Where to go, what to do this week in Shanghai. Read on for Shanghaiist’s picks.
Christmas Fair: Magical Forest @ Shanghai Centre
Enter the magical forest to start off the Christmas festivities at the Shanghai Centre. Catch the last day of this event 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.
🕒 Last day
📍 1376 Nanjing West Road // 南京西路 1376号
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KLab Food & Culture Theme Park @ Joy City
KLab is opening Ramen Arena in Joy City mall, a food based theme park, to further publicize Japanese cuisine and culture. This Ramen Arena includes seven of Japan’s best ramen restaurants, along with stands selling Japanese merchandize. It’s open from 10am-10pm.
🕒 10am – 10pm
📍 7F, 166 North Xizang Road // 西藏路166号7楼
Light it Snow @ Jing’an Kerry Centre
Jing’an Kerry Center is celebrating Christmas by lighting a 16 meter tall Christmas trees and has set up vendors surrounding the tree. Vendors will be selling scarves and ornaments. Food is provided by Kartel, Dutch pies, and Mr. Waffle.
🕒 10am-10pm, Until Dec. 25
📍 1515 Nanjing West Road // 南京西路1515号
Vivienne Westwood’s exhibit @ chi K11 Art Space
K11 invites British fashion designer brand Vivienne Westwood to host a cross-over exhibition between Chinese contemporary art and eco-friendly fashion. Ongoing until the February 28th, the exhibit “Get a Life” is a topic inspired by Vivienne Westwood’s strong attitude towards climate revolution. A handful of Chinese contemporary artists will present their works in mediums such as photos, videos and fashion design, showcasing their understanding of the relationships among nature, environment and humanity. Early bird tickets start from ¥50 and tickets are ¥100 at the door.
🕒 Until Feb 28, 2017 10am – 8pm; Wed & Thu 10am – 6pm
💰 Early bird ¥50, ¥100 at the door
📍 B3/F, 300 Huaihai Zhong Road // 淮海中路300
Hamberg Philharmonic Orchestra @ Shanghai Poly Theatre
Hamberg Philharmonic Orchestra is coming to Shanghai Poly Theatre. They will be playing pieces composed by Strauss, Offenbach, and others. The event starts at 7.30pm and tickets are selling from ￥50.
💰 From ￥50
📍 159 Baiyin road // 白银路159号
Kristin Ng-Yang Solo exhibit @ Noeli Exhibition
Chinese artist Kristin Ng-Yang presents her latest watercolor, video, photography, drawing and oil painting, which are inspired from a Chinese song in which a bird falls in love with a fish. The suspended fish/birds painted on plexiglass alluding to the ephemeral encounter and the impossibility in life.
🕒 Everyday until Jan 5, 2017
📍 150 Yueyang Road // 上海市岳阳路150B号
Open Mic @ Kungfu Komedy
Kungfu Komedy club is hosting their weekly open mic with Storm Xu as the mc. Try your hand at stand up with this open mic opportunity. Spots are limited to five minutes though. Enjoy a night with both experienced comedians and first timers. The event starts at 8.30pm and there is no entry fee.
📍 4F, 1 North Xiangyang Road // 襄阳北路1号4楼
Eight Emerging Artists @ OCAT Shanghai
The eight participating artists are Chen Zhe, Hu Xiangqian, Li Liao, Lin Ke, Lu Pingyuan, Nabuqi, Shen Xin and Yu Ji who work in video, photography, sculpture and performance. The isolation or proximity between artists’ works are a major factor in this exhibition held at OCAT Shanghai, ongoing until February 2nd 2017.
🕒 Until Feb 2 2017
📍 30 Wen’an Road // 文安路30号
Hiromi Jazz Piano @ Shanghai Centre
Japanese composer and pianist is showcasing her jazz fusion music for the first time in Shanghai. Her music is more melodious than traditional jazz fusion and is almost orchestral. Her past awards include the 53rd Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album.
📍 1376 Nanjing West Road // 南京西路 1376号
The Future of Charity @ URBN
Green Initiatives tackles the interesting topic of transparency in China’s charities. “Chinese society in particular, has been concerned about transparency and efficiency of the charity system. How can we be sure that an organization is honest and legitimate? Where are our donations used most effectively? Charities? Non-profits? Social enterprises?” It’s ¥30 if you RSVP beforehand on their website, students/ interns can get in for free if you RSVP. The event is only in Mandarin and it goes on from 6-9pm.
📍 183 Jiaozhou Road // 胶州路183号
Bassment @ The Shelter
As the 6th year anniversary of Bassment at The Shelter, this night pays homage to The Shelter’s commitment to Shanghai’s underground music scene. A slew of DJs are coming to this event to celebrate the end of Bassment before The Shelter closes. Guests include Skinny Brown, Laura Ingalls, Lina K, and Clement pony.
📍 5 Yongfu Road // 永福路5号
The Nutcracker (SGT Version) @ Shanghai Grand Theatre
The story of the Nutcracker is being retold by the Shanghai Ballet in collaboration with British choreographer Derek Deane. Deane’s experience includes being the artistic director of the English National Ballet and creating work for world renowned theaters. The show starts at 7.15pm and tickets are from ¥80.
📍 300 Renmin Avenue // 人民大道300号
Immersive Magic Show in the Sky @ Shanghai World Financial Centre
Kau- Lun Hu, a prominent Taiwanese magician, is performing a magic show at the Shanghai World Financial Center Observatory, which is 423 meters hight. His show will have an enchanting, dreamlike quality to it. Brian Offenther, also known as DJ BO, will be at the event.
📍 100 Century Avenue // 世纪大道100号
Snoopy Run @ Binjiang Forest Park
The Snoopy Run is a 5km run perfect for families, friends, and even dogs. An event for all ages, you can spend your Christmas Eve running in Binjiang Forest Park. The event starts at 3.30pm and entry is ¥168 per person.
📍 3 Lingqiao Gaoshatan // 高桥镇凌桥高沙滩3号
RAM Kids Workshop @ Rockbund Art Museum
In this workshop for kids aged 7 to 12, RAM art studio will be guiding kids on exploring their feelings through art. They will be combining art with daily life. Their goal is for kids to understand that although there are similarities between everyone, each individual is unique.
🕒 2.30pm – 4pm
📍 67 Huqiu Road // 虎丘路67号
Icy Wonderland x QQfamily @ Shanghai Times Square
Collaborating with Tencent QQfamily, Shanghai Times Square presents the Icy Wonderland to celebrate the joyful Christmas season including cute QQfamily members, an igloo for karaoke, a 12-metre Christmas tree on the open piazza and an experience zone of Qlippie, a portable HD camera worn as accessory. The best part of this exhibit is the majestic Christmas tree, on which the QQfamily members will show up along the “Jingle Bells” noel at every hour. Head on over to discover more!
🕒 Ongoing until Jan 15, 2017
📍 99 Huaihai Zhong Road // 淮海中路99号
Mira Dancy @ Yuz Museum
With Yuz Project Room, artists are invited to create artwork which engages with the venue and audience. Mira Dancy’s project, Future Woman// remake me, will be showing until January 15th, 2017. With a feminist approach, Darcy has created images of women inspired by Egyption hieroglyphics to advertising models.
Until January 15th, 2017
📍 35 Fenggu Road // 丰谷路35号
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