If you're staying in Shanghai this holiday season, you're probably on the hunt for Christmas trees and decorations. If you're not exactly sure where to start, we've done your homework for you and found some of the best places to shop for ornaments, wreaths and trees. Here you go, no thanks needed.
Address: Multiple Locations
This home-furnishings mecca is home to a range of reusable Christmas trees. A 200cm tree is priced at RMB599 while the 155cm tree is RMB199. They also have plenty of decorations, lights, tinsel, and even stockings. While you're there you may as well pick up a couple of extra wine glasses and candles for those very merry parties coming up.
Address: Multiple locations
As an expat-friendly shopping chain, Carrefour offers a wide selection of fake trees, wreaths and Christmas decorations. The trees cost between RMB140 to RMB350, depending on size. Grab some popcorn and fishing wire while you're there, and get down to stringing some good old-fashioned poprcorn garlands.
Address: Gate 4, No. 101 Weimar Villa, 355 Ande Bei Lu ( near Yishan Lu) 安德北路355弄魏玛别墅4号门101号 (近宜山路)
Holiday House has been the go-to hub for Easter, Halloween, and Christmas decorations in Shanghai for 18 years. They have possibly everything you'd need to decorate your home: fake trees, ornaments, pillows and rugs, Santa costumes, and Christmas homewares. They're currently runnig a promotion for 2.1m trees (originally RMB160, they're now RMB75 per tree. Get two for RMB180). Call ahead to check if the deal is available, or if they even have trees left; they sell out pretty fast.
Address: Yu Garden, 137 Anren Jie (near Fuyou Lu) 安仁街137号 (福佑路)
Chenghuang Miao in Yu Garden isn't the first place people think of for Christmas decorations, but towards mid November is when the area starts looking like the aftermath of a Christmas factory explosion. You'll find everything here, from fake trees and fake miniature reindeer, to embroidered stockings and festive wreaths. Put your haggle hat on.
If you're too busy to step out, Taobao is always one click away. We found this popular virtual Christmas boutique, offering a wide variety of Christmas trees, from fully-decorated trees (RMB61-RMB378) to smaller, more restrained options (RMB65 / RMB148). They have tree ornaments, balloons, cute stockings, and even Santa costumes. Don't know how to use taobao? Check out our how to taobao guide to get started.
Oh Taobao, is there anything we can't find on you? Apparently not, because we managed to dig out even real Christmas trees. We found this 1.5m tree retailing for RMB220. The store has more sizes available.
Address: 122 Jianguo Lu Xi (near Shanxi Nan Lu) 建国路122号 (近陕西南路)
This fancy French Florist offers both fake and real trees, though fair warning, prices are a little steep. Real trees are imported from the United States and will set you back RMB2,500; they can do second-day delivery. Fake trees are RMB600 per tree, top up an additional RMB200 for the fully-decorated version. In the shop, you'll find a decent selection of Christmas decorations too.
Address: 718 Hongjing Lu (near Yan'an Xi Lu) 虹井路718号 (近延安西路)
Flower markets are probably the logical choice if you're tree-hunting. The Hongqiao Bird and Flower Market has both fake and real trees, available via multiple vendors. Have a wander to see which store offers the best price, don't be afraid to haggle.
Address: 207 Fumin Lu (near Julu Lu) 富民路2017号 (近巨鹿路)
For something a little more unique, head on over to Madame Mao's Dowry on Fumin Lu for one of their special ceramic Christmas tree ornaments. The ceramic baubles come hand-painted with propaganda art and slogans. These also make for great Christmas presents to send back home.
Have you already picked up your Christmas tree and decorations? Did we miss out any other shops? Let us know in the comments section below!
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