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Christmas in Beijing — Celebrating Christmas in Beijing in 2016

  • Celebrated: Dec. 25
  • Location: Beijing
shoppingChristmas is one of the best days to go shopping.

Christmas sales and markets helps make the Christmas season the biggest shopping period in Beijing. Don’t worry about everything being closed during the Christmas holidays. In Beijing in 2016, everything's open: cinemas, restaurants, shopping malls... It's a winter wonderland of options for tourists and travelers searching for Christmas in the Orient.

Best Christmas Shopping Markets

The peak season for shopping is during the Christmas and New Year season like in the West. During the Christmas shopping season in Beijing, department stores and shopping malls will launch promotions and prolong business hours starting in the middle or end of November. Be prepared for large crowds in public places, and remember to keep your belongings in a safe place. Check out our Beijing shopping guide for more information.

Special Christmas tourist souvenirs and gifts: Light and easy to carry items for local-color souvenirs or gifts include silk products such as scarves, porcelain, wall hangings, tea, Chinese calligraphy, wood carvings, weaving and embroidery. These items could be great choices for souvenirs and gifts if they are inexpensive. However, tourists shouldn't attempt to buy quality or expensive products to avoid fake or overpriced products.

Christmas trees and ornaments shopping: Before Christmas, Christmas trees are usually available at flower markets. Christmas ornaments can be found in small goods markets and some large supermarkets. And it is worth checking out these markets too:

Beijing Lai Tai Flower Trade Center 莱太花卉

It is the largest flower market in northern China. They offer wholesale and retail services and flower auctions. The market offers Christmas trees of every size and ornaments for customers to choose from.

  • Address: 9 West Maizidian Street, Chaoyang District (朝阳区麦子店西街9号)

Tianyi Small Goods Wholesale Market 天意小商品批发市场

small goodsColorful small goods

Opened in 1992, Tianyi is the largest small goods wholesale market in Beijing. Retail markets are also available. Its commodities include clothing, daily necessities, kitchen ware, and stationery. Before Christmas, the market is swarming with customers who go shopping for Christmas trees, ornaments and other seasonal buys.

  • Address: 259 Huchengmenwai Avenue, Xicheng District 西城区阜成门外大街259号

Tianyi Market 天意市场

With a similar name, this market sports seasonal decorations year-round and has been nicknamed "Christmas Market" by expats living in Beijing. It offers plenty of knick-knacks and small gifts whether it be for Christmas or for souvenirs. Every floor has something different: electronics, nail polish, make up, clothes, house accessories, and lots of stationary. Located close to Houhai.

  • Address: 158 Di'anmen Outer Street, Xicheng District 西城区地安门外大街158号

Top Christmas Events

Hoping to capitalize on the holidays, retailers and communities alike decorate the city in their Christmas best and lure you in with Christmas concerts, music and countless other events.

  • Beijing Playhouse is one of the biggest holiday players with a Christmas themed play every year.

The Bookworm features readings and live music in the evening that link China to Christmas like never seen before for a cultural event. There is a Christmas-themed flea market on at the Bookworm (November 26, 2016) if you want to get some present shopping done before the day.

  • The Bookworm: Building 4, Nan Sanlitun Road, Chaoyang District
bird nestThe Bird's Nest

For more active Christmas days for the entire family, check out the Bird's Nest as the national stadium transforms to host the Ice and Snow Festival every year. This is a long-term event that runs from Mid-December until Mid-February with ice-skating and themed winter fun for all ages.

  • The Bird's Nest: 3 Anding Road, Haidian District

Christmas Bazaars

There are also a bunch of Christmas bazaars every year. For example, one is at the Hilton Hotel Beijing (December 3, 2016 to January, 2pm–8pm in general)

  • The Hilton Hotel: 1 Dongfang Road, Chaoyang District

The bazaar at the German Embassy (26th November 2016, 11am–6pm) is extremely popular with foreigners living in Beijing as well as locals. If you plan to go to this Christmas market, do make sure that you bring your passport for security purposes as the market is on embassy grounds and get there early as tickets sell out fast (RMB 100 per voucher including discount vouchers to be used inside the market).

  • The German Embassy: 17 Dongzhimen Outer Street, Chaoyang District

There is also the Hutong Winter Fayre (10th December 2016, 11am–4pm) that is also popular with visitors and foreigners living in Beijing. All of these will make your Christmas atmospheric while away from home.

  • The Hutong: 1 Zhongxiang Hutong, Jiudaowan, Dongcheng District

Christmas Choirs at Churches

christmasWangfujing Church

There are 11 churches in Beijing, and six are Catholic and five are Protestant. There are activities, mostly choirs, on both Christmas Eve and Christmas. Christmas choirs usually start at 7 p.m. and last for 2 or 3 hours. It is advisable that you call the church in advance for more details. Below is a list of churches in Beijing.

South Church (Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception at Xuanwumen) 南堂 (宣武门天主教堂)

Established in 1652, it is the first Catholic Church in Beiing.

  • Address: 141 West Qianmen Avenue, Xicheng District 西城区前门西大街1 4 1号
  • Tel: 010-66087238

North Church (Xishiku Cathedral) 北堂(西什库教堂)

Established in 1703, it is the location of Beijing Cardinal Bishop Office.

  • Address: 33 Xishiku Road, Xicheng District 西城区西什库大街33号
  • Tel: 010-66175198

West Church (Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church) 西堂(西直门天主堂)

  • Address: 130 Xizhimennei Avenue, Xicheng District 西城区西直门内大街130号
  • Tel: 010-66156619

Dongjiaominxiang Cathedral (St. Michael's Church) 东交民巷教堂(圣弥厄尔教堂)

It is located near the foreign embassies area.

  • Address: Jia 13, Dongjiaominxiang, Dongcheng District 东城区东交民巷甲13号
  • Tel: 010-65135170

East Church (St. Joseph's Wangfujing Cathedral) 东堂(王府井天主教堂)

Church of the SaviorChurch of the Savior is near the Forbidden City
  • Address: 74 Wangfujing Avenue, Dongcheng District 东城区王府井大街74号
  • Tel: 010-65240634

Beijing Christian Chongwenmen Church 崇文门教堂

Chongwenmen Church of Beijing Christian Council was established in 1870 when it was called Asbury Church. It is the largest Christian church in Beijing and enjoys high prestige both at home and abroad. It has hosted countless big names like Former U.S. President George Bush, Bill Gates, George Carey, and the former Archbishop of Canterbury.

  • Address: 2 Hougou Hutongding, Chongwenmennei, Dongcheng District 崇文门内后沟胡同2号
  • Tel: 010-65133549

Gangwashi Protestant Church 缸瓦市教堂

  • Address: 57 South Avenue, Xisi, Xicheng District 西城区西四南大街57号
  • Tel: 010-66176181

The International Festival Chorus

Handel's Messiah will be sung by Beijing's very own and incredible International Festival Chorus on 3rd December 2016 at Harrow International School at 7.30pm. Tickets are RMB 280 or 380 depending on whether you want to be close to the action. Tickets should be bought online at their website.

  • Harrow International School: 287 Hegezhuang Village, Chaoyang District

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Buffets


Get your fill during Christmas with the numerous Christmas buffets around the city. 4-star and 5-star hotels and upscale restaurants often offer the best in special Christmas Eve dinners and buffets, and they serve all kinds of dishes like Christmas turkey, ham, apple pie and even eggnog. Reservations are essential.

Skiing Spree

Warm things up during the chilly holiday season by hitting Beijing’s hottest slopes. Some of the best in Asia and gradually approaching world renowned status, slopes like Huaibei, Snow World and Nanshan Ski Resort offer winter fun for the whole family.

New Year's Eve

The ball drops in New York City, the Eiffel Tower gleams on a back drops of fireworks, and now the excitement doesn’t end at the Great Wall in Beijing. This once a year gala includes dinner, dancing, and live jazz in the Schoolhouse Art Room.

Another great New Year's alternative is The Place in Beijing’s Financial District. Beijingers, Chinese out-of-towners, and foreign tourists pack the square and countdown in unison. Free and open to the public, it’s an improvised, play-it-by-ear ceremony and ANYTHING COULD HAPPEN. And that’s a good thing.

  • Schoolhouse Art Room: 12 Mutianyu Village, Beijing 101405
  • The Place: 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District

Free Christmas E-cards

Beijing sidecar trip

China Highlights has designed some exquisite Christmas e-cards. Check them out and send cards to your family or friends, for free.

Christmas Beijing and China Tours

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