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The Show of Embroideries: ‘25℃on Fingertips’, Dec 19 to Jan 5
All ages. The SHOW OF EMBROIDERIES, presented by NICE and Artron ARTPLUS, blends Chinese intangible cultural heritage with fashion design and craftsmanship, respectively demonstrated by eleven independent brands.Participants will take a closer look at the development of intangible culture protection in modern times. Free. 10am-5pm. Gallery of Network Center of International Cultural Exchange (NICE).
Teacher’s Day, Thursdays
All ages. JMB Shunyi will be hosting Teacher’s days every Thursday. Get 10% off the entire menu and 20% off organic wines! Stop by every Thursday at JUICE by Melissa! Make sure to stop by between 5pm until closing. Free. 5pm-9pm. Juice by Melissa.
Learning About Dongzhi – The Winter Solstice, Dec 21
All ages. Make an appearance at The Mandarin as they delve into the history behind another traditional Chinese winter festival, Dongzhi. They will discuss the why and the how behind Chinese people’s celebration of this holiday. RMB 100, Free for kids under 10. 6pm-8pm. The Mandarin.
3 weeks of Drawing and Painting Masterclass at Atelier, Shunyi, Dec 12 to Dec 30
Ages 9+. This year Atelier is offering a three-week painting course for all children ages nine and above. Begin with basic drawing and sketching, move on to oil painting, and lastly ascend to acrylic painting. RMB 1,800. 9.30am-12pm. Atelier Art School, Shunyi.
Smart Coding Plus Winter Camp @ WAB or at YCIS, Dec 19 to Dec 30
The Slab One Week Fashion Course, Dec 19 to Dec 23
Ages 7-12. Does your house have a burgeoning fashionista? The Slab has just the thing for him or her. This December The Slab will be hosting two, one week fashion courses for kids. Join The Slab and let your child’s fashion senses grow. RMB 1,888. 10am-4pm. The Slab.
Flips & Kicks Plus Winter Camp, Dec 19 to Jan 6 (Monday thru Friday)
Ages 8-15. If you and the family are staying in Beijing this winter BSB and Kerry Sports has an exciting sports camp that is perfect for your kids to have fun and stay active! Participants will have the chance to try many different sports including fencing, gymnastics, martial arts, vollyball, and more! RMB 1,950. 9am-2.30pm. BSB Sanlitun.
“Let’s eat!” Art Workshop, Dec 19 to Dec 22
Ages 5-12. Join Atelier Art School this holiday season for a delightfully surrealist food art workshop! Salvador Dali’s surrealist cookbook to Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s portraits, the activities will stimulate the children’s imagination to explore food in exciting new ways, from smelling, touching textures, sculpting new flavor and forms! RMB 1,200. 10am-12pm (ages 5-8), 1.30pm-4pm (ages 8-12). Atelier Art School.
Great Wall Christmas Eve: Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall, Dec 24
All ages. This Christmas Eve exercise and outdoors enthusiasts will want to join the Beijing Hikers on their scenic Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall hike. The hike will be followed by a visit to the Gubeikou restaurant for a big lunch and then a dumpling-making contest, with prizes to be won! RMB 450 (non-members), RMB 405 (members). 8.30am-6pm. The Great Wall.
Learn Flamenco Dance and Guitar, Dec 24 and Dec 25
All ages. Casa Flemanco will present private flamenco dance and guitar class on the weekend from 26 Nov to 25 Dec. 10 kuai will get you 15 minutes instruction of essential flamenco movement and rhythms by an experienced flamenco teacher. RMB 10. Casa Flamenco. (13910914251).
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Ho Ho House of Knowledge Christmas Camp, Dec 19 to Dec 23
Ages 3-6. Join HoK for their 2016 Christmas-Camp-Wonderland for a fun filled week that will get your little one into the Christmas sprit! This action packed camp will have many activities including letters to Santa, festive stories and play, Christmas art’s, baking, crafts, jingles, and so much more. RMB 2,200 (full day), RMB 1,350 (half day w/o lunch), RMB 1,720 (half day w/lunch), RMB 200 (school bus). 9am-3.30pm. House of Knowledge.
Hike at Immortal Valley Loop, Dec 31
Adults. Join the Beijing Hikers on their New Years Eve hike through the Immortal Valley. This hike is intense so may not be for the average sunny day hiker. RMB 380 (non-members), RMB 340 (members). 8.30am-6pm. The Great Wall (Immortal Valley Loop).
Sunset Hike Over Huanghuacheng, Dec 31
Adults. The Bejing Hikers will also be hosting a sunset hike over Huanghuacheng. This hike is a bit of a challenge, so perfect for those looking for a little bit more intensity in their hike. RMB 420 (non-members), RMB 380 (members). 11am-4pm. The Great Wall (Huanghuacheng).
New Years Eve Dinner at Bistrot B, Dec 31
All ages. Kick things up a notch with dinner at Rosewood Beijing’s Bistrot B, where they will be serving a five-course fine dining menu, including Alaskan king crab salad, duo of Australian wagyu beef, and Bûche de Noël. RMB 920, RMB 1,380 (with wine pairing). 6.30-10.30pm. Bistrot B.