14th December 2023 – (Hong Kong) After a hiatus of five years, the New Year’s Eve Countdown Fireworks is set to make a triumphant return, illuminating Hong Kong’s skyline with an unprecedented display of pyrotechnics. The event, themed ‘New Year New Legend’, promises a 12-minute spectacle that will usher in 2024 with a resplendent celebration of the seasons, accompanied by a symphony of electronic, Western classical, and Chinese instrumental music.
The eagerly awaited event, set against the iconic backdrop of Victoria Harbour, will feature a large countdown clock on the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre as the new year approaches. The countdown itself will be a sensory feast, with a choreographed display of lights and music reaching a crescendo at midnight.
In anticipation of the event, the harbour will host pre-show activities, including wish-making sessions at quarter-hour intervals from 11pm, each symbolised by a unique colour representing aspirations for love, health, happiness, and prosperity in the coming year.
The event is not just a celebration but also a revival of the city’s vibrant night-time economy, which has been subdued in recent years due to civil unrest and the COVID-19 pandemic. The Hong Kong Tourism Board has expressed confidence that the extended fireworks show—launched from both land and sea—will reinvigorate the local economy, drawing large crowds and encouraging consumer spending in the hospitality and retail sectors.
The return of the National Day fireworks in October, which saw a gathering of 430,000 people by the harbour, signals the community’s readiness to participate in such events once more. The ‘Night Vibes’ campaign, aimed at enhancing the city’s nocturnal appeal with markets and other attractions, is expected to continue its momentum into the new year.
As the countdown to 2024 begins, all eyes will be on the harbour. The fireworks will be visible from numerous vantage points across the city, with public spaces expected to fill up early. For those unable to attend in person, the Hong Kong Tourism Board will livestream the event, allowing the world to partake in Hong Kong’s celebration of renewal and hope.
Date: 31st December 2023
Time: Shooting stars: 11, 11.15, 11.30 and 11.45pm
Firework Musical: Midnight – 0.12am