What Is Christmas Like In Bangkok, Thailand?

More and more people every year spend Christmas abroad rather than at home.

Thailand is becoming an increasingly popular destination for Christmas holidaymakers so you may be wondering ‘what is Christmas like in Bangkok?’

This post will give an insight into what Christmas is like in Bangkok, Thailand.

Christmas in Thailand

  • Christmas isn’t an official holiday in Thailand. This is because Thailand is predominantly a Buddhist country whereas Christmas is a Christian holiday. 
  • Whilst most families in Thailand don’t celebrate Christmas, there are still definitely plenty of ways to celebrate Christmas and feel festive whilst in Thailand at Christmas time. 
  • As Christmas is not celebrated in Thailand, you won’t find many Christmas activities or decorations around the country. 
  • However in Bangkok and other major cities, you will see Christmas decorations. Every mall will be lit up with lights and decorations and all the hotels erect Christmas trees.
  • Christmas Day is just a normal day in Thailand so if it falls on a weekday then it will just be another normal working day. 
  • Thailand is definitely not a bad place to spend Christmas as it has tropical weather. You could spend Christmas day in the sun, relaxing on the beach if you want to. Christmas on the beach doesn’t have to be just for Australians.  
  • Thailand is also a great place to do your Christmas shopping. If you’ll be in Bangkok then you can buy virtually anything in one of their many colossal malls. 

Christmas Activities in Bangkok

Mall Displays

  • Most of Bangkok’s big malls take part in festivities. You’ll see glittering Christmas trees, lights, tinsel and much more in most of the stores, you may even find a Santa! 
  • Most of the malls will decorate both the inside and the outside of their buildings with wonderful Christmas decorations. 
  • There’s many of these malls in the Sukhumvit area of Bangkok. Some of the best include Siam Paragon, Siam Discovery and MBK Center.

Christmas Market

  • Every year the K Village Christmas Market takes place at Sukhumvit 26 Alley.
  • It usually starts a few days before Christmas on December 23rd and usually lasts till just after Christmas Day.
  • It’s a great place to do last minute shopping, meet Santa Claus himself or indulge in some tasty Christmas treats. There’s also live music.

Ice Skating

  • CentralWorld is a large shopping centre in Bangkok which has its own skating rink. Adorned with a gigantic Christmas tree, you’ll definitely feel Christmassy whilst skating here. 
  • CentralWorld itself is usually decorated for Christmas as well so once you’re done skating, you can wander around and enjoy the festive decorations.

Where To Stay For Christmas In Bangkok

  • There’s plenty of great places to stay for Christmas in Bangkok. To ensure you have the best time, I’ve selected a few of the best. Many of these hotels will hold special events for Christmas. 
  • Most of these hotels will also provide a high quality Christmas dinner so you don’t need to worry about missing out on this.
  • Check out these top Bangkok hotels that would be a great place to spend Christmas in Bangkok:

Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

The St. Regis Bangkok

The Four Seasons Hotel

The Peninsula Bangkok

Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel


Thanks for reading this post which hopefully gave you an insight into what it’s like to spend Christmas in Bangkok, Thailand.