Where to buy Christmas Trees
on Ferguson Lane
sells real Dongbei trees from 350rmb-900rmb depending on the size. Au Nom de la Rose
on Jianguo Lu has fake trees ranging from 600rmb-1000rmb and real trees from 900rmb-2500rmb, which they can decorate with their specialty — roses — and/or lights. More trees at Boutique La Fleur
, both fake (starting from 300rmb) and real (800rmb-1500rmb), but they need to be ordered in advance. Annie Wang from Annie's Florist
has real trees starting at about 600rmb up to 1000rmb for a 2m fellow. Nearly all of them also sell decoration, wreaths and all sorts of Christmassy flower arrangements. For those living up in Hongkou, there's a rather random new store that's popped up opposite Hyatt on the Bund, selling fake trees and lots of cheap decorations. It's got no name. It looks like they've just grabbed a vacant space for a quite two-month decoration-selling spree.
on Jiangguo Xi Lu has both Chinese and imported trees offers a special rose-decorated tree and a real one for 600rmb (1.7m), which includes a wreath.
Yu Garden & Markets
If you don't mind haggling, hit up Yuyuan
for trees and Christmas gadgets or the flower markets around the city. Jingshen Market
on Anshun Lu has a couple of stores selling real, maybe slightly crooked trees, but also wreaths, table arrangements and some decorations. Cao Jia Du Lu
has an even better selection. The whole market is overflowing with trees, poinsettias (10-20rmb) and all kinds of other botanical Christmas paraphernalia. Look for the small shop at the left entrance to get spray snow, Santa hats, ornaments and all other kinds of kitschy decorations. In general, almost all the shops take orders, assuring us they can provide any type and size of tree. Custom made wreathes and arrangements can also be ordered in advance or they can make them while you wait.
Or there's this place, Yiwu
, which is about two and a half hours out of Shanghai by train from Shanghai South Railway Station. This is where the world goes to buy (wholesale) its Christmas tat. If anything, you might be too late for them to fill big orders for 2013, but it's possible to go and buy ornaments, trees, Santa and snowman crap in smaller orders (at least 10 of each item). Might make a bizarrely festive day trip
, or perhaps simply underscore the utter plastic crapness of the festival. Read our Yiwu guide here
Fake Plastic Trees
Your options are IKEA
— with Fejka
the plastic tree for 199rmb and the eco friendlier paper version Snömys
for 99rmb including decoration — Carrefour
(each have trees from about 400rmb). If none of these are to your liking there’s always our good friend Taobao
. Don't forget to throw in some ornaments while you're at it, and speaking of which...
Get yours at HOLA (B2 Brilliance West Shopping Mall
) or Metro City