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Clubs offer holiday parties and dining for every taste
By Victoria Fei

Toby Mak, the 38-year-old trumpet player from jazz band Chekov, will spend his Christmas Eve performing at JZ Club. “It will be a gathering of amazing musicians from different parts of the world,” he says.

“Combined with the spirit that a night like Christmas Eve evokes, it will be special,” Mak says.

It is not the first time that Mak, from Australia, spends Christmas in Shanghai.

“It’s fun but too cold. People here like shopping, eating and going out with friends to spend Christmas,” he says. “In Melbourne, Christmas is synonymous with summer and spending time with your family and relatives, the beach and going to cricket matches.”

The band Chekov combines electronic music with jazz improvisation: sound collages of samples, loops and beats form the basis for the improvisation of the live band. In contrast to solely electronic music, the iterative loops and samples merge with the band into a dynamic and vital ensemble.

Since some band members flew home for Christmas, Mak will perform with musicians from Theo Croker and Jewell, which will present Christmas soul and Afrobeat at JZ Club. “Having a good time and being happy” will be the goal, Mak says.

More Christmas Eve jazz parties will be open to public at On Stage and Wooden Box Café. Also, a bit of flamenco fever will be lit at JZ Latino in Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel.

Here is a list of places to go for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Privilege Christmas at Bar Rouge

After gatherings of family and friends, this is a good place for two festive evenings of joy and celebration on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Visitors will receive a complimentary item when purchasing two of the same in a Bar Rouge. This buy-two-get-three offer will be valid for the whole beverage list on both days (by glass and by bottle), including premium spirits, Champagne and vintage Champagne.

Date: December 24-25

Address: 7/F, 18 Zhongshan Rd E1

Festive season at Mr & Mrs Bund

Four festive set menus will perfect your Christmas through New Year’s Eve. Set menu starting from 888 yuan (US$143.22) per person features “French Tradition,” “PP Classic,” “I love Truffles” and “The Splurge.”

Date: December 24-31

Address: 6/F, 18 Zhongshan Rd E1

Christmas party at Cirque Le Soir

Cirque Le Soir Shanghai welcomes guests to a Wicked Wonderland. Celebrate the holidays with a twisted, teasing, blissful voyage into the Christmas underworld. The venue will be surrounded by mystical winter creatures. Horned centaurs and a rather seductive Mrs Claus provide just a taste of the Christmas cast. Mixed with a naughty twist on a traditional holiday, Cirque’s own Santa and elf will find out if you’ve been naughty or nice in our very own grotto. Dress code is fantasia.

Date: December 24-25

Address: 4/F, 22 Zhongshan Rd E2

Admission: 150 yuan at door (with one drink)

 • On Stage

Free flow of beer and drinks with gin, vodka, tequila, rum or whiskey with soft drink or juice, sangria, Tiger beer

Date: December 24

Admission: 180 yuan (pre-sale), 260 yuan (at door)

Address: A2-101, Red Town, 570 Huaihai Rd W.

 • JZ Club

Theo Croker and Jewell will perform Xmas soul and Afrobeat.

Date: December 24

Admission: 80 yuan

Address: 46 Fuxing Rd W.

 • Wooden Box Café

Seetoch Soul Sensation will offer a spectacular live performance.

Date: December 24

Admission: Free

Address: 46 Fuxing Rd W.

 • JZ Latino

From 9pm till late, the night will be full of flamenco flavor offered by Kuzu.

Date: December 24

Admission: Free

Address: 22/F, 159 Henan Rd S

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