Weekly Guide to Hong Kong's Best Events, Dec. 11 – 17, 2023
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What’s On HKG: Move It! Move It! Madagascar Musical & More! Dec 11–17, 2023

Ahh, another week is upon us, and you’re looking for cool things to get up to in the 852! We’ve saved you the hassle with The Beat Hong Kong’s rundown of the best places to hit up and things to do right now—from blink-and-you'll-miss-it pop-up sights and new restaurant openings, to the hottest activities that you shouldn’t miss.

To keep your finger on the pulse of the city, follow The Beat Hong Kong to see what’s best in store for the week ahead. 

1. Move it! Move it! Madagascar – The Musical at HKAPA in Wan Chai

Move it! Move it! Madagascar – The Musical at HKAPA in Wan Chai

After a four-year hiatus, the much-loved Madagascar - The Musical is back in Hong Kong! Based on the acclaimed DreamWorks animation, this theatrical delight is set for 15 spectacular performances, promising humour, adventure, and a cast of unforgettable characters.

Join Alex the lion, Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe, and Gloria the hippo as they swap their cushy zoo life for an exhilarating journey to the titular island nation of Madagascar. Aided by a crafty group of penguins, their escapade is filled with surprises at every turn. Packed with zany characters, thrilling adventures, and an irresistibly catchy soundtrack, this musical will have audiences of all ages dancing in their seats. Get ready to "Move It, Move It!"

2. Bad Times Disco Presents: Circle Back at Heath Hong Kong in Tsim Sha Tsui

Bad Times Disco Presents: Circle Back at Heath Hong Kong in Tsim Sha Tsui
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While 2023 comes to a close and everyone is gearing up to rinse and repeat through another annual cycle, let’s celebrate the good times of the year with the great vibes at 'Circle Back,' a unique 5-day pop-up event hosted by Bad Times Disco. A celebration of sustainability, circularity, and the joy of community dance, 'Circle Back' offers a sneak peek into the collective’s upcoming community space, a haven for vintage records and second-hand fashion, fostering an environment of creativity.

The pop-up features a sustainable holiday market where you can explore an array of second-hand and vintage records, clothing, and home goods. A highlight is the clothing swap, which takes place over all five days. Attendees can also groove their way through dance workshops conducted by local collectives and instructors, making it a perfect blend of fun and learning.

3. Santa’s Grotto at Pane e Latte in Stanley

Santa’s Grotto at Pane e Latte in Stanley

Santa’s in town and he’s inviting families all over Hong Kong to jingle all the way to Santa's Grotto Afternoon Tea, where festive flavours meet magical festive moments. Prepare for an afternoon sprinkled with culinary delights and Christmas cheer. This holiday extravaganza is perfect for two adults and a mini elf (that's your kiddo!).

Imagine tucking into a sleigh-full of festive treats while waiting for the main man in red himself. Santa is stopping by for a meet-and-greet that'll have the little ones grinning wider than on Boxing Day morning. Plus, every family leaves with a special gift from Santa as a treat for being nice all year, of course.

4. Draglicious Rooftop Brunch Vol. 4 at Cruise Hyatt Centric in North Point

Draglicious Rooftop Brunch Vol. 4 at Cruise Hyatt Centric in North Point
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Get ready for a flamboyant feast at the Draglicious Brunch! Hosted in collaboration with Petticoat Lane, prepare to be dazzled by performances from the queens of the scene. Stunning like the stars atop a Christmas tree, the lineup includes Pansze Diva, Miss Tina Uglyhaira, and Asia Miles, with the fabulous Queen Kong as your host, with live sets from DJ Rork. Enjoy bottomless bubbly, wine, beer, and even champagne in premium packages.

As part of the experience, savour a sumptuous four-course meal from Cruise Restaurant & Bar’s sumptuous menu. Starting with a Sashimi Platter and Maitake Tacos, followed by a choice of main course, and a delectable Merry Berry Mascarpone Dream dessert. Dress in your ugliest Christmas sweater for a chance to win a luxurious 2-night stay at the Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort worth HK$9,000!

5. De'Longhi Presents: Coffee Tasting and Christmas Recipe at Broadway in Causeway Bay

De'Longhi Presents: Coffee Tasting and Christmas Recipe at Broadway in Causeway Bay
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Indulge in some festive flavours at De'Longhi's Coffee Tasting and Christmas Recipe workshop, where the world of coffee meets the magic of the season. This interactive experience will guide you through the rich flavours and aromas of various coffees, all expertly brewed using De'Longhi's fully automatic coffee machine.

Get hands-on with crafting the stars of the season - Mint Mocha and Whiskey Mocha. Learn the art of making these delightful specialties and become the go-to barista at your holiday gatherings. And as a festive bonus, each ticket includes a complimentary De’Longhi wooden tray, perfect for serving your newly mastered coffee creations.

6. Verano Boxing Club Fight Night 3 in Sai Ying Pun

Verano Boxing Club Fight Night 3 in Sai Ying Pun
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Get set for an electrifying evening at Verano Boxing Club’s Final Fight Night of 2023! The action starts once the first bout starts ringing in. Prepare to be captivated by a dynamic array of fighters, each ready to demonstrate their prowess.

Amidst the thrill, indulge in a selection of food and drinks on the terrace, featuring the refreshing Boxer Gin by Ginsanity. The night's highlight? A groundbreaking exhibition bout showcasing the strength and skill of champion women fighters – a true celebration of empowerment in the boxing world. To keep the energy soaring, expect pulsating DJ beats and mesmerizing dance performances, transforming the event into a vibrant spectacle of sports and entertainment.

7. Taste CzechXmas by PMQ Taste Library in SoHo

Taste CzechXmas by PMQ Taste Library in SoHo
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Take a Christmas holiday all the way to the Czech Republic without ever leaving the city! Head to PMQ Taste Library for the "Taste Czechmas" series that'll have you Czech-ing out culture, food, and tunes from the heart of Europe.

The first event, the "Taste CzechXmas: Musician's Table" is just like a Christmas party. Featuring Czech singer Marcell crooning, chef Vaclav Postolka cooking, and PMQ Taste Library’s guest chef Erikson Ting joining the fun. Feast on Czech Christmas faves like braided sweet bread, mini cakes, and snacks, all while tapping your feet to cool Czech beats.

Then, dive into "Taste CzechXmas: Welcome to My Home – Czech Christmas Dinner." Chef Václav Poštolka is flying in straight from Czechia to serve up a storm of fish soup, chicken, and pork schnitzel. It's a crash course in Czech Christmas, packed with foodie fun and cultural tidbits.

8. World Whisky Masterclass at Bar Buonasera in Tsim Sha Tsui

World Whisky Masterclass at Bar Buonasera in Tsim Sha Tsui
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Whisky aficionados, get ready for a night to remember at the acclaimed Bar Buonasera. This event is a treasure trove for lovers of the finest dram, offering an immersive journey through the captivating world of whisky.

Delve into the nuanced aromas and distinct flavours of a carefully curated selection of top-notch whiskies. The expert-led tasting session will introduce a range of exceptional whiskies, each boasting its own unique character and story. This is a golden-brown (get it?) chance not only to explore new tastes and deepen your understanding of whisky, but also to snag these premium bottles at exclusive discounts, perfect for boosting your collection and jazzing up your holiday celebrations with some taste.

9. Preface TechBites Live: Exclusive Happy Hour with Tech Insights at PREFACE Coffee & Wine in Causeway Bay

Preface TechBites Live: Exclusive Happy Hour with Tech Insights at PREFACE Coffee & Wine in Causeway Bay
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Say cheers to an exclusive vino hour where cutting-edge tech meets insightful business discussions. Dive into an engaging, in-person experience where tech savvies and industry experts converge to dish out the latest tech trends. It's the perfect blend of networking, learning, and unwinding in a sociable atmosphere.

The latest session, themed 'Flashback 2023: Pioneering Moments in Tech,' offers a nostalgic trip through the year's tech milestones. We're talking major AI leaps, innovative gadgets, and digital game-changers that are shaping the future. Whether you're a tech junkie, a biz whiz, or just digitally curious, this is your gateway to staying updated and gaining insights.

10. Pink Diamond Too at WOAW Gallery in Central

Pink Diamond Too at WOAW Gallery in Central

Head over to WOAW Gallery for a dive into the cool, kaleidoscopic world of "Pink Diamond Too," Jonathan Casella's first solo gig in Asia. The exhibit is a vibrant collection of 11 pieces that dig deep into Casella's personal vibes and musings. At its core, you'll find his "Doublestar" series, a window into his unique headspace and questioning of perception. Just like the mystery of the pink diamond – is it real, or just a gemmologist's daydream? Blending elements from "Doublestar" with his latest abstract jams, the exhibition has a pink thread running through symbolically.

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