Christmas in Bangkok is the time of the year when the city’s hotels usually enjoy maximum occupancy, and when shopping malls astonish with dramatic decorations, displays, events and promotions. Shopping, along with eating and partying the night away, is usually on everyone’s agendas in Bangkok. A must-see is the Christmas lights decorating Bangkok’s many buildings, trees, bridges, and lamp poles.
List of things to do on Christmas in Bangkok
1) Wandering the Streets of Bangkok
Walking the streets of central Bangkok on Christmas is part of the fun. A good place to start is on Rachadamri Road, where you can check out soulful décor and lights at outstanding venues like The Four Seasons Hotel, The Peninsula Plaza, Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel, The Erawan Mall, and Amarin Plaza.
2) Christmas Shopping
Bangkok might not celebrate Christmas the classic way, shopping is literally a national pastime in Bangkok, and the city often appears to have as many malls and department stores as it does restaurants and hotels, thus it is an admirable place to be if you are in need of Christmas gifts. Additionally, the glitz of Christmas seems to have taken the city by storm, and now all the major malls feature large lit Christmas trees, lights, decorations, and of course plenty of sales.
3) Eating and Drinking
What is Christmas without overdoing it on the food and drink front? Bangkok delivers on this front too, and you certainly won’t go hungry for festive fare. If staying at an international hotel in Bangkok, you are likely to come across popular gala buffet dinners for both Christmas and New Year. They might be just what you are looking for in terms of a ready-made package of familiar celebrations, but they can also be pricey.
4) Religious services
Bangkok has its share of Christian churches, and if you are looking for a religious service to attend on Christmas Day – or just want to take a wander around a church in the festive season – you won’t have trouble finding one. After several years of restoration, Assumption Church is now open again, and is worth a visit over Christmas.