Shopping for gifts has become an indispensable part of the Christmas season, and Christmas markets abound in many European cities. Generally held in the town square and adjacent pedestrian zones, these temporary markets sell food, drinks and seasonal items from open-air stalls, often accompanied by traditional singing and dancing.
On opening night, onlookers welcome the “Christkind” (originally boy Jesus, but more often depicted as an angel-like girl), portrayed by a local child. Christmas markets originated in Germany, Austria and other European areas, but now they can even be found in Shanghai, adding Christmas charm to an oriental metropolis. Christmas trees, wreaths, lights, golden bells and various delicacies, and sometimes an appearance by Santa Claus himself, create a festival atmosphere.
Christmas Market at the Crown Wine Cellars
Here you will taste some best-preserved wine, cheese and chocolate. Additionally, you are likely to get some wonderful ideas to improve your life by experiencing the organic beauty and lifestyles. Multiple vendors, samples & special offers, entertainment and lucky draw at the venue will bring to you the delight of Christmas. Part of the overall sales will support Shanghai Young Bakers, a charity program providing fully-sponsored French bakery training to disadvantaged Chinese youth.
Date: 1pm-6pm, Decemer 13
Venue: No. 59, Lane 729-75 Suide Rd
BLN Annual Christkindlmarkt
The German-style Christmas market will be lightened up this December at the restaurant featuring German beer and knuckle. More than 60 carefully selected vendors will offer distinctive dining and shopping experiences.Visitors will be impressed by colorful Christmas
lighting, festive music and the smell of hot spiced home-made Gluhwein (hotwine) and Bavarian sausages. Furthermore, a distinctive festival drink called “Glubeer” will be served. It’s a dark wheat beer with foam caramelized with a glowing metal rod. Entrance fee is 30 yuan (US$4.9) per person, with children below 10 admitted free.
Date: December 5-7
Venue: 150 Fenyang Rd
Up to 40 different vendors will welcome visitors this year. With a glass of mulled wine from the British Kitchen in your hand, your will enjoy a better shopping experience among the stalls of artisan foods, crafts, eco-friendly products and special Christmas gifts. Alongside the stalls, there will be live music and carols, Christmas wreaths, a Jiashan Market raffle, and of course, Santa Claus.
Date: 11am-6pm, December 20
Venue: No. 37, Lane 550, Shaanxi Rd S.
French Christmas Market
The Pearl Theater is proud to invite you to the French Christmas market. During the weekend, 27 vendors will provide unique or handmade products with a French touch. French Christmas specialities, such as traditional hot wine, foie gras and delicious waffles, will also delight foodies. Live music and entertainers will perform all day long.
Date: November 29-30
Venue: 471 Zhapu Rd
Shanghai German Christmas Market
Shanghai German Christmas market is wellpreparedto give you the original tone of the festival. Hundreds of festively decorated huts and tents, a 20-meter-high sparkling Christmas tree and live performances will allow you to indulge in the heritage and charm of a European Christmas market.European artists and vendors and traditional stalls will offer various handmade toys,Christmas decorations, original jewelry and crafted goods. There is also lots of fun for your children to explore within the specified area: taking photos with Santa, riding the carousel,and even baking Christmas cookies.
Date: November 29-December 24
Venue: Xuhui Riverside Greenspace,Dong’an Rd
Zocou Christmas Market 2014
Zocou is going to host a festive market at the Shanghai Center. Over 90 independent designers will sell everything from accessories and home decor products to prints. Make sure you’ll have enough time for collecting Zocou’s “gifts with character,” including groovy, electricity-free bamboo iPhone speakers, squidgy octopus toys,and cozy-as-a-dormouse organic cotton “Bear Hug Me” reversible hoodies.
Date: 10am-5pm, November 20
Venue: 1376 Nanjing Rd W.
Kerry Christmas markets
Celebrations in Kerry Parkside start and end earlier, while Jing’an Kerry Center in Puxi will
see events kick off later but special activities will be held to welcome 2015. The two markets model after traditional Christmas markets in Strasbourg, and a more selective range of goods and activities will be offered. You’ll be pleased to find craft gifts, quality decorations and Christmas trees and everything from pretzels to chips available for snacking. Additionally, workshops with various themes are planned to amuse youngsters each week. Based on different activities,the cost will range from 25 to 30 yuan.