The New Year Celebrations in Hong Kong are an extravagant affair and display a good mix of Chinese and Western culture in their celebrations. Start off your night with the ball drop in Causeway Bay before heading down to the Victoria Harbor for the breathtaking New Year Firework and Symphony of Lights show and finishing off at Lan Kwai Fong for a good time with your loved ones. For those who prefer to avoid the crowds, catch the New Year’s Eve Countdown Carnival that would be broadcasted all over Hong Kong. Hang out with locals and celebrate with the Lion and Dragon Dance Parade the next day. We are sure that you’ll find something amazing to commemorate 2014 and welcome 2015 in Hong Kong!
Hop on to any cruise at the Victoria Harbor for a spectacular time with a sumptuous dinner, fascinating lights and lovely company. The Symphony of Lights show is a unique visual performance that attracts thousands of visitors every day, and on the last 20 seconds of 31st December 2014, there would be breathtaking fireworks to boot. If you do not wish to cruise down the river and prefer to remain on land for the celebration, the viewing deck on the Victoria Harbor is a pleasant place for a great view of the light show and fireworks.
2. New Year’s Eve Countdown Carnival
An annual affair, Hong Kong’s countdown carnival is watched by many families at home or those with a New Year’s Eve house party. The large scale countdown event is from 8.30pm on the 31st to 12.15am and features many stellar performances by many different artistes. It is held in several different locations, namely Sha Tin Park, Sha Tin Town Hall cum City Art Square. If you’re not satisfied with just watching the countdown carnival from a tiny black box at home, do join in the festivities at the various locations across Hong Kong. The carnival promises plenty of fun and excitement to welcome the New Year.
3. Ball Drop in Causeway Bay
The New Year celebrations in Hong Kong begin with the Ball Drop in Times Square Mall at Causeway Bay. A replica of the New York ball drop, the promising Hong Kong version is fantastic as well. The buzzing energy from the crowd, the crazy lights in Causeway Bay and the general atmosphere makes one expectant of the New Year. Before you head off for the other festivities in Hong Kong, one definitely has to come to witness the ball drop at ‘Times Square’.
How else to celebrate the coming of the year other than with some close friends and mugs of beer? Enjoy the festivities in over 100 F&B outlets all over Lan Kwai Fong and celebrate the New Year with traditional fireworks (get a seat outside for a better view!) and a countdown you’re your loved ones. Please don’t be startled by the presence of police and security officers all over the place, it’s just an indicator of the huge buzzing crowd that’s going to gather to celebrate the night.
5. Lion and Dragon Dance Parade
The New Year celebrations we have mentioned so far are typical New Year festivities that can be found all over the world and takes place on the 31st of December. However, for those who prefer a localized celebration on the first day of the New Year, do check out the Lion and Dragon Dance Parade that starts from Canton Road along Hong Kong Cultural Centre and finishes at UC Centenary Garden, East Tsim Sha Tsui. The event starts at 1.30pm but do head down earlier for a better view of the parade.
Still not sure what to do when visiting Hong Kong this New Year’s?
Still not sure what to do for New Year’s Eve in Hong Kong? Check out these useful links for more ideas:
- New Year’s Eve Blog – 2015 New Years Eve Fireworks in Hong Kong
- Discover Hong Kong – New Year．New World – Hong Kong Countdown Celebrations