New Year's Eve in Hong Kong 2017-2018

Parties, Pints, and Countdowns for Western New Year in Hong Kong

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Not to be confused with Chinese New Year in Hong Kong, which is the biggest celebration of the year, New Year's Eve in Hong Kong is December 31st and also sees its share of big parties and bigger hangovers.

If you're planning a trip to Hong Kong for the Christmas and New Years holiday season, you're sure to find plenty of fun events, great restaurants, and huge celebrations to ring in the new year. Below, you’ll find our top recommendations, from Hong Kong’s own Times Square jubilee to some of the best clubs and five-star hotels that feature parties for the annual countdown.

The good news for late night revelers is that the Hong Kong's public transit, the MTR, will run around the clock on New Year's Eve in the city so no matter how late you're out, you'll always be able to make it back to your hotel, hostel, or Airbnb.

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    Times Square New Years Countdown

    China Celebrates The New Year
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    The grandstand event of Hong Kong’s New Year’s Eve celebrations is the Times Square countdown. Like its inspiration in New York, Times Square is the focal point for those who want to join a crowd as the clock ticks down.

    There will be live music and entertainment before 2018 rolls around. Be warned, the crowds are immense and you should leave yourself around an hour to reach the center of the celebrations, if you're lucky enough to be able to get to it!

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    Victoria Harbour New Years Celebration

    Junk Boat in Victoria Harbour
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    Arguably more enjoyable than the Times Square celebrations above, the New Year's Eve fireworks over the buildings of Hong Kong Island are truly spectacular.

    Best viewed from Victoria Harbor on one of the all-in food and drink cruises, the most spectacular skyscraper skyline in the world is the backdrop for a glittering light, sound, and firework show.

    If you can’t make it onto a boat, the views from the Avenue of Stars in Tsim Sha Tsui are equally impressive. There is no need to crush in with the crowd at the water's edge, the view is expansive enough that you'll get a good view wherever you stand. Another fantastic option is to look down on the fireworks from The Peak

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    New Year Parties in Lan Kwai Fong

    Lan Kwai Fong at night
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    A focal point for the city’s revelers, New Year's Eve is the biggest party of the year in Lan Kwai Fong. Most places will be asking for a heavy cover charge for "all-in" deals—as in you give them basically all your money and you get a buffet and free drinks.

    Again, the crowds here can be suffocating, but if you’re with a group and intent on a good time the streets and bars on Lan Kwai Fong are your best bet. In Tsim Sha Tsui try the superior cocktails and views at Aqua, while the Pawn offers the best of the parties in Wan Chai

    One suggestion is to take a few beers from the nearby 7-Eleven and just drink on the street, which is where the best action will be anyway, but the big-name parties include Dragon-I and Stormies.

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    Fancy Dinners in Luxury Hotels

    Peninsula Hotel Hong Kong lobby
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    If you are looking for something fancier on New Year's Eve, most of the city’s luxury hotels will be laying on equally luxuriously set dinners, but these will not come cheap, and you can expect to pay around $100 at the bottom end of the scale. What you will get is a fine meal, usually free drink, and often-exquisite views of the harbor fireworks without having to suffer the crowds.

    Some of the hottest tickets in town include the Grand Old Dame of Hong Kong hotels, The Peninsula, and the Four Seasons whose restaurants have been collecting Michelin Stars in recent years. If you want something that's still pretty fancy but doesn't hit the wallet as hard, try The Excelsior in Causeway Bay.