Special opening arrangements and crowd management measures in WKCD for New Year's Eve and holidays

The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) wishes to call the public’s attention to the special opening arrangements of our two museums and the Hong Kong WinterFest in the West Kowloon Cultural District (the District or WKCD) on New Year’s Eve and the New Year holidays as follows:

 

  • The Hong Kong Palace Museum (HKPM) will close two hours earlier (Saturday) on 31 December 2022 with opening hours from 10am to 6pm on that day, and will remain open on 1 January 2023 (Sunday) from 10am to 6pm, and on 2 January 2023 (Monday) from 10 am to 8pm. 
  • M+ will stay open on 31 December 2022 (Saturday) and 1 January 2023 (Sunday) from 10am to 6pm and be closed on 2 January 2023 (Monday). 
  • Subject to the actual circumstances, Museum Drive and Cultural Drive will be closed on New Year’s Eve starting from 8pm by the Police. Car parks affected by the road closures will be closed as detailed below.
  • Subject to the actual circumstances, one-way pedestrian flow will be implemented on Artist Square Bridge starting from 11:45pm, at the latest, on New Year’s Eve. No visitors will then be allowed to use Artist Square Bridge to access WKCD.

 

1. Special opening arrangements of the District’s venues

HKPM

Venue Opening hours
Admission 31 Dec 2022 (Saturday)  10am – 6pm
1 Jan 2023 (Sunday)  10am – 6pm
2 Jan 2023 (Monday)  10am – 8pm
Restaurants and cafes in HKPM Please contact the merchants for details

 

M+

Venue Opening hours
Admission 31 Dec 2022 (Saturday  10am – 6pm
1 Jan 2023 (Sunday)  10am – 6pm
2 Jan 2023 (Monday)  Closed
M+ Lounge 31 Dec 2022 (Saturday)  11am – 8pm
1 Jan 2023 (Sunday)  10am – 6pm
2 Jan 2023 (Monday)  Closed
M+ Shop and The Other Shop 31 Dec 2022 (Saturday)  11am – 7pm
1 Jan 2023 (Sunday)  11am – 7pm
2 Jan 2023 (Monday)  Closed
Restaurants and cafes in M+ Please contact the merchants for details

 

Xiqu Centre

Venue Opening hours
Xiqu Centre Open as usual
Restaurants and shops in the Xiqu Centre Please contact the merchants for details

 

Art Park

Venue Opening hours
Art Park On 31 December 2022, Art Park’s operation hours will be extended to 1am on the subsequent day.
On 1 and 2 January 2023, Art Park will be open as usual.
Hong Kong WinterFest 
Christmas Town
Please refer to Hong Kong Tourism Board’s website for details: www.discoverhongkong.com
Restaurants, cafes and food trucks in the Art Park Please contact the merchants for details

 

2. Crowd management measures and special traffic arrangements

In anticipation of a large number of visitors gathering in the District to celebrate New Year’s Eve and the New Year holidays, special crowd management measures and traffic arrangements will be implemented in the District starting from 31 December 2022 (Saturday) afternoon depending on the actual circumstances.  

 

Due to safety considerations, erecting of tents will not be allowed in some parts of the Art Park, including the Central Harbourside Lawn, on 31 December 2022. Visitors should follow instructions from the staff on site. 

 

Museum Drive and Cultural Drive will be closed by the Police on 31 December 2022 starting from 8pm. All bus stops and minibus stops within the operational area will be suspended. Car parks affected by the closure will also be closed. Details are as follows:

 

31 December 2022 (Saturday)

Time Crowd management measures Special traffic and car parking arrangements
5pm
(or earlier if crowd management is required due to a large number of visitors)
Depending on the crowd condition, one-way pedestrian flow to Hong Kong WinterFest’s Christmas Town in the Art Park may be implemented and other crowd management measures may be implemented if required.
(please refer to Annex)
  • Public car parks in the District will be closed for entry (except Xiqu Centre Car Park)
Before 7pm  
  • All vehicles must leave the car parks in the District (except Xiqu Centre Car Park)
8pm  
  • Museum Drive and Cultural Drive will be closed. Only vehicles with a valid permit will be allowed to enter and leave the closed area
  • All bus stops, minibus stops within the operational area will be suspended
11:45pm
(or earlier if crowd management is required due to a large number of visitors)
In addition to the prevailing measures, one-way pedestrian flow will be implemented on Artist Square Bridge to facilitate our visitors to leave the District towards Elements. After the arrangement is imposed, no visitors will be allowed to use Artist Square Bridge to access WKCD.  

 

1 January 2023 (Sunday)

Time Crowd management measures Special traffic and car parking arrangements
Whole day Crowd management measures will be implemented for entering Hong Kong WinterFest’s Christmas Town in the Art Park. Opening hours of car parks remain unchanged
Zone A, B and F (PSO, HKPM and M+) Car Parks:
24-hour (Entry Time: 7am – 11pm)
Zone E (Art Park) and Xiqu Centre Car Parks:
24-hour (Entry Time: 24 hours)

 

2 January 2023 (Monday)

Time Crowd management measures Special traffic and car parking arrangements
Whole day   Opening hours of car parks remain unchanged
Zone A, B and F (PSO, HKPM and M+) Car Parks:
24-hour (Entry Time: 7am – 11pm)
Zone E (Art Park) and Xiqu Centre Car Parks:
24-hour (Entry Time: 24 hours)

 

3. Car parking arrangements

Drivers are reminded that their vehicles may not be able to leave the car parks in the District (except the car park at the Xiqu Centre) on 31 December 2022 evening until the Police lift the road closure after the crowd disperses. Please refer to the above table for the opening hours of the District’s car parks from 31 December 2022 to 2 January 2023. 

 

The above crowd management measures, special traffic arrangements, and operation arrangements to be implemented in the District may be further adjusted depending on the conditions at the time.

 

The Authority strongly encourages visitors to take public transport to the District. Members of the public should follow the instructions given by Police officers and take heed of the signage and broadcasts at the scene. The Authority appeals to all visitors to exercise tolerance and patience, maintain appropriate social distance and stay alert to the latest traffic news through the media and the Authority’s announcements.

 

Remarks

 

About the West Kowloon Cultural District
The West Kowloon Cultural District is one of the largest and most ambitious cultural projects in the world. Its vision is to create a vibrant new cultural quarter for Hong Kong on forty hectares of reclaimed land located alongside Victoria Harbour. With a varied mix of theatres, performance spaces, and museums, the West Kowloon Cultural District will produce and host world-class exhibitions, performances, and cultural events, providing twenty-three hectares of public open space, including a two-kilometre waterfront promenade.

Annex: One-way pedestrian flow to Hong Kong WinterFest’s Christmas Town (to be imposed when needed depending on the prevailing circumstances)