Tonight is Christmas Eve, and surely, many of you are waiting for punch-out. Some of you may go straight home for a family Christmas dinner while others may join friends for a fun-filled celebration — Shanghai Daily has found some hot spots to do so and asked our reporters Zhang Yang and Yoyo He to rate them.
Through Sunday, an open-air Christmas market with a Medieval theme returns to the West Bund. The beautiful market’s highlight is the twinkling tunnel of lights between the entrance and the main market area. Whether you’re looking for an original, lastminute Christmas gift, snacks and drinks or some holiday vibes with live music, the market’s wooden huts won’t disappoint. Dressed-up knights practice their archery while circus artists fascinate their audience with impressive juggling performances. For today’s Christmas Eve and tomorrow’s Christmas Day, the price rises to 120 yuan (US$18.53). The most important tip is: Don’t go there before it gets dark since the place looks a little boring without all the light installations turned on.
It’s a little far from downtown so we recommend driving or grabbing a cab. Metro Line 7 will get you close — get off at Longhua Road M. Station and walk 1 kilometer.
Admission: 120 yuan for December 24-25; 70 yuan for December 26-27
Since November 27, the Jing An Kerry Centre has been adorned with Christmas lights, snowcovered pine trees, Christmas ornaments and a 16-meter-tall Christmas tree.
Original gifts and festive Christmas items are available in the outdoor Christmas market. A wide variety of Christmas delicacies are also offered including Glühwein, hot chocolate, German sausages, Christmas cookies, and other mouth-watering goodies.
Today, during noon to 2pm, children get to meet Santa Claus at a party named “Meet your Santa”that will be held at North Retail L1 Atrium. Staff dressed as Santa will drop in to spread some Christmas atmosphere. After 6pm tonight, a Christmas fire show and a live concert will be staged at Piazza, followed by a robot dance and a Christmas lucky draw.
Tomorrow’s rundown is similar. Don’t forget that the venue is outdoors, so bundle up to stay warm.
Christmas trees are almost everywhere during the holiday season, but this Christmas tree is something different. Located in Xintiandi, the tree has been set up for the third year. Designed by Paul Cocksedge and is said to be the world’s first interactive Christmas tree.
Couples who kiss under the tree will cause LED lights to illuminate. Couples are queuing at the shopping and entertainment complex for a chance to express their love on stage and to literally light up the season with the “Kissmas tree.”
Even if you’re single, the tree embraces the true spirit of Christmas and you can go and watch happy couples, friends and family members share moments of love.
This year, the tree will be up until January 3. The venue is mostly about the tree, but since it is located in Xintiandi, there’s plenty of options for dining and it’s quick and easy to get to.
Located in Hongqiao Central Business District, L’Avenue and Le Bon Marché, two French department stores, held a joint Christmas tree light-up ceremony on November 13 and launched their Christmas market the same day. The market will be open until January 3.
The stores’ “Magical Forest” market is a replica of the one in Paris and was designed to allow Shanghai customers to experience French holiday shopping by gathering a myriad of goods in one magical place.
The market is in the basement of L’Avenue. Part of the sales earnings will be donated to a local charity. Every customer will receive a Christmas card after a purchase and can write down their wishes for underprivileged children. The cards will be sent by the charity.
The venue is a few minutes’ walk from Metro Line 2 and 10 stations and features many dining options nearby.
A German Christmas market has been set up in the Urban Best Practices Area of the former World Expo 2010 Shanghai site, offering Shanghai residents a taste of German tradition.The market sells all kinds of German goods with support from the city of Hamburg.
Roasted German sausages are delicious with a spread of ketchup, mustard or curry paste. The German mulled wine, Glühwein, is another attraction for people who relish its sweet, alcoholic taste.
Many products sold in the market were flown in directly from Germany. The market closes tonight. The only drawback of this venue is that it is a little hard to reach, and a longer walk from stations on Metro line 4 or 8.
A Christmas-themed show is underway at Marvel Park, which is located in the basement of Shiliupu sightseeing mall. The show will last till the end of February and comprises two main venues inside. Beginning with a cobbled road, the first venue features a variety of Christmas decorations including gifts and bells. There are also a kiss room, a wishing tree and Cafe Van Gogh.
Couples kissing each other in the kiss room will throw their shadows on the white wall of the room. Visitors are also encouraged to write down their New Year’s resolution and hang it on the wishing tree. The winding path next to the cafe is paved with colorful light bulbs.
The other venue features a series of interactive games. Most of these interactive installations use projected display systems and infrared detectors to get players involved in a virtual world.
Transportation options are very limited, and it is a little bit hard to find since it is located in the basement. There is no food and beverage area inside the venue but if you walk a little bit you can find a fast-food outlet nearby.
Admission: 120 yuan, 65 yuan for those who scan the QR code and follow their WeChat account.