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Shanghai capturing the spirit of Christmas
By Sophie Wang and Joan Zheng

Shanghai always makes an effort when it comes to Christmas. There are dozens of festive markets throughout the city, where majestic Christmas trees stand tall alongside eye-catching window displays. Sophie Wang and Joan Zheng highlight the best to ensure you make the best of your Christmas.

You don’t need a crystal ball to light up your festive season, but it helps.

This year, Xintiandi prepares not only a Christmas tree, but also a huge interactive space.The Christmas tree is in a five-story high crystal ball. If you touch the ball it will light up,and the more people who touch it at the same time, the brighter it becomes.


At the bottom of the crystal ball is a big playground, where there is a 3-meter-long slide and an ocean ball pool. With 100,000 translucent white balls inside,the pool is perfect for taking pictures.

The second floor is a sightseeing platform, where you can see a huge glass dome with thousands of LeD lights above. During the season, there will be two free light shows every night.

Date: November 23-January 7,2018 (except December 31)

Venue: Xintiandi South Square, Lane 123, Xingye Rd


Tiffany goes interactive

The only Tiffany Christmas tree in Shanghai is set on hong Kong Plaza this year. The 16-meter-high tree is decorated with dazzling decorations and surrounded by hundreds of blue gift boxes.

There are Tiffany shop windows, photo areas and interactive game areas under the tree. You can take photos with different kinds of classical Tiffany puppets and play games to win Christmas postcards.

If you purchase in the Tiffany store, you will have a chance to win a customized crystal ball.

Date: Through January 5, 2018

Venue: Hong Kong Plaza, 282 Huaihai Rd M.


Cartier always gets its timing right 

Covering an area of 150 square meters, the 15-meter-high Christmas tree is decorated with hundreds of red and white Cartier gift boxes.

Under the tree,there are landmark models from Paris,new York and London: black gold buildings, Paris-style benches,and Cartier boys in red uniform. To show the beauty of Shanghai, there are also models of the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Jin Mao Tower and shikumen (Shanghai-style stonegate buildings).

At the bottom of the tree are four mini theaters, in which there are four delicate mini dramas.

Date: Through December 26

Address: Plaza 66, 1266 Nanjing Rd W.


Disney making dreams come true for everyone

The Shanghai Disney Resort’s Christmas tree is on show until January 1.

Every evening, Olaf, a character from the famous cartoon “Frozen,” leads tourists to experience the traditions of Christmas.

The huge Christmas tree sends out colorful lights when tourists gather around it. With music, decoration and gifts, you can enjoy a great Christmas atmosphere in Disneyland.

Date: November 27-January 1, 2018

Venue: Shanghai Disney Resort, 753 Shendi Rd N.


Jing’an Park turned into a Christmas village and market

A Christmas market will be held at Jing’an Park today and tomorrow, celebrating this year’s festivities with a series of activities.

Collaborated with famous local Jiashan Market, the shopping area will turn into a sweet Christmas village with dazzling decorative lighting from new York.

Moreover, you can take amazing photos at three unique photo zones.

These three photo areas are decoratedwith Christmas trees, Santa Claus and mistletoe ornaments.

Date: December 23-24

Address: Jing’an Park, 1649 Nanjing Rd W.

Tickets: 68-168 yuan


‘Into The Woods’ returns

The 2017 Into The Woods Christmas Market will return with a two-day event at West Bund Art Center today and tomorrow.

Decorated in golden, white and green, this wonderful Christmas market shows a magic forest world, welcoming every customer and guest.

Over 40 life-style brands will be invited to join this year’s market, including accessories, home furnishing, floriculture and cosmetic brands.

For customers, it is a perfect time to pick some Christmas gifts for friends and lovers.

Date: December 23-24

Address: West Bund Art Center, 2555 Longteng Ave

Tickets: 55 yuan (US$8.35)

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Super Brand Mall delivers a Yuletide delight

A traditional creative Christmas market hit Shanghai at the Super Brand Mall and will remain until Monday.

This wonderful Christmas market is decorated with all festive elements: trees, garlands and beautiful ornaments.

This fantastic market also has an area offering customers beautiful craft goods and delicious food. You can also buy some unique Christmas gifts for your beloved ones.

Date: Through December 25

Address: Super Brand Mall, 168 Lujiazui Rd W.

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