The 10 Best Things to Do This Week in Shanghai

By That's Shanghai, December 16, 2019

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That's Shanghai takes a look at the best events in town this week.


Until Dec 22: Jing'an Christkindlmarkt 2019

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Beautifully decorated wooden stalls offer handicrafts and gifts, festive baked treats, Glühwein (mulled wine), roasted almonds and various other drinks to keep you warm. Delicious regional specialties from Germany and other countries will leave you stuffed and happy. For the small and big kids Santa will come by on the weekends to grant wishes!  

Until Dec 22, 4-9pm (Mon-Fri), 12-9pm (Sat-Sun); RMB60 plus a mulled wine or punch on weekends. Zeitgeist. See event listing.


Until Dec 29: Matilda the Musical


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The Royal Shakespeare Company's award-winning musical based on the classic children's book by Roald Dahl is coming to Shanghai! It tells the story of a special young girl named Matilda. Matilda is an incredibly intelligent and curious child who loves books and uses her whit to cope with her mean parents and tyrannical school principal. Based on the 1988 novel, the musical made its debut in 2010. Matilda: The Musical now holds the record for most Olivier awards for a musical and has toured around the world. With writing by Dennis Kelly and songs by the Tim Minchin, the musical is a stand-out of the genre. It's the perfect outing for parents and their little ones. 

Until Dec 29, times vary; RMB580-1,080. Shanghai Culture Square. See event listingTickets.


Dec 18-19, 21-22: Secret Cinema’s Casino Royale

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If you’ve always dreamed of entering the action-packed world of 007, then Secret Cinema’s Casino Royale is the perfect event for you. Secret Cinema is all about putting together immersive events that bring your favorite flicks to life and put you right in the heart of the action. And they’ll be hosting their Bond-themed event in Shanghai this December! As always, the location is secret. But upon arrival you will be assigned your mission, given an alias and provided with further classified information… just like a real spy! Spend the evening sipping on martinis in the casino and engaging in high stakes deception with the most infamous criminal organizations. The night culminates with a unique screening of Casino Royale. This is the closest you will get to living the film.

Dec 18-19 & 21-22, times vary; RMB788-1,288 (price includes RMB200 bracelet which can be used to buy drinks and food in the event). Address: No. 823, Mengzi Lu. See event listingTickets


Dec 19-20: Anthony Strong

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Ten years, four albums and over 300 shows since his debut release, British singer-pianist Anthony Strong has established a reputation as a charismatic singer, a swinging pianist and, above all, a consummate performer. His new album, Me And My Radio, is Anthony’s very own 21st century mixtape; a collection of classics - old and new - carefully compiled for those who share his love of great music, regardless of style. From jazz & blues through to motown & soul, songs made famous by Louis Armstrong, Charlie Chaplin & Ella Fitzgerald sit alongside those by Stevie Wonder & Johnny Cash.

Dec 19-20, 7.30pm; RMB180-360. Blue Note Shanghai. See event listing. Tickets


Dec 20: Berlin Bunny

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Diversity of sound and tastes is what Berlin Bunny is all about. The former Shenzhen resident returns to China as part of an upcoming Asia tour that will take in dates around the Chinese mainland, as well as in South Korea, Japan, Thailand and Taiwan.

Dec 20, 9pm; RMB60. Dada. See event listing


Dec 21: Pi'erre Bourne

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Rapper, songwriter, producer, audio engineer and meme legend Pi’erre Bourne is coming to Shanghai this month and you can snag your tickets now on thMart. The good folks at Arkham said, “Yo Pierre, you wanna come out here?” inviting the ‘Yo Pi’erre!’ rapper to Shanghai on December 21. The Belizean-American artist has built a stellar reputation after producing singles like ‘Gummo’ by controversial rapper 6ix9ine and ‘Magnolia’ by Playboy Carti. Bourne release his first full-length studio album, The Life of Pi'erre 4, earlier this year, producing, writing and engineering the whole thing (16 tracks) by himself. 

Dec 21, 9pm; RMB150 presale, RMB200 door. Arkham. See event listing. Tickets


Dec 21-22: Common Rare's 3 Year Anniversary Christmas Market

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Creative market Common Rare are holding their three-year anniversary party at Gallery at Reel this week. Their ‘Too Cold Market’ will take place over two days, from December 21-22, and feature some of the top indie designers and food vendors in the city. Some of the more exciting features that visitors can expect at the ‘Too Cold Market’ include the launch of a unique zine publication by local creative and culture company, Neocha, as well as a collaboration between Common Rare and Urban Outfitters, graffiti-covered skateboards from Capitall Art, art installation from AO Lab, and much more. 

Dec 21-22, noon-8pm (Dec 21), noon-6.30pm (Dec 22); RMB50 early bird, RMB60 door, RMB149 with VIP gift bag. Gallery at Reel. See event listing. Tickets


Dec 21-22: PAW Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure


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Based on everybody’s favorite animated TV series on Nickelodeon, PAW Patrol Live! is stopping off right here in Shanghai this December. PAW Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure brings everybody’s favorite pups to the stage for an action-packed musical adventure. PAW Patrol Live! is not only fun and entertaining, but the show shares lessons about social skills, problem solving and teamwork. The performance features up-tempo music and captivating stories perfect for kids. The Great Pirate Adventure takes place on Pirate Day in Adventure Bay, and Mayor Goodway is getting ready for a big celebration! But first, Ryder and his team of pirate pups must rescue Cap’n Turbot from a mysterious cavern. On the way, they also discover a secret pirate treasure map. The PAW Patrol set out over land and sea to find the treasure for Mayor Goodway’s celebration before Mayor Humdinger finds it first. The pups will need all paws on deck for this pirate adventure, including some help from the newest pup... Tracker!

Dec 21-22, times vary; RMB180-580. Yihai TheatreSee event listingTickets.


Dec 21-25: Moller Villa Castle Christmas Market

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For the first time ever, the iconic Moller Villa opens to the public for its inaugural Christmas Market, organized by AnyHelper together with Moller Villa Hotel and Shanghai International Convention & Exhibition Center. At the first-annual Moller Villa Christmas Market, you’ll enjoy music, food, auctions, performances, craft goods, lucky draws and more. From swing dance shows to clown performances, there will be plenty of fun activities to keep visitors of all ages entertained. Don’t forget to take a selfie with Santa Claus or sing Christmas carols along with the live bands!

Dec 21-25, 10am-8pm (Dec 21-22), 3-8pm (Dec 23-25); RMB50-188. Moller Villa Hotel. See event listing. Tickets


Dec 21-April 5: Frozen Exhibition


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Your kids will go crazy for this magical Frozen-themed exhibition. The exhibition brings the 2013 Disney film to life. Tag along as Anna, the fearless princess of Arendelle, sets off on a journey with a rugged iceman, a pet reindeer and a snowman to find her sister and escape from eternal winter. The exhibition will be held at Shanghai Global Harbor Mall from December 21 until April 5. The 1,500-square-meter space will be transformed to recreate nine of the movie's most classic scenes and feature nine interactive areas. Your little ones will also be able to check out over 200 original production drawings from the movie and shop for over 1,000 limited edition Frozen products. It's every kid's dream! Presale tickets are offered for a limited time only for just RMB78. Make sure to get yours before December 20!

Dec 21-April 5, times vary; RMB78 (early bird price available until Dec 20). Shanghai Global HarborSee event listingTickets.


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