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Schedule: Christmas in Kunming art markets and charity drives

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Christmas is coming to town, and in December, all over Kunming, Christmas markets will soon pop up. For those of you who are returning to celebrate the holiday with family back home, these events are where you can pick up some special presents. For those staying here, you can warm your hands and belly with a glass of gluhwein, warm your heart by spending money on hand-crafted goods sold with all proceeds going to charity, craft your own Christmas decorations or steal kisses under the mistletoe.

TCG Nordica Christmas Market

Already in its fifteenth year, Nordica's traditional Christmas market this year will take place December 7-8. Because of Nordica's ties with Scandinavia, each year the market has a somewhat Swedish look and feel. The theme for 2018 is 'family, life's greatest blessing'. A guest speaker will give a speech about the blessings of children and families both days of the event. It is indeed a family-friendly affair with children's activities like cookie decorating, storytelling and face painting, as well as a dedicated play area. For the adults there will be international food options, a photo-op with Santa, gift shopping and performances.

Where: TCG Nordica, 101 Xiba Lu
When: Friday December 7, 5pm–9pm (guest speaker at 6pm) and Saturday December 8, 10am–6pm (guest speaker at noon)
Email Nordica for more info: info [at] tcgnordica [dot] com

Christmas Affordable Art Market

Number two on our list of holiday markets is put on by a new kid on the block — GAH Gallery's Christmas Affordable Art Market. Apart from artwork ranging in budget from very wallet-friendly to connoisseur price, there will also be a Christmas handicraft workshop for aspiring artists of all ages. There will also be craft beers from Brewery Hill, wine and food, all to keep the Christmas spirits high.

Where: GAH Gallery, Paoluda Creative Cultural Park
When: Sunday December 16 and Saturday December 22, 11am-6pm both days
Email Anna for more info: 3387497057 [at] qq [dot] com

A Very Maya Christmas

On Christmas eve two local angels are throwing a Christmas bash at The Park Bar and Restaurant. All proceeds will go towards student meals and the construction of new classrooms at Maya Universe Academy in Nepal. The evening will feature a raffle, gorgeously handcrafted gifts for sale, special food and drink deals and kisses under the mistletoe available through an auction.

Where: The Park Bar and Restaurant, Green Lake
When: December 24, noon-late (market at 1pm, food and festivities at 6pm)
Email Laura for more info: tudouplunkett169 [at] gmail [dot] com

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Very interesting. Last year GoK featured Tibetan X'mas, this year Nordic & Mayan. Happy holidays to all who celebrate life!

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