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The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong holds a handful of holiday events for its guests, celebrating both Western and Chinese holidays. For Christmas, the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel hosts a tree-lighting ceremony, complete with goodies for the kids and decorations throughout the grounds. Children get a chance to decorate gingerbread houses in a class with the pastry chef. There’s also a holiday-themed tea in Aura as well as festive lunches and multi-course dinners at Scena and Jin Xuan on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Then on Christmas Day, Cantonese restaurant Jin Xuan celebrates with a dim sum lunch.
On Chinese New Year, there’s a special menu at Jin Xuan, where you can tuck into delicious roasted duck and hairy crab. During the important holiday — when the city virtually shuts down — an enormous fireworks display is set off over the Huangpu River. Take in the best views of it from the 58th-floor bar Flair or the 52nd-floor lobby lounge. If you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day at the Shanghai hotel, there are couples packages that include a guest room, meals and a romantic treatment for two at the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star spa.