Christmas is just around the corner, and those staying in town should start to make plans for a fun-filled holiday. Shanghai Daily has selected events at restaurants and hotels that will get you in the right mood for the holiday. Zhang Yang has found the best Christmas-themed high tea, Christmas dinners and festive charity balls.
Four Seasons Hotel Pudong, Shanghai
The hotel is bringing a calm, festive season to the city. Whether or not you are blessed with a snowfall or two, you’ll sound the bells, light the candles and stoke a Yule log.
The Italian restaurant Camelia at the hotel offers a deliciously festive afternoon tea, complete with star anise-flavored chocolate fondue, Zuppa Inglese shooters with Marsala wine jelly, traditional chocolate kirsch “logs” with sour cherries, cranberry scones, clotted cream and homemade apricot-cinnamon jam as well as roasted beef, parma ham, traditional mulled wine and many other European specials. The afternoon tea deal runs through December 25.
The Christmas Eve dining options offer the perfect feasting fare to celebrate the season in style. At Camelia, you can spend Christmas Eve as the Italians do — with food, wine and family. Complete the Italian experience with wood fired pizza hot from the traditional Beech oven.
There’s also a wine bar and lounge. The indoor dining area can accommodate 162 guests; a private dining room seats 12 guests. In nice weather, the terrace is the place to enjoy wine or tea and sweet treats.
And if you want to add a Chinese twist to your beloved Western holiday, celebrate Christmas Eve at Shang Xi restaurant with tasty Shanghainese delicacies.
Hyatt Regency Suzhou
The hotel, together with the Suzhou Ballet Theater, will offer Christmas Eve a special performance of Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite Ballet,” based on the fairy tale full of enchanting music, exotic props and costumes to make for an unforgettable evening.
At the same time, Chef Ian Shi will lead his team to provide a spectacular dinner featuring both western and Chinese delicacies at 1,888 yuan (US$292) per person, including the ballet performance and participation in a lucky draw.
The chefs at the hotel’s Fireplace restaurant will present a special menu featuring Tasmanian oysters, foie gras brûlée, smoked salmon, lobster bisque and Wagyu sirloin, plus a selection of signature desserts.
The nine-course dinner set costs 1,588 yuan per person and guests may also enjoy a welcome glass of champagne and free flow of wine, beer and soft drinks.
Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai
As the time of Christmas celebrations draws near, the hotel has once again teamed up with Mifan Mama, a nonprofit organization focusing on children in need based in Shanghai, to bring a little cheer and joy into the lives of underprivileged children.
During this Christmas season, guests will find that so-called fan cards adorn the Christmas tree in the lobby. On the back of the cards are written the names and ages of children in need. Guests are encouraged to choose a fan card from the tree and prepare a gift for the child whose name is written on the card. Guests can then deliver the wrapped gift along with the fan card to the hotel Festive Desk located in the hotel lobby.
All gifts will be collected by the hotel and delivered through Mifan Mama. Guests can also contribute by purchasing a specially designed New Year charity card. All proceeds from the guests’purchase will be donated to Mifan Mama in January.
Hyatt on the Bund
This year for Christmas season, the hotel will launch “Star Season.”Adorable stars in different colors will be available for guests to purchase with all profits being donated to the “Library Project” and used towards the construction of a children’s library in rural primary schools which lack the financial means to set one up. The stars will adorn the Christmas tree in the hotel’s lobby.
As “the gift is in the giving,” your star may shine bright for children this festive season and help them build a brighter future.
The hotel has been collaborating with the “Library Project” to help set up almost ten libraries for elementary schools and orphanages in the remote areas of China since 2009.
This Malaysian chain restaurant is offering two types of durian cheese cakes this Christmas season. If you go there on Christmas Eve and play the Wheel of Fortune, you have a chance to win a free durian cheese cake. Prizes are available at all outlets around town but limited in number, so make sure you get there early.
The restaurant also serves authentic Malaysian cuisine like Hainan chicken rice, roti canai and bak kut teh, some of the all-time favorites of diners. Musang King durian, teh tarik and white coffee are also must-trys in the restaurant. Chef Shah is the winner of Malaysia teh tarik competition and uses finest ingredients from Malaysia to prepare his food.
The restaurant is inviting diners to celebrate Christmas with its signature Sticky Bones. The international chain restaurant is famous for off-the-bone pork ribs that are slowly baked and smoked for hours and taste juicy, tender and a little crunchy on the outside.
Its first Shanghai outlet opened in June and offers an extensive menu with more than 50 dishes spanning from seafood, steaks, poultry, burgers and sandwiches, soups, salads, appetizers to mouth-watering desserts.
The American-style Christmas dinner costs between 230 (US$35) and 270 yuan. You can choose between sticky bones, lamb rack ribs, roasted turkey, roasted chicken with herbs, grilled Norwegian salmon, and grilled Barramundi, a freshwater fish common in Australia.