Festivities Season: 2013 Christmas events in Beijing

Festivities Season: 2013 Christmas events in Beijing
By Talbot Leiter , eChinacities.com

Ready for a rocking Christmas or just want a few options to usher in the cold weather and the season of giving (or shopping)? Here is a shortlist of 10 Christmas events in Beijing this month. From caroling to skiing, to a Christmas feast at the Great Wall it is sure to be a merry Christmas and happy holidays for all.

1) Dulwich Christmas FairView In Map
Even if you don't have kids, what's more spirited than celebrating with children at Dulwich while they carol and dramatize your favorite Christmas stories, and all for charity? Mulled wine and hot chocolate will be served, as well as vendors selling gifts, arts and crafts and mince pies provided by Friends of Dulwich. All proceeds will be donated to charity.

When: Dec 11, 17:00-21:00
Where: Dulwich College, 89 Shoudu Jichang Lu,  Shunyi District, Beijing
北京市首都机场路89号丽京花园
How much: 40 RMB (students); 60 RMB (adults)

Contact: mark.stingle@dulwich-beijing.cn

2) Hutong Winter Fayre View In Map
The Hutong continues its tradition of hosting Beijing’s last Christmas Bazaar of the year. To celebrate the holiday season they'll have a “warm-winter” theme and will be serving “piping hot cups of vin brulé.” And with Christmas just around the corner, you can pick up that rare find for your friends and loved ones.

When: Dec 14, 11:00-15:00
Where: The Hutong, 1 Jiu Dao Wan Zhong Xiang Hutong
北京东城区九道湾中巷1号
Website: www.thehutong.com

Festivities Season: 2013 Christmas events in Beijing
Source: Mark n Emma

3) Beijing SantaCon
Want to feel connected to the rest of the world? If yes, this is the Beijing Christmas event for you with cities across the globe having embraced Santacon as the way to celebrate Christmas and drink! As the website says, SantaCon is a “non-commercial, non-political, non-religious and non-sensical Santa Claus convention celebrating cheer, goodwill, and fun”. Play Santa for a day all over Beijing and see who you would bring gifts to this year.

When: Dec 14, 12:00-22:00
Where: Several starting points, find out more here

4) Beijing Homebrewing Festival View In Map
After your morning at the Winter Fayre, and early afternoon playing Santa around Beijing, why not make your way over to Nbeer Pub for the Beijing Homebrewing Festival. Over 30 homebrewers gather to share over 50 different homebrews. What a great day December 14 will prove to be!

When: Dec 14, 13:00-19:00
Where: Nbeer Pub 1/F, Huguo Xintiandi, 85 Huguosi Dajie, Xicheng District, Beijing
护国寺大街85号护国新天地一层F1-6
How much: 50 RMB (Includes one free beer)
Website: http://www.beijingbrewing.com/

5) Beatlemania Christmas
Four of the cities favorite sons, The Beijing Beatles, will be celebrating Christmas at their home away from home, Temple Bar, on December 15. The famous British quartet are majestic in their reproduction of the band from Liverpool and are tireless in their need to entertain the enthusiastic crowd. So bring your 60s vibe to Temple Bar for a hard day’s night.

When: Dec 15, 21:00-01:00
Where: Temple
How much: Free entrance
Website: http://www.thebeijingbeatles.com

6) NCPA Production of Bizet's opera Carmen
Celebrating the holidays does not always mean having a Christmas theme. It often serves as the best excuse possible to indulge in cultural events and performances like the opera. Get dressed up and head to the National Center for Performing Arts this season for a night at the opera.

When: Dec 20-23, 19:30
Where: The National Center for Performing Arts
How much: 160 RMB-680 RMB
Tickets: At the venue or call 6655 0000
Website: http://www.chncpa.org/ens/

7) Wanlong Ski Resort Christmas Getaway View In Map
Four nights, 3 days of skiing mania. Located 7 miles from Wanlong mountain this is just the thing if you need to get away from Beijing for a bit. Ole Ski will pick you up on December 23 and drop you back in the Capital December 26. The price may look a bit steep but it includes transport, ski admission, equipment rental and accommodation. And if you already have plans for Christmas way not head up for News Years. You can also have your own English speaking internationally accredited Ski/Snowboard instructor for ¥2000 per group. Free optional insurance (please ask).

When: Dec 23 – 26, pick-up at 09:00
Where: O’le Sports, 5, Shimencun Road, Baiziwan Bridge East, East 4th Ring Road Central, Chaoyang District, Beijing
北京市朝阳区东四环中路百子湾桥东石门村路5号 奥莱体育园
Phone: 1880 014 9643
How much: 4,200 RMB (Christmas Getaway); 3,800 RMB (New Years Gateway)
Website: www.ole-ski.com

8) Christmas at the Great WallView In Map
Take some of the stress out of Christmas this year and head to the The Schoolhouse near Mutianyu. They are offering up stays in one of their guest houses. You can cook your own dinner or join in on their annual Christmas Eve feast. Later in the evening there will be much caroling and merriment. Free hot chocolate and Christmas goodies for all carolers. Christmas dinner starts at 19:00 and Christmas caroling begins at 21:00. There will be a special school bus service available.

When: Dec 24, 19:00-21:00
Where: The Art Room, 12 Mutianyu Village, Beijing
中国 北京市 怀柔区 慕田峪村 12号
How much: Adults: 248 RMB, Children 4 to 12: 98 RMB, Under 4: Free
Website: www.theschoolhouseatmutianyu.com

9) Maybe Mars Christmas Eve
As Christmas events in Beijing go, this is the one for all those who just want to make Christmas a really good night out. Maybe Mars, the indispensable music label brings the party to Yugong Yishan once again, hosting a raging concert series featuring Carsick Cars, AV Okubo, Duck Fight Goose and Birdstriking with tons of energy (and, rumor has it, unreleased tunes).

When: Dec 24, 21:30-01:00
Where: Yugong Yishan
How much: 80 RMB (presale), 100 RMB (at the door)
Tickets: item.taobao.com
Website: www.maybemars.org

10) Beijing Sideways Tour Gift Vouchers
20% off on Beijing Sideways Tour Gift Voucher! Vouchers can be wrapped in a gift package, mailed abroad and are valid until end of 2014. You couldn’t ask for a more convenient gift this Christmas!

When: Present-January 5, 2014
Website: http://www.beijingsideways.com/
Contact: booking@beijingsideways.com
Phone: 139 1133 4947

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