No matter where you are in the world, your end-of-year schedule will be packed out with festive celebrations as we gear up for Christmas. Shanghai hosts its own fair share of festive celebrations, each with its own unique twist.
Wondering what pleasures await you this festive season? Well read on to find out…
1. The Pot Luck Dinner
What better way than to disappoint your guests or cause unwanted social anxiety than the festive Pot Luck dinner in Shanghai – one you’ll likely have to prep in a toaster oven? The more brazen of house-guests among us will simply swing by City Shop to pick up a makeshift cheese and charcuterie platter on the cheap, while the rest of us will lose sleep for three days, trying to design a dish tasty enough – and Christmassy enough – to avoid social disgrace.
2. The Office Christmas Party
The Office Christmas Party can go one of two directions. Either you’ll be enduring a formal(ish) banquet among colleagues, offering polite chit-chat here and there while you gear up for a programme of painful performances (in which you may or may not be required to participate) or you’ll be drunk and in the wild with your workmates, providing gossip fodder that’ll fuel the office well into the new year because you snogged Candy from Finance under the mistletoe.
3. The Christmas Sweater Party
Those ugly sweaters of Christmases past will finally come back to haunt you as you prepare to descend on the city – on mass – adorned with bobbly reindeers and fluffy snowmen. Slipping into a Christmas sweater feels much like Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak (apart from everyone can see how ridiculous you look and exactly what you are doing) and suddenly debauchery is unleashed on Found 158’s Café de Stagiares that’ll have civilised folk scattering for their lives in all directions.
4. The Luxury Brunch
With a brunch game as strong as ever, Shanghai is a serious enabler when it comes to throwing your money at unlimited eggs and fizz – couple that with classic festive cheer and you’ve got a recipe for ruin. Clinking flutes at 11am is the starting shot for the race to Christmassy catastrophe – stomachs expand, livers engorge and teeth redden as your bodies welcome the most joyous time of the year with unadulterated piggishness.
5. The Secret Santa
Secret Santa parties at home are always fun – arranging a crazy budget, picking a name out of a hat (while praying you’ll be gifting someone you actually like) and shopping for that perfect prezzie to shock, horrify or embarrass your pal. Now imagine that in the land of cheap markets and Taobao where you can pick up anything from ill-fitting t-shirts with epic Chinglish fails to farts in a jar for your favourite friend.
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