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Top Picks for the New Year Celebration 2016 in Shanghai
上海迎新活动推荐

We are coasting towards the end of 2015 and are ready to welcome 2016 with open arms.

It's time to ponder the past year as well as the city that has kept us company all along. The city is witness to our happiness and sorrows, to our struggles, to our happy weekends spent with friends, to our grouses about smoggy days, to the release of some of the box office hits like "Monster Hunt" and "Monkey King: Hero Is Back", and to the Disneyland's progress. Shanghai is a fast-paced city. In 2016, what Shanghai will serve up?

SantaPark Little Christmas
Until December 31

SantaPark Little Christmas is the great place where you can experience the Nordic Christmas folksy traditions. Magic genies can teach you to make gingerbreads, Christmas cups and wooden dolls. You can also play games like snaring elks and Christmas snowman bowling, or make a wish under the Christmas Wishing Tree.

  • Add: F1, Kerry Parkside, Pudong New Area
  • Admission: Tickets purchased online: RMB 48/person (Monday to Thursday), RMB 58/person (Friday to Sunday), RMB 78 (December 24/25)
  • Tickets purchased on the spot: RMB 58/person (Monday to Thursday), RMB 78/person (Friday to Sunday), RMB 98 (December 24/25)

Snow World: The Nutcracker
January 1 – March 6, 2016

Walk through this theme park of ice and snow and you will get the lowdown on the delightful tale of a little girl's love for an enchanted nutcracker. Here, you can also make a snowman, make your dodgem car bang and bounce on ice, whisk down from an ice slide and play curling. If luck is on your side, it could snow.

  • Add: The River Mall, 168 Shangnan Road, 1368 Shibo Avenue, Pudong New Area
  • Admission: RMB 50-80

Harry Potter™: Magic World
Until February 28, 2016

Harry Potter will be rolling into Shanghai – this will be "Potter Harry™: Magic World" China debut. Since the start of its world tour in Chicago in April 2009, the exhibition has been visited by more than 3 million enthusiasts. In the past six years, it has toured such cities as Boston, Toronto, Seattle, New York, Sydney, Singapore, Tokyo and Paris. A craze always swept through the region it visited.

  • Add: Superbrand Mall, 168 Lujiazui West Road, Pudong New Area
  • Admission: RMB 140-450


At Baohua Temple
21:30, December 31, 2015
- 01:00, January 1, 2016

The "2016 New Year Bell Tolling For Happiness" will include Lantern Riddles, Wishing Tree, Burning Incense Sticks and Dancing Dragon and Lion and other traditional activities.


  • Add: 1000 Gaoping Road, Zhabei District


At Longhua Temple
21:00, December 31, 2015
– 02:00, January 1, 2016

The "Chiming Longhua Bell for the New Year" ritual is touted as the "Number One New Year Tour of Shanghai". Visitors can listen to bell chiming, watch the New Year performances, pray for peace and happiness. Try a bowl of Yue Nian Mian, or New Year noodles, which symbolizes that your luck and happiness will extend into the coming year.

  • Add: Longhua Temple, 2853 Longhua Road, Xuhui District


At Donglin Temple
20:30, December 31, 2015
- 01:00, January 1, 2016

Countdown, praying and bell tolling are essential elements of the New Year celebration at Donglin Temple. Whoop it up with the crowd to welcome 2014 as the bell is tolled 108 times.


  • Add: 150 Donglin Street, Zhujing Town, Jinshan District (In Shanghai Donglin Temple Scenic Zone)


German Berlin Film Philharmonic Orchestra Chinese New Year Concert 2016
19:30, December 28, 2015

  • Venue: Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Concert Hall, 1380 Fuxing Middle Road
  • Fare: 80-880 yuan
  • Troupe: German Berlin film Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Mading Lier
  • Chief: Peter Fischer Frantz
  • Pieces:
  • Orchestra: " Die Fledermaus Overture " , John Strauss
  • String: "Ballsirenen ", music from musical "Merry Widow"
  • Orchestra: "Free Tango", music from "Frantic"
  • Female solo: "Habanera", from the opera "Carmen" by Bizet
  • Female solo: "Meine Lippen, sie küssen so heiß", from opera "Giuditta" by Rehal
  • Orchestra: "Red Detachment of Women", from a Chinese film, by Wu Zuqiang.
  • ……


Dance 2016 - Vienna John Strauss Orchestra New Year Concert
December 31, 2015 - January 1, 2016

  • Venue: Shanghai Concert Hall, 523 Yan'an East Road, Huangpu District
  • Admission: 80-980 yuan
  • Troupe: Vienna Strauss John Orchestra
  • Pieces:
  • Strauss, Johann: No. 319, jig, "Leichtes Blut"
  • Strauss, Johann: "Night of Venice".
  • Franz Lehar: "They kiss my lips so hot", soprano
  • Strauss, Johann: Furioso-Polka. 260
  • Strauss, Johann: " Dorfschwalben Aus Ostereich. Walzer ", Op. 164
  • Strauss, Johann: " Im Krapfenwald", Polka op. 336
  • Stoltz Robert: "My love song is a waltz", soprano
  • ……


Vienna Symphony Orchestra 2016 New Year Concert
January 3-4, 2016

  • Venue: Shanghai Grand Theater, 300 Renmin Avenue
  • Admission: 180-1280 yuan
  • Troupe: Vienna Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Mazzola
  • Pieces:
  • January 3
  • Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro, overture
  • Beethoven: Seventh Symphony
  • Joseph Strauss: Ohne Sorgen Polka schnell; Sphärenklänge, Walzer; Die Libelle
  • ……
  • January 4
  • Frantz von Suppe: Overture, Light Cavalry
  • John Strauss: "Happy Polka"
  • Joseph Strauss: Die Libelle, Polka Mazur
  • ……

*All pieces played on the day are deemed final.

"Dunhuang: Ode to Life"
Until March 20, 2016

On display at this massive, mind-boggling exhibition which recreates 8 of Dunhuang's grottos are 125 exhibits, including 12 reproduced colored sculptures and 60 frescos, all of which are inspired by the art works of Dunhuang.

  • Add: Shanghai Himalayas Museum, 869 Yinghua Road
  • Admission: 66 yuan (ticket price for advance purchase)/220 yuan (original ticket price)

Lyon Festival of Lights
Until January 11, 2016

One of the world's three biggest festivals of lights, Lyon Festival of Lights now will present its China version in Shanghai. The "Lights and Images China" festival has benefited from the contribution by many famous artists from China and other countries. The Bling Bling will make you want to slow your pace and experience the wintry charm.

  • Add: 33 Shenhong Road, Minhang District, Shanghai
  • Admission: Free

Anticlimax Poetry Sakamoto's Architecture
Until February 21, 2016

For many on the contemporary Japanese architecture scene, from Shinohara to Toyo Ito, Sakamoto and Kazuyo Sejima to the edgier, emerging generation, the practice of house design has established itself as a major form of exploring and imagining the possibilities of architecture. Individual houses, along with their distinctive, intrinsic charm, are garnering more and more attention.

  • Add: Shanghai Modern Art Museum, 200 Huayuangang Road
  • Admission: Free

2016 Run The Track
09:00-12:00, January 1, 2016

This event which will take place on January 1, 2016 will be the prelude to the various car races that are to unfold at Shanghai Audi International Circuit in 2016. This year, 10,000 runners will participate, much more than previous years.


  • Venue: Shanghai Audi International Circuit

Racing up the Oriental Pearl Tower
09:00, January 1, 2016

Jump onto the bandwagon of the Chinese in the New Year by scaling the heights the Oriental Pearl Tower. The message is that the higher you go, the better off you'll be in the coming year. Don't miss the race.




  • Schedule:
  • Competition Groups (Men's Group, Women's Group): From Oriental Pearl City Plaza to 259-meter transparent sightseeing corridor
  • Jinkuihua Huoli Group: From Oriental Pearl City Plaza to the 90-meter observation deck

Hiking up Mount Sheshan
10:00-11:30, January 1, 2016

The activity is meant to publicize the national tourist attraction of Shanghai and promote hiking as a healthy physical exercise during the celebration of the New Year.





  • Location: Shanghai Happy Valley to Sheshan National Forest Park
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