The holiday season is now in full effect. We don’t know about you, but we’re pretty excited about all the holiday hullabaloo going on around Beijing lately. And it looks like hotels, restaurants and shops around the capital are getting into the spirit of things, too.
It's the holiday season, which means it's time for Jing-A's annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Party. This year's bash will be held at the new Jing-A Brewpub Xingfucun. As always, don your favorite holiday sweater and drink the night away with all-night happy hour on beers and cocktails. Jing-A will also be releasing their seasonal Christmas brew -- Jing-A-Ling Celebration Ale. And to warm you up, hot mulled wine will be RMB50 a glass. In case you don't have a sweater, there will be a vintage holiday sweater pop-up market from 4-8pm.
As always, Farm to Neighbors’ Christmas Market will be held twice this month: Dec 16-17 and on Christmas weekend (Dec 23-24) – just in time for some very last-minute holiday shopping. Expect 50 great vendors as well as all the regular local producers you've come to know and love from the Farm to Neighbors farmers’ market. Not only can you shop till you drop but you can even make your own gifts at special workshops.
Dec 17: Christmas Barbecue at the Great Wall
Beijing Experience is holding an exclusive BBQ at the foot of the Badaling Old Great Wall, just before Christmas. Visit an old section of the wall, enjoy live music and chow down on Casti Uruguayan beef, craft sausages, imported and local beers, mulled wine, and dessert by Hutong’er Pie. The venue is a private indoor room, though participants can also go hiking. Price includes transportation, meals and drinks and entrance to Badaling Old Great Wall. Book before Dec 14.
Sun Dec 17, 8.30am meetib; RMB499 (adults), RMB399 (kids); Badaling Old Great Wall (for more info and booking, add WeChat ID: 130 7113 9166)
Dec 23: Kerry Hotel's Jungle Christmas Carnival
Kerry Hotel will be celebrating the fourth birthday of Jia Bao, the Adventure Zone's adorable panda, and they're inviting all sorts of cuddly animal friends and any Beijingers who want to partake in the festivities. There will be plenty of fun, food, games and prizes as well as a jungle filled with exotic animals and adventurous slides, rope bridges and more. The whole thing will be topped off with a Christmas feast and a special visit from Santa Claus.
Sat Dec 23, 10am; children RMB688, adult RMB368 (Adventure Zone members get 40 percent off two child tickets); Family Packages: RMB1788 including 2 children & 2 adults, RMB1288 including 1 child & 2 adults, RMB988 including 1 child & 1 adult
This Christmas Market is all about supporting Beijing's best small-business vendors and the Little Adoption Shop. There will be over 30 vendors and tons of festive food, drinks, gifts and activities for kids. If you're looking for some last-minute gifts, this is the place.
Christmas Eve is spicy this year at MoMo Café, where you can celebrate by challenging your taste buds with a spicy fish-eating contest. The first one to finish an entire half-kilo of tuna will be awarded the grand prize of the evening: a two-night stay in a Deluxe guest room, with breakfast for two, at the Courtyard by Marriott Beijing Northeast. Other dishes from the buffet are also available, as are activities for the little ones.
Christmas isn’t complete without a feast. So this year, Feast will have the roast with the most at their Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas Day all-day buffet. Their bountiful buffet will be complimented with festive dishes including traditional roast turkey, roast lamb leg, baked salmon, oysters, lobster and more.
Grand Café will be hosting a Christmas Eve buffet dinner and a Christmas Day buffet lunch featuring New Zealand oysters, Alaskan crab, honey glazed ham, Australian roast beef and more.
Sun Dec 24, 5.30-10pm, RMB698/person, RMB798/person including free flow drinks, RMB398/person kids; Mon Dec 25, 11.30am-2.30pm, RMB248/person, RMB124/person kids; Grand Café (Grand Hyatt), see event listing.
JW Marriott Hotel Beijing Central is doing Christmas right with not one, but two Christmas dinner options. Enjoy a specially crafted set menu at Casalingo, their award-winning Italian restaurant, for a high-end holiday experience. Or go crazy with all-you-can-eat seafood, including lobster, sashimi, crabs and shellfish, at JW Kitchen. Christmas just got merrier.
Mon Dec 25, 5.30-11pm; JW Marriott Hotel Beijing Central; Seafood Buffet Dinner at JW Kitchen, RMB688 per couple; Chistmas Set Menu at Casalingo, RMB1,588 per couple of RMB888 per person (or more information or to book, call 6391 6361). See event listing.