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 Don’t miss this week’s four excellent events that are fun for the whole family. E-mail to get each issue sent to your inbox. Check the beijingkids website for full event listings,

Thurs 17: Acrobatic Musical – Goodbye, UFO
The China National Acrobatic Troupe brings you Chinese acrobatics with an extraterrestrial twist. Promoted as the first “3-D acrobatic musical”, the play is staged in a polluted futuristic world where an alien invades Earth to help Earth’s inhabitants recover their homeland. Although not 3-D in the typical sense, the production combines multiple artistic styles creating a much stronger audio-visual impact. With incredibly talented dancing, these flipping and singing aliens are invading the Beijing Exhibition Center Theatre from the Dec 17-19. Prices start from RMB 80. 7.30-9pm.
Don’t Forget: Pack mid-performance snacks in a Tupperware container lest scrunching plastic packets annoy fellow audience members.

Fri 18: Etonkids Holiday Party
Forget about last minute Christmas stress and leave the festivities to someone else to organize. Etonkids’ final holiday party before Christmas will be packed with holiday games, nibbles and craft activities. For little ones ages 6 months to 6 years. RSVP at or call 6506 4805. Free. 10am-1.30pm. Global Trade Mansion Campus.
Don’t Forget: Your Santa hat!
Sat 19: Teddy Bear Tea at The Ritz Carlton
The world-renowned “Teddy Bear Tea” returns to Beijing’s Ritz Carlton Hotel. Rounds of delicately cut sandwiches and cakes will be served as storytelling sessions and festive events run throughout the afternoon. This event is perfect for the entire family and will leave you longing for Christmas Day. RMB 168, RMB 128 (kids 6-12). Kids under the age of 6 can enjoy the event for free. Ritz Carlton Beijing, Financial Street (6601 6666)
Don’t Forget: Bring your own teddy bear and leave with two! Each guest receives a complimentary 2009 Ritz-Carlton Bear.
Sun 20: The Real Multi-Lingual Santa Claus Visits Beijing
Stay away from the shopping malls where hoards of people struggle for a glimpse of a monolingual Chinese Santa Claus. Instead, visit the “Real Multi-Lingual Santa Claus” who has recently flown in from the North Pole to spend a week at The Rainbow Theatre. Multi-Lingual Santa will be able to mull over your child’s Christmas wish list in English, Chinese, Russian, Italian, French or Spanish. Not only is this Santa multi-lingual, but also technologically savvy – children will receive an email from Santa after their visit reassuring them that the elves are busy putting the finishing touches to their toys. This event is for children between 6-8 years old. Santa is in town Dec 15-24. Free. Mon-Fri, 6-9pm. Sat-Sun, 12-3pm. The Rainbow Theatre.
Don’t Forget:Your Christmas wish list.


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