun, da da da dun, dun dun dun dun… (Dec 14-16 and 20-26, HK Cultural Centre’s Grand Theatre,

The Snow Queen – Dec 13 – 16
Travel to a magical winter scene where you will be captivated by a number of delightful characters including a magical Enchantress, a kind-hearted Crow, a friendly Reindeer and of course the evil Snow Queen! Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale and set to traditional Finnish folk music, this promises to be and enchanting and memorable show! (December 13-16, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Children 7 and older, Tickets: Adults HK$200, Children HK$150,

At the Christmas party hop…

SantaCon – Dec 15
Buckle up your belt and hold onto your hat, the one-and-only SantaCon is coming to Hong Kong! SantaCon is a non-denominational, non-commercial, non-political and non-sensical Santa Claus convention that occurs once a year in cities around the globe. On December 15th, expect to see a wave of red suited, white bearded old men and women making their way through the bars and restos of Central. All that’s left to do is dress up as Santa Claus, and join the party!  Ho, ho, hope you have fun! (Dec 15, Details click here)

Christmas Eve “Under the Stars” at Armani / Prive – Dec 24
As the sun sets on Christmas Eve, the stunning terrace of Armani / Prive will come alive with a sparkling celebration to remember. Toast the festive season and party under the stars to the sounds of a Live Band before DJ Jacob kicks off a frenzy on the dance floor. Watch out Santa, Christmas Eve’s never seen glamour like this!
(HK$250 in advance, HK$300 at the door including a glass of Moët & Chandon, 3583 2828)

Christmas Eve Party at Socialito – Dec 24
Baby it’s cold outside, but on December 24th your Christmas celebrations are set to get a little more caliente at a special Christmas Party at Socialito.  DJ Bennie Blanco will be on the decks and tickets include complimentary Veuve Clicquot champagne & Don Julio tequila all night long, which means you’re sure to be merrily dancing the night away. Feliz Navidad! ($500 per person, 3167 7380)

If we still have wind in our sleigh for something more, we can have some pumpkin pie and do some caroling…

HK Philharmonic presents Harry’s Christmas – Dec 23 – 24
Join Harry Wong and the HK Philharmonic for a festive evening filled with all your favourite Christmas carols. Listen as the Phil rings in Christmas with an orchestral delight of Yuletide sounds, then join in the fun as the cast and audience breaks into song and carols the night away. (December 23-24, Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall,

King of Kings Concert at St. John’s Cathedral – Dec 12
Tonight, join the famed Cecilian Singers as they bring their voices together to celebrate the group’s 50th Anniversary with a special Christmas Concert, guaranteed to end your day on a high note…
(Wed, Dec 12, St. John’s Cathedral, Garden Road, Central,, 2570 3783)

Christmas meets Jazz at The Fringe Club – Dec 28
The Fringe Club’s Cabaret Theatre presents a night of comedic live jazz and daring twists on your favourite Christmas carols.  Grab a few friends and head to this live music hideaway for a fun and festive evening that grooves to a whole new beat! (Sat, Dec 28th, 10pm, Fringe Club Cabaret Theatre, HK$100 in advance, HK$125 on the day, including one drink, 2521 7251)

Have a Happy Holiday!  Everyone dancing merrily in the new old-fashioned way!

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