Do Chinese People Celebrate Christmas?

Although Christmas is not a public holiday in China, it is nevertheless celebrated by many Chinese people, particularly younger generations between the ages of 15 and 45. In fact, according to the China Social Survey Institute, it is among the most popular festivals in the country.

However, Christmas in China is a purely secular occasion, geared mostly to the commercial aspects of the holiday. For many, it is little more than a reason to throw a party.

Christmas is most evident in major Chinese cities, such as Beijing and Shanghai, where familiar holiday tropes are in abundance. These include Santa Claus, mulled wine and gingerbread, as well as more uniquely Chinese Christmas associations, such as the saxophone.