It’s around this time of year that thoughts of Christmas begin to invade my head, and I’m looking at this Saturday (December 1) as the unofficial start of the holiday season in Beijing. There’s a confluence of events around town that day that’ll keep you and the kids merry from morning to night.
Later, cruise northeast to stop off at the Beijing United Hospital and do your bit for those less fortunate by dropping off a toy for their annual toy drive and Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony from 1 to 4 pm. The toy drive is accepting new toys (books, toy cars and trucks, coloring books, etc) for the benefit of the children of Jiaozuo Orphanage.
Finally, you’ll want to head on back to the Hilton where they’ll conclude their day of festivities with the lighting of their tree at 6pm.
A very merry start to another Christmas season in Beijing!