After my Easter experience, I was afraid that Christmas in Shanghai would be like Whoville after the Grinch stole all the trimmings and trappings. I am happy to report I was wrong; the Chinese know how to spread Christmas cheer (in an extremely secular way).
One way the Chinese celebrate the holiday season is by housing European style Christmas markets. Once I spotted these markets on Smart Shanghai, I needed to check it out!
The first market Chris and I visited was the Christkindlmarkt on Fenyang Rd.
|Welcome to German expat heaven.|
According to Chris, this market was extremely similar to the German Christmas markets in Stuttgart. I think every German living in Shanghai came out to experience a bit of home. For a couple of hours we got lost in the land of Christmas trinkets, brats, and gluhvein.
|Many of the vendors had all sorts of Christmas goodies!|
|Nutcrackers were very popular at the market.|
|I suddenly feel eating like a slice of pizza...|
|Gluhwein is warm, spiced, red wine. It is like Christmas in a cup!|
|The potato dumplings and kraut were tasty!|
|This was my lunch. The brat was AWESOME!|
|This little guy was loving his hot dog!|
|We picked up a couple of these ornaments for 6RMB (about $1).|
While we had a great time at Christkindlmarkt, we didn’t find the decorations we wanted. So the following weekend we headed to Yu Gardens to check out their loot.
|It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.|
After taking our first lap around the market, I took Chris to the restaurant where I had my first Yum Cha date. There was a little more talking than my first time dining here.
|He's much cuter than my first date.|
|There were boxes of garland everywhere. I was amazed that none of it got tangled.|
|Some of the reindeer lost their antlers, bless their hearts.|
|It's not the Grizwalds, but it will do.|
|The lights were very pretty.|
|The carousel at Xintandi park was dressed up for the occasion.|
|This was the first market where Santa Claus made a visit. Apparently visiting Santa is a very American custom. Notice the kids don't sit on Santa's lap, and there is no line to see Santa. The kids just mob around him.|
|Chris poses with one of the creepy candy mascots. He wasn't happy that I made him wear his new (free) Santa hat.|
|Chris picked up a couple of champagne flutes from a vendor that was selling candles and slippers that you can heat in the microwave.|
|Ice Cream at an outdoor Christmas market? That made no sense to me. At least it wouldn't melt in the cold weather.|
|One of the high points of my night was when Chris bought me measuring spoons. These are VERY difficult to find!|
|Yes, I am sure people were Gangman Styling it at the birth of Christ.|