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Christmas Shopping in Shanghai

Christas shopping in Shanghai

Curl your hands around a cup of lightly spiced mulled wine. Hum along to the Christmas carols twinkling their bells and breathe in the sweet scent of gingerbread while scouring the stalls for gifts and seasonal memorabilia. No, you're not at a European Christmas market — you are in Shanghai.

Shanghai has evolved very fast over the last five years and when it comes to Western holidays and festivities, this city offers the best there is in Mainland China. Hitting the many Christmas markets is the best way to find original, high quality items and whichever weekend you choose between now and the big day, you're sure to find one of them around town.

The Paulaner Bräuhaus Christmas Market

Every December sees the famous Paulaner Bräuhaus Christmas market in the beer garden of the French Concession outlet. 

  • "People should come to get a real European experience of Christmas in Shanghai" says Jacob Hayes DeLois, marketing director of the event. "It's not too difficult to find. What we want people to take away from this is the experience of the traditional winter customs from Europe."

So how does DeLois ensure that the Paulaner star shines the brightest? "We're selling Christmas wreaths and trees, which always gets people pretty excited about Christmas," assures DeLois. "We're also selling glass Christmas tree ornaments and wooden toys." There will also be an impressive tree and a wooden train set for the kids to toot along to.

With the bite that's now in the air, you'll definitely need energy to keep you shopping and the markets have their share of traditional treats. DeLois promises traditional German pretzels and bratwurst sausages, as well as Stollen, plenty of gluh-wine/ mulled wine and of course, gingerbread. I'm sure you’ll bag a box of mince pies along the way too.

Dust off your Christmas stocking and find your embarrassing chunky-knit-reindeer-clad jumper. Jingle into the festive spirit and experience an authentic Christmas market.

  • Open: from Friday 4th – Sunday 6th December
    Friday: 4.00pm – 10.00pm
    Saturday: 11.00am – 10.00pm
    Sunday: 11.00am – 7.00pm
  • Entry is 30 yuan on Fridays, 60 yuan on Saturday and Sunday; kids under 10 are free. Entry tickets can be exchanged for food and drinks.

Pudong Century Park Christmas Market

The Radisson Blu Hotel Pudong Century Park claims their Christmas Village is the best market and their top selling point is the Chalet Style stalls selling unique gifts.  Head there to buy calendars, decorations, gifts, etc and lots of traditional christmassy eats and drinks. 

  • Open till December 13th, 2016, on weekends: Fridays (5–10pm), Saturdays (12–10pm), Sundays (12–8pm).

Christmas Fantasy — Jingan Kerry Center

Christmas shopping in Shanghai

Jingan Kerry Centre also joins the sleigh ride with their outdoor Christmas market. While this affair will probably be more geared towards children's entertainment, it is also known for featuring cool vendors year after year, selling goods that you may not get anywhere else. No admission fee.

  • Open: 10am – 10pm in the Kerry Courtyard until Jan 6, 2016

Gift Wrapping

No need to worry about last minute wrapping on Christmas eve — if you bring your presents along, Paper Tiger Shanghai are bringing along their "fine Chinese paper and designs" and providing a beautifully unique gift wrapping service.

The Radisson Blu Hotel Pudong Century Park Christmas Market

  • Open: till Sunday December 13th
    Fridays: 5.00pm – 10.00 pm
    Saturdays: 12.00pm – 10.00pm
    Sundays: 12.00pm – 8.00pm 

International School Markets

You can also find Christmas celebrations at Shanghai's top international schools.

Shanghai Christmas Tours

Let us help you plan a personalized Shanghai tour for you or tailor-make the travel arrangements for you.

Merry Christmas and happy shopping!

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