Holiday-themed activities return as a sign of the winter season
Holiday cheer rumbles in Shanghai with the return of winter markets and light shows.
Artificial snow fell on One East Mall last Friday as a sign of the winter holidays, which was probably the first “snow” in Shanghai this year! Meanwhile, a 20-meter-long tree resembling a firework sparkled in the grand plaza outside Jing’an Kerry Center, raising the curtain for the mall’s winter holiday celebrations.
Activities this year include an outdoor skating rink. Admission fees are charged, but all proceeds will go to the Shanghai Rende Foundation to cover medical expenses for children with heart disease.
On working days, it is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. until December 8, and opening hours will extend until 10 p.m. between December 9 and January 2, 2023. On weekends, it is open from 2 p.m. at 10 p.m. until January 2.
Another surprise is that the long-awaited Green Escape, the pedestrian-only, weekend-only pop-up fair, is back on Anyi Road, a narrow alleyway tucked between mall buildings.
The fair will feature a wide selection of holiday products, great food and drink, street art performances and charity activities. In particular, pets are welcome. It operates from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., every weekend and on public holidays until January 2.
Additionally, a seasonal fair called “Winter Wonderland” will open on December 9 and run until January 2. It will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on working days and from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. on weekends.
The Bund Finance Center has been decorated in a big Nutcracker fairy tale world with fantastical scenes and ornaments. A 13-meter-tall Christmas tree, along with 32 smaller trees, lights up for a romantic and joyful festive atmosphere.
Every day from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., light shows will be organized on the open square in the center where there is a Nutcracker castle.
Starting December 10, the popular Fengjing Road Weekend Market will feature distinctive Christmas elements in its parade, bazaar and outdoor performances. The Bund’s renovated ice rink will be back with ice dancing and jazz music performances. Skateboard enthusiasts are also invited to show off their skills and bravery in a contest.
As the fashion and youth culture hub on the Bund, the BFC will regularly present cultural and lifestyle programs on a variety of themes, covering pets, sports and environmental protection. . Workshops and talk shows are scheduled weekly to add a new touch of glamor to the city.