Fears of a potential blackout in the wake of the Christmas Day blackout at the country’s biggest entertainment complex have led to an industrywide shutdown.
Wanda Group of Japan said on Monday it would begin its annual Christmas Day lights display on December 25, with the first 10,000 tickets sold in just over a month.
The company said it planned to make a further announcement on December 27.
Wang Zhaoxing, chairman of Wanda’s parent company Wanda Group, said the company had no choice but to take action due to the high volume of visitors to the complex.
“This is the only place where Christmas Day is normally played on December 23 and 24, and this is the time that we can make our best efforts to reach our target of 15 million visitors for the full day,” he told a news conference in Beijing.
“We have to be mindful of the holiday season and its important that we do everything we can to keep our lights on,” he said.
The event has become a major tourist draw for China and its overseas markets in recent years, attracting more than $2.3 billion in spending last year.
China has been facing a nationwide blackout this year that has seen hotels, shopping centres and other public areas closed, while officials have warned that it could lead to a mass migration of people to other cities.
The wanda complex was built in 1950 and is the world’s biggest indoor complex, housing more than 3 million people.
Its annual holiday celebration draws more than 60 million visitors.
China’s central government has warned of potential damage from the lights, which it said could cause power cuts in some cities.
Wangei was one of several cities across China to be affected by the blackout, with other cities including Shanghai, Tianjin and Shanghai, as well as the northern province of Guizhou also facing power outages.
Chinese President Xi Jinping also visited the complex in Beijing last month, and vowed to make the Christmas period “one of great triumphs” in his country’s economic growth strategy.
“Wanda’s Christmas Day fireworks show is a major success, as it demonstrates China’s high-speed innovation and creative thinking,” Xinhua news agency quoted Xi as saying.