Christmas and the end of the year is just around the corner, the weather will start to turn cooler 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!
Amarin Plaza & Ratchaprasong Area – Under construction this year
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.
Editors note, while Amarin shopping centre is under construction, the whole area is still alive with lights and festivities.
Central Festival East Ville
Central Festival East Ville, the new model of ‘Central Festival’, the first place of Bangkok East that combines indoor and outdoor areas ( you can take your dog for walk on this area) on an area of 51 rai most perfectly. with the concept of BANGKOK ESCAPE caused by location that was intended to be a place to hide from the hustle and bustle of the big city Complete with products, services, fashion, restaurants, both Thai brands, more than 200 international shops and more than 100 restaurants, responding to the art of living in complete. Location is 69/2 Pradit Manutham Alley, Lat Phrao, Bangkok.
CentralPlaza Westgate is a large shopping plaza and complex in Nonthaburi Province, Thailand. The complex, which includes cinemas and stores. you can go take BTS Chatuchak station and connect to the MRT Blue Line to Tao Poon Station, then change to the purple line in that position and get out from Bang Yai Market Station and walk from the sky walk connecting the station to Central Westgate.
Location is Kanchanaphisek Rd, Sao Thong Hin, Bang Yai District, Nonthaburi.
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 and some of the most insta worthy places for shots in Bangkok!
Central Embassy is the most popular place for take a picture. Central Embassy is on Ploenchit Road. at the intersection with Witthayu Road The mall will be around the corner. Opposite Wave Plus building with HomePro, opposite Park Venture building, you can get off at BTS Ploenchit Station and take exit 5, there is a covered walkway that takes you directly into the mall.
Chocolate Ville, a large outdoor restaurant designed to look like a European village where every corner is worthy of a photo. Complete with a post office, farm house, lighthouse, chapel, wine cellar and a lake with ducks and swans, this very large restaurant spans over 16 rai (6.3 acres) with a seating capacity of approximately 1000. With the cheery music playing across the restaurant, you’ll feel like you’re (almost) in Disneyland!
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.
A place where shopping and entertainment in Bangkok’s most iconic district, Ratchaprasong, meet at the crossroad of passion and creativity.
Gaysorn Tower, the city’s most innovative office tower with trendsetting eco-friendly and sustainable amenities. As the future Workplace in Bangkok, come Work, Live, Play and Grow with us.
Gaysorn Village (a.k.a. Gaysorn Plaza), Bangkok’s first luxury shopping centre with a long history of groundbreaking firsts housing the world’s finest fashion and accessory brands along with a great selection of drinking and dining venues.
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!
Mega Bangna is a shopping centre on the outskirts of Bangkok in the Bang Na area and home not only to a large shopping mall but Thailands largest IKEA store which is full of Christmas decorations and festivities at this time of year. They run photo opportunities with santa, kids workshops and the lights look truly magnificent at night and they have many different areas lit-up across the mall.
Siam Paragon & Siam Discovery 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.
The Grands Shopping Center of Bangkok more than Thousand of Shop and more than millions of shopper. at BTS National Stadium Station, Bangkok
Samyan Mitrtown is a mixed-use shopping, office, residential and leisure development located in Bangkok, Thailand.
Samyan Mitrtown It is a mixed-use project. With an area of over 14 rai, total usable area of 222,000 square meters, located on the corner of Phayathai-Rama 4 Road, consisting of 3 main ingredients.1. Office building “Mitrtown Office Tower”2. Residence: the condominium “Triple Y Residence” and the hotel “Triple Y Hotel”3. Shopping center “Samyan Mitrtown” built under the concept Treasury of food and learning There are highlights in the 24 hour zone and the connection tunnel. location Rama IV Rd, Pathum Wan District, Bangkok.
Terminal21 Asok Shopping Mall
This is Market Street that gathers atmospheres from all over the world in one place in the heart of Asoke, including the Caribbean, Rome, Paris, Tokyo, London, Istanbul, San Francisco and Hollywood, ready to enjoy every new lifestyle, including Fashion Food & Film, full entertainment. Meet the people of Urbanation with Urbanista Shop, the most chic for Mix & Match, more than 600 fun shops, ready to connect to the world of vibrant colors. Marvel at the longest escalator up to 36 meters This mall. it has been every shopper’s paradise, both for locals and travelers alike. It has everything you could possibly need, from discounted clothes to luxury brands and Western restaurants intermixed with amazing Thai food. This airport-inspired mall is broken up into different cities, and with over 600 shops and more than 50 restaurants and cafés, its sheer size can be intimidating. Visitors are greeted by one of Bangkok’s largest escalators when they first arrive, with so many cities to choose from.
True Digital Park
True Digital Park is Thailand’s first and Southeast Asia’s largest startup ecosystem. We have spaces for office, event, co-working, and retail. Location 101 Sukhumvit Rd. Khwaeng Bang Chak, Khet Phra Khanong Bangkok, Thailand
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