Kick your new year off the right way with new things to do in Hong Kong! Whether you’re new to the city, planning a trip here or a long-time Hong Konger just looking for something fresh to do, we have it listed here. Check out our list of up-and-coming exhibitions, activities and cultural spots for 2019.

1. Hong Kong Pulse Light Festival

Pulse Light Festival

If you’re looking for Instagram spots in Hong Kong, then you will not be disappointed with the Hong Kong Pulse Light Festival, a spectacle of neon lights, glowing sculptures, and interactive installations. Set against the iconic Victoria Harbor skyline, these light-art pieces look all the more amazing among brilliantly lit skyscrapers. As Hong Kong’s largest open-air light festival, it features over 15 pieces from both local and international artists, and is bound to impress even the most jaded city dweller. Come with your camera (or smartphone!), and snap a few photos of yourself to up your Instagram game.

When: 5 – 11pm, 29 November 2018 to 24 February 2019 (Seven new exhibits will be on display from 18 January 2019).

Where: Central Harborfront

Admission: Free

Website: http://www.discoverhongkong.com/eng/see-do/events-festivals/highlight-events/pulse-light-festival.jsp

2. Dragon Ball Super-Immersive Lab Tour

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Photo credit: Dragon Ball Super-Immersive Lab

Dragon Ball fans will definitely not want to miss this interactive digital exhibition showcasing the anime’s classical scenes with projection mapping and motion-sensitive technology! Have the best fun taking selfies with 1:1 scale statues of your favorite characters, immerse yourself in dazzling light shows, and diving into the Dragon Balls Pool– a ball pit filled with orange balls, perfect for Instagram shots! This exhibition is also great for children as it has a parent-child zone filled with kid-friendly activities.

When: 20 December 2018 to 31 January 2019

Where: The Arcade, 100 Cyberport Road, Hong Kong

Admission: $190 for adults (aged 13 or above), $95 for children (aged 12 or below)

Website: https://www.imslab.hk/

3. Hong Kong News-Expo

Hong Kong News Expo

If you’re in the Sheung Wan area and looking for things to do in Hong Kong, check out one of Hong Kong’s newest museums– the Hong Kong News-Expo. Housed inside the former Bridges Street Market, the News-Expo showcases the history and development of Hong Kong’s media industry and has over 1000 artifacts and documents on display. The best thing about the museum is that it still retains bits of the former market, including the main staircase and a hopscotch from the market’s playground.

When: 10am – 7pm, Closed on Mondays

Where: 2 Bridges Street, Central, Hong Kong

Admission: Free (additional charges for some facilities and services)

Website: http://hkne.org.hk/

Feeling peckish after learning about Hong Kong’s media industry? Our Central & Sheung Wan Foodie Tour will ease your cravings with classic Hong Kong food and drinks.

4. The Mills

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The Mills is Nan Fung Group’s newest arts and culture hub set inside Nan Fung Textile’s former cotton mills in Tsuen Wan. This revitalization project brings together Hong Kong’s industrial past and innovative future, harking back to Nan Fung Textile’s dominance in Hong Kong’s 1950s manufacturing boom while bringing in modern art pieces and tons of creative stores and restaurants. Industrial-chic architecture and vintage details makes The Mills the perfect place for a photoshoot, while the lush rooftop garden allows visitors to kick back and relax after a day of exploring the area.

Where: 45 Pak Tin Par Street, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong

Admission: Free

Website: http://www.themills.com.hk/

5. West Kowloon Xiqu Centre

West Kowloon Xiqu Centre

Photo credit: West Kowloon Cultural District

Hong Kong’s long-awaited Chinese opera theatre, the West Kowloon Xiqu Centre, was opened on 20 January with a star-studded performance of The Reincarnation of Red Plum, under the direction of renowned Chinese opera veteran Pak Suet-sin. The theatre itself is an interesting addition to the architecture of West Kowloon; its exterior designed to look like a pair of parting curtains. Sit back, relax, and enjoy a classic Chinese opera performance this year– opening season tickets are now for sale here.

When: Opening on 20 January, 2019.

Where: 88 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Admission: Tickets for sale here.

Website: https://www.westkowloon.hk/en/xiqu-centre

6. Avenue of Stars

One of Hong Kong’s most famous tourist attractions and the city’s answer to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Avenue of Stars is expected to reopen in early 2019 after being closed for repairs and improvement works since October 2015. The renewed Avenue of Stars will feature brand new sculptures and elements of sustainable development, including handrails made of rice husk, salt and mineral oil instead of timber.

When: Expected to reopen in early 2019.

Where: Avenue of Stars, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Website: http://www.discoverhongkong.com/us/see-do/highlight-attractions/themed-attractions/avenue-of-stars.jsp

7. Victoria Dockside

Victoria Dockside

Photo credit: New World Development

Soon to be Hong Kong’s swankiest new addition to the city’s harborfront, Victoria Dockside is a US$2.6 billion, three million square foot art and design district in Tsim Sha Tsui. Conceptualized by acclaimed architectural firm Kohn Pederson Fox (KPF), who were behind the Museum of Modern Art in New York and Roppongi Hills in Tokyo, the district will offer lifestyle-focused office buildings and lots of green space for the city’s residents and tourists to take a breath of fresh air. Parts of the development have already been opened, including the luxury hotel Rosewood and the office building K11 Atelier, while the rest will open in phases over 2019.

When: Set to fully open in the third quarter of 2019.

Where: Tsim Sha Tsui harborfront, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Website: https://www.victoriadockside.com/

8. Hong Kong Museum of Art

Hong Kong Art Museum

Photo credit: Hong Kong Art Museum Facebook page

Since its closure for renovation and expansion in 2015, the Hong Kong Museum of Art has been given a makeover and now features a new transparent glass facade, allowing visitors to explore art while enjoying the view of the Victoria Harbor. The refurbished museum will be equipped with much higher ceilings that will allow for larger art pieces, which was previously impossible with ceilings only 3.5m high. There will also be nine art galleries in the museum, with one just for pieces by Hong Kong artists– two more galleries than the museum had previously.

When: Reopening in November 2019.

Where: Hong Kong Museum of Art, 10 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Admission: To be confirmed.

Website: https://hk.art.museum/

9. Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle! at Hong Kong Disneyland

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Photo credit: Marvel

Marvel super fans rejoice! Soon you’ll get to jump into the action yourself at Hong Kong Disneyland’s new superhero ride, set to open on 31 March. The world’s first attraction featuring Ant-Man and The Wasp, this high-energy interactive ride will send guests on a mission to support Ant-Man and The Wasp in defending Hong Kong against Hydra’s attack. Experience classic Disney storytelling enhanced by cutting-edge scenic illusion technology and a state-of-the-art gaming system this year with a trip to Disneyland.

When: Opening on 31 March, 2019.

Where: Hong Kong Disneyland, Lantau Island, Hong Kong

Admission: $619 for adults (ages 12-64), $458 for children (ages 3-11), $100 for seniors (ages 65 or above)

Website: https://www.hongkongdisneyland.com/

10. Ocean Park Tai Shue Wan Water World (set to open in late 2019)

Visiting Ocean Park has always been one of the top ten things to do in Hong Kong, and it might just become one of the top five with its up-and-coming Water World! Named the tai Shue Wan Water World, this $2.9 billion state-of-the-art, all-weather waterpark will feature indoor and outdoor slides, wave pools, and restaurants and shops. As the park is built on hilly terrain, it will be set on terraced platforms looking out onto the South China Sea, offering stunning sea views.

When: Set to open in late 2019.

Where: Ocean Park Hong Kong, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong

Admission: To be confirmed.

Website: https://www.oceanpark.com.hk/en