Ring in the new year in style

Rebecca Tsui
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Rebecca Tsui finds out how you can celebrate the start of 2010, wherever you live and whatever you enjoy doing

Christmas may be over, but the festive atmosphere continues as we head towards the new year. Whatever your taste, there's a countdown event near you to help you welcome in 2010.

Hong Kong Tourism Board is holding its third New Year Countdown Celebrations and everyone's invited. An LED display on the outside of Two IFC will count down to the new year. When midnight strikes, a dazzling fireworks show will be launched from the top of the building, and from nine other landmark buildings on Hong Kong Island.

Members of the public can watch the show from outside the Cultural Centre or along the harbour front. Alternatively, if the idea of mingling with the crowds isn't your cup of tea, the event will be broadcast live on TVB.

Like in New York, Times Square is always a hot choice to see in the new year. This year, RTHK is organising the celebration under the theme of 'Love Hong Kong', with a three-hour musical extravaganza. Try your luck on the day, and queue up to join the fun, or visit www.rthk.org.hk to watch the live broadcast from the comfort of your home.

At Elements above Kowloon Station, Spanish dance group Los Vivancos will give its debut Hong Kong performance. The group, which has won awards around the world, draws on diverse sources, from flamenco ballet and acrobatics, to break dancing and martial arts.

Visit www.elementshk.com for the show schedule.

Meanwhile at East Point City in Tseung Kwan O, you can count down to the new year with Team Acrodunk, a group of acrobatic basketball slam-dunkers who made a name for themselves on the TV talent show America's Got Talent.

Captained by two-time Guinness World Record holder Jerry Burrell, the crew will perform their extraordinary acts, and also attempt to break another record. During this record-breaking attempt, five of the members will perform front flips followed by slam dunks, one after the other. For ticketing details, call 2628 7399.

Almost every mall is holding its own celebrations, from the circus shows and ice skating party at Cityplaza, and musical performances at wtc more in Causeway Bay, to special appearances by pop stars in Landmark North in Sheung Shui and apm in Kwun Tong.

Therefore, when you ring in the new year, you can choose to do it your own way.

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