Christmas in Beijing
- Celebrated: Dec. 1 to Jan. 6
- Location: Beijing
Don’t worry about everything being closedduring the Christmas holidays. In Beijing everything's open. Cinemas, restaurants,shopping malls, it's a winter wonderland of options for travelers searching forholiday spirit in the Orient.
The Christmastime and the New Year, is considered the peak season for shopping, and not just in the West. During Christmas and New Year, most department stores and shopping malls will launch promotions and prolong business hours. Be prepared for large crowds in public places and remember to keep your belongings in a safe place. Check out our Beijing shopping guide.
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.
Beijing Lai Tai Flower Trade Center 莱太花卉
It is the largest flower market in Northern China, offering wholesale, 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
Opened in 1992, Tianyi is the largest small goods wholesale market in Beijing. Retail markets are also available. It's 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
Free Christmas E-cards
China Highlights has designed some exquisite Christmas e-cards. Check them out and send cards to your family or friends, for free.
Hoping to capitalize on the holiday spirit,retailers and communities alike decorate the city in their Christmas best andlure you in with Christmas concerts, music and countless other events. BeijingPlayhouse is one of the biggest holiday players with a Christmas themed playedevery year. The Bookworm features readings and live music in the evening thatlink China to Christmas like never seen before.
- The Bookworm: Building 4, Nan SanlitunRoad, Chaoyang District
Christmas Choirs at Churches
There are 11 churches in Beijing, among which 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
East Church (St. Joseph's Wangfujing Cathedral)东堂（王府井天主教堂）
- Address: 74 Wangfujing Avenue, Dongcheng District 东城区王府井大街74号
- Tel: 010-65240634
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
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, enjoying high prestige both at home and abroad. It has hosted countless big names like Former U.S. President George Bush, Bill Gates, and George Carey, 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
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Buffets
Get yourfill of the Christmas spirit with the numerous Christmas buffets around thecity. 4-star and 5-star hotels and upscale restaurants oftenoffer the best in special Christmas Eve dinners, buffets and serves of allkinds, like Christmas turkey, ham, apple pie and even eggnog. Reservations are essential.
Warm things up during the chilly holidayseason by hitting Beijing’s hottest slopes. Some of the best in Asia andgradually approaching world renowned status, slopes like Huaibei, Snow Worldand Nanshan Ski Resort offer winter fun for the whole family.
The balldrops in New York City, the Eifel Tower gleams on aback drops of fireworks and now the excitement doesn’t end at the Great Wall inBeijing. This once a year gala includes dinner, dancing, and live jazz in theSchoolhouse Art Room.
Another great New Year's alternative is ThePlace in Beijing’s Financial District. Beijingers, Chinese out-of-towners and foreigntourists 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’sa good thing.
- Schoolhouse Art Room: 12 Mutianyu Village,Beijing 101405
The Place: 9 Guanghua Lu, ChaoyangDistrict
I updated this article on February 28, 2014
See all my travel articles