Photograph of Christmas tree lights in Bangkok Thailand

Christmas Time In Thailand

Christmas time and New Years Eve in Thailand is a really fun time to visit because although Thailand is predominantly a Buddhist country, they create elaborate decorative displays to celebrate the holidays as well.

Christmas time in Thailand includes all the familiar commercial themes of Christmas to include Santa and sales at the malls without the typical manical frenzy you see at the malls in the United States.

Christmas photograph of my wife and Santa

Santa and my wife

When driving around Bangkok you will see extravagant light displays such as this one and it adds as an extra festive flavor to your Thailand visit.  The insides and outsides of the malls are decorated too just as you would find in the United States.  The one difference from the U.S. version of Christmas is the Thais keep their light displays up well into January.  Gift giving traditionally  takes place within Thai families on or around New Years celebrations and this is to hopefully bring good luck and prosperity for the recipient during this new year.

I really love Christmas time in Thailand even though there isn’t any snow because I can enjoy a Christmas display that includes lighted palm trees just as well as a traditional Christmas tree.  The only difference is there isn’t that awesome pine tree smell that permeates your home during the holiday season.  That’s OK with me though because I enjoy the warm weather more at this stage of my life. Sometimes we have to sacrifice one thing to enjoy something new. :)

Christmas time also falls within the peak tourist season for Thailand so hotels may be a bit more expensive; however, you can still find some great deals  on lodging and it’s still very affordable.


In the Phuket and Patong Beach area the rooms fill up quite quickly for the season because people will also want to celebrate New Years Eve as well Christmas.

If you want to visit this popular beach resort area during Christmas and New Years you have to plan your stay well in advance.  Throngs of foreign travelers and traveling families travel to Thailand and Phuket as well as other beach areas at this time of year because of the cooler and drier weather.  When I say cooler it’s still very warm during the day and the nights can go into the chilling 70’s F.

There was an announcement in the Thai media that there will be a two-day New Years celebration extravaganza on Surin Beach in Phuket which I am sure will be an awesome event and will be packed with revelers.  It starts on the 30th of December and will have a floating band stand, a laser light show, and an “unprecedented hologram show” as well as “world class artists and DJ’s” .  Advertised “early bird” priced tickets will be on sale for  2000 THB ($65.33 USD) per person and go up as high as 2,000,000 THB ($65,333.80 USD) for a “20-person private floating villa”.  So, if you can get 20 friends together, and each pays 100,000 THB ($3263.71 USD) apiece, you could experience a grand ( actually I guess you would call it a $3 grand plus per person!) celebration I am sure will be very memorable.  This price tag for the floating villa might be just a bit out of the budget of the average traveler, but I am sure it would be phenomenal as will the experience of the ordinary budget traveler.  I am more of the $65.33 type traveler. :) (note: prices are per the conversion rate of Thai Baht (THB) to USD today, 15DEC2012)

New Years Eve Celebrations In Bangkok

New Years celebrations are also scheduled throughout the city of Bangkok as well and include huge fireworks displays that light up the cityscape to ring in the New Year.  If you happen to be in a high-rise you can enjoy several different fireworks displays taking place all around the city of Bangkok without having to deal with the crowds if you this is what you prefer.  There will be celebrations throughout Thailand so no matter where you are, even in the rural areas, I am sure there will be some sort of celebratory events taking place so you won’t miss out; especially for New Years Eve.  :)

Christmas and New Years Eve in Thailand is a wonderful time to visit and I hope that you can someday travel there and enjoy the festivities if you haven’t already been there already.  If you have, well, why not go back!  I am sure a lot of people do. :)

Thanks so much for visiting my website today and please feel free to leave a comment!

Have you traveled to Thailand during Christmas and New Years Eve?  What was your impression or favorite experience?

Happy and safe ‘wanderings’ to all!  :)


About VacationWanderer

I have 'wandered' pretty much around the world but still have a lot to see and experience. My favorite things to do in life are travel, photography, and learning new languages or foreign language phrases to use along the way. "Hello", "Thank You", and "Please" in any language will open many doors for you. :-) I love to share my travel experiences with people and hope to inspire those who are still just thinking about it.


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  2. It’s interesting how countries like Thailand (and for us right now, China) have commercially embraced Christmas so much. Haven’t seen any lights here yet though. Seems like the holiday is used as much more of a marketing ploy. For my husband and I, Christmas has great personal meaning having nothing to do with shopping or Santa, but it’s good to see the holiday being embraced around the world in one way shape or form.
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    • You would be surprised that even predominantly Muslims countries also display signs of Christmas as well! I remember a HUGE Christmas tree in the lobby of the Holiday Inn in Kuwait. Here in Kosovo, some restaurants and also homes are decorated for the holidays to include images and figures of Santa. So, it’s also more of the commercial side of Christmas. Orthodox Christmas is celebrated in January. I remember walking into a big store they have here right after Thanksgiving and seeing a whole isle with Christmas tree trimmings and also artificial trees for sale. I thought that was pretty cool! :) Thanks so much for leaving a comment and hope you have a wonderful Christmas in China! I envision you and your family eating a roast duck like in the movie ‘A Christmas Story”. :) Christmas is whatever you want it to be and can be celebrated anywhere especially when with your family which is the greatest gift. :)


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