Spiked eggnog and ugly Christmas sweater season is upon us, and what better way to celebrate the festive season than by partying the night away? Turn up ye merry gentlemen — here's where to find the best Christmas parties in Shanghai.
This longstanding holiday tradition at Mao Livehouse reurns to provide an offbeat way to celebrate the season. There will be raffle prizes, including a free trip for two to Hong Kong, as well as live music and DJs. The ticket price includes a pillow that you’ll receive on arrival.
Dec 22-24, 7pm, RMB158 presale, RMB180 door. Mao Livehouse, see event listing.
Zapata's is hosting a 'Sexy Santa Party' on Christmas Eve Eve. Girls in red or white get free entry before 11pm, otherwise entry is RMB100 including two standard drinks. Prizes for the sexiest Santas, including up to RMB2,000 for first place.
Dec 23, 9pm, RMB100. Zapata’s, see event listing here.
Dance your way into Christmas Eve with Shanghai music collective Co:Motion’s Christmas party. Swedish techno producer Samo DJ will play a headline set of tweaked-out techno, and Mau Mau, Diamond Lil and Finascia will spin in support. It’s very likely that the halls will be decked for the occasion.
Dec 23, 10pm, RMB60 presale, RMB80 door. Elevator, see event listing.
From 9pm till 11pm on Christmas Eve, ladies get free margaritas at Zapata's. There will be a DJ all night long and free tequila every hour. They're also holding a costume competition, with the winner earning RMB1,000 in prize money.
Dec 24, 9pm. Zapata’s, see event listing here.
Celebrate the festive season with family, friends and colleagues at Windows Scoreboard. Purchase RMB100 worth of food and drinks to receive a special Windows mug to spread Christmas cheer. Stock is limited.
Dec 24-25, 4.30pm-late, RMB100. Window’s Scoreboard, see event listing here.
Show off your festive style and come out to Boxing Cat Brewery’s Ugly Sweater Party, hosted on Christmas Eve at their Yongfu Lu branch. With an entrance fee of RMB248, you’ll get to enjoy three full hours of free flow mulled wine, house wine and house beers as well as some light Christmas snackies to fill your belly from 7pm to 10pm — right before Santa comes to deliver your presents! There will also be lucky draws and exciting prizes in store for those with the ugliest sweaters.
Dec 24, 7pm, RMB248. Boxing Cat Brewery, see event listing here.
Dance floor pagans Discosmic Adventure close out the year with one last night of soul, funk, disco and boogie with a Christmas twist. Discosmic regulars Nik Hilp, Tobias Patrick and Velvet Robot are joined by special guests and Yuletide enthusiasts Sacco, Morgan and 'Mele Kaliki Tallywhacker.' Head to Dada to dance your way into the holiday.
Dec 24, 10pm, no cover. Dada, see event listing.
Drown out any lingering homesickness on Christmas day with booze and hardcore music at Mao Livehouse. Expect performances from emo rockers N'EON, Shanghai hardcore band Death Teach Me Life and death metal band Extinction. Paired with paired with a Christmas market and mulled wine, it makes for one of the weirder ways to ring in the season.
Dec 25, 8pm, RMB199. Mao Livehouse, see event listing here.
Places to Book Your Own Christmas Party...
Looking for a last minute spot to host your Christmas office party? The Grand Yard is reasonably priced at RMB3,000 for 12 people (add RMB150 for each additional person). Package includes free flow draft beer, wine and standard drinks for three hours. Expect sliders and finger foods and a visit from the man himself, and a special screening of A Charlie Brown Christmas. Available Monday to Friday from 7pm to 10pm. Call 5204 9620 to book your party.
Until Dec 22, 7pm-10pm, RMB3,000 for 12 people. Grand Yard, see event listing here.
It's that time of year when you start putting your creative thinking hats on to plan the best holiday party with your crew. The True Legend group can help you enjoy your own party, with different group packages available at The Blind Pig and Big Bamboo. For more information and bookings, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Until Jan 8. The Blind Pig Bourbon and Smokehouse and Big Bamboo, see event listing here.
... Or Host Your Own at Home!
Over the entire Christmas weekend and until December 26, BottlesXO is doing some special holiday promotions on their app, with discounts of up to 20 percent available. Through December 24, every delivery driver will also arrive at your door with a special QR code, which you can scan for the chance to win an awesome gift.
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