What is Christmas without an exciting lineup of festive activities and parades, right? You may think that many countries in Asia generally do not have big-scale Christmas celebrations due to religious beliefs and cultural differences.
However, cities such as Bangkok – with over 90% of people being buddhists – actually do celebrate the festivity with pretty big-scale lights and decor.
Europe may have the most stunning White Christmas, but here are 5 Exciting Christmas Celebrations in Asia you should totally check out.
Source: Indonesia Point
#1 BALI & JAKARTA, INDONESIA – PARTIES & CELEBRATIONS
Indonesia is considerably a Muslim country and Christmas is not widely celebrated, but parties and celebrations are still common – mostly held in the capital city of Jakarta and most-visited beach destination, Bali. Think after dark beach parties, giant Christmas trees within malls, and lots of F&B promotions across cafes, bars and restaurants.
Best part of these all? They are not gonna be exorbitantly expensive.
#2 BANGKOK – CHRISTMAS LIGHTS WALKING TOUR
The Christmas Lights Walking Tour is a stroll down Bangkok’s most well-known shopping district, where you get to catch amazing and gorgeous lights everywhere. Shopping in Bangkok during December is also great, for you get to snatch crazy end-of-year steals and have a taste of affordable Christmas-inspired food at the array of restaurants!
To find out more information on the best route to take, you can click here.
Source: Disney Tourist Blog
#3 CHRISTMAS WISHES – TOKYO DISNEYSEA
Why not take a trip to the Land of Rising Sun? Over at Tokyo’s DisneySea, insanely pretty lights fill the theme park, along with fireworks and themed performances. The characters will also be dressed up with Christmasy outfits, and all these are sure to curve your lips and make the child in you so, so happy. You will never forget spending Christmas here at the Happiest Place on Earth!
For ticket prices, or to book yours now, you can visit here.
Source: Discover Hong Kong
#4 HONG KONG – PULSE 3D LIGHT SHOW
Audio-visual displays will be shown in 3D on well-known buildings such as the Hong Kong Cultural Centre and the Clock Tower at Tsim Sha Tsui. As part of Hong Kong’s Winterfest, this free-of-charge event features brilliant and artistic displays. It will be shown from 09 to 28 December 2015.
For official timings of the show, check it out here.
Source: Philippines Travel Hub
#5 SAN FERNANDO, PHILIPPINES – GIANT LANTERN FESTIVAL
Huge and gorgeous lanterns (almost 2 metres tall) are put to display and it has been a festival* that is highly anticipated every year. It is so iconic that the city has been christened the ‘Christmas Capital of the Philippines’, because the event is said to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
*The festival will be happening from 19 to 24 December 2015. Official lantern display will be happening on 24 December 2015 only, from 10pm to 11pm.
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