The best Christmas markets happening this year in Shanghai

'Tis the season to be jolly

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Winter is coming, and as long as you're not living in the fictional Game of Thrones world created by George R.R Martin, it's the most beautiful time of the year. That means the scent of gingerbread wafting through the crisp, cold air, singing along to Michael Bublé's Christmas songs and curling up with a cup of hot chocolate. Save the dates for these upcoming Christmas markets which are bound to get you in the festive spirit.

This list will be updated as more events are confirmed.

French Christmas Market

Sticking to the Parisian theme for its fifth year in a row, The Pearl puts on two days of gift stalls, mulled wine, waffles, live music and entertainment, and a visit from Le Père Noël, aka Father Christmas.

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The Pearl , 471 Zhapu Lu 24 Nov , 25 Nov Buy tickets

Jing’an Christkindlmarkt

Critics' pick

The traditional German Christkindlmarkt (Christmas Market) is back in Shanghai. Think baked apples, chestnuts, gingerbread and mulled wine, rum punch and tasty food. Beautifully decorated wooden stalls offer handicrafts and gifts, festive baked treats, Glühwein (mulled wine) and various other drinks to keep you warm.

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Tonglefang , No. 537 Haifang Road 30 Nov , Every weekend , Every weekday Buy tickets

Christmas market at Un Caffe Bar

Critics' pick

An indoor Christmas market away from the cold tucked away in un Caffe Bar with festive stalls selling seasonal foods, drinks, gifts, handmade crafts and designer products. Activities for kids make this a family-friendly event for all to enjoy this Christmas season.

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Un Caffe Bar , 77 Jiangning Lu 15 Dec Free

The Paulaner Bräuhaus Christkindlmarkt

Paulaner Christkindlmarkt will be held at the large outdoor space at the brewery's expo location. Grab a cup of spiced glühwein, a bratwurst or two and take a stroll in the spacious garden which will be lined with decorated wooden huts. Find everything you need for the holidays at this authentic German Christmas market including real Christmas trees, wreaths, seasonal artisanal produce and handicrafts.

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Paulaner Brauhaus, Expo Ave , 555 Expo Avenue 07 Dec , 08 Dec , 09 Dec

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