What's On In Shanghai: December 2019

By That's Shanghai, December 1, 2019

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That's Shanghai takes a look at the best events on this month:


Until Dec 15: 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 15, 4-9pm (Mon-Fri), 12-9pm (Sat-Sun); RMB60 plus a mulled wine or punch on weekends. Zeitgeist. See event listing.


Dec 5: Master Class with Oscar De La Hoya

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Shanghai, get ready for one of the most famous and talented fighters in the history of boxing! Oscar De La Hoya, former world champion across multiple weight divisions, will be leading masterclasses and meet and greets for our friends and family at Ringside Boxing & Beyond on December 5-6! 

Dec 5, 7pm; RMB888 (Ringside members), RMB1,288 (non-members). Ringside Boxing & Beyond. See event listing. For tickets, contact Gaydukova_Olga. 


Dec 6: Beatrich

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Tickets to see Lithuanian Eurodance pop phenom Beatrich at Bandai Namco Shanghai Base Dream Hall on December 6 are now on sale! Beatrich, who taught herself how to play the piano as a child, rose to global stardom after the release of her 2017 smash hit single ‘Superstar.’ According to Clash magazine, the 21 year old is riding high on the back of over 1 billion streams of her music in China. This is her second tour through China this year, after she arrived in the Middle Kingdom in May. Her most recent single, ‘Runaway’ was released in early 2019 and has already racked up close to 2 million views. 

Dec 6, 8pm; RMB380. Bandai NamcoSee event listingTickets


Dec 6: Wild Hunting Scene

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Quite possibly one of the best music line-ups we have seen in a while, beatmaker Howie Lee and electronic duo Yadae are joined by the excellent psych blues pair Gong Gong Gong and Bimbamboom for an evening of fantastic music courtesy of Jager and Biede. 

Dec 6, 8pm; RMB150 presale, RMB200 door. Mao Livehouse. See event listing. Tickets


Dec 6/20/21: Rocking Christmas

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Get into the Christmas spirit this December with a music extravaganza at The Pearl. The venue’s band, The Red Stars will be joined by Chad Romero to cover the hits of Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Little Richard, Chuck Berry and much more. 

Dec 6/20/21, 9pm; RMB150 presale, RMB200 door. The Pearl. See event listing. Tickets


Dec 6-29: 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. 

Dec 6-29, times vary; RMB580-1,080. Shanghai Culture Square. See event listingTickets.

Dec 7: Crocodiles/A Place to Bury Strangers

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Noisey, post punk revivalists Crocodiles are coming to China for the first time. The San Diego band will be joined by fellow merchants of noise rock A Place to Bury Strangers at Lofas on December 7, and you can grab tickets to that show on thMart now. Crocodiles seventh album, Love is Here dropped at the beginning of this year, and has been hailed for blending discordant noise with a certain romanticism. While it's hard to ever pin down their musical style, as it varies between garage rock, post punk and indie pop, the group are perhaps best known for their sunglasses and leather jacket combinations. 

Dec 7, 8pm; RMB220 presale, RMB280 door. LofasSee event listingTickets


Dec 7-8: Christmas Shindig 2019

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On December 7-8, we’re taking over Shanghai Archwalk to host a festive Christmas extravaganza. The 2019 Christmas Shindig will be a fun-filled, family-friendly gathering. This year’s event is already shaping up to be a spectacular weekend and is expected to draw up to 7,000 families each day. Prepare for a magical holiday weekend at the Christmas Shindig. Attendees will join in on events such as live music performances, Santa Claus parades and a Christmas bazaar featuring gifts, DIY activities, games, tasty food, delicious drinks and so much more. Attendees will also receive a passport to collect stamps and receive Christmas goodies and win lucky prizes. Stop by booths at the market or select Archwalk stores to get stamps and other special prizes. Collect enough stamps and you’ll even receive a secret gift from Santa Claus himself! Best of all, it’s totally free (with RSVP)!

Dec 7-8, 11am-5pm; free entry. Shanghai Archwalk. See event listing


Dec 7-8,14-15: Commune Market Xmas Edition

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Commune Market invites you to an exclusive boutique Christmas market at the luxury, stylish Sukhothai Shanghai designed by internationally acclaimed architectural/interior design practice Neri&Hu. There will be lots of mulled wine, craft gin cocktails, artisan foods, kids corner, Christmas cookie decorating workshop as well as an array of carefully curated independent designer jewelry, handmade toys, soaps, candles, fine art, home decor, children's gifts, ornaments and so much more. To spread as much joy as possible, they have some special treats for everyone who visits Sukhothai, including limited edition Christmas Commune Market mugs, a raffle for URBAN Cafe & Lounge afternoon tea set for two and La Scala weekend brunch for two. This exclusive event is very family-friendly and free entry. 

Dec 7-8/14-15, 11am-7pm; free entry. Sukhothai Shanghai. See event listing


Dec 7-22: 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 7-8, 11-13, 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 8: Luke Thompson

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Tickets to see New Zealand folk singer Luke Thompson at VasLive on December 8 are now on sale! Thompson, a songwriter and self-managed artist, first rose to fame in late 2005 with his debut single 'Morning Light,' which spent 11 weeks on the NZ Radio top 40 charts. Fans have come to enjoy Thompson’s gentle songs that are stripped bare and self-sufficient, the sound of a songwriter with only himself for company.

Dec 8, 8pm; RMB180. VasLiveSee event listingTickets.


Dec 8: Gatsby in A Daze

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Ruby Eye Records are teaming up with the surging M-Lab. We’ve heard from a few labels that are in talks to take part in this new performance series. This one sees the fantastic Gatsby in a Daze take the stage. The indie popsters have made quite an impression on music fans over the past few years, with their blend of mellow, romantic tunes. 

Dec 8, 8.30pm; RMB100 presale, RMB130 door. Yuyintang. See event listing. Tickets


Dec 13: Caspian

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Stop the presses! Caspian return to China! The Massachusetts post rock band have spent quite a bit of time touring through the Middle Kingdom and Asia since the beginning of this decade, picking up a number of new fans. Catch them wow the crowd once more this December.  

Dec 13, 9pm; RMB150. Mao Livehouse. See event listing. Tickets


Dec 13: Wang Shengnan

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Beijing singer-songwriter Wang Shengnan has been wowing us with her awesome electronified folk sounds for years. With a pair of new tracks released this year, to go along with a back catalogue that includes Deep Sea Fish and her self-titled release, this should be a cracking show. 

Dec 13, 8pm; RMB120 presale, RMB150 door. Lofas. See event listing. Tickets


Dec 14-15: Florent Mothe 


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From performing in theatrical musicals to performing in bands, Florent Mothe has done it all. The French native is best known for his role as Antonio Salieri in Mozart, l'opéra rock. However, he's also an accomplished musician and solo artist. Mothe began studying music at the early age of seven. Over the years he became proficient in a variety of instruments, from guitar to piano to synthesizer. However, his voice is where he really shines. Before taking to the theatrical stage, Mothe played in two bands in France before moving to Toronto to take up a solo career. It was there that he was serendipitously discovered by the producers of Mozart, l'opéra rock in 2009. But it didn't take long for the singer-songwriter to turn his interests back toward his music career. In 2013, Mothe released his first solo album, Rock in Chair. This was followed up by his second album Danser Sous La Pluie in 2016. If you're interested in checking out this ultra-talented pop musician, he'll be touring around China next month and stopping off in Shanghai on December 14-15.

Dec 14-15, 8pm; RMB480-680. Modern Sky Lab. See event listingTickets.


Dec 14-28: 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 14-15, 21-22, 25 & 28, times vary; RMB180-580. Yihai TheatreSee event listingTickets.


Dec 21-April 5: Frozen


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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.


Dec 24: Tidal Force Tale of Two Cities

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This is an absolutely stellar lineup from the folks at Searchlight of Voice and VasLive. Peach Illusion, Jan & Naomi, Schoolgirl Byebye, Loft Beach and more will all take to the stage, each playing their own brand of nostalgic, heartbreaking indie pop music. 

Dec 24, 7.30pm; RMB200 presale, RMB240 door. Vaslive. See event listing. Tickets


Dec 26-Jan 5: The Blue Man Group

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That’s right. Everybody’s favorite blue men are coming to Shanghai this year. The Blue Man Group will be performing at 1862 Theatre from December 23 until January 5, 2020. You never know what to expect when it comes to the Blue Man Group. Expect to laugh, rock out and have a blast as the bald, blue men entertain through music, art and comedy. You know a show is popular when over 35 million people of all ages, languages and cultures have seen it. It’s going to be a masterful and musical trip, led by three of the boldest, baldest and bluest guys on the planet. 

Dec 26-Jan 5, RMB80-1,080. 1862 Theatre. See event listingTickets


Dec 27: Shanghai Avant-Garde Festival

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Lofas have put together a stellar round-up of noise artists, avant garde musicians, sound artists and more for its Shanghai Avant-Garde Festival on December 27, and tickets for that are now available on thMart. Bringing together some of the leading lights in noise music and sound experimentation, such as Torturing Nurse, Li Jianhong, Mii and more. 

Dec 27, 8pm; RMB150 presale. Lofas. See event listing. Tickets


Dec 31: Patio Countdown

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Join the majestic countdown celebrations at Patio. 10, 000 balloons will be released along the 33-storey atrium as the clock strikes midnight, ringing in another prosperous year. A live band will keep things goings all night long with their fun party songs. Let’s party!

Dec 31, 9.30pm; RMB588. Patio ON 56 Grand Hyatt Shanghai. See event listing. Tickets


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