Christmas and the end of the year is just around the corner and I am sure many of us will be glad to see the end of 2020 with the bright and hopeful light of 2021 ushered in. The weather will start to turn cool and Bangkok takes on an air of festive excitement as the streets and shopping malls are turned into a magical land of twinkly lights and Christmas installations. Although Thailand is a Buddhist country, they plunge themselves into Christmas in a big way and it’s a wonderful time of the year for bringing everyone together.
As alway the shopping malls choose their festive theme and the competition is on to see who will have the tallest tree, the most popular lights or the most creative displays. This year in particular Christmas was upon us earlier than usual and at one point we had both Halloween and Christmas decorations collaborating in a season of celebration across the city.
So as Santa prepares his lists and kids start to make sure they are not on the naughty list, where can you take the kids to get well and truly into the festive spirit and see the brightest lights and even the opportunity to see Santa himself!
EmQuartier and Emporium
Right in the heart of central Sukhumvit and attached to Phrom Phong BTS station are the mega malls of EmQuartier and Emporium directly across the street from each other. Whilst EmQuartier is known for its gigantic Christmas tree as you enter the mall and live performances each weekend up to Christmas, Emporium is known for its tunnel of lights ablaze with beautiful hanging decorations and is found on many insta-worthy shots all over Bangkok. Remember to check out inside both of the malls as the themes continue across many floors with pop-up markets and food stalls each weekend. The Helix garden in EmQuartier and Imaginia children’s play centre in Emporium both have themed kids workshops right through the Christmas period with plenty of places for parents to either grab those last minute gifts or just enjoy the festive ambience in the many coffee shops and restaurants throughout both malls.
Paragon & Siam Discover Malls
With Siam Paragon, Siam Center and Siam Discovery malls all in one area this is a wonderful place to experience Christmas as the whole square and several surrounding streets will be ablaze the lights and glitzy decorations.
Siam paragon will be alive inside and out with stilt walkers, clowns, live performances and there is always an opportunity closer to Christmas to see Santa himself.
Amarin Plaza & Ratchaprasong Area
Ratchaprasong is a busy area in Bangkok situated close to some of the biggest shopping malls and fanciest hotels and it is without doubt one of the best areas to see Christmas lights in Bangkok. A Great weekend walk with the kids as the sun starts to set, is to walk from Ploen Chit BTS station to see all the neighboring lights. Walk through Central embassy and check-out their pop up ice risk, continue to walk through Central Department store, take the skywalk from Central Chitlom towards Central world, past Amarin plaza and Gaysorn Plaza and onto Siam Paragon and Siam discovery. In this one full stretch you will see some of the most impressive decorations in Bangkok. There are also plenty of places to stop and enjoy activities, festive treats and more for the whole family.
Central World to Central Embassy
Central World are famous for their gigantic Christmas tree outside their mall and not only do they have some of the most elaborate decorations both inside and out but this is also the scene for one of the largest Bangkok New Year countdown’s.
Icon Siam & River Walk
The river walk never looked brighter and more elaborate since the opening of icon Siam who are now famed for their wonderful month of Bangkok Illuminations. A wonderful trip in December is to take a boat trip along the river from Asiatique past icon Siam and all the swanky hotels that border the riverside, each trying to out shine each other with their impressive festive displays. Icon Siam will host Christmas themed workshops for kids, have live performances and inside there are plenty of opportunities to see Santa. It’s also worth checking out the beautiful Christmas trees and decorations in some of the hotels across from icon Siam. The Mandarin Oriental and Shangri La in particular have amazing displays and have been known to have full size gingerbread houses and a life size chocolate tuk-tuk was spotted one year!
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