Where to go, what to do today in Shanghai. Read on for Shanghaiist’s picks.
Christmas Fair: Magical Forest @ Shanghai Centre
It’s starting to feel a lot like Christmas! Enter the magical forest to start off the Christmas festivities at the Shanghai Centre. This event is ongoing now until December the 19th with activities suited for all ages – perfect for you to spend a unique Christmas with your loved ones this December. There will be vendors, live performances, Christmas foods and drinks, lucky draws, presents from Santa, and more. For those needing last minute Christmas shopping, there will be booths with designer clothing, home decoration, jewellery, an interactive photo booth (for the Instagram lovers), a Santa house for kids to meet Santa. There will also be virtual reality games, Zumba workshops, and choir performances by the Swedish Community & Friends of the Vienna Boys Choir.
🕒 Everyday, until Dec 19
📍 1376 Nanjing West Road // 南京西路 1376号
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”All That Glitters” and gin specials @ The Pearl
Open your eyes to the one of the best variety show Shanghai has to offer with ALL THAT GLITTERS, a Qi-POW! Burlesque & Cabaret vintage spectacular at The Pearl this Friday and Saturday from 9pm. Cozy up with the international cast as they present their gifts for dance, aerial arts, circus, drag, and song. Featuring gin specials from The London No.1 Gin all throughout the night for ¥60 per glass. Pre-sale tickets are ¥180 available to purchase in the link below.
🕒 Happy hour from 5pm-7pm; Show starts at 9pm
📍 471 Zhapu Road // 乍浦路471弄
Christmas Market @ Pudong Shangri-La
Experience a bustling Christmas Market in the heart of Lujiazui every Friday and Saturday from December 2nd to the 24th 5pm-9pm at Pudong Shangri-La. There is no entry fee. There will be Christmas crafts and ornaments, traditional festive treats such as fruit mince pies, gingerbread, Hungarian goulash and mulled wine served in a festive mug. You can even bring them home as a souvenir! With special Santa appearances, this is the perfect opportunity for everyone to gather and enjoy a wonderful evening of shopping, great food, drinks and company.
💰 Free entry
📍 5F, Grand Tower, 33 Fucheng Road // 富城路 33号, 五楼
Piano Concert Duet @ Daning Theatre
This piano duet concert consists of pianists Tristan Lee and Gintaute Gataveckaite. With Gataveckaite as a classical pianist and Lee as an interpreter of contemporary music, the pair come together for a brilliant performance at Dancing Theatre. They will be playing compositions by Tchaikovsky, Schubert, and more.
💰 From ¥80
📍 1222 Pingxingguan Road // 平型关路1222号
TOP 5 Pop Culture Poster Show
This Friday will be an opportunity to celebrate pop culture. Various artists will create five different posters using only five colors that are inspired by pop culture icons. Food will also be provided by Ruijin Cajun along with music from Come Correct Crew and The Psyders.
📩️ [email protected]
📍 3/F, 800 Changde Road, Building A // 常德路800号A栋3楼
Piano Recital by Inna Falks @ Shanghai Oriental Art Center
Ukrainian- born pianist Ina Faliks is hosting her very own piano concert at the Shanghai Oriental Art Center. The New Yorker has praised her as “adventurous and passionate.” Her resumé includes being the head of piano at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music and showcasing at Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
💰 From ¥125
📍 425 Dingxiang Road // 丁香路425号
William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew @ Lyceum Theatre
One of Shakespeare’s most famous and popular comedies has been adapted and is coming to Lyceum Theatre. The story follows the fortunes of the beastly Petruchio as he attempts to tame the wild beauty of Kate and claim not just her hand in marriage but a slice of her foolish father’s gold.
📍 57 Maoming South Rd // 茂名南路57号
Soul Crates Finale @ The Shelter
This is The Shelter’s first and last 45s session at the Soul Crates finale special. The music will be provided by Tokyo’s Kuroda Daisuke and DJ Shortkut. The atmosphere will be filled with funk, soul, disco, jazz, and hip hop sounds.
📍 5 Yongfu Road // 永福路 5号
Dance Drama Crested Ibises @ Shanghai International Dance Center
Founded in Jun. 1979, Shanghai Dance Theatre (SDT) completed the enterprise restructuring of sate-owned art troupes in Nov.2009. SDT is committed to creating Chinese national ballets, contemporary dance dramas, vocal music productions, instrument music productions, etc.
📍 1650 Hongqiao Road // 1650 虹桥路
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