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Christmas Lighting Ceremony at Kempinski Hotel Beijing Lufthansa Center, every Sun until Dec 16, and Dec 24
Head to Kempinski this holiday season for a traditional Christmas tree lighting ceremony accompanied by a children’s choir. Drink mulled wine and eat some stollen all throughout the evening. All proceeds from the mulled wine and stollen sale will go towards Sunvillage, which supports children of Chinese convicts who often receive unfavorable treatment in society due to their family background. All ages. Free to attend. 6-8pm. Kempinski Hotel Beijing Lufthansa Center.
Play for Charity: Dungeons and Dragons at CISB, Dec 7
Play Dungeons and Dragons and support charity at this event at the Canadian International School of Beijing (CISB). Your RMB 188 gets you snacks and prizes for the game, and your contribution helps support Lifeline Shanghai, China’s only English-speaking crisis hotline. Adults. RMB 188. 7.30pm. Canadian International School of Beijing.
A Bad Moms Christmas Screening at Ramo, Dec 7
Beijing Mothers Guild is hosting a night of fun and bonding while watching A Bad Moms Christmas. This film screening takes place at Ramo in Lido and is exclusive for moms! Note: Tickets are non-refundable, but can be passed to another mom if the buyer can’t make it to the movie night. Adults. RMB 70. 7pm. Ramo. (WeChat ID: paulus155)
The Children’s House Oceanwide Campus Christmas Celebration, Dec 8
See children rock a Christmas performance at The Children’s House Oceanwide Campus. Feel the Yuletide vibes with arts and crafts for kids, and holiday shopping for parents and adults. The Children’s House has also invited a very special guest visiting all the way from the North Pole! All ages. Free admission. 9am-noon. The Children’s House Oceanwide Campus. (email@example.com)
Polish Christmas Bazaar, Dec 8
Meet Santa Claus and enjoy delicious food and hot drinks, mulled wine, hot chocolate, sweets, and baked goodies, while dancing to the tune of holiday music. Shop from various vendors offering Christmas gifts like ceramics, jewelry, decors, and many others. There will be craft activities for the young ones too. All ages. Free. Noon-6pm. Roundabout, Cathay View Plaza, No.2 Xiangjiang Beilu, Chaoyang District. (Wendy Lu: 138 1111 7756, firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Hutong Winter Fayre, Dec 8
The Hutong continues its tradition of hosting a lively holiday bazaar, and this year, they decided to make the cold days warmer with piping hot cups of their own mulled wine. And with Christmas just around the corner, pick that rare find for your friends and loved ones. All ages. Free admission. 11am-4pm. The Hutong.
Carols for a Cause: The MCF and Riviera Christmas Fayre 2018, Dec 9
Head to Beijing Riviera Country Club and sing along at Carols for a Cause 2018, a charity fair and holiday market hosted by Beijing Riviera Country Club and the Migrant Children’s Foundation (MCF). The market takes place from 11am to 4pm on December 9, with activities including carol singing for both kids and adults. All ages. Free admission. 11am-4pm. Beijing Riviera Country Club.
The Bookworm Christmas Concert and Market, Dec 9
The Bookworm hosts a Christmas concert and market with Jing Sing on December 9, featuring 35 vendors offering handicrafts, home decor, Christmas gifts, arts, and many more surprises. The Bookworm offers a Happy Hour discount all day long too. The free concert starts at 8pm. All ages. Free admission. 4.30-9.30. The Bookworm. (JC Zhang: 158 1071 3743, email@example.com)
2018 Christmas Factory at Atelier, Dec 9
Atelier Art School transforms into a Christmas Factory where visitors can celebrate the holidays with artsy-craftsy activities, mulled wine, and French crêpes, and also discover the works of Atelier students. All ages. Free admission. 3-6pm. Atelier Art School Sanlitun. (WeChat ID: atelier_apas, 6416 1614, firstname.lastname@example.org)
InkBeat Arts Creative Workshops, Dec 9, 23
InkBeat Arts’ Creative Workshops are for students who want to develop creative skills through self-expression. The workshops are delivered in English and Chinese for students ages 8-18 and are led by experts in creative writing, drama, visual art, art therapy, design, architecture, and dance. In these workshops, students will find their own voice, gain self-understanding, and feel empowered through self-expression. Ages 8-18. 2-3.30pm. Crossboundaries. (RSVP: 185 1979 1662, email@example.com)
Dulwich College Beijing Christmas Bazaar and Concerts, Dec 10-11
Soak in the festive flavors with seasonal roasts and drinks at the Dulwich College Beijing (DCB) Christmas Bazaar, happening on December 10-11. Spend the afternoon browsing through crafts and wares from local vendors and student entrepreneurs, whose products will give you the most unique holiday gift ideas to impress your friends and family. After that, sing along to the tune of holiday classics at the “Carols by Candlelight” concert, presented by talented junior and senior DCB student bands and choirs. All ages. Free admission to the bazaar, RMB 50 for the concert. Bazaar: 3.30-7pm; concert: 7-9 pm. Dulwich College Beijing. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
YCIS Beijing Christmas Bazaar, Dec 11
Yew Chung International School of Beijing (YCIS 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 their 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)
Holiday Night Market with Rumble in the Jumble and The SLab, Dec 12
Rumble in the Jumble teams up with Beijing craft space The SLab for a dazzling night market. Come in between 5pm and 9pm and buy some cool crafts to finish your holiday shopping, or apply to be a vendor yourself at firstname.lastname@example.org (see information in the poster). All ages. Free admission. 5-9pm. The SLab.
Hello Future Conversations: Create a Meaningful Holiday Season, Dec 13
Hello Future Kindergarten’s Conversation series topic this month focuses on what is important this holiday season: gratitude and connection, thinking about others, consumption, and how to create meaningful traditions that your kids will remember. Join Principal Christine Jensen and Rebecca Archer for an informal talk, followed by question and idea sharing time. Adults. Free but RSVP required. 9.30-11am. Hello Future Kindergarten. (Rebecca Archer: 130 7116 2353, email@example.com)
Healthy Holidays with Pauline’s Cuisine, Dec 13
The holidays are full of delicious but unhealthy food. Fight back this year with some seasonal favorites that taste as good as they make you feel good. Chef Pauline will teach you how to make Christmas chicken salad, lemon brussels sprouts, roasted sweet potatoes, and spicy salmon. Adults. RMB 420. 10am-1pm. V-Etiquette. (WeChat ID: paulus155)
The Beijing Flea Market: Holiday Edition, Dec 15
In a rush for some last minute Christmas shopping? Head to TechTemple Sanlitun Lounge for the holiday edition of the Beijing Flea Market, the capital’s one-stop shop with more than 40 established and emerging makers each offering the best local, independent design and crafts. You can also enjoy mulled wine from Local and spiced rum from Bonne Nani at this market. All ages. Free admission. Noon-6pm. TechTemple Sanlitun.
Charity Readers Theatre Holiday Presentation: A Gift to Remember, Dec 15
Charity Readers Theatre, presented by Beijing Playhouse Drama Club stages a holiday performance at International School of Beijing on December 15. They will present A Gift to Remember, a story about a group of strangers who form a memorable bond on Christmas Eve when separated from their loved ones. All ticket sales are donated to Yuanzhong Gender Development Center 源众性别发展中心/北京源众咨询. All ages. RMB 100. 7.30-10pm. International School of Beijing. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Tis the Season: Moka Bros Christmas Celebration, Dec 15-16
Moka Bros celebrates the most wonderful time of year with a Yuletide fête for the whole family. Merry activities for all ages are available: sip hot chocolate while decorating a gingerbread man, or help Moka Bros staff adorn their Christmas tree. All ages. RMB 40. Noon-3pm. Moka Bros Shuangjing event on Dec 15. Moka Bros Solana event on Dec 16. (email@example.com)
CISCA Annual Gala Performance of The Nutcracker, Dec 15-16
Join the Conservatory of International Style and Cultural Arts (CISCA) in their gala performance of The Nutcracker. Student performers showcase their technical skills to give the audience an unforgettable experience. The gala aims to raise funds for the Tian Art Foundation, which helps highly talented, but underprivileged children in their development within the performing arts. All ages. RMB 280-1,000. 2-5pm. Canadian International School of Beijing. (188 8883 2623, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Little Chefs at Domain: Gingerbread House Making Class, every Sat until Dec 22
Join Domain’s weekend kids’ cooking classes and enjoy quality time with your family. Every class includes a glass of free juice for the kids. In this series, kids will enjoy constructing and decorating gingerbread houses, a great decoration to bring home for the Christmas season. All ages. RMB 328 (RSVP needed). 2pm. Domain. (8414 9830)
Treasure Trove: Last Minute Christmas Market, Dec 22-23
Get your last minute gifts at the Treasure Trove Christmas Market, held in partnership by Cultural Keys and Yoolee Plaza. This Christmas market stays open late for everyone to get some holiday shopping done. All ages. Free admission. 10.30am-9.30pm. Yoolee Plaza, north of Worker’s Stadium.
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.
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 1: The Blue Rider (Dec 17-21) Discover Expressionism, Cubism and abstract art by different artists and artworks related to The Blue Rider including Kandinsky and Franz Marc. 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)
Hello Future Kindergarten Open House, various dates in Dec
Hello Future Kindergarten welcomes families of 0-6-year-olds who are interested in touring the campus and learning more about the philosophy and the programs available for children as young as 5 months old. At the monthly Open House, you can meet the principal, observe classes in action and have your questions answered. Adults. Free but RSVP required. The open house dates are Dec 1 (Sat), 6 (Thu), 12 (Wed), and 18 (Tue). 9.30-11.30am. Hello Future Kindergarten. (Rebecca Archer: 130 7116 2353, email@example.com)
Notes For Charity, Jan 19
Culturally and musically diverse artists, bands, and performers in Beijing are teaming up for Notes For Charity, a fundraiser concert for the benefit of disabled orphans in the city. The headline performance will be also the debut of The Niu Boyz, a newly developed boy band composed of well-known singers in Beijing. All bands will perform fun and upbeat cover songs suitable for dancing. All ages. RMB 100 (at the door), RMB 80 (early bird price). 9pm. Yue Space.
Professional Workshop: Become Positive Discipline-Certified, Jan 26-27
Jill Stanhope, a teacher specializing in early childhood social and emotional learning, holds a workshop for educators where they can learn how to teach parents the concept of positive discipline. This is an English-language training, and its tuition fee covers all materials and lunch. Adults. RMB 3,500. 8.30am-4.30pm. Daystar Academy. (WeChat ID: Marjo_70, 152 1032 7189)