Christmas in Beijing

  • Celebrated: Dec. 1 to Dec. 31
  • Location: Beijing

Don’t worry about everything being closed during the Christmas holidays. In Beijing everything's open. Cinemas, restaurants, shopping malls, it's a winter wonderland of options for travelers searching for holiday spirit in the Orient.

Christmas Shopping

shopping Christmas is one of the best day to go shopping.

Christmas time 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 for more information.

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, 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

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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.

Events

Hoping to capitalize on the holiday spirit, 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. 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.

bird nestThe Bird's Nest
  • The Bookworm: Building 4, Nan Sanlitun Road, Chaoyang District
  • The Bird's Nest:3 Anding Road, Haidian District

There are also a bunch of Christmas bazaars every year - the example the one at the Hilton Hotel Beijing (29th November 2014, 2pm–8pm), or the one at the German Embassy (29th November 2014, 11am–5pm) which 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. There is also the Hutong Winter Fayre (13th December 2014, 11am–4pm), which is also popular with visitors and foreigners living in Beijing. All of these will have the produce to make your Christmas atmospheric while away from home.

  • The Hilton Hotel: 1 Dongfang Road, Chaoyang District
  • The German Embassy: 17 Dongzhimen Outer Street, Chaoyang District
  • The Hutong: 1 Zhongxiang Hutong, Jiudaowan, Dongcheng District

Christmas Choirs at Churches

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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

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)

  • 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, 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

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Get your fill ofthe Christmas spirit 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, buffets and serves of all kinds, like Christmas turkey, ham, apple pie and even eggnog. Reservations are essential.

Skiing Spree

Warm things up during the chilly holiday season by hittingBeijing’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

Tours

Are you ready to take your family on the Christmas holiday they will never forget? Book a tour with us, and we can arrange all of these festive activities into your itinerary — it will be a Christmas you'll never forget! All you have to do is contact us.

Further Reading

  • Are you more interested in the local traditions? Click here to learn more about the Chinese New Year celebrations, which will take place at the end of February in 2015.
  • Every year, Harbin in Northeast China celebrates the Ice Festival. One of the most popular festivals in China, it features ice sculptures, and truly is a once in a lifetime experience. It has featured on international news channels over and over for its popularity.

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