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Enjoy some Christmas cheer at city hotels

WALDORF Astoria Shanghai on the Bund

The city's premier luxury heritage hotel is offering a diversity of festive gourmet experiences. Savor some of Shanghai's finest cuisine at Pelham's, with a six-course dinner with Champagne for 1,088* yuan (US$174) per person. Or enjoy a lavish Western buffet at the Grand Brasserie (988* yuan per person). There will be a jazz band and Santa with gifts for children.

Address: 2 Zhongshan Rd E1, Huangpu DistrictTel: 6322-9988 ext 4318

E-mail: festivebookings@waldorfastoria.com

* Prices are subject to 15-percent surcharge

Pullman Shanghai Skyway

The 2012 Colorful Pullman Shanghai Skyway Christmas Eve Gala Dinner features a sumptuous buffet selection that includes turkey, seafood, pan-fried goose liver, roast lamb, free flow of house red wine, local beer, soft drinks, plus Haagen-Dazs ice cream. Lucky draw prizes include flights to Lijiang in Yunnan and two-night stay at the Pullman Lijiang deluxe villa.

Date: December 24, 6–10pm

Address: Zaffraan Restaurant, 49/F, 5 Dapu Rd, Huangpu District

Tel: 3318-9988 ext 7777

Price: 598 yuan net per person

Sheraton Shanghai Hongqiao Hotel

Celebrate Christmas Italian way at Giovanni's Italian Restaurant with an eight-course meal featuring classics like Lasagnetta croccante al nero di sepia and Stinco di agnello brasato. In addition to one glass of Gosset, diners can enjoy free flow red and white wine, as well as soft drinks, a Santa giveaway and lucky draw.

Date: December 24, dinner

Address: 5 Zunyi Rd S., Changning District

Tel: 6275-8888 ext 4276

Price: 888 yuan + 15% per person (including children aged four and over; SP Card, Eat, Drink and More Card and other vouchers are not valid)

The Westin Bund Center Shanghai

Golden Christmas Eve Dinner at Diamond Ballroom Level 3 (1,988 yuan net per person)

Featuring a festive buffet dinner with interactive cooking stations offering international and local specialties. A free flow beverage package includes red and white wine, sparkling wine, beer, juice and other soft drinks. An elaborate live performance and entertainment lineup includes acrobats, opera singers and dancers. Each guest will receive gifts and party favors in the beautifully decorated ballroom. There will also be a visit from Santa Claus plus a lucky draw.

The Stage, Lobby/Prego, Level 2 (998 yuan net per person)

Featuring an unlimited gourmet buffet dinner with live interactive cooking stations. A free flow beverage package includes red, white and sparkling wine, beer, juice and soft drinks. Live performances include acrobats, opera singers and dancers. There are also party favors, a visit from Santa Claus, plus a lucky draw.

Date: December 24, 6pm-10pm,

Address: 88 Henan Rd M., Huangpu District

Tel: 6335-1888 ext 7368, 6103, 5048

Hotel Indigo Shanghai on the Bund

On Christmas Eve, indulge in the ham-inspired four-course feast. CHAR has designed a twist on its classics. A special rate of 988 yuan + 15% for deluxe city view rooms is available between December 22 to January 5. Reservations required.

Address: 585 Zhongshang Rd E2 (near Dongmen Rd), Huangpu District

Tel: 3302-9995

E-mail: char@char-thebund.com

The Langham Yangtze, People's Square, Shanghai

The Langham Yangtze is offering sumptuous Christmas dinners, with its three restaurants offering specialties: Modern Japanese cuisine from Mado Izakaya; Cantonese delicacies with a Shanghainese accent from T'ang Court; and Mediterranean cuisine from CIAO. Prices for CIAO set menu is 828 yuan per person; 528 yuan per person for Mado Izakaya set menu; and 668/888 yuan per person for T'ang Court set menu. The Langham Yangtze is celebrating the spirit of Christmas by gift exchanging. By providing a gift of 75-100 yuan in value you can also participate in this magical time with other diners. Diners will also receive three gift vouchers for the lucky draw.

Address: 740 Hankou Rd (near Yunnan Rd M.), Huangpu District

Tel: 6080-0800

Grand Central Hotel Shanghai

The Christmas Eve buffet dinner at Coffee Shop features festive fare, a live seafood station, Christmas desserts and a selection of imported red wines. It also includes one glass of red wine per person and free flow of soft drinks and beer. There are also Christmas gifts for guests. Reservations required.

Date: December 24, 6:30-9:30pm

Address: 505 Jiujiang Rd, Huangpu District

Tel: 5353-8888 ext 60136

Price: 288 yuan net per person

Pudong Shangri-La, East Shanghai

On Christmas Eve, experience a seven-course French cuisine extravaganza at Jade on 36 Restaurant; a sumptuous and hearty Christmas buffet at Yi Cafe; or a seven-course Japanese kaiseki Christmas dinner at Nadaman. Expect a hearty and colorful scene at the Yi Cafe with its special Christmas station serving everything from traditional favorites such as the roast turkey to contemporary takes. Meanwhile, the charm of fine dining at Jade on 36 will entice diners with an exquisite menu, including pigeon and duck foie gras pie together with Amaretto and a warm Saint Maure winter cheese.

Christmas Eve prices are 888 yuan for adults and 448 yuan for children at Yi Cafe. This includes free flow of soft drinks, juices, local beer and selected wines. At Jade on 36, the seven-course meal with a Champagne cocktail and Christmas goodies costs 1,488 yuan. At Nadaman, the seven-course set is 888 yuan per person, or 988 yuan with a glass of Champagne.

On Christmas Day, brunch and dinner on offer at Yi Cafe are priced at 488 yuan for adults and 248 yuan for children. The price includes free flow of soft drinks and local beer.

At Jade on 36, Christmas Day guests can enjoy brunch with free flow of house beverage and Champagne for 888 yuan per person.

Address: 33 Fucheng Rd, Pudong Tel: 6882 3636 or book online at www.shangri-la.com

The Peninsula Shanghai

The annual Christmas Eve Gala Buffet Party at The Rose Ballroom is a Shanghai institution. Diners can enjoy a sumptuous selection of prime cuts, free flow of wine, beer and soft drinks, plus musical performances and entertainment and a lucky draw offering luxury prizes. Each stage side table receives a magnum bottle of Moet & Chandon to further enhance the party atmosphere.

Date: December 24

Address: 2/F, 32 Zhongshan Rd E1, Huangpu District

Tel: 2327-8888

Price: 2,380* yuan for a standard table, or 2,780* yuan for a stage side table

* Prices are subject to 15-percent surcharge

Le Royal Meridien Shanghai

Grab your most outrageous costume for "Suit up for Santa" at The 789 Nanjing Lu Bar + Lounge, which plays host to a festive extravaganza with handcrafted cocktails, a lucky draw, a DJ and costumed dancing, all from the vantage of the 65th and 66th floors of the hotel, the highest bar in Puxi. The price includes a dessert buffet and three special Christmas cocktails or standard drinks.

Date: December 24, 9pm-2am

Address: 65-66/F, 789 Nanjing Rd E.

Tel: 3318-9999 ext 56500

Price: 350 yuan net per person

Banyan Tree Shanghai On The Bund

Enjoy dining at its best at Banyan Tree Shanghai On The Bund, with exquisite cuisine and gracious service. Oceans presents a six-course Christmas Eve dinner at 1,088 yuan per person, from 6-10:30pm. For authentic Cantonese fare, look no further than Ming Yuan, priced at 1,288 yuan per person, from 5:30-9:30pm. Diners also get a raffle ticket for every 2,000 yuan spent on Christmas Eve. Top prize is a two-night stay in any Banyan Tree property in China.

Address: 19 Gongping Rd, Hongkou District

Tel: 2509-1188

Prices are subject to a 15% surcharge

Hyatt On The Bund

VUE Restaurant Christmas Gourmet Dinner offers a fresh taste of continental European cuisine, with classic handcrafted European delicacies cooked in front of you using only the freshest of ingredients. Australian lobster, Foie Gars Au Torchon, turkey breast and chocolate souffle are among the treats. The price includes a glass of Champagne and free flow of wine, beer and soft drinks.

Date: December 24

Address: 199 Huangpu Rd, Hongkou District

Tel: 6393-1234 ext 6328

E-mail: shanghai.bund@hyatt.com

Price: 1,088 yuan net per adult

Park Hyatt Shanghai

Enjoy a quiet yet sophisticated Christmas Eve featuring a six-course European menu, matched with hand-picked wine pairings. Let the Santa magician provide same festive sparkle and don't forget to leave some room for the exquisite desserts buffet. Reservations and full deposit required.

Date: December 24, 5:30-10:30pm

Address: 100 Century Ave, Pudong

Tel: 6888-1234 ext 4559, 4560, 4561

Price: Six-course set menu at 1,000 yuan each, 680 yuan per child (aged four to 12); wine pairings 450 yuan per person (All prices above are subject to 15% service)

Courtyard by Marriott Shanghai Pudong

Enjoy a wonderful Christmas Eve event with roast turkey with stuffing, delicious fresh seafood and, of course, a traditional Christmas desserts. At Spices Cafe, the Christmas buffet dinner costs 688 yuan net per adult and 348 yuan net per child. There will also be a lucky draw for diners, with a large selection of prizes. The Christmas set menu in Chinese restaurant Hua Mei Garden starts at 588 yuan net per couple.

Date: December 24, 6pm

Address: 838 Dongfang Rd, Pudong

Tel: 68867886 ext 8132 (Spices Café); 6886-7886 ext 8155 (Hua Mei Garden)

Customer Service: (86-21) 52920164