Where to Celebrate Christmas 2019 in Beijing

By That's Beijing, December 20, 2019

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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 and restaurants around the capital are getting into the spirit of things, too. Here's our complete guide on where to celebrate Christmas in Beijing this year.

Eudora Station

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This Christmas Eve, Eudora Station invites you to enjoy a festive Christmas set menu. The dinner menu for one (RMB598) includes Iberico ham, foie gras, lobster and Angus beef, finished off with Christmas pudding. Grab a friend and get the set for two (RMB1,199) for extra assorted dishes to dip your forks into. There will be a kids’ menu (RMB238) and play area as well, where children will be delighted with appearances from Santa and Elsa.

Tue Dec 24, 6pm; RMB238-1,199; Eudora Station, see event listing.

Side Street

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Join Side Street on Christmas Eve for a funky fusion dinner. HenryT is back in the Side Street kitchen bringing some bold flavors for a family-style Christmas buffet featuring turkey tikka masala with smoked basmati, curry mac 'n' beer cheese and more. Seating is limited, so hurry up and book your spot!

Tue Dec 24, 7pm; RMB388/person; Side Street, see event listing.

Home Plate BBQ

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Home Plate is bringing the holiday cheer with a Christmas Eve buffet with a whole smoked hog, smoked turkeys and all the tasty Christmas sides for just RMB188, including a welcome drink of prosecco, mulled wine or sweet tea. And for only an extra RMB150, you can have free-flow drinks to keep you feeling jolly. 

Tue Dec 24, 6.30-9pm; RMB188 (buffet), +RMB150 (free-flow drinks); Home Plate BBQ (Sanlitun), see event listing

Rodeo

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Ride the reindeer to Rodeo this Christmas and take a shot at winning a special prize! As the competition goes on, warm up with festive mulled wine and spicy gingerbread cookies.

Tue Dec 24; Rodeo, see event listing.

Paulaner Brauhaus

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Enjoy a Bavarian Christmas Eve set dinner accompanied by a delectable dessert buffet. Keep the season of cheer going with a live band, performing all of the classic Christmas tunes, while you fill yourself with free-flow Paulaner beer, wine or soft drinks. You’ll even have a chance to win a dining voucher of up to RMB1,000 in a lucky draw! 

Tue Dec 24; RMB668; Paulaner Bräuhaus - Kempinski Hotel Beijing Lufthansa Center, see event listing.

Pachapapi

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Not sure where to spend Christmas? Celebrate a Peruvian Christmas at Pachapapi for a truly unforgettable night!

Tue Dec 24, noon-late; Pachapapi, see event listing.

Inception

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Tuesday is not usually a day you plan to see a cabaret performance, but this Christmas Eve will be the exception where you can have some cheeky fun mid-week. Moonglow Entertainment is once again bringing a vintage Christmas cabaret, with new acts as well as the classics, to the stage at Inception. Get to your reserved table after dinner and soak in the glamorous vibe!

Tue Dec 24, 9pm; free entry; Inception, see event listing.

4corners

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The cheer starts on Christmas Eve at 4corners. Two nights of an all-you-can-eat buffet (RMB228) consists of maple-glazed ham, roast goose and all the trimmings, with a festive "Quizmas" on December 24 and jolly storytelling on December 25.

Tue Dec 24 & Wed Dec 25, 7pm; RMB228; 4corners, see event listing.

Jing-A XFC Brewpub & Longfusi Taproom

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Honey-glazed turkey is the centerpiece of Chrismas dinner this year at both Jing-A locations. The brewery will be serving the bird alongside stuffing, sprouts and roasted potatoes. The RMB1,800 set will feed five to six people, and the RMB2,400 is plenty for parties of 10-12. You can also order the meal to-go if you prefer spending the festivities from the comfort of your own home.

Tue Dec 24 & Wed Dec 25; RMB1,800 (5-6 people), RMB2,400 (10-12 people); Jing-A Xingfucun Brewpub & Jing-A Taproom Longfusi, see event listing.

Migas Mercado

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Christmas is just around the corner and Migas Mercado has prepared a traditionally-inspired five-course Mediterranean menu for the special occasion. The menu will be available for both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day lunch, and also includes a complimentary glass of bubbles to get your meal started.

Tue Dec 24 & Wed Dec 25, 5.30-10pm (Christmas Eve dinner), 11.30am-2.30pm (Christmas Day lunch); RMB648/person; Migas Mercado, see event listing.

Beersmith @ Hotel Jen Beijing

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Have a holly jolly Christmas at Beersmith, where they’ll have the ultimate Christmas Eve party. House band Soul Shake will be playing live holiday music and classic hits all night long, with a performance surrounded by Santa Claus and his Santarinas. To keep the festive vibes in full swing, there will also be drinking games, big prizes and a lucky draw. On Christmas Day, there will be a holiday-edition ladies' night , where all of Santa’s ladies can enjoy free-flow beer from 5-9pm. 

Tue Dec 24 & Wed Dec 25; Beersmith Gastropub, see event listing.

New World Beijing Hotel

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New World Beijing Hotel is decked out in chic holiday decor, adding to the merry atmosphere. Go sky high with a Christmas Eve party (RMB188) at YIN on 12, but not before having a festive Christmas Eve dinner (RMB688) at Tian Tan Kitchen. More Chinese specialties and Christmas favorites can be enjoyed on December 25, either for lunch or dinner (RMB158). 

Tue Dec 24 & Wed Dec 25; YIN on 12 & Tian Tan Kitchen @ New World Beijing Hotel, see event listing.

Mosto

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Mosto will host two fantastic set meals for the holiday: a Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas Day brunch. Reservations are recommended.

Tue Dec 24 & Wed Dec 25, 5.30pm (Christmas Eve dinner), 11am (Christmas Day brunch); RMB388 (Christmas Day brunch set); Mosto.

Caravan

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Caravan is bringing Bethlehem to Beijing to celebrate the season’s festivities. On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, a buffet of mezze and desserts will be spread out before you, from classic hummus to the more inventive falafel waffles, along with a tasty main of your choice. Vegan-friendly fares are also available, so nobody has to miss out.

Tue Dec 24 & Wed Dec 25; RMB228 (advance), RMB268 (door); Caravan, see event listing.

Modernista

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Modernista is putting on special concerts for Christmas, and offering a delicious Christmas-inspired menu for all of you coming to spend this special time with them. Expect real homemade foie gras, halibut with chorizo and romescu sauce and raspberry, caramel and chocolate pie. Wash it all down with lots of sparkling wine, while you enjoy jazzy entertainment from The Mantras and Shirro Gao Quartet.

Tue Dec 24 & Wed Dec 25, 7pm; Modernista, see event listing.

The Orchid

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The Orchid is hosting Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinners at their event space across from the boutique hotel. Appetizers, mains and desserts will be served family-style, presenting Christmas classics such as roasted turkey and gravy alongside less conventional options like mala liver pate and ginger ice cream for dessert.

Tue Dec 24 & Wed Dec 25, 7.30-10pm; RMB488; The Orchid Lodge, see event listing.

Tease by Creatures

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Christmas is just around the corner. Are you ready to indulge? Let Tease by Creatures’ Southeast delicacies tease your taste buds. There will be a special set menu for two, made with lots of love!

Tue Dec 24 & Wed Dec 25; Tease by Creatures, see event listing.

Q Mex

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Go on a journey of flavors celebrating Christmas at Q Mex (all locations). The dinner set starts with tamarind chicken tomato soup, spicy and tart, and sweetens up with grilled turkey breast and chipotle honey-glazed Christmas ham. Apple crumble with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce ends the meal on a high note, though you can linger over special winter drinks, such as the cranberry mule or cranberry old fashioned.

Tue Dec 24-Thu Dec 26, 5pm-late; RMB188; Q Mex Taqueria & Q Mex Bar & Grill, see event listing.

Amid

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The newly-opened Amid at Jing Yard is celebrating with a buy-one-get-one discount on mulled wine through Christmas Day. If you’re in the mood for something classy, enjoy unlimited Perrier-Jouët Blanc de Blancs for two at RMB1,980 from 2-4pm on Sunday, December 22. 

Through Wed Dec 25; Amid, see event listing.

Blackswan

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Mark your calendars, because Blackswan is serving Christmas lunch and dinner menus. The set lunch brings a four-course meal, while the dinner menu offers five-course and eight-course options. As expected, the exquisite dishes feature premium ingredients such as lobster, oysters and wagyu.

Through Wed Jan 1; Blackswan, see event listing.

Bottega

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It’s a very Italian Christmas at both Bottega locations. The festive menu brings polenta crostini, spaghetti vongole and a grilled meat and veggie platter filled to the brim with wagyu, Italian sausage, lamb chops and more. Don’t miss the puff pastry with vanilla cream and hot chocolate sauce, a sweet finish to your memorable holiday meal.

Through Wed Jan 1, noon-10pm; Bottega (Xinyuanli) & Bottega (Nali Patio), see event listing.

El Barrio

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This winter’s festivities are deliciously tasty at El Barrio. The Nali Patio restaurant brings you a Mexican twist this Christmas with tres chiles cream (RMB68), suckling pig with habanero roasted potatoes (RMB218) and margarita cheesecake (RMB58). 

Through Wed Jan 1; El Barrio, see event listing.

Beyond Yakitori

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Beyond Yakitori is keeping it simple but memorable this holiday season. Aside from the limited winter sake, three special dishes will be available this holiday season. The garlic shrimp brings Christmas joy with its colorful plating, the seared jumbo Hokkaido scallop is sweet perfection and the grilled wagyu will no doubt be the extravagant star of the meal.

Through Sat Jan 4; Beyond Yakitori, see event listing.

Jing Yaa Tang

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The Opposite House’s Jing Yaa Tang is bringing Christmas closer to home with its festive Peking Duck set (RMB888), in addition to various a la carte offerings. Chef Li Dong’s Chinese twists on holiday classics are sure to bring more magical moments to your celebration.

Through Sun Jan 5, noon-10.30pm; Jing Yaa Tang @ The Opposite House, see event listing.

Brotzeit

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Everyone knows that a German Christmas market is one of the most sought-after experiences every winter. Alas, Germany is a long flight away, but Brotzeit is having a Christmas Like Home, offering seasonal mulled wine (RMB38) and indulgent set meals from RMB188 per person. Roast goose, an essential dish on any German Christmas table, will be accompanied by roast apples and potato dumplings to make an eye-catching centerpiece you can’t wait to sink your teeth into.

Through Sun Jan 5, 11am-midnight; Brotzeit, see event listing.

Tiago Home Kitchen

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Exclusive surprises await you at Tiago. Besides the Christmas-themed afternoon tea, the limited-edition Christmas and New Year’s Eve dishes are not to be missed, or you’ll have to wait another year to get a taste... Psst, members get extra benefits: 30% off!

Through Mon Jan 6; Tiago Home Kitchen, see event listing.

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