10 Best Things to Do in Hong Kong This Week
Who cares about Christmas when you can have Star Wars?
1. Friday, December 11
It’s your time to shine: Rúla Búla is hosting an Ugly Sweater Competition! Show up in your scratchiest abomination and drink until the sweaters look good. 6pm | Rúla Búla, G/F, 58-62 D’Aguilar St., Central, 2179-5225 | Happy hour extends to 10pm. See contest rules at tiny.cc/hk-uglysweater.
2. Saturday, December 12
Charbon Art Space has invited Swiss illustrator Emmanuelle Houdart to exhibit her drawings and costumes. She’ll also be hosting workshops on creating personal “coat-shelters” this weekend—illustrations of coats that protect and defend us. Ooh, complex! Dec 12-13, 10am-12:30pm, 2:30-5pm | Charbon Art Space, Unit B 8/F Sing Tek Factory, 44 Wong Chuk Hang Rd., Aberdeen, 2518-0035 | Free entry; workshops $390 from charbonartspace.com, includes all materials.
3. Sunday, December 13
Tired of reading about stocks and corporate competition? Watch it happen in person at the Hong Kong Corporate Sevens, a fundraiser in which corporate rugby teams from all over town lay the touchdown smack down. There’ll be activities for everyone, young and old and all proceeds will go to the Po Leung Kuk Tackling Life Program. Gates open 9:30am | So Kon Po Recreation Ground, 55 Caroline Hill Rd., So Kon Po | Free entry.
4. Monday, December 14
Hip Hop House Dance Week has flown in French dancer Niako and Japanese dancer Usuke for Street Dance Session 2015. They’ll be teaching you how to get down and dirty in four sessions, so get your kicks ready for some new creases. Dec 12-13, with Niako | Dec 14 with Usuke | $300 for one session, discounts available for multiple sessions; register at tiny.cc/hk-streetdance.
5. Tuesday, December 15
Take a photo (or a selfie) with Pacific Place’s Santa, sit on his knee, and tell him about your wishes for world peace. Then discover you’re on the naughty list and run out of the mall because nobody understands you. Afterwards, post a tearful selfie on Instagram and tag us @HK_Magazine. We understand you. Through Dec 25 | Garden Court, LG1, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty | $110; one ticket admits up to four people. All proceeds go to charity drive Operation Santa Claus.
6. Wednesday, December 16
IndieCast.fm is hosting Showcase Vol. 2 at The Wanch tonight, featuring super duper indie bands Oh! Nullah, The Benefactor, and Planck. 9pm | The Wanch, 54 Jaffe Rd., Wan Chai | Free entry.
7. Thursday, December 17
Forget Christmas, there’s only one date in December that actually matters: ”Star Wars: The Force Awakens” opens in cinemas today. Will it live up to the massive hype and attention? Follow the force to find out… alternatively, buy a lightsaber from Toys ‘R’ Us ($599) and pretend you’re a Jedi Knight at home. Open in theaters city-wide.
8. Friday, December 18
Learn how to cook up a fancy feast at Pots n Pans Cooking Studio, which is holding a Four-Course Dinner Class. Les nommes du jour? Pan seared scallops with mango salsa, roasted chestnut cream soup, duck à l’orange, and pears poached in red wine. 7pm | Unit 6B Hang Cheong Factory Building, 1 Wing Ming St., Lai Chi Kok | $480 from 5112-5634 or tiny.cc/hk-potspans; spaces limited.
9. Saturday, December 19
Korean urban dance dudes Keep It Steady celebrate their one-year anniversary with Keep it Party Vol. 5, bringing in dancers from Korea, Macau and of course Hong Kong. They’re all about keeping street culture alive, one six-step at a time. There’s an after-party too, if you’re into getting hot and heavy with b-boys. Dance battle, 6pm; after-party 10pm-1am | Jam City HK, Room B, 8/F, Ka Ming Court Block AB, 688-690 Castle Peak Rd., Lai Chi Kok | tiny.cc/hk-keepitparty.
10. Sign Up for Green Race HK
Run for the environment in the very first Green Race HK. They're all about sustainable outdoorsy activities, so you can be sure that your trail footprints won't leave a carbon footprint. You can run a 10K or 15K route, and five percent of registration fees go to Hong Kong Clean Up. Bring your own water bottle! Jan 9, 8am | Braemar Hill Playground, Braemar Hill Rd., North Point | $300-650 from thegreenrace.hk.