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December 2016 events: Magic, music, fashion, and bikes – and not a Santa Claus in sight

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Get magical with Peter Pan and Aladdin, find your inner adrenaline junkie at the KL Bike Week, or ride the waves at Cherating Surfing Competition – here’s how to best enjoy December, a month of culture and festivals.

1. Peter Pan: The Pantomime


Be transported to Neverland in this brand new “swashbuckling adventure”, Peter Pan: The Pantomime. Expect live music, magnificent scenery, amazing costumes, spectacular special effects and plenty of comedy, fun and laughter. It’s an unmissable treat for the whole family.

Venue: The British International School of Kuala Lumpur (BISKL), No. 1, Jalan Changkat Bukit Utama, Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Date: 1st & 2nd December, 7.30pm; 3rd December, 1pm and 6pm; 4th December, 2pm (sold out)
Tickets: RM60 – 80 |

2. Aladdin – Reloaded


This family friendly musical comedy promises lots of laughter, audience participation, songs, and exciting twists. Join Aladdin and the Genie of the Lamp for a memorable evening featuring a cast of talents from the Enfinit Academy. Get the full pantomime experience by dressing up as your favourite Aladdin character and stand to win a prize, try to catch the sweets being thrown into the audience, cheer for the good guys and boo for the baddies.

Venue: Ground Floor Block F @ Jaya One, 72A Jalan Universiti, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Date: 2nd December – 11th December 2016
Tickets: RM123, RM73, RM63, RM43 (not including 6% GST) |

3. Penang Island Jazz Festival


Held annually on the island of Penang every December, the Penang Island  Jazz Festival showcases jazz acts from across the globe, workshops, and other jazzy activities. Throughout the years, many acts have graced the festival stage from USA, UK, Australia, Japan, Indonesia, Norway, Sweden, Taiwan and more.

To complete the festival experience, there’s usually other supporting activities like the Island Jazz Forum, Community Drum Circle, After Hours Jazz Jam and more. This year, you can expect to sway to the musical styling of the James Boyle Trio, Joshua Davis, Marutyri, Rafal Sarnecki Quintet, and Triple Standard, as well as other acts yet to be announced.


Venue: Bayview Beach Resort (main stage – Jazz by the Beac), Hard Rock Hotel, Tropical Spice Garden, and 23Love Lane
Date: 1st – 4th December | Jazz by the Beach, 3rd & 4th December
Tickets: RM85 for Jazz by the Beach | Get tickets from

4. Kuala Lumpur Modest Fashion Week 2016


This international event brings together fashion designers and enthusiasts from around the globe to increase local awareness of home grown fashion and to put the modesty-led fashion industry on the map. KLMFW aims to position Malaysia as the region’s top destination for leading fashion brands and to maximise the potential of female entrepreneurs, designers and business leaders.

Venue: Putrajaya International Convention Centre,  Precinct 5,  62000 Putrajaya
Date: 3rd & 4th December 2016
Tickets: Free admission into fashion exhibition hall. Tickets for fashion show from RM60 |

5. [email protected] Park: Charged Run


Under Armour organises a bi-weekly workout session for the community to become a better runner under the guidance of their trainers. The run will be a 7km route long the major street of KL’s golden triangle, starting off at Jalan Pinang.

Venue: Meeting point at Standard Chartered Pocket Park behind OneKL along Jalan Pinang.
Date: 4th December 2016, 6.30am
Tickets: Entry is free, but requires registration. Register at

6. DJ Snake in KL


DJ Snake is set to perform at KL Live this December. Dance and jump to hits like Turn Down for What, Middle, Let Me Love You, You Know You Like It and more. The French DJ and producer is Grammy-nominated and he’s won an MTV Music Award for Best Direction in Turn Down for What.

Venue: KL Live at Life Centre, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur
Date: 11th December 2016, 8pm
Tickets: RM288 to RM330 |


7. Putrajaya International Islamic Arts and Culture Festival


Since launching in 2013, the ‘PIIACuF’ has attracted over 1 million visitors and has become a major event among Muslims communities around the globe. This year, the festival takes a journey through the wide array of textiles found in the Islamic world, from fabrice of the past to those produced today.

The theme, ‘The Glorious Textiles of the Islamic World’, focuses on everything from embroidered prayer mats and clothes, silk, batik, songket, tent decorations, robes, brocades, wall hangings and much more. There will be plenty to see an do including talks, exhibitions, craft demos, fashion shows, and a souq and trade fair.

Venue: Putrajaya International Convention Centre,  Precinct 5,  62000 Putrajaya
Date: 1st – 11th December 2016
Tickets: The festival is free. Sightseeing tour packages are available on

8. Cherating International Surfing Competition


Watch the professionals tackle the monsoon waves at Cherating Beach in Pahang. Surfers from Singapore, Australia, France, and Maldives will rip through the waters in various categories from children to masters-level. There will also be surfing clinics organised by local and international surfing clubs, beach games, and more.

Venue: Cherating Beach, Kuantan, Pahang
Date: 9th – 11th December
Tickets: Spectators are free to drop by and enjoy the sand and sun. If you’d like to take part in the competition, registration is open until 9th December | Register

9. KL Bike Week 2016


This 8th annual year-end event brings together bikers and custom bike enthusiast to the heart of KL for a week of merriment. KL Bike Week will showcase a custom bike show, classic and vintage bike fiesta, custom bike competition, Harley Davidson Wheelie & Stunt show, bikers movie under the starts as well as food trucks, indie music and a concert.

Venue: The Lanai, Malaysia Tourism Centre, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur
Date: 16th – 17th December 2016
Tickets: Free

10. Penang Pesta Chingay Parade


Chingay celebrate the birthdays of Chinese deities with a parade of lion and dragon dances, performances, and a beauty pageant. The parade will take off from Padang Brown and pass through main streets of George Town before its final stop at Esplanade. This colourful parade is a cultural treat on the island – there will be giant flags, floats, and decorative trishaws to entertain and wow spectators.

Venue: George Town, Penang
Date: 18th December 2016
Tickets: Free

11. Light and Motion Putrajaya (LAMPU)


Starting in 2013, The Putrajaya Lighting Festival has evolved into a major annual event, attracting interesting from lighting industry professionals, art enthusiasts, photographers, and tourists. The festival, known as LAMPU (‘lamp’ in Malay) will showcase spectacular light and audio shows, the signature Projection Mapping of the Palace of Justice, garden lighting, a forum, car and bike light show, buskers, LAMPU ice structures, wayang kulit, fire-eaters and more. The festival has been inducted in the Malaysia Book of Records for being the largest light and motion festival in the country.

Venue: Dataran Putrajaya, Precinct 3, 62000 Putrajaya
Date: 30th December 2016 – 1st January 2017
Tickets: Free

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