Having a family Staycation In the ‘Jing this Christmas? Well, join the vibrant community atmosphere at CK Treasure Trove’s Last Minute Christmas Market, being held on Dec 23-24, from 10 am to 9 pm in the first floor lobby of Yoolee Plaza (Opposite the North Gate of Worker’s Stadium). Hosted by Cultural Keys, a company that aims to help foreigners understand and access modern life and traditional culture in China, this kid-friendly, free to attend market offers loads of holiday snacks, gifts, and activities to get you in the mood for the holidays.
Come ready to nosh, because there will be plenty of delicious nibbles on offer, like meat and vegetarian pies by Hutong’er Pies, Renschi’s South African Cuisine, and vegan-friendly treats by Halo Hummus and Yeyo Coconut Yoghurts. Make sure to wash it down with Ethiopian coffee from Habesha and Jiuqian’s mulled wine. For take-home mincemeats, preserves, and chutneys, Pawaaz Spice Route Concepts and locally renowned Bubba’s Pantry are on hand.
Don’t worry if you still have some shopping to do, since there are a myriad of choices for thoughtful, handmade gifts. Stock up on soaps, beauty products and essential oils from Sharbath and Velveteen’s Secret Potions. Give the gift of healthy choices with Bulk House’s eco-friendly products and idMASK’s anti-pollution masks for high AQI winter days. Original art, handmade jewelry, clever accessories, and creative knick-knacks are available at Nani’s Creations, Chill, CK Culture Boutique, and with several other vendors.
Both parents and kids can enjoy fun activities throughout the day and early evening. Try your hand at chocolate making with Planet Choco, get some festive holiday face painting done with Uly or print your own t-shirts with Q-Space Silk-screening. For the full artisanal fantasy, make some block-printed wrapping paper with local artist Liuba Draws. Also, rumor has it if you’ve been nice this year, there may even be a special appearance by Ol’ Saint Nick himself.
The list of vendors and entertainment throughout the two-day market is growing by the day so make sure to follow Cultural Keys on WeChat (WeChat ID: culturalkeys) to stay up-to-date on their latest news and all of the amazing activities they have going on during the holidays and beyond.
A portion of the proceeds from the market goes to support Little Adoption Shop, a Beijing based dog rescue and adoption organization. For more event information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos: Courtesy of Cultural Keys