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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 Mainland China. 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.

Much of the time/date information for 2018 is TBC (typical for China), but we have included the 2017 informaton to give you an idea, and will update it when we know more.

The Paulaner Bräuhaus Christmas Market

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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.

  • 2018 open hours: Friday, December 7: 3.00pm – 10.00pm
    Saturday, December 8: 11.00am – 10.00pm
    Sunday, December 9: 11.00am – 9.00pm
  • Address: 555 Shibo Avenue, Pudong 浦东新波路555号
  • Entry: 30 yuan; kids under 10 free. Entry tickets are exchangeable for food and drinks.

The Jing'an Christkindlmarkt

Christmas 2017

This is a relatively new addition to the markets and is smaller than Paulaner's but very cosy and very much Christmassy. You will find festive treats, handicraft, baked goods, lots of gluhwein and other drinks. No admission fee on weekdays, and on weekends, the fee is 50 RMB. In 2018, it is held from November 30 until December 16.

  • 2018 hours: Open: 4-9pm weekdays; 12-9pm weekends
  • Address: 537 Haifang Road 海芳路537号
  • Entry: free on weekdays, and RMB 50 on weekends

Other markets that you should check out include:

NAIS Pudong German Christmas Market

2018 open: November 30, 5:00-9:00pmThis is a special market in December that is very kid oriented with activities planned for children.

  • Address: Nord Anglia International School Shanghai - Pudong Campus, 2888 Junmingong Street 上海英国学校浦东校区 军民公路2888号
  • Entry: Free

Christmas in Shanghai, Besides Markets

If you are looking for Christmas meals, festive bars, and church services in Shanghai in 2018 — we have that covered for you! See our guide to Christmas in Shanghai 2018.

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