Your Guide to 2023 AIA Carnival in Hong Kong
by: The Beat Asia
December 01, 2023
Get ready to experience the excitement and thrills at the AIA Carnival, Hong Kong's cherished winter tradition, as it makes its dazzling return to the Central harbour front. With its blend of new and familiar rides, an array of cuddly plush toys to be won, and live performances, this event is not to be missed! Mark your calendars for the grand opening at 4 PM on Dec. 21, and revel in the festivities until Feb. 25, 2024. To know more about ticket details, rides, performances, and the much-awaited circus show, check out this guide.
What to Expect
From classic carousels to thrilling wave swingers, there's no shortage of excitement for visitors of all ages. Take to the skies with your friends on soaring attractions or enjoy a charming spin on traditional rides like happy swings. There are more than 26 rides to try, including both beloved favourites and exciting new additions from the United Kingdom, Switzerland, and Germany, among others. Previous iterations’ notable rides include the lighthouse-shaped Helter Skelter, Booster ride, and the Big Apple Coaster.
There are dozens of game booths offering thrilling activities for everyone to enjoy. Whether you excel at rolling, shooting, tossing, or kicking, there are ample opportunities to showcase your skills and potentially win a fantastic new soft toy. Some of the must-try classic carnival games are ring toss, mini hoops, bowling, and sling shot, each presenting its own exhilarating challenge.
Events and Performances
The AIA Carnival also provides visitors a dazzling array of entertainment and activities that promise to create lasting memories. From heart-stopping performance art to live music and captivating local community acts, there's something for everyone to enjoy. You'll be immersed in a vibrant atmosphere filled with excitement and wonder as you witness performances by talented artists and share these unforgettable moments with your friends and family. It's a fantastic opportunity to indulge in a world of creativity while making cherished memories and having fun!
Food and Beverage
You’ll never run out of options for fuelling up while you roam the carnival grounds as food booths will be available throughout the fair, offering a tempting assortment of snacks, hearty meals, and light refreshments to keep you energised. From timeless classics like fairy floss and popcorn to sweet indulgences and refreshing treats, the food booths at the AIA Carnival are set to delight your senses and make your carnival experience truly unmissable.
World of Circus
One of the main highlights of AIA Carnival is World of Circus, a 65-minute spine-tingling performance from the best circus acts around the globe. U.K.-based Gandeys Circus will bring in international talents for a memorable spectacle Hong Kong has not witnessed before. From the heart-pounding stunts of motorbike riders hailing from Kazakhstan to the whimsical antics of clowns from Costa Rica, and the graceful acrobatics of performers from Kenya and Colombia, this show promises to keep you on the edge of your seat throughout.
The London Show Girls will enthral with their choreography and stunning costumes, adding an extra layer of enchantment to the show. And for the first time in Hong Kong, get ready to witness the renowned Baikonur Flying Troupe, recipients of the prestigious Award Winners of Echo of Asia International Circus Festival. This six-handed flying troupe will impress as they soar through the air, executing breathtaking somersaults from the fly bar to the catcher and to a suspended cradle.
Tickets to the World of Circus are categorised into four tiers, with varying prices based on the day of your visit:
VIP: HK$400, HK$450, HK$500
Premium: HK$325, HK$350, HK$375
Standard: HK$200, HK$225, HK$250
Rear: HK$150, HK$175, HK$200
How Much are the Tickets to AIA Carnival?
Tickets range from HK$95 to HK$160 and can be purchased through AIA Carnival’s official website. Check out the prices below (exclusive when buying online):
Adult (inclusive of 10 tokens): HK$140 (off-peak), HK$150 (standard), HK$160 (peak)
Concession (inclusive of 7 tokens): HK$95 (off-peak), HK$100 (standard), HK$105 (peak)
You can add a token package for HK$180 for 20 tokens or HK$450 for 50 tokens.
Tickets will also be available at the gate for same-day entry.
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