It’s time to start shopping for those festive gifts, decorations, and seasonal treats, and what better place to shop than at a Christmas Bazaar. There are plenty of bazaars and fairs happening across Shunyi this November, where you can be sure to pick up some beautiful hand-made and artisan goods. Most of the bazaars raise money for charitable causes, so your shopping will also be helping others. This is also the time of year for private house sales, where you can enjoy browsing some unique items and gifts, in the comfort of somebody else’s home. Roundabout’s wonderful book fairs continue, the next one being at WAB, and volunteers are needed to help set-up and help out on the day. Would you know what to do in a medical emergency? Learn basic first aid skills with United Family Hospital’s first aid course for parents.
Sat, Nov 15
River Garden Winter Holiday Bazaar
River Garden Villa in Shunyi hosts a European-style charity bazaar in its clubhouse lobby. Volunteers have brought together some of the best vendors from Beijing and beyond for great family shopping. Proceeds will go to local charities. Free. 10am-4pm. River Garden Clubhouse (8046 1918, email@example.com)
Sat, Nov 22
WAB Winter Charity Bazaar
Find vendors, food, and entertainment for the entire family with onsite babysitters and children’s activities for the little ones happy and lots of shopping for the grownups. All proceeds go to charity and the event is open to the entire community. Free. 10.30am-3.30pm. Western Academy of Beijing (5986 5588)
BSB Shunyi Christmas Fayre and German Market
Come and celebrate the festive season with a traditional German Christmas market organized by BSB Shunyi’s Parent Association. There will be musical contributions from the school choirs and orchestras. Children can enjoy a visit to Santa on his sledge, and have a photo taken with him. A variety of vendors will be selling gifts and decorations, with plenty of games for the children to enjoy. Free. 4-7.30pm. British School of Beijing, Shunyi (8047 3588)
If you’re looking for something a little different to hang on your door this Christmas, Sew Gorgeous has produced festive wreaths/door hangers. They are handmade by the students at Love and Hope the migrant school that is supported by the Sew Gorgeous Project. The decorative door hangers take a huge amount of time for the students to make. They will be on sale at the Love and Hope table at the WAB Charity Bazaar and the BSB Christmas Fayre on Saturday, November 22. RMB 200 each, all of which will go back to Love and Hope to help towards school facilities. The red version of the wreath symbolizes passion, blessing, and everlasting love, with the green version peace, hope, and new life. To learn more about the Sew Gorgeous project visit www.facebook.com/sewgorgeousproject
On Thursday November 13 from 10am-7pm, and Friday November 14 from 10am-1pm, Villa 59 at Quanfa Gardens is hosting a private sale. Vendors will include Susan Stark Alberti, selling her Chinese vintage and antique collections, Antonia Sampson’s British designed jewelry created and made in China, The Fabulous Towel Company with their Turkish peshtemal towels in natural fabrics and gorgeous designs, and Bonne Nani’s homemade French jam.
Quanfa Gardens, 59 Yayuan, 2 Xiangjiang Beilu (opposite Beijing Riviera).
Roundabout Book Fair
The next Roundabout Book Fair will be on Saturday November 22 at WAB. Roundabout need volunteers to help set-up on Friday November 21 from 3.30pm, to help out during the book fair on the Saturday from 10am-3pm, and with tidying up after the event. If you can help out on any of the days, email firstname.lastname@example.org
First Aid for Parents
On Tuesday, November 25 from 11am-3pm Beijing United Family Hospital are running a first aid course for parents, at the British School of Beijing Shunyi. This four hour course, with a 30 minute break for lunch, will cover basic life-saving skills. The course will be taught in English and Chinese, and cover topics including common medical emergencies, such as choking, allergic reactions, and seizure, common injury emergencies, such as bleeding, tooth injuries, and broken bones, and will cover safety tips to prevent injury. All participants will receive a United Family Certificate after completing the course. Reservation on the course is required. Price will be approximately RMB 300, depending on the final number of participants. For inquiries or to reserve a place on the course email email@example.com
beijingkids Shunyi Correspondent Sally Wilson moved to Beijing in 2010 from the UK with her husband and son. Her daughter was born here in 2011 and both her kids keep her happily busy. In her spare time, Sally loves to stroll through Beijing’s hutongs and parks. She is a (most of the time) keen runner and loves reading: books, magazines, news, and celeb websites – anything really. Sally is also a bit of a foodie and loves trying out new restaurants.