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Ho ho ho! Getting ready for Christmas dining?
We’ve got you covered with these family-friendly options.
Christmas Camp: Discover Chinese Arts at Art+798, Dec 24-28
Looking for a different way for your kids to celebrate Christmas? Art+798 International Education Center holds a five-day Christmas camp, wherein kids get a chance to immerse themselves in various Chinese arts like painting, drama, shadow play, as well as ancient architecture. The camp also includes two field trips to the 798 and 751 Art and Design Districts and the Forbidden City. All ages. RMB 5,800 (including materials and lunch). ART+798 International Education Center.
The SLab Kids’ Winter Camp: Metalsmithing 101, Dec 26-28
The SLab’s Metalsmithing 101 winter camp gives an opportunity to older kids and students with no prior experience to learn how to pierce, saw, and finish metal pieces. At the camp, kids will work with brass and silver to create their own jewelry or accessories just in time to wear for the New Year. All classes will be taught in English. Ages 12+. RMB 1,888 (lunch included). 10am-4pm. The SLab.
Kids’ Winter Camp for Sewing, Dec 26-28
Do you admire others with unique handmade bags and wonder where they come from or how to DIY one yourself? The SLab is holding a winter camp focused on sewing to teach kids how to design a stylish bag of their own. Kids. RMB 1,800 (covers all materials). 10am-4pm, Dec 26-28. The Slab space. 2/F, Bldg 2, 7 Xinzhong Jie, Dongcheng, District.
Taekwondo for Kids at W Prime, Dec 29, and all Sat of Jan
Have fun and learn the martial art of taekwondo with instructor Nordine. She leads classes for kids 7-13 years old every Saturday from 10-11am. Try a class for free and pay RMB 80 per class after. Registration is required. Scan the QR code in the image to connect with Nordine. Ages 7-13. 10-11am. Adult classes take place every Sunday 4-5pm until Jan 27. RMB 80. Beijing Four Seasons Hotel.
Atelier Winter Art Camps, various dates in Dec
The Atelier team has created a special series of holiday-themed workshops mixing art, architecture, painting, history, culture, and history. Discover Venice and its Carnival, explore a revolutionary artistic movement or step into the world of Native Americans. Workshop 2: A Journey to the World of Native Americans (Dec 24, Dec 26-29) Learn how to draw animals, make Native American totems and animal symbols, and create teepee models. Workshop 3: Venice and Its Carnival (Dec 31, Jan 2-5) Create a mask inspired by the Venetian masks and learn to sketch a landscape (veduta) with perspective. For ages 5-7: 10am-noon, RMB 2,000. For ages 8+: 1-3.30pm, RMB 2,500. Atelier Sanlitun and Shunyi. (www.atelier.cn.com)
New Year’s Eve Performances
Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the NCPA, Dec 25-26
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, which is consistently hailed as one of the world’s leading orchestras, is holding a concert conducted by Richardo Muti. In addition, the program will present works from prominent composers like Brahms, Tchaikovsky, and Rimsky-Korsakov. All ages. Visit this page for tickets. 7.30pm. National Centre For The Performing Arts (NCPA).
Swan Lake by Kiev Ballet in Beijing, Dec 30
Kiev Ballet, also known as the National Ballet of Ukraine, performs works of classical ballet and tours internationally. It currently has 24 ballets in its repertoire, one of the largest in the world, and has had many notable dancers among its members. Catch Kiev Ballet perform Swan Lake at the Great Hall of the People on December 30. All ages. RMB 280-1,280 (VIP). 7.30-10pm. Great Hall of the People.
Viennese New Year’s Concert, Dec 30
The Vienna Classical Symphony Orchestra is set to appear at the National Library Concert Hall under the direction of Leo Wittner for a “Christmas in Vienna” performance. The program will mix Chinese folk songs and Austrian classical works by Mozart, Offenbach, and Strauss. All ages. RMB 380-880 (buy tickets here). 7.30 pm-9.30pm, Dec 30. National Library Concert Hall. 33 Zhongguancunnan Da Jie, Haidian, District. 中关村南大街33号
NCPA New Year’s Chime Concert, Dec 31
The annual NCPA New Year’s Chime Concert rings in the New Year with melodious music on December 31. Zhang Yi, the President of China National Symphony Orchestra, will conduct the National Ballet of China Symphony Orchestra and mezzo-soprano Zhu Huiling, presenting Chinese and foreign classics to embrace the new year. All ages. RMB 200-1,080 (buy tickets here). 11pm. National Centre for the Performing Arts.