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British Embassy Christmas Bazaar, Nov 30
Wrap up warm and come along and enjoy a glass of mulled wine while doing a spot of Christmas shopping at the British Embassy Christmas Bazaar, complete with Christmas gifts, food and drink, and a raffle draw. Sing along with the choirs from Yew Chung International School of Beijing and the British Embassy to the tune of holiday carols. All ages. RMB 50 (adults), free (kids under 17). Register in advance by extracting the QR code in the image. 3-7pm. British Ambassador’s Residence.
Krismas sa Pinas: Filipino Christmas Holiday Bazaar, Dec 1
Filipino community group Kusina ni Kabayan shares Philippine-style Christmas festivities with everyone in Beijing at their Krismas sa Pinas holiday bazaar. Get a taste of traditional Christmas delicacies while you enjoy the sights of bright parol (Christmas lanterns) around the Christmas tree. Kids can decorate the Christmas tree as well! All ages. RMB 20 (ages 16+), RMB 5 (ages 4-15, with a Christmas tree ornament), free entrance for kids ages 0-3. 3-7pm. Plan B, Shuangjing. (WeChat ID: Kusina-ni-Kabayan, firstname.lastname@example.org)
18th German Charity Christmas Bazaar, Dec 1
The 18th German Charity Christmas Bazaar, a delightful and popular holiday fair where over 40 stallholders and market sponsors donate their time and revenue, will be held at the German Embassy Beijing from 11am to 6pm. Visitors will delight in delicious traditional German food items, festive music, books, beautiful handmade Christmas decorations, activities for the children, a gigantic raffle with valuable prizes and more. All visitors are asked to bring a valid passport or ID-card along with their tickets. All ages. RMB 100 (adult tickets), RMB 10 (children tickets). See this page for the locations where you can buy tickets. 11am-6pm. German Embassy Beijing.
3e Charity Christmas Bazaar, Dec 1
3e International School welcomes everyone to their annual Charity Christmas Bazaar, where everyone can buy handmade Christmas gifts or enjoy creating holiday crafts and activities for the whole family. There’s a raffle draw too with proceeds going to the school’s charity initiatives. All ages. Free admission. 10am-noon. 3e International School, Lido Campus.
Rumble in the Jumble: Aloha Christmas, Dec 1
Rumble in the Jumble is what happens when British jumble sales, American thrift shops, and Chinese markets gloriously collide. In time for the Christmas season, the organizers have brought together vendors from different countries, each touting their handicrafts, delicious foods, and vintage or second-hand items good for Christmas gifts. There’s also a surprising selection of services, from tattoos to storytelling. Adults. Free admission. Noon-6pm. Modernista.
BSB Sanlitun Christmas Cracker, Dec 2
Get in the festive spirit of Christmas at The British School of Beijing (BSB), Sanlitun, as they hold their Christmas Cracker fair on December 2 from 10.30am to 2.30pm. Do your Christmas shopping, make some seasonal arts and crafts, meet Santa and enjoy some delicious food and drinks. All ages. Free admission. 10.30am-2.30pm. The British School of Beijing, Sanlitun.
CISB Charity Bazaar, Dec 2
Canadian International School of Beijing’s annual Charity Bazaar is back! Get all of your holiday shopping done and support worthwhile charities while you do it. Get holiday gifts and food, and enjoy music, arts and crafts activities. All ages. Free. 10am-3pm. Canadian International School of Beijing. (admissions@CISBeijing.com)
Festive Family Day at Hilton Beijing, Dec 2
Get what you’ve always wanted for Christmas at the Festive Family Day bazaar, organized by Hilton Beijing. It features over 40 Christmas vendors and activities to get everyone into the spirit of the holiday. All ages. Free admission. 2-8pm. 3rd Floor of Hilton Beijing.
2018 Claire’s & Roundabout Community Art Charity Bazaar, Dec 2
Claire’s & Roundabout Community Art Center are holding a charitable event on December 2, aimed at bringing the arts into our lives and helping people as many as possible. Enjoy music, dance, and opera performances from different international schools, and a bazaar full of handicrafts and delicious food. All money raised at the event will go to the medical treatment of children with congenital heart disease supported by Roundabout. All ages. RMB 300 per person; RMB 800 for one family (three people). 3-6pm. Shunyifornia Theatre. (151 8260 9391)
YCIS Beijing Christmas Bazaar 2018, Dec 11
Yew Chung International School of Beijing invites everyone to their annual festive community event, the YCIS Beijing Christmas Bazaar on December 11. The bazaar is run by the YCIS Beijing student body, enabling them to raise money for chosen charities. Parents will be organizing additional gift stalls, and some of Beijing’s best vendors will provide delicious food and drink. All ages. Free admission (scan QR code to register). 10am-1pm. Yew Chung International School of Beijing. (8585 1825, email@example.com)
Musicals and Performances
BSB Shunyi Secondary Production: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Nov 30-Dec 1
Come and see this musical performed by The British School of Beijing (BSB) Shunyi’s Secondary students. A car called Chitty comes into the lives of two children and their father, and becomes a factory of dreams and their most trusty ally. All ages. RMB 100 (adults), RMB 65 (kids). Performance schedules: Nov 30 (Fri) at 7pm; Dec 1 (Sat) at 2pm and 7pm. The British School of Beijing, Shunyi. (8047 3588, firstname.lastname@example.org)
CISB StageCats Present I Don’t Want To Talk About It, Nov 30-Dec 1
Being a teenager is hard…and no one wants to talk about it! That’s the theme of CISB StageCats’ latest performance, an ensemble piece that explores what life is like as a young adult. This play brings together over 50 students from the school community to “talk about it” even when it is difficult to do so. This show is entirely student-directed, combining scenes and movement choreographed by experienced members of CISB StageCats. All ages. RMB 30-50. Nov 30 show: 6.30pm. Dec 1 show: 1.30pm. Canadian International School of Beijing.
Gone with the Wind the Musical (English Version), Nov 30, Dec 1-2, Dec 4-5
This is the world premiere of the English musical, Gone with the Wind, based on the original French musical Autant emporte le Vent. This version stars Rachel Gold, who also played the leading lady in the musical Phantom of the Opera. This musical presents a time racked by the tumult of war, telling a heart-wrenching romantic epic, in which a girl never surrenders to life’s challenges and grows to be a woman. Adults. RMB 180-1,000. 7.30pm. Beijing Exhibition Theater.
Christmas Stories with the Beijing International Chamber Orchestra, Dec 2
The Beijing International Chamber Orchestra (BICO) stages their Christmas Concert, featuring Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg’s enchanting musical tale, Peer Gynt, and his much-loved Piano Concerto. This performance continues BICO’s longstanding tradition of presenting entertaining and educational concerts for the family. There’s a special guest too, Santa Claus, who will tell interesting stories and will bring a gift for every child! All ages. RMB 250 (adults), RMB 150 (children). 4-6pm. Canadian International School of Beijing. (158 1124 3143, email@example.com)
More Month-End Activities
INN November 2018 Gathering: Charity Clothing Auction, Nov 27
This may be the International Newcomer’s Network’s (INN) last gathering of 2018, but they promise to make it worthwhile! INN are holding a clothing auction with all proceeds going to Dew Drops Little Flower Project. Expect a variety of women’s clothing, shoes, handbags, and accessories on hand, so make sure to reserve a spot. Bidding will start promptly at 11am, and each bid starts at RMB 10 and can be done via cash or WeChat Pay. Adults. Free admission. 10am-1pm. The Bookworm.
An Introduction to Non-Violent Communication, Nov 28
This workshop takes a deeper look into non-violent communication (NVC), which brings a very practical framework to reverse that tendency of caregivers to place teachings and logistics before the quality of the relationship with children. The lecture will be led by Julia Feste, NVC trainer and former Montessori educator. Adults. RMB 30 (LMMP parents), RMB 80 (non-LMMP parents). 5-7pm. La Maison Montessori de Pekin.
Men’s Wellness Day at Oasis International Hospital, Nov 29
Gentlemen, look after your health! OASIS International Hospital are holding a wellness session for men, in time for Men’s Wellness Day, featuring a Pilates session for back and shoulder pain management, and a talk on men’s health issues and practical nutrition. Adults. RMB 200 (scan the QR code to register). 5.30-8pm. OASIS International Hospital.
Craft for Charity, every Wed and Fri until Dec 11
Join The SLab crew at the Palette Bakery for this free craft session where volunteers are invited to drop-in crafting sessions twice a week, as they prepare items to sell at holiday markets around Beijing. Materials and instruction are provided by The SLab. All proceeds benefit the Migrant Children’s Foundation. All ages. Free to attend. 10am-noon. Palette Bakery. (WeChat ID: Elizaj)
School Open Days
YCIS Beijing Open Day, Nov 27
YCIS Beijing invites everyone to attend their Open Day on November 27. Parents will have the opportunity to see the changes taking place across the campus and visit their newly renovated Learning Communities. The academic staff will also hold information sessions on their approaches to teaching. Free (register here). 9-11am. Yew Chung International School of Beijing.
ISB Middle & High School Open House, Nov 29
ISB invites prospective parents and students of middle school (Grades 6-8) and high school (Grades 9-12) to come and learn about ISB’s curriculum and teaching practices. Meet Head of School Patrick Hurworth, learn more about their high school and college guidance programs, and hear first-hand accounts from their student panel. An in-depth presentation from their middle school principal will follow the high school program. Families will also have the opportunity to tour the campus following each divisional discussion. All ages. Free admission but RSVP required (register here). 8.45am-noon. International School of Beijing. (8149 2345 ext. 1047, firstname.lastname@example.org)
3e International School Open House (Elementary), Nov 30
3e International School invites parents to experience the school’s bilingual dual immersion Elementary program. They can tour the campus and get an overview of the Grades 1-6 bilingual program and curriculum. Adults. Free (RSVP here). 9.30-11.30am. 3e International School. (6437 3344, email@example.com)
Photos: Courtesy of BSB, Sanlitun (featured photo) and event organizers