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23 awesome things to do in Shanghai this December

The best nightlife, music, art, stage, film and more this December

December is here and the Christmas season is upon us. Whether you're celebrating or not, the festive cheer is difficult to avoid, but fear not, there are still plenty of non-Christmassy things going down this December. Here's what you can look forward to this month. Happy holidays!

Music & Nightlife

Brain Failure

Critics' pick

This Beijing punk rock trio are one of China's most celebrated heavy bands and this 'half-nationwide' tour is marking 20 years of them going strong. Round Eye and Rebellion provide support.

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Yuyintang , 851 Kaixuan Lu 29 Dec

Things to Do

Neighborhood Earth

An exhibit for those who daydream of walking on Mars, Neighborhood Earth takes you on an journey through our solar system and beyond.

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Murder on the Orient Express

Glamorous passengers are stuck on a train while a murderer is on the loose – it’s a jolly good job the detective Hercule Poirot (director Kenneth Branagh) is among them. As they board the train in their finery, it’s pleasantly easy to get distracted by the casting in Branagh’s Agatha Christie adaptation, which is just as glittering as its 1974 predecessor, also set in 1930s Europe.

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Cinemas around Shanghai 09 Nov - 22 Dec Buy tickets


Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family's ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to work out the mystery.

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Cinemas around Shanghai 23 Nov - 29 Dec Buy tickets


Why New York

Shanghai-born artist trio Chen Danqing, Ma Kelu and Feng Lianghong present a collective homage to the rich yet unrelenting New York art scene while channeling each creative’s unique style.

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Shanghai Gallery of Art , 3 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu 01 Nov - 07 Jan

Hello, My Name is Paul Smith

Hello, My Name is Paul Smith is a touring exhibition showcasing the fashion designer's journey in building his company, as well as his stylistic tastes and eye for design. It combines the artistic and the business aspects of running a fashion brand and gives the audience a glimpse into the designer's world, helping people understand the interactions between operating within an industry as a business and within the fashion world as a designer and artist.

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Modern Art Museum , 4777 Binjiang Da Dao (滨江大道4777号(近浦电路浦明路口)) Pudong Shanghai Shanghai 10 Oct - 07 Jan Buy tickets
We caught up with Paul Smith here

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