Christmas is not a public holiday in Vietnam, but it has been received much recognition from the local vietnamese people as well as young generation. So if you come to visit Hanoi in Christmas, this is 5 ways to spend your Christmas night in Hanoi.
Saint Joseph Cathedral
Praying in the church is indispensable for any Christian believer on Christmas Eve. Luckily, there are a lot of churches around Hanoi in which people can enjoy a wide variety of religious activities as well as hymns singing and other music performance. Among the churches around Hanoi, Saint Joseph Cathedral located at 40 Nha Trung Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi should be the most magnificent and famous one. Besides, you can visit Ham Long Church at 21 Ham Long Street, Hoan Kiem or Cua Bac Church at 56 Phan Dinh Phung, Ba Dinh, Hanoi.
Hang Ma Street
Located in the heart of Hanoi Old Quarter, Hang Ma Street always catches up with the trend by selling ornaments in some special events such as Mid-Autumn Festival, Christmas, International Children’s Day and New Year Holiday. Anything you need to decorate your Christmas tree as well as gifts and Christmas cards can easily be found there with low prices.
Spending your trip in walking around Hanoi Old Quarter should be a good idea because it may remind you of your hometown with Christmas Trees being put up in front of restaurants; numbers of Santa and his reindeer on sides of clothing stores or snowmen made from cotton near Ice-cream shops. It is not weird if you see one or two Santa driving motorbike instead of the reindeer on streets because they are actually gifts delivers.
Hotels dinner buffet
Christmas is the occasion on which high-star hotels in Hanoi usually offer the most luxury buffet party and hilarious music performance. Standing out among the hotels should be Sofitel Metropole Hanoi where 1001 fairy tales are reproduced in one night in its Spices Garden and La Beaulieu restaurant. Artists wearing Snow White, Aladdin, or Peter Pan costume will entertain you with special art shows while you are tasting excellent international foods. The price not too expensive, it is USD 33 for kids from 3-8, USD 46 for children aging 9-12 and USD 75 for an adult.
With a lower price range, about USD 20-40, visitors can still enjoy a luxury Christmas night at Melia Hanoi, Hilton Hanoi Opera, or Hanoi Daewoo.
Music shows and parties
On Christmas Eve or the night before, there are usually a lot of fantastic music shows of various genres such as pop-ballad; jazz or classic occurring in Hanoi, particularly in Hanoi Opera House. The themes of those shows are no doubt about Christmas.
In addition, international organizations and universities and embassies regularly organize Christmas parties to welcome their native civilians and people with the same interest to join and cheer up for the night.
New Year Eve and Noel are good chances for shopping malls launching their biggest promotional campaign of the year which shocking sale off and hundreds of new arrivals. Vincom Plaza Tower, Parson, Garden Mall or Ruby Plaza are the most remarkable shopping centers in Hanoi. Do not miss this golden opportunity to pick up most trendy pieces of fashion by yourself.
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