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Christmas in Beijing 2018

  • Celebrated: Dec. 25
  • Location: Beijing
Shopping during Christmas

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.

Christmas sales are big business. You'll see Chang'an Avenue bedecked with Christmas displays and the big malls likewise.

In Beijing in 2018, everything's open: churches, theaters, restaurants, shopping malls... It's a winter wonderland of options for tourists and travelers during Christmas in the Orient.

Best Christmas Shopping Markets

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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 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:

Liangma International Flower Market 亮马国际花艺空间 

Chinese mall at Christmas Christmas is one of the best times to go shopping in Beijing.

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: 27 Liangmaqiao Road, Chaoyang District (朝阳区亮马桥路27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. Expect Christmas carol-signing and other Christmas themed events.

  • The Bookworm: Building 4, Nan Sanlitun Road, Chaoyang District
The Bird's 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 several Christmas bazaars every year.

  • The Hilton Hotel: 1 Dongfang Road, Chaoyang District

The bazaar at the German Embassy is 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. In 2018, it will be on December 1, 11am–6pm and tickets are RMB 100 per adult tickets including 75 RMB discount vouchers that are redeemable inside the market. 

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

There is also the Hutong Winter Fayre in December that is also popular with visitors and foreigners living in Beijing. All of these will make your Christmas atmospheric while away from home. In 2018, it will be held on 8 December 11am–4pm and entry is free.

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

Christmas Choirs at Churches

There are six Catholic and five Protestant church buildings in Beijing. In most of them, 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 short list of churches in Beijing.

Beijing International Christian Fellowship 北京国际基督教教会

International church choir International church choir

About 3,000 evangelical tourists/expats meet weekly in three locations around Beijing. Meetings are held in more than 10 languages. The largest English-speaking meeting is held at the 21st Century Hotel in Chaoyang.

There are English Christmas events scheduled each December at the Haidian branch; at the 21st Century Hotel; and at the ZGC branch. There are also events in Chinese and other languages at other places. Contact them for information.

For Christmas, 2017, there were English Christmas events scheduled December 8 and 9 (7 pm) at the Haidian branch; December 17 (9 am and 11 am) and December 24 (10 am and Christmas Eve bilingual carols 6 pm and 8pm) at the 21st Century Hotel; and December 24 (Christmas lunch 1 pm and service 6 pm) at the ZGC branch. There are also events in Chinese and other languages at other places. Contact them for information.

  • Address: 21st Century Hotel, #40 Liang Ma Qiao Road, Chaoyang District 二十一世纪饭店-正门, 朝阳区亮马桥路40号
  • Tel: 86(10)8454 3468

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 Beijing.

  • 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. The present building was built in 1900.

  • 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. This church was part of the French Embassy, and it was built in 1901.

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

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 and enjoys high prestige both at home and abroad. It has hosted countless big names such as 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

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Buffets

China hitel buffet servery The typical China hotel buffet servery usually looks more festive at Christmas in international hotels.

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. Getting ready for the Winter Olympics in 2022 is the area of Zhangjiakou where you'll find top ski resorts such as Wanlong and Genting Secret Garden resort. 

New Year's Eve

Christmas cheerThere is plenty of Christmas cheer to be found in Beijing!

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

New Year's Eve Watch at BICF 北京国际基督教教会

On New Year's Eve, 2018, Beijing International Christian Fellowship's branch at the Xijiao Hotel and the 21st Century branch have special midnight watches.

  • Address: 21st Century Hotel, #40 Liang Ma Qiao Road, Chaoyang District 二十一世纪饭店-正门, 朝阳区亮马桥路40号
  • Tel: 86(10)8454 3468

Christmas Season Travel Information

The Great Wall in winterEnjoy the Great Wall with snow, and no crowds!

Low Season: The last half of December is an excellent time for touring in Beijing. Prices are lower. The busy crowds of Chinese tourists don't arrive until Chinese New Year, but some foreign tourists arrive during their Christmas/winter vacations. Local expats often travel or go back to their countries during this time.

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