Christmas in China

At this time of year, everyone is anticipating Christmas.

For the last decade, Christmas celebrations have been slowly creeping into the Chinese calendar. By 2016, Christmas decorations can be found in not only the major cities, but many small towns across China.

Most cities have large Christmas trees in the city centre

like this one in Hong Kong.

Merry Christmas to all travellers on SpaceshipChina!

Author: Debbie

immersed in the ancient culture of china, and its constantly changing facades.... a traveller through time and space landing in suzhou of the 21st century.... australian by birth, traveller by nature, mother of a beautiful ten-year-old

15 thoughts on “Christmas in China”

  1. I know it is not native to China, but I’m happy to read that there is some awareness of Christmas in other countries that don’t normally observe it. I can’t imagine living in a place where the celebration was foreign.

    I suppose I could always host an explanatory dinner (like American expats do for Thanksgiving), but I’d SO miss all the lights and decorations. It already feels barren enough just being out of Manhattan, which is always a wonderland for the entire month of December.

    Merry Christmas, my friend. I hope you are able to enjoy the best of everything the season has to offer in your new[ish] home away from home.

    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMore dot com)
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    1. Thank you Maddie :). I Imagine New York must be a treat a Christmas time.
      I hope you have a fantastic holiday season also, and please stop thinking and worrying about anything and everything and just relax, and enjoy, and have fun!
      love and hugs, debbie

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  2. Oddly enough, the same kind of thing is happening here in Abu Dhabi–Xmas music in stores. And the funny thing is it’s beginning around turkey day…! I guess it is about shopping, not someone’s birthday, eh?

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    1. Yep, its about shopping, and global capitalism, really.
      but still, whats there not to enjoy about pine trees all decked out with holly and bells?
      ( i had a type, belles, but thought best to remove that extra ‘e’ lest you start getting any ideas..)

      and all that food…

      i guess over where you are, you have to have an aussie-style Xmas with Santa in a teeshirt and thongs 🙂


      1. I forget who it was on the Johnny Carson show decades ago…who said something about being disturbed that everyone felt the Xmas spirit only at this time of year. And Carson replied with something like: well, at least it’s one time of year.


  3. About the only concession to Christmas in Mayotte was the rather surreal sight of the Muslim cashiers wearing Santa hats in the supermarket. No trees or lights. A rather strange feeling, though not unpleasant. But this year we’re back in full festivity mode – normality is restored. Have a great one, Debbie!


  4. Hi Debbie, I never really considered that Christmas isn’t celebrated that much in China, but of course not. Nice to see that is is recognised now, but still it does become a commercial venture. I hope your doing well 😊


    1. HI Adele, it has become increasingly prominent over the last five or so years. now almost every city has christmas trees in public places … chinese new year remians the most important festival on the chinese calander though. unfortunelty I believe this has happened mainly as a commercial push and not really a popular movement – however its a nice celebration and certainly makes me feel good to see lots of christmas decorations around. Love your latest series of photos, love the way the rainbows are sparkling all over your son! Happy New Year!


  5. Love this blog! We’ve been really interested in how the Chinese celebrate Christmas also. Have you come across the apple tradition on Christmas Eve? We did a very quick blog on Christmas in China ourselves…


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