Feeling overwhelmed by Christmas? Fret not, for we are presenting you with the ultimate guide to celebrating the festive season in Shanghai! From lush dinners to goofy jumper parties, here's a list of all the goodness to look forward to in the coming weeks.
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This trendy hotel right in the middle of Xintiandi will be serving delectable three-tier afternoon tea sets through the season. Think a photogenic range of bauble-shaped cakes, pastries and savory bites paired with complimentary glasses of Perrier-Jouët Champagne.
Relax amidst festive ambiance whilst sipping Aura's special holiday mocktail and hot chocolate drink. Afternoon tea at Aura Lounge is packed with Christmas delicacies and traditional treats created by Executive Pastry Chef, Jean-Luc Vasseur – a culinary experience which will surely be elevated by soothing jazz tunes.
Enjoy the warm environment of Camelia with a Christmas-themed afternoon tea. This offer for two includes unique festive pastries and sweets, a selection of hot chocolate and winter teas, as well as Christmas cocktails and Prosecco.
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The chefs at Kempinski are plating up a delightful mix of Chinese and Western treats for afternoon tea. From date and chestnut cream cake to spicy snails, there is plenty to relish at their Lobby Lounge this winter.
The Lobby at the Peninsula Hotel will put a delicious festive spin on its acclaimed afternoon tea service, offering a delightful range of Christmas pastries and festive light bites. Expect classic English scones, citrusy pannacotta, savory bites with smoked salmon, lobster rillette, Christmas ham and more. Pair these with a selection of Champagne, coffee or fair-trade tea for a perfectly soothing experience.
Meanwhile, Sir Elly's is hosting kid-friendly afternoon tea parties throughout the month. Junior diners can indulge in a buffet-style ice cream and cotton candy station, complemented by storytelling, crafts and cooking workshops. Not to mention Santa himself will also grace the event!
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Time for Tea remains a quintessential St. Regis tradition, and The Drawing Room is a perfect place to rendezvous for a casual, yet classy afternoon tea. Enjoy a festive afternoon with an exquisite selection of Christmas treats and a stunning array of sweet delights. These are complemented with a pot of fine tea or a freshly brewed hot gourmet coffee to complete the perfect afternoon. Add RMB120 for two glasses of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Champagne.
Al’s Diner is all about seasonal classics. The no-fuss Christmas Plate includes everything from herb-roasted turkey slices with gravy, Al’s mom’s cranberry sauce, chestnut stuffing, potato gratin, sweet potatoes a go-go, creamy green beans and roasted Brussel sprouts to a decadent slice of apple pie. Add RMB35 for a glass of body-warming mulled wine or eggnog milkshake.
Enjoy an outstanding dining experience in a relaxed atmosphere with fantastic views of the Shanghai skyline at Ambrosia Teppanyaki @Expo. Experience the special 10-course Christmas set menu consisting of baked French escargot, lobster seafood soup, bread topped with caviar, teppan abalone with chopped garlic and Australian Wagyu tenderloin and ribeye. Fabulous prizes are also waiting in the Christmas lucky draw!
Azul is serving a Christmas dinner set for two. There are four starters to share, including pan de Jamon, roast beef tapa, scallops wonton and Ecuadorian prawn ceviche. Mains include braised codfish, sous vide octopus and chorizo skewer and a filet mignon with sweet potato. Desserts include a panettone, chocolate cake and a strawberry Santa.
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The tables will be set at OCEANS and TOP restaurants on Christmas Eve. Expect a fully-fledged buffet, a gourmet dinner or a couples package which includes a night's stay.
This Christmas, Big Bamboo’s set menu will feature pickled beet deviled eggs, wild mushroom crostada, martini salad with Juniper Vermouth vinaigrette, pumpkin soup, cider brined smoked turkey or maple glazed smoked ham, as well as traditional home-made pumpkin pie. The price includes a glass of house red or white wine, prosecco and True Legend craft beer.
Bistro Burger will be serving a special four-course menu (coffee and tea included) this Christmas Eve. Pair your favorite burger with a selection of house wines, cocktails, draft beer and soft drinks.
Treat your family and friends to The Blind Pig’s traditional buffet this Christmas Eve. Their personalized PIG feast brings together cider brined smoked ‘Turducken’ (turkey stuffed with a duck stuffed with a chicken), cedar plank roasted salmon, low and slow smoked prime ribs, complemented by a selection of traditional appetizers, salads, and sides. Free-flow house red and white wine, prosecco and True Legend craft beer are included in the price.
Spend your Christmas at Boteco and enjoy a comfort food menu to make you feel a bit like home. Vegetarian options available, and a 30 percent discount will apply to a selection of wine.
Celebrate Christmas with festive starters that includes foie gras, oven baked crab cakes and a shrimp cocktail. The mains will include venison medallions, wagyu sirloin, traditional roast turkey and salmon Wellington along with traditional Christmas pudding, winterberry pannacotta, cheese and biscuits.
Christmas at Capella will feature a dazzling array of delights supplied by le Comptoir de Pierre Gagnaire and la Boulangerie. For Christmas Eve dinner, a lavish five-course menu invites you to sample quality flavors of France with wine pairing by the head sommelier. On Christmas Day, the four-course brunch menu draws together pastry and Christmas cake to satiate your sweet tooth.
Dec 24-25. RMB1,988 dinner; RMB688 brunch, add RMB388 for free-flow Perrier Jouet Champagne. All prices subject to 10 percent surcharge. Capella Shanghai, Jian Ye Li. See event listing.
Colca is serving a Christmas set menu from December 22 to 25. This includes two amuse bouches, two starters of oysters and warm asparagus with egg, mains of codfish and lamb shoulder and desserts of Christmas chocolate log and Peruvian specialty suspiro limeno.
Celebrate Christmas Eve with free flow mulled wine, beer and sake for RMB150. Those who wish to participate in the White Elephant gift swap can bring a wrapped gift of RMB100 value or less with them. Gifts will then be swapped following traditional Yankee Swap rules – everyone who brought a gift will receive one as well.
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THE CUT Rooftop – IAPM’s naturally cool, drink, dance and dine venue, is taking the opportunity to celebrate Christmas with roasts and winter warmer cocktails! The Festive edition of #MYBRUNCH will plate up roasted classics such as corn-fed chicken leg, lamb gigot and tenderloin served with roasted veggies and gravy. Festive free-flow will include warm winter cocktails, such as the delightful mint cocoa cocktail made of Baileys and crème de white cocoa mint liqueur.
This Italian restaurant situated within Les Suites Orients hotel on the Bund will dish up seasonal staples such as roasted turkey paired with exceptional French Champagne. Be sure to book your turkey feast here at least five days in advance.
At D.O.C, it’s all about tradition this Christmas. Shanghai’s most authentic Italian restaurant is proud to offer their popular Christmas dinner during the evening of December 24, and all day on December 25. There’s also fine Italian wines on offer, and with legendary free-flow options, it’s a great time to get together with family and friends and make a day (or night) of it. As always, bookings are essential.
Indulge your wild side with a spicy Mexican-style Christmas feast at El Luchador Xintiandi. Expect four courses of the freshest seafood, Black Angus steak and sweet liquid chocolate cake; all with a Mexican twist. Doesn't that sound ideal for a festive get-together? Just add tequila and margaritas for something truly special. Bookings are essential, so act fast.
Step away from the turkey and have a Feliz Navidad at el Willy where the masters of modern Spanish cuisine have put together your choice of two lavish holiday meals. Dishes include David Hervé oysters with Champagne foam, a traditional Catalan Christmas broth with meatballs and Australian striploin steak with baby potatoes and chimichurri.
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Shanghai’s new British culinary endeavor Fish+ will be serving a hearty Christmas menu inspired by the island nation’s finest produce. Start with a Welsh rarebit topped with apple pine wood smoked bacon, before grounding down festive fish n’ chips with spiced mushy pea and cranberry tartar sauce. The finale will be a decadent slab of Scottish deep-fried Mars bar served with ice cream. Tempted? We certainly are!
Head to Funkadeli for a truly groovy and food-packed dinner this Christmas Eve! Prosecco and panettone are on the house. If ever you needed an excuse to raise a glass of bubbly, then let Christmas Eve be the perfect reason!
Enjoy a three-course Christmas meal at Geneva. Select from their generous menu offering a choice of Australian venison stew, grilled Icelandic codfish or grilled New Zealand ribeye steak to pair with delicious a starter and dessert.
Choose Green & Safe for your holiday feast that includes high-quality organic produce. They have different deals at each of their locations. Expect fantastic salads, comforting pizza or pasta dishes and meat or seafood platters for a filling holiday treat. Follow the event listings for further details.
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Three restaurants at this luxury hotel will be joining forces to create a memorable Christmas spread. Dinner is served in buffet style and allows you to taste the best of the season. Children aged under five eat for free.
Choose from HEAT's special seasonal menus. Whether it's stuffed chicken, mulled wine or an 'eight treasures chicken' inspired by local Chinese cuisine, you can count on HEAT to serve up an indulgent fare.
Christmas is in the air, so the merry Hyatt on the Bund team has been busy preparing a variety of scrumptious holiday meals for you and your loved ones. Choose from an inviting Chinese Christmas at Xindalu-China Kitchen, traditional handmade dim sum at VUE Dining, a splendid European Christmas at VUE Restaurant or an international Christmas Eve buffet at Aroma. Free-flow drink options vary depending on the restaurant.
Dec 24. RMB398-988. Hyatt on the Bund.
Can’t wait for Christmas to have a festive dish? Don’t worry! Lil’ Laundry will be serving the 'Pink Christmas' ham steak and eggs as part of their Christmas brunch special menu. Christmassy cocktails will be available, too. As for dinner, expect a three-course meal paired with festive cocktails.
In the spirit to entertain, Maison Papillon has prepared a merry Christmas spread including roasted turkey, chestnut soup, homemade cavatelli, roasted ribeye caving with truffle mashed potato and much more.
Mia Fringe welcomes you to sample a festive menu. Starting with a fresh seafood platter and seasonal chestnut soup you will then choose between fed flank M9 steak or roasted snapper as the main course. Finish with chocolate garnished spongecake and a selection of festive sweets.
Swing by The Middle House Hotel for a range of unique Christmas meals. Chef Peter Lin at Café Gray Deluxe showcases a variety of dishes including beef Wellington with truffle foie gras sauce and steamed toothfish. At Sui Tang Li, a Chinese Christmas spread including double-boiled fish maw soup with quinoa and wok-fried Australian grain-fed beef will take center stage. Also joining the culinary parade is Frasca, who offers a seasonal menu including lobster linguine and the unmistakably Italian Christmas treat, panettone.
Dec 5-30. The Middle House.
Enjoy a stress-free dinner with family at Morton’s Steak & Seafood Grille this Christmas. Their festive set menu will assemble a delectable range of signature dishes!
This winter season, indulge yourself in Mr & Mrs Bund's tempting offerings which include duck foie gras terrine natural, meuniere truffle bread, Iberico de Bellota 5J Spanish cured ham and Boston lobster in ‘citrus jar.’
Opposite's Christmas tasting menu will feature a delectable range of surf and turf, from grilled Boston lobster to Australian M9 Wagyu strip steak.
The Waterhouse’s gourmet restaurant will be serving a seven-course special dinner in celebration of Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Included in the set are smoked salmon rillettes on crispy rye bread, pan seared duck foie gras, New Zealand venison shoulder stewed in red wine and more.
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They take Christmas very seriously at The Peninsula, and this year, they’ve drawn inspiration from around the globe to bring the festive season to life with their ‘Stories from the Tree’ theme. The main events, from seasonal afternoon teas, dinners and Champagne brunches will take place at The Lobby and Michelin one-starred Sir Elly’s, but don’t forget to stop by The Peninsula Boutique for a gourmet hamper, and duck into The Compass Bar for a Christmas-inspired nightcap.
So you’ll be relieved to hear that Pie Society are ready to take your bookings. Whether you want to book a table at their flagship restaurant for a full-on pie feast, or you’d like them to come and cater for your office party, they’ve got Christmas covered. Their much-loved Christmas specials include delicious festive sides, puddings and drinks.
Get your fancy outfits and dancing shoes on and head down to Pistolera Hengshan on Christmas Eve! Special delicious Mexican food aside, guest performer Julia will sing her way into your heart and put you in the Christmas mood. Price includes two drinks, and you can choose from Margarita, True Legend craft beer, house wine or prosecco.
Braced by breathtaking views of the Bund and Lujiazui, Puben by Jereme Leung will serve a traditional Chinese-inspired meal this Christmas season. Think body-warming matsutake chicken soup and whole steamed fish to symbolize togetherness as you reunite with family and friends.
If you’d like a lighter choice for Christmas lunch, The PuLi has you covered with an elegant three-course meal. It begins with your choice of foie gras or cold smoked salmon before moving onto to mains: a roast and confit goose plate with onions, Brussels sprouts and parsnip. We are most excited about the traditional bûche de Noël served for dessert Christmas Eve.
Prepare to go full throttle at the Shanghai EDITION this Christmas season. Start with a two- or three-course brunch, chill over festive cocktails, before arriving at the grand Christmas sharing dinner packed with surprises. If that's not enough, a Christmas theme party will be hosted at Electric Circus for those who wish to dance the night away.
Celebrate Christmas over a family-style feast at Shanghai Slims. Turkey, mac n' cheese, ham and candied yam will all be assembled for your indulgence. Not to mention you can top the experience with two hours of free-flow drinks including Californian wine, beer and sodas.
Indulge in some Christmas feasting at Stone Brewing Tap Room on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day! Choose between the three-course Crafted Selection for RMB298 or the four-course Imperial Selection for RMB368. The feast will start with creamy organic cauliflower soup with scallops and prosciutto and homemade gravlax citrus salmon. Choose between grilled US prime sirloin or glazed miso black codfish, and end on a sweet note with classic Christmas pudding and vanilla ice cream. Welcome drinks are included for everyone, and for just RMB60-80 more, add on beer pairings tailored to each dinner course.
What says Christmas festivities better than tacos? Enjoy a Christmas-inspired two set tacos with traditional eggnog for RMB105. Bring your friends and have a sing-along with the Christmas playlist.
Eat, drink and be merry with a holiday set menu by Chef Bina Yu combining Together favorites such as octopus with gochujang, crunchy crumbs and aioli alongside holiday standards such as a bourbon, maple syrup and toasted almond yule log.
At the Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund, you can marvel at the return of their Christmas wonderland, featuring the celebrated two-story Waldorf Astoria Heritage Christmas Tree. There will also be seasonal decorations and a range of Christmas menus and other treats at both Pelham’s, the Black Pearl restaurant and the Grand Brasserie.
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An extravagant brunch at The Westin Bund Center Shanghai is a holiday tradition here. Of course, there will be a range of sumptuous holiday dishes and plenty of Veuve Clicquot Champagne, as well as live entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.
Celebrate the winter season like a Bavarian over a festive stuffed Christmas goose. This holiday staple is served with Brussels sprouts flan, almond broccoli, spiced red cabbage, celery mashed potatoes and napkin dumplings as part of a three-course menu that also includes a soup and dessert. The only catch is that you need to order a day in advance and bring at least three friends.
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la Boulangerie at Capella Jian Ye Li is the place to go for a comprehensive array of seasonal hampers. Each hamper is stuffed with treats such as Perrier Joët Brut, “FAÇON” perfume, truffle foie gras, gingerbread cookies and chocolate truffle, which make the perfect gifts for any food-loving family.
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Enjoy the sweet smell of Hyatt on the Bund with their finest selection of festive goodies. The takeaway basket includes seasonal favorites like a traditional yule log. Chocolate lovers and aficionados can indulge in delights such as Santa- or snowman-shaped praline and truffles. Most importantly, five percent of the proceeds will be donated to the World of Art Brut Culture (WABC) organization to support artistic talents with special needs.
Festively adorned with pine trees and wreaths, Hyatt Regency Wujiaochang has prepared Christmas hampers for you to share the joy of the season with loved ones. Items included are house wine, Christmas Stollen, and of course, a gingerbread house.
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St Regis’ festive hamper is laden with various festive sweets including panettone, Stollen, Jelly Bean candy, homemade Christmas cookies, Chocolate Santa and house wine, making it the perfect gift for your family and friends.
This year, Boxing Cat will be holding the Ugly Beautiful Christmas Party on Decb22 from 7pm till late. At RMB188 per person, you can enjoy the wonderful Christmas buffet dinner including free flow mulled wine and house beers! Don’t forget to wear your favorite ugly sweater to get RMB50 off. Oh! One more thing: please share the warmth by donating used clothing, blankets, coats, winter shoes, pants, etc. It’s time to give something back to the communities!
CAZA wants you to wear your ugliest sweater to their Christmas party on Saturday, Dec 22. Let's celebrate Christmas with joy and laughter. Beer pong, a live DJ set all night and award ceremony will be in stock for the ugly sweater winner!
Le Baron will be blasting out Christmassy tunes and keep your spirits high this festive season.
Wear your absolute ugliest Christmas outfit to Logan's Punch for a chance to win a medium peach punch or, even better, an entire bottle of Jameson Whiskey!
The Mansion has prepared special food, drinks and of course, as always, music to ease you into the festive mood. Entry includes food and drinks, while BYOB is also encouraged. Lineup features DJ School by Fane, Aubrey H, Steo Le Panda, Fane, and Letmen.
On Saturday, Dec 22, M1NT cordially invites you to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year together. For this special occasion, gather your friends there for some festive cheer!
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