What's On This Month for Families in Shanghai

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by Michaela Fulton | Fri, December 01, 2017

We're creeping into the festive season. If you're staying in Shanghai during December, here's what will keep you busy.

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Hello, My Name is Paul Smith

Paul Smith Exhibition

British fashion designer Paul Smith has brought his simply titles exhibition to Shanghai! Hosted by the Modern Art Museum, it showcases his journey in building his company, as well as his stylistic tastes and eye for deisng. Combining the artistic and the business aspects of running a fashion brand, you'll be able to glimpse into his world and understand the interactions between operating within an industry as a business and withing the fashion world as a designer and artist.

Where: Modern Art Museum, 4777 Binjiang Da Dao


When: until Sunday, January 7th

Price: ¥90/ticket; ¥160/two tickets

Water Heavens: An Architectural Music Experience

Water Heavens

Every week, right on the outskirts of Shanghai, you'll see the peaceful and ancient water town Zhujiajia light up with one of China's most creative and unique contemproary musical performances. Conceived by Oscar and Grammy Award-winning composer Tan Dun, Water Heavens is a syncretic music performace where water takes centerstage to wow audiences.

Where: Water Heavens, 1 Xi Jing Jie, Zhujiajiao Old Town


When: until Wednesday, January 3rd

Price: ¥180 - ¥880/ticket

Traveler's Society: Harbin Ice Festival


If you're not afraid of the cold, Traveler's Society are putting together a must-try trip to Harbin – an awe-inspiring, frozen wonder! This will be an unmissable trip to northern China where you can gaze upon spectacularly-lit ice sculptures, fly down huge ice slides, go skiing, check out Russian-style architecture and much more. Visit 247tickets.com to check details of the itinerary.

Where: Traveler's Society Trip

When: Wednesday, January 10th.

Price: ¥2,999 - ¥3,499/ticket

For the whole family

Lightwire Theatre: A Very Electric Christmas

A very electric christmas

Brighten your holidays with this magical and captivating tale of family, friendship and hope to set timeless holiday hits. With dancers who wear puppet-like costumes outfitted with electroluminescent wires – and performing in the dark – A Very Electric Christmas brings to life tales of colorful creature for the whole family.

Where: Shanghai City Theatre, 4889 Dushi Lu


When: Saturday, December 23rd to Sunday, December 24th

Price: ¥120-¥280/ticket

Mulan (Shadow Play)


The story of Hua Mulan, a girl who disguises herself as a man and goes to war in place of her elderly father has been adapted in numerous films and television works, but this new shadow play version now brings the story to life in a stunning way. Projected onto a backlit curtain, you can watch Mulan's story unfold through the use of silhouette puppets that have a history of more than 2,000 years in China.

Where: Ciro's Performing Arts Theater, 5F Ciro's Plaza, 388 Nanjing Xi Lu

When: Saturday, December 23rd to Saturday, January 13th 2018

Price: ¥100-¥120/ticket

Foster the People

Foster the People

American indie-pop band, Foster the People, will be making their way to China for the first time ever! As part of their world tour, they'll be performing some new songs from their latest offering Sacred Hearts Club, which includes a super catchy alt-rock single "Sit Next to Me" and, hopefully, "Pumped up Kick" for which they are affectionately known for. You won't want to miss this!

Where: Modernsky Lab Shanghai, 3F, Moon Shopping Mall, 188 Ruihong Lu


When: Tuesday, January 16th

Price: ¥480/pre-sale ticket

Martial Art in Dance

Martial Art in Dance


Premiering his latest creation, "Martial Art in Dance", choreographer Zhai Liang showcases kung fu during the Shanghai International Arts Festival. Four young contemporary dancers and three martial artists will put on an intense show of saber play, swordplay, cudgel play, and tai chi at Shanghai International Dance Center for an incrediblely captivating performance.

Where: Shanghai International Dance Center, 1650 Hongqiao Lu


When: Friday, January 19th to Saturday, 20th.

Price: ¥180-¥680/ticket

Shanghai Old Town Tour

Shanghai Old Town

Hunt the hidden treasures lying within the 700-year old Shanghai Old Town; find the last of ancient Shanghai's city wall in Dajing Pavillion; meet your personal Taoist protector in the City God Temple; try some local snacks at Yuyuan Market, and hear the story of how a man became a god.

Where: Shanghai Old Town Tour Pick-Up Place, Exit 2, Dashijie Station


When: Until Tuesday, January 30th 2018

Price: ¥349/ticket

Imagine Dragons: EVOLVE World Tour Live in Shanghai

Imagine Dragons


Formed in 2009, Imagine Draongs first revealed their emotionally charged and inventive sensibilities with a series of independently released EPs that earned them a grassroots following. Now, this Grammy Award Winner and Multi-Platform selling band is returning to China to bring you music both minimalistic yet rich in complexity. Without a doubt, this is going to be a super-charged night of awesome music for all the family to enjoy.

Where: Mercedes-Benz Arena, 1200 Shibo Da Dao, near Shangnan Lu

世博大道1200号, 近上南路

When: Wednesday, January 17th 2018.

Price: ¥480-¥1280/ticket

The Westin Christmas Eve Dinner

Westin Christmas Dinner

Kicking off the season with a series of grand signature Christmas and New Year's events, The Westin Bund Center are going to be putting together an unmissable Christmas dinner party for the whole family. Featuring an unlimited gourmet dinner with live interative cooking stations for local and international specialties, live performances including acrobats, choir and more, alongside party favors and a special visit from Santa, this is an excitingly festive event.

Where: The Westin Bund Center, 88 Henan Zhong Lu, near Guangdong Lu


When: Sunday, December 24th

Price: ¥368/child (4-12); ¥888/adult

Traditional German Christmas Market

Christmas Market

The scent of baked apples, chestnuts, gingerbread, and mulled wine will be filling the air this month as the wonderful sights, smells and sounds of the season begin. If you're looking to visit a winter wonderland, the Jing'An Christkindlmarkt is one of many markets in town to attend. Beautifully decorated stalls offering handcrafts, gifts and more will leave the whole family full and happy.

Where: TongLeFang, 537, Haifang Lu, near Xikang Lu

海防路537号, 近西康路

When: until December 17th

Price: Free

Laputa: Castle in the Sky Concert

Laputa Castle in the Sky

It may not be Disney on ice, but Laputa is a multi-media concert featuring songs from Studio Ghibli animated classics, including: Laputa: Castle in the Sky, Kiki's Delivery Service, My Neighbour Totoro, Princess Mononoke, and the Oscar-winning Spirited Away. What you'll find here is charm and appeal that fans of the Japanese animation studio will love.

This bilingual event focuses on showcasing, discussing a finding solutions for the topic of poverty in Shanghai. Specifical

Where: Shanghai Oriental Art Center Concert Hall, 425 Dingxiang Lu, near Century Avenue


When: Friday, January 26th

Price: ¥180 - ¥580/ticket

Chinese Cooking Workshop (Group Course)

Cook Chinese Food

This is a hands-on cooking class for parents and children to take part in and learn some tips and tricks to recreate Chinese dishes at home. Including an in-depth explanation of ingredients used, and of Chinese cuisine, you'll have the chance to make your own Dim Sum and use a wok!

This bilingual event focuses on showcasing, discussing a finding solutions for the topic of poverty in Shanghai. Specifical

Where: 370 South Wulumuqi Lu


When: until Monday, April 30th

Price: ¥160/child; ¥​220/adult

For you

The Peninsula Shanghai's New Years Eve 007 Party

The Peninsula

Michelin starred Sir Elly's is welcoming everyone to join them on their James Bond 007 themed New Years Eve party. With a selection of unlimited champagne, spirits and canapé's and spectacular performances, you can have a great night with friends and family! 

Where: Sir Elly's Restaurant, 13F The Peninsula Shanghai, 32 Zhong Shan Dong Yi Lu


When: December 31st 2017

Price: ¥888-¥1588

Creative Draping and Drafting

Creative Draping and Drafting

Grasp the skills and techniques of producing and constructing creative designs by exploring the transformation process from basic patterns to new shapes and styles! Through practical exercises, the students will learn various womenswear tops and bottom's patterns, develop a strong understanding of dart manipulation, as well as create a set of blocks.

Where: Calin Fashion Academy, Suite 203, 205 South Maoming Lu


When: Starting Monday, January 15th 2018

Price: ¥7,500/evening class; ¥9,800/morning class

Zhangjiajie Avatar Mountain Weekend



Located on the north-western border of Hunan province, Zhangjiajie is a National Forest Park that is famous for its unusual, and breathtaking beauty. Consisting of more than 3,000 unique rock ridges and sandstone quart peaks, you'll come to see why this location was used as inspiration for the Hallelujah Montains in the hit film, Avatar.

Where: Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Wulingyuan Zhangjiajie, Hunan

When: Friday, January 26th to Sunday, January 28th

Price: ¥1,999/ticket