The Ultimate Guide to Christmas Dinners, Church, Shopping & More
Christmas is just around the corner! If you're still in town and celebrate the holiday you've likely already started planning and preparing. Whether you're all set and have finalized your plans or not, you'll want to check out this post as we have more than 20 great Christmas related activities and resources to help you enjoy the holiday here in Shenzhen. Merry Christmas!
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CHRISTMAS SHOPPING GUIDE
MicroMart is a new online shopping platform in both English and Chinese that makes it easy for foreigners to shop online in China. They have a variety of products at great prices. There's a lot of Christmas decorations and treats as well as plenty of gift ideas to choose from. Here are a few examples. Scan the QR Code below in WeChat to visit the MicroMart store or click here.
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UPDATE: Admission for the market is now FREE! Visit the Gateway One Shopping Mall in Sea World this December 23rd and 24th for a special Christmas market filled with shopping stalls, food and drink vendors, activities, live music performances (Dec 24), Christmas Caroling (Dec 24), and a snowy Santa's Grotto where you can visit with Santa between 2pm-6pm on both days! Good boys and girls will also receive a gift. Attendees can also get a movie ticket at Lumiere Pavilions IMAX Cinema in the shopping mall for 1RMB all weekend long. The Christmas Market will be located on the 3rd Floor of the Gateway One Shopping Center is located at No.1 Gongye 3rd Road across from Sea World. The nearest Metro Station is Sea World Station of Line 2. For more information, call 13590212850 or click here.
Planning a Christmas dinner at home? Order your turkey from X-TA-SEA Sports Bar & Restaurant for 98 RMB/KG. If you need it cooked, they can do that for you too for just 150RMB. All turkeys include gravy and stuffing. Please give two days advanced notice. X-TA-SEA Sports Bar & Restaurant is located at First Floor Inside the Minghua Ship and can be reached at 0755-2686-7649
For all of you who prefer to eat in the comfort of your own home, George and Dragon can prepare your Christmas turkey or ham for you to enjoy at home with family and friends. Their chefs Toby and Andy will personally prepare the turkeys and slow-roast them in their famous BBQ Box as they have done in the last five years! Turkeys include stuffing, gravy, and cranberry sauce for 980 RMB (6kg bird), 1280 RMB (8kg bird), or 1480 RMB (10kg bird). Whole hams (5+kg) are available for 880 RMB. Contact at 0755 - 2669 8564, 15987949007 or firstname.lastname@example.org to order now. Please note at least 48 hours advance notice is required. George and Dragon British Pub is located at Shop No 3, Behind Taizi Hotel, Taizi Road.
NoGoGo has a variety of special offers this Christmas season! 1) Free wine (valued ¥120) and a 1 x ¥50 Coupon to use the next time you shop on NoGoGo when you purchase any frozen or cooked turkey between now and December 31 (or until sold out). 2) Fantastic Deals on various Christmas accessories and other daily savings. 3) Xmas Smoked Hams available to celebrate your Xmas & New Year in style. Supply is limited this year so get in quick while they last. Nogogo Online Groceries is located at #101, Building 2, Zhongjian Industrial Building, No.18 Yanshan Rd or you can start shopping online now at NoGoGo.cn
Silver Palate in Coastal Rose Garden 2 also has turkeys; however, you better hurry to order from here as they often sell out. 65 RMB/KG uncooked or 105 RMB/KG cooked. The price is turkey only; however, there's free Delivery in Shekou. Call 2667-9057 to order. Silver Palate is located at Coastal Rose Garden 2 and can be reached at 2667-9057.
Last Minute Shopping Options
Not enough time to shop online? Don't know where to get your last minute gift ideas? Here are a few options
Shang Le Street
Starting in Shekou, for small electronics and accessories, mostly knock-offs, but at a good price, take a stroll down Shang Le Street behind Hai Chang Street right here in Shekou. There are many little shops there where you can easily find plenty of gift ideas. The nearest Metro station is Shui Wan Exit C. When you get to the top of the stairs, turn right and cross the road. Then walk down the first road in front of you and you'll run right into Shangle Street. Turn left and you'll immediately start seeing a variety of shops.
Dongbin Shopping Area
If you're looking for clothing, there's a great shopping area near the Shekou Wal-Mart. Many clothing retailers got here to buy the clothes they sell in their shops. There's a huge selection at very good prices from many small shops scattered throughout this area. You can get some especially great deals if you're good at bargaining. Careful though, it's not easy to find larger sized clothing for men there. You can get there by bus or taxi. The nearest bus stop is "Shekou Walmart". Bus numbers N4, 机场10, N26, 70, 79, 80, 113, K113, 122, 204, K204, 233, M241, 328, 332, M400, M409, M448, M484, B605 stop there. If taking a taxi, you can ask them to take you to: 蛇口东滨路4024号
If you're looking for non-living Christmas trees and other Christmas decorations, go to the Sunggang Shopping Area in Luohu. This is the same place that holds the Halloween Shopping markets in October. There are many shops there with lots of great items to choose from. You can get there by bus, taxi or metro. The nearest bus stop: "SunGang CangKu" and bus numbers: N10, N16, 18, 33, 62, 63, 65, 69, 80, 207, 218, 225, 303, 321, 366, 381 and 383 stop there. The nearest metro stop is Yuan Ling off Line 9, Exit D. By taxi, ask the driver to take you to: 罗湖宝安北路1025号
Dongmen is streets and streets full of all kinds of shops, cafes and restaurants where you could easily spend the day shopping your hearts out for almost anything you need. Like most places, the better you are at bargaining, the better prices you can get. There are multiple bus and metro stops you can use to get there. Busses: 2, 3, N3, N6, 59, 64, 103B, 103, 113, 203 and M481 stop at bus stop: "Dongmen Laojie." and busses: 1, 3, N3, N7, 11, 306, 369, M402, M403 and M482 stop at: "Dongmen Zhong". If taking Metro Line 2 stop at HuBei and take Exit B. If taking Metro Line 1 stop at Laojie and Exit either E or A. If taking a taxi, ask your driver to take you to: 东门步行街
If you want electronics and couldn't find what you're looking for on Shang Le Street, take a trip down to HuaQiangBei Luohu. This is the largest electronics market in the world where you can find any kind of gadget you can image. Buses: 4, 32, 101, K113, 203, K204, 216, M374, M383, 391 and B812 stop at Shanghai Binguan Dong or you can take Metro Line 1 and stop at HuaQiangLu Exit A or Metro Line 2 and stop at HuaQiangBei, Exit A. If going by taxi, ask your driver to take you to: 华强北路1002号
CHRISTMAS DINNER GUIDE
The Hilton Shenzhen Shekou Nanhai hotel is decked out with special decorations to bring you an unforgettable Christmas dining experience. There are many options to choose from no matter what your tastes or size of your party. Plus you can enjoy an early bird discount of 15% on select items below when making reservations before Dec 20th! The Hilton Shenzhen Shekou Nanhai is located at No.1177 Wanghai Rd across from Sea World.
OPEN Restaurant traditional dinner with seafood buffet and live entertainment:
- Dec 24th Christmas Eve’s lunch buffet: RMB 388/person
- Dec 24th Christmas Eve’s dinner buffet: RMB988/person. Includes imported oysters, lobster and soft drinks free flow; as well as Santa Claus, live band and lucky draw!
- Dec 25th Christmas lunch buffet: RMB 388/person
- Dec 25th Christmas dinner buffet: RMB588/person. Includes imported oysters, lobster and Christmas special drinks; as well as Santa Claus!
KITCHENCRAFT, in the newly remodeled Nanhai Wing, is a perfect place to enjoy a grand dinner and celebrate the festival with your family, friends or large groups.
- For a group of 20 people: RMB888/person, including Santa Claus and lucky draw.
- For a group of 30 people: RMB888/person, including turkey and Wellington salmon, red wine, Santa Claus, as well as lucky draw.
- For a group of 60 people: RMB888/person, including turkey and Wellington salmon, red wine and sparkling wine, Santa Claus as well as lucky draw.
Lobby Lounge & ZEST If you want to share your happiness with your loved ones, come to Lobby Lounge and ZEST and all will be well prepared for you.
- Christmas Honey Glazed Ham RMB450/kg,
- RMB828/2kg Christmas Roasted Turkey, RMB888/5-6kg; RMB1088/7-8kg; RMB1288/10-12kg
- Christmas Oven Lamb Leg RMB298/kg.
Come spend Christmas Eve at X-TA-SEA Sports Bar & Restaurant with this delicious all you can eat buffet from 6pm till 9:30pm. The Buffet Includes: Turkey, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, baked Hawaiian Ham with pineapple, Delicious Vegetable Lasagna, mashed potato, sweet potato, fresh garden salad, mix vegetables, green beans casserole, apple pie with ice cream, soft drinks, fruit juice, and lemon water. Groups of four or more adults also get a free bottle of sparkling White Wine. Plus Mixed Drinks, Beer, Breezers and Coffee are 50% OFF during Happy Hour from 3-9pm. All for just 198RMB per adult or 58 RMB for children under 120cm. Children Under 3 are FREE. X-TA-SEA Sports Bar & Restaurant is located at First Floor Inside the Minghua Ship. For reservations, call 26867649 13689541605.
Join George and Dragon on the 25th for an all-you-can-eat British Christmas lunch buffet! They'll serve you a delicious turkey roast with all the sides: stuffing, gravy, bread sauce, cranberry sauce, roast ham, pigs-in-a-blanket, roast potatoes, brussels sprouts, sweet potato mash, and a traditional chocolate Yule log and trifle for dessert. Lunch will be served from noon till 4pm. 238 RMB per adult, 198 for those 60+ years old, or 98 for children. Call 0755 - 2669 8564, 15987949007 or email email@example.com to book your tables. George and Dragon British Pub is located at Shop No 3, Behind Taizi Hotel, Taizi Road.
Join FUBAR for a family-style homecooked Christmas potluck dinner on Monday December 25th! They'll supply the turkey and you bring your favorite dish. They'll have lucky draw prizes, prizes for best dishes and drink specials throughout the night! Get in FREE and enjoy a delicious Christmas meal with friends and family when you bring a dish that serves at least 3-4 people. If you don't have a dish, don't worry, you can still join in for ¥120 RMB or just ¥98 if you scan the QR Code via WeChat in the flyer below. Children under 12 can join for 1/2 price! The festivities start from 5pm with special Happy Hour prices (Buy 2-get-1-free plus 330 ML beers starting at just 18 RMB!). Dinner will be served from 7-9pm. For those bringing a dish, please scan the QR Code to join their WeChat group where they can coordinate what dishes people will bring. FUBAR BrewPub is located at #101-5 Hai Chang Street 福吧啤酒店深圳市南山区蛇口海唱街101-5 and can be reached at 18666209029.
Come enjoy a festive Christmas all-you-can-eat dinner buffet at Brew Magic Pub on Sunday Christmas Eve and or Monday Christmas Day from 3-9pm. The Buffet will include: Apple smoked turkey, apple smoked ham, sausage apple stuffing, sausage/rice casserole, mashed potato, buttered carrots, green bean casserole, minestrone soup, dinner rolls, apple pie and cherry pie... plus buy 1 get 1 free drink specials! All this for just 188 RMB per adult or 98 per child under 12! Brew Magic Pub is located at Coastal Rose Garden 2 #52 and can be reached at 2667-3229
Enjoy a mouth-watering Christmas meal at Shark Wine Bar & Grill this Christmas for just 288 RMB per person anytime from 5pm til closing on Christmas Eve, Sunday December 24. The dinner includes: Cheese platter, cold cuts, Waldorf Salad, Mixed Tapas, Pasta Salad with Pesto, Vinaigrette Salad (Beetroot Salad), Russian Salad (Potato and Chicken Salad), Stuffed Turkey Breast with Mashed Potatoes & Graten Veggies as the Main Course, and Pecan Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream with Chocolate Sauce for Dessert! Shark Wine Bar & Grill is located at and can be reached at 2602-9569. There's also a chance to WIN this Christmas Dinner for Two on ShekouDaily. Click here for details about the contest.
Join Enigma for a fun filled rockin Christmas celebration this Christmas Eve. They'll have a Buffet Dinner, from 7-10pm, Lucky Draw Prizes, Live Music, Drink Specials thoughout the night and free jell-o shots. The buffet is 200 RMB per adult or 100 per child. Reserve two days in advance (with 50% down payment) and pay just 178 per adult or 78 per kid. Lucky Draw prizes include: First Prize - RMB1000 gift cards; 2nd Prize - RMB 600 gift cards; plus some liquors bottle prizes Drink specials include Sangría Red RMB 198/Pot, Diva Cosmopolitan Season Special Edition RMB238/Bottle, Blue Kamikaze 12shots for RMB198. Live Music by "MIND THE GAP" starts at 9:30pm and goes on all night long. Enigma Bar & Restaurant is located at Shop No.6, Hai Bing Garden Business Centre in Sea World and can be reached at 13509678583.
Time for your Christmas feast at McCawley's. Book by December 20th and pay only ¥200/person for all you can eat buffet. Regularly ¥220. Includes Turkey & Baked Ham with all the trimmings, Xmas pudding and mince pie. Reservations recommended. Available at both McCawley's Sea World and Peninsula.
Enjoy a Christmas Dinner at Tequila Coyote's Mexican Bar & Grill on Sunday December 24th from 7pm for just 180 RMB including a glass of wine. They will have Margarita’s and Estrella Damm Draft Beer Specials! Tequila Coyotes is located at No.113 Sea World Square.
For those looking to go to Church on Christmas, we've found three English language Services to share with you.
The Shenzhen International Fellowship offers the closest church service in English to Shekou. It's located at the Nanyou Theater at 32 Donbin Lu near RenRen Le. Down the street from Wal Mart.
Come enjoy Christmas Carols and Bible readings on December 24th at 2pm and our Christmas Worship at 2pm December 25th. Nanshan Christian Church is located at 2239 Nanshan Blvd. New Energy Bldg B, 3rd Floor and can be reached at 135-3770-6348.
For those looking for Catholic Mass, come to St. Anthony's Church in Futian at 65 Nong Lin Lu. The English language Church service is at 2pm on Christmas Eve. St. Anthony's Catholic Church is located at 65 Nong Lin Lu, Futian District.
Christmas Parties, Events and Activities
Witness the meaning of Christmas at this special Christmas concert held Friday night in Feng Hua theatre, and on Sunday night in the Lord Abundance Church. Tickets for the concert at theatre are 75 rmb per person. Note: the performance is in Chinese but we're sure you'll still catch the meaning whether you can speak Chinese or not. The Fenghua Theater is located at #49 Park Road in Shekou (across from Sihai Park), next to the QSI campus. Lord Abundance Church is located at Building 5, floor 3, Fantasia Mic Plaza on Nanhai Boulevard, opposite 1 city mall. For tickets, call Sister Liu at 13928460100.
Is Christmas stressing you out? Then celebrate and learn about Festivus, an alternative to the pressures of commercialized Christmas, at HH Gourmet. Enjoy 30% off all items all day (dine in only) from 8am to 7pm. HH Gourmet is located at Coastal Rose Garden 2 #43-B.
Ho Ho Ho boys and girls. Come dressed up in your sexiest Santa, Mrs. Claus or Santa's Elves costume for a chance to win big in our Sexy Santa Costume Contest. They will have over 3,000 RMB in prizes for the night plus plenty of games, live music by Alien Encounter and dance DJ. Plus a free welcome shot for anyone dressed in their Christmas outfit. X-TA-SEA Sports Bar & Restaurant is located at First Floor Inside the Minghua Ship and can be reached at 2686-7649
Enjoy a White Christmas Party Saturday December 23rd to Monday December 25th at Terrace with live music by award-winning band TAS. They'll also provide a special Christmas menu for this holiday. Terrace is located at Seaworld Square (above Starbucks).
The Snake Pit is planning a special Christmas Themed Pub Quiz night for Thursday, December 21st, starting at 7:30pm. There's free entry for teams of 4 people. There's also a Raffle draw held during each event. Raffle tickets are 20 RMB each and all proceeds go towards their current fundraising for Sunshine Academy, a local orphanage for special needs children.
I know, we mentioned this above already, but it's worth mentioning again in case you missed it. UPDATE: Admission for the market is now FREE! Visit the Gateway One Shopping Mall in Sea World this December 23rd and 24th for a special Christmas market filled with shopping stalls, food and drink vendors, activities, live music performances (Dec 24), Christmas Caroling (Dec 24), and a snowy Santa's Grotto where you can visit with Santa between 2pm-6pm on both days! Good boys and girls will also receive a gift. Attendees can also get a movie ticket at Lumiere Pavilions IMAX Cinema in the shopping mall for 1RMB all weekend long. The Christmas Market will be located on the 3rd Floor of the Gateway One Shopping Center is located at No.1 Gongye 3rd Road across from Sea World. The nearest Metro Station is Sea World Station of Line 2. For more information, call 13590212850 or click here.
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