UPDATE: This article was updated with details about the artists at Live At The Big Top and The World Circus.

The AIA Carnival will return to Central Harbourfront for the first time in four years, and will take place from December 21, 2023-February 25, 2024. This edition of the carnival will have more than 25 rides, as well as 30 games and 40 photo spots.

Live At The Big Top will feature music performances, interactive shows, and immersive experiences from January 17-24. The line-up includes local pop-rock band Dear Jane, pop musician Griff, emerging pop artist Kiri T, pop-punk outfit Marz23, LA-based duo Crash Adams, singer-songwriter Bang Yedam, and global tech house star Cloonee. ABBA fans can catch Mania – The Abba Tribute on January 20, while fans of classical music can watch the Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra perform on January 21. As a bonus, three local DJ legends will play Hong Kong dance floor classics.

Other attractions of the two-month-long event include The World Circus, where international acts such as motorbike riders from Colombia, acrobats from Kazakhstan, and knife throwers from Belarus will thrill audiences with daring feats. Centre Stage will put the spotlight on performance art, interactive sporting events, live music, and local community acts.

Tickets for the carnival go on sale online on September 27, and include 10 tokens. Adult tickets are priced at HK$140 (Off-peak Days), HK$150 (Standard Days), and HK$160 (Peak Days) and include 10 tokens. Children’s tickets come with seven tokens, and will cost HK$95 (Off-peak Days), HK$100 (Standard Days), and HK$110 (Peak Days).

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Visitors can buy 20 additional tokens for HK$180, and 50 extra tokens for HK$450. Check the event calendar for Off-peak, Standard, and Peak Days.

Last year, the carnival organisers gave away free rides on the Hong Kong Observation Wheel during a weekend in late May, to kickstart preparations for the event, followed by community performances by dance and music groups later in the following months.

Header image credits: AIA Carnival

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From the Middle East to the Far East and a couple of places in between, Anjali has lived in no fewer than seven cities in Asia, and has travelled extensively in the region. She worked as a lifestyle journalist in India before coming to Hong Kong, where her favourite thing to do is island-hopping with her daughter. You can check out her musings on motherhood, courtesy her Instagram profile.

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