December 09, 2019.
Tags: Bangkok, Travel, Nightlife, Thailand, Event, Leisure, Guide
Being a Buddhist country, you wouldn't think you'd see many Christmas-themed decorations around Thailand. But a visit to Bangkok around the holidays can change your mind.
Christmas is not really celebrated per se in Bangkok. New Year’s Eve is the big end of the year holiday. But Christmas is still well represented in the colourful decorations and lighting displays you’ll see all around the city, particularly in the major shopping areas of town.
Bangkok is the world’s most-visited city, so it’s no wonder they would choose to celebrate a holiday that their guests celebrate. But between the Christmas and New Years' decorations, the city during the month of December is a riot of colour, music, and sparkle.
Here are some of the prime locations around the city to enjoy the holiday seasons and all they offer in Bangkok.
This large shopping mall along Bangkok’s Sukhumvit Road is the site of the city’s official countdown on New Year’s Eve (NYE). Every year the plaza outside of this busy shopping mall is crowded with New Year celebrants from all over the city.
They come for the music and performances from a large stage at one end of the plaza. They also come to see the lights and decorations with which CentralWorld decorates the plaza. But mostly they come for the camaraderie of counting down to midnight along with thousands of other people. If you want to join the crowd for NYE, you’d better get here early and take the BTS Skytrain. The closer it gets to midnight, the more packed with revellers the plaza becomes.
If you’re visiting Bangkok with your family and you have small children, Dream World is sure to delight them. Their Snow Town is a particular hit at this time of year. Dream Town is a theme park that offers entertainment and shows for the kids, plus three roller coasters and other rides.
There’s plenty of food and meticulously-manicured gardens and parks. But the major attraction is Snow Town which offers sled rides and fake snow.
Asiatique, as the locals simply call it, is a commercial mall of restaurants, boutiques, shops, entertainment venues and a large Ferris wheel. This is one of the many commercial establishments in the city that likes to go all out with their decorations during the holiday season.
Asiatique is located right along the banks of the Chao Phrya River and is a great place to watch the fireworks over the river on NYE. There also is the family-friendly, Calypso Cabaret, a live Muay Thai demonstration and show, and the Joe Louis theatre which offers traditional Thai puppet shows several times a day.
One of Bangkok’s major, upscale shopping malls, Siam Paragon is a magnet for shoppers during the holiday season. The plaza between Siam Paragon and Siam Discovery Center serves as a stage for concerts, performances and, of course, lots of lights and decorations celebrating the holidays.
The best time to venture to Siam Paragon is just after dark when you’re more apt to see the music concerts and public performances they have scheduled and be able to experience them under the colourful lights.
This holiday season they’ve transformed the plaza into a fantasy land featuring ‘snow’-covered trees and a large castle as they launch their holiday theme of “The Magical Tale”.