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The best things to do in Shanghai this week

Desiigner, Hardwell, Jiashan Christmas market and more

Christmas is just two weeks away and the Shanghai Christmas markets just keep on popping up. However, if the holiday season ain't your thing, there are still plenty of non-Christmassy things to do around town this week.

Food and Drink

Christmas dinner at Le Baron

Shanghai’s most outgoing collective are whipping out the good silverware for an annual charity dinner at Le Baron. The event is in support of The Library Project, which builds libraries for primary schools and orphanages in rural China.

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Le Baron , 20 Donghu Lu 17 Dec

Music and Nightlife


Critics' pick

Chances are you know this MC for his 2016 single (and definitive song-of-the-summer) 'Panda'. And if you've been following him since, you've heard the equally viral 'Timmy Turner' and may know that he's been teasing not one but two albums in recent weeks. Whether one or two LPs drop between now and his appearance in Shanghai remains to be seen.

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Arkham , 168 Julu Lu 17 Dec

A Place To Bury Strangers

Critics' pick

‘New York’s loudest band’ bring their unique brand of ‘tinnitus-inducing’ shoegaze-turned-post-punk to the intimate confines of Yuyintang. This show could be absolutely legendary. Bring your earplugs.

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Yuyintang , 851 Kaixuan Lu 15 Dec


Dutch EDM star and household name on major festival bills, returns to Shanghai for a night at MYST as part of his United China Tour.

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MYST , 1123 Yanan Zhong Lu 15 Dec Buy tickets

Migu Awards

Critics' pick

A massive Mandopop feast at Mercedes-Benz Arena with a ridiculous line-up: Jay Chou, Jolin Tsai, G.E.M, TFBoys Jane Zhang and SNH48 are among the megastars appearing.

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Mercedes-Benz Arena , 1200 Expo Avenue 16 Dec

Things to do


Paddington 2

Critics' pick

However cynical a pose you try to maintain, Paddington Bear will find the chinks in your armour. Voiced with perfect innocence by Ben Whishaw and gorgeously animated by Framestore, this profoundly likeable bear consistently toes the line of maximum charm without slipping into schmaltz. Miraculously, that’s also as true of this sequel as it was of his first big-screen outing, as the film goes bigger and darker without losing focus on the small acts of kindness that make its ursine hero great.

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Cinemas around Shanghai 7-24 Dec Buy tickets


After a few iffy efforts—at least by its own lofty standards—Pixar follows the marvelously mind-bending Inside Out with a Mexico-set adventure that bubbles with wit and daring. Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family's ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to work out the mystery.

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Cinemas around Shanghai 23 Nov - 23 Dec Buy tickets


Why New York

Shanghai-born artist trio Chen Danqing, Ma Kelu and Feng Lianghong present a collective homage to the rich yet unrelenting New York art scene while channeling each creative’s unique style.

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Shanghai Gallery of Art , 3 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu 01 Nov - 07 Jan

Stage and Theatre

Legally Blonde The Musical

The sparkling story of ditsy-sorority-girl-turned-law student Elle Woods and her Chihuahua Bruiser hits the Shanghai stage in Legally Blonde the Musical. The production makes for fabulously fun watching and an exhilaratingly big-hearted evening.

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Shanghai Culture Square , No. 597 Fuxing Zhong Lu Huangpu Shanghai Shanghai 14 Dec Buy tickets