The best Christmas markets happening this year in Shanghai

'Tis the season to be jolly

Photograph: Daniil Silantev via Unsplash

Christmas is fast approaching, and with it a ton of festive markets are cropping up around town. Whether you’re looking to feast on Christmas goodies, sip spicy mulled wine, buy a few presents or visit Santa with the family, these markets have got something for anyone with holiday spirit. Read on for our picks of the best Christmas markets this year.

Compiled by Nancy Wang and Ng Min Xuan

Christmas markets

Sukhothai Boutique Christmas Market

Commune Market is throwing a boutique Christmas market at the stylish Sukhothai. There will be lots of crafted drinks, artisan foods and a kids’ corner, as well as an array of carefully curated independent designer and handmade goods. The Sukhothai is also giving away treats for everyone who visits, like raffle tickets that'll put attendees in the running to win hotel dining coupons. 

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The Sukhothai Shanghai , 380 Weihai Lu 14-15 Dec Free

Jingan Christkindlmarkt

Start the Christmas festivities with Jingan’s traditional German Christkindlmarkt. This year, it’s bringing all the classics like freshly baked pastries, roasted almonds, glühwein and more. Santa Claus will also be there on the weekends to grant kids on the Nice list their Christmas wishes. 

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Zeitgeist , 537 Haifang Lu Every weekend , Every weekday

Moller Villa Christmas Market

For a slice of history at the same time, head to the Moller Villa, the huge 'castle hotel', for a holiday market organised by WeChat concierge AnyHelper. The market will include food and beverages, live performance, auctions, a Christmas feast provided by the hotel and free tours of the grounds. Admission is still TBD – check WeChat account 'anyhelper' for updates.

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Hengshan Moller Villa , 30 Shaanxi Nan Lu 21-25 Dec Buy tickets

A Holiday Wonderland

Green Escape collaborates with the Jingan District government to bring us a Christmas Market that spans across Anyi Lu at Jingan Kerry Centre, making the road and The Piazza turn into a winter wonderland. Fill your tummy with the city's most festive eats are you are surrounded by the Grand Central Station decor and a theme of 'home for the holidays'. Make room for Piebird, Shanghai's first American-style pie shop, Spanish restaurant Alma, which is awarded awarded a Bib Gourmand from Michelin Guide for three years straight and Dal Cuore, the popular gelato shop where you can try out Christmas-themed brioche ice cream sandwiches, an Italian classic from Sicily.

For those conscious about the environment, be glad to know that Jingan Kerry Centre is working with eco studio GIVINGBACK to create a series of Christmas stockings and limited edition bags made with upcycled hoarding materials to be sold at the market. Sustainability is included in the theme of the holiday event.

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Jingan Kerry Centre , 1515 Nanjing Xi Lu Every Saturday , Every Sunday , Every weekday

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