Trees and More
Au Nom de la Rose
French import shop Au Nom De La Rose will have a pretty wide variety of trees from 1.2 to 2.1m tall ranging in price from 650rmb to 1,650rmb. They have real and fake trees in stock, along with many pre-decorated trees on offer standing at same height. They’ve also got plenty of smaller ones, and one of the nicest window-displays of the downtown shops! Wreaths are about 40cm wide and will cost around the 300rmb mark. Depending on the size of the tree you’ve selected, they can deliver for free within 3km. Outside 3km delivery prices are negotiable, again depending on the size of your tree.
Ruby's emporium of seasonal doohickeys and thingamubobs is in full Christmas swing. They're also selling fake trees, ranging from around 1-2m in various different colors. That means black, silver, gold, white and frosty (sparkling white?) ones! Green ones go from 50-150rmb, the colored for 100-180rmb. You may find some real bargains here, with package deals available on an array of ornaments, bells, mixed bags of ornaments, Christmas wreaths, tree decorations, etc.
Wan Qun Florist
Wan Qun Florist on Yongjia Lu sells real trees, Chinese pines, to be exact, which will be in stock very soon. Trees ranging from 1.5-2m will cost you between 200-500rmb. Unfortunately trees are not always available in-store for purchase, which means you’re going to have to organize delivery with the shopkeepers, whose English is rudimentary. It's free within 3-4km, 30-50rmb for 5-8km, 100rmb for 10km or above. They've also got a modest array of Christmas ornaments on sale; garlands, lanterns, Christmas ornaments, etc. A few kuai per item. Christmas wreaths are also available, but it depends on the stock.
Sweden knows how to Christmas. Unfortunately, they're not selling real Christmas trees. Fakes one aplenty! A rather sparse-looking cheaper 1.4m option is 99rmb, a much fuller one at 1.5m for 199rmb, and the biggest one they have at 1.8m is priced at 399rmb. They also provide a large amount of Christmas-themed home furnishings such as wreaths, decorations for the tree and your home in general, miscellaneous fake flower arrangements, advent calendars, lights and also Christmasy lampshades. They really do have the works here. Unfortunately very few Christmas items are available online, which means a trip down to Caoxi Road. This is not necessarily a bad thing, as it provides an opportunity to do the entirety of your Christmas shopping in one trip.
Holiday House (Anting)
The house of wonders, trinkets and merriment in that deserted housing complex in Anting is still worth the trip for the hardcore holiday homemaker. Fake trees and a vast amount of assorted decorations is what you will find upon arrival. Tree sizes: 0.5-2 meters tall. Different materials available, prices ranging from 45rmb to about 200rmb. Delivery is about 50rmb, more if you're far away. Christmas wreaths are also available for between 29rmb-160rmb. They have all kinds of ornaments; light-up snowmen, Christmas lights, tree ornaments, lawn ornaments, whimsical polar bear and Santa statues, tinsel, bells, tree skirts, light up stars... the works. All those range from as little as 5rmb to 35rmb and up. Seriously, it's like a million things.
The Graces Floral
Graces Floral are selling real (Chinese-grown) Christmas trees. Prices depend on the size and height; 1.5m start at 900rmb, 1.8m are about 1,200rmb, 2m around 1,800rmb. Head on down to the store and take a look. Don’t be put off if there are none in the storefront, they have more available in their warehouse. Delivery is free for the downtown, 30rmb for Pudong, 60rmb for the likes of Jiading and Baoshan. A bit short on ornaments, and they're ambiguous on prices. Graces Floral has some unconventional wreath designs; it's about 300-700rmb for one of their arrangements, depending on the size.
Annie’s Dream will have Christmas trees for sale very soon, but only of the slightly smaller variety (30-60cm) that’ll cost you between 400-500rmb. They're imported from Holland, don't you know, and if you call them up before the trees are in stock, they can be pre-ordered. You can get your tree delivered around town for 20rmb, but if you’re in Pudong expect a higher fee (40-50rmb). They only have the real thing at Annie's. There are some ambitiously designed Christmas wreaths up for grabs, the smallest at 20cm for 200rmb, the largest 40cm for 300-400rmb.
This florist is tucked away on Wukang Lu and is well stocked with real, healthy trees that have been grown in Denmark. Their smallest on offer is 1.7m and will set you back 2,200rmb. A tree standing at 1.8m is 2,800rmb, and finally their largest is 2m for 3,200rmb. Rosa Gallica also provide mini Christmas trees, and as many wreaths and Christmasy flower arrangements as you could possibly want, all 100% real. Much like at Annie’s dream, nothing fake is being sold here. They will deliver right to your doorstep for free if you live within 5km of their shop, but this transaction may require further negotiation on purchase. They also have a smaller pop-up location right next to West Nanjing Road, where you can place tree orders, or pick up wreaths and flower arrangements.
Riverside Flower Shop
Similarly to Rosa Gallica, Riverside is a small florist that packs a Christmasy punch when the calendar rolls over into December. This particular shop stocks trees that are grown in China, and are sold at a range of prices. 80-100cm is 280rmb, 120-140cm is 380rmb, 150-160cm is 480rmb, 180-200cm is 780rmb, and finally, somehow, they have trees measuring in at 250-300cm, which will cost you 1580rmb. Best not ask too many questions. Delivery is available for a fee of 50rmb and beyond, depending on distance. Mini trees, wreaths, wallhangings and centerpieces are also available.
Hongqiao Bird and Flower Market
Hongqiao Bird and Flower Market's a bit more of a rustic experience but they've got plenty of sellers there. Some of them even sell real trees, for which you'll likely have to pay a pretty penny. However, you’re far more likely to come across fake trees; 2.1m trees can go for as much as 500rmb, 2.4m ones for as much as 700rmb. Delivery would be down to the individual shop-seller. Plenty of decorations and Christmas wreaths available, though.
Jinsheng Flower Market
This slightly smaller market located in Changning will provide you with your basic Christmas tree needs, whether it be real or fakes you're after. Flower arrangements and wreaths are also present. Prices and delivery would have to be determined on-site and with the individual seller.
Hardly bears mentioning but the Yu Garden Bazaar also usually has a selection of garlands, ornaments, fake trees, etc. If you want to make a day trip of it, you can always go to Yiwu, where the rest of the world buys its Chistmas decor in bulk. Here is more info if you want to make a holiday pilgrimage.
Just Ornaments and Decorations
Madame Mao's Dowry
Madame Mao’s Dowry has some Christmas ornaments available, specifically, Christmas tree balls emblazoned with the sort of iconography you can expect at Madame Mao's. Those go for 100rmb a pop, but they're just the thing to help balance the bourgeoise-ness of your tree.Unfortunately their spread is not as extensive as last year, but they do have a selection of cards to send friends and family, and also wrapping paper that you can use to wrap a jade statue of Mao that you are planning on giving to everyone you know, luckily available at Madame Mao’s Dowry. Two birds one stone.
Upon entry, you will immediately see the decorations Carrefour has to offer this year. These range from tinsel, Christmas balls, cuddly Christmas toys, stockings, wreaths, hats, stickers, calendars and a few small fake trees but nothing substantial. A similar spread will be available in the other Carrefour stores in town.
The Christmas Markets
These tend to pop-up in all kinds of places, including at schools and so on. Good spot to browse for Christmas ornaments if you're going to one anyway. Good prospects for knick-knacks like snowglobes and Christmas bells. Check out the full list here.
Finally, just in case it still needs saying, there's always Taobao. A bit cheaper, a bit riskier, a bit more authentically "Christmas in China."