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Christmas Shopping in Shanghai 2022 (Best Christmas Markets)

Christmas Shopping in Shanghai 2022 (Best Christmas Markets)

Written by Candice SongUpdated Aug. 4, 2022
Christmas Market

Curl your hands around a mug of lightly spiced mulled wine, a traditional German beverage. Sing along to Christmas carols, gaze at decorated trees 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 quickly over the last five years when it comes to Western holidays and festivities. This city offers the best there is in Chinese mainland. Hitting the many Christmas markets is the best way to find original, high quality items, and in late November and December, you're sure to find one of them around town.

The Paulaner Bräuhaus Christmas Market

Christmas Market 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.

Every December sees the famous Paulaner Bräuhaus Christmas market - one of the most popular markets in the city. They used to hold this market each year at the French Concession branch, however that has now closed. This year, the market will be held in Pudong.

  • "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.

The Jing'an Christkindlmarkt

Christmas 2017

As far as Christmas tradtions go, the Jingan Christkindmarkt is one that remains in Shanghai. Indulge in delicious Christmas food such as gingerbread, baked apples and chestnuts while letting the children pay Santa Claus a visit on the weekends. There will be beautifully decorated wooden stalls and wintercharm throughout the market.

Other markets that you should check out include:

NAIS Pudong German Christmas Market

This is a special market in December that is very kid oriented, with activities planned for children. It is a festive event filled with performances from student musicians, shopping vendors and plenty more.

Moller Villa Christmas Market

This year at the historic Moller Viller, a huge castle located in downtown Shanghai, you will find a Christms fair that will take you to a completely different time period. Celebrate the holiday season with a Christmas feast, live performances, auctions and a free tour of the 'fantasy castle'.

Sukhothai Boutique Christmas Market

In the heart of Shanghai you will find a stylish Christmas market with activities to bring you joy for the holiday. This exclusive event will feature Christmas cookie decorating, children's gifts, crafted cocktails and much more.

A Winter Wonderland

An exciting event is coming to Shanghai this Christmas that will span across Anyi Lu at Jingan Kerry Centre. With this year's theme being 'home for the holidays' you will find yourself at a Christmas market that reminds you of home, yet displays unique characteristics. Be delighted as you try delicious Christmas-themed brioched ice cream sandwiches and dine at award-winning restaurants.

Christmas Charity Bazaar

This is a fun charity event that will get you into the Christmas spirit. You will find everything from Christmas arts and crafts, raffle prizes and festive food and drinks. Come support Sunrise as they hold their first-ever charity bazaar supported by volunteers who will run the event.

Christmas in Shanghai, Besides Markets

Enough about markets. If you are looking for a more immersive Christmas in Shanghai in 2022 - Christmas meals, festive bars, and church services - we have that covered for you! See our guide to Christmas in Shanghai.

Shanghai Christmas Tours

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Merry Christmas and happy shopping!

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