Crowds enjoy the festive feeling and televised service, Nativity scene to the right outside Hanoi Cathedral, Nhà Chung, Hanoi, Vietnam.
Crowds enjoy the festive feeling and televised service, Nativity scene to the right outside St Josephs Cathedral Hanoi.

Church + Cathedral

Around Christmas time in Hanoi the Cathedral is known for its nativity scene.  It draws huge crowds of people to come and check it out.

On Christmas Eve is a great time to go to the area as the service is so popular that the Cathedral has to put up huge big TV screens outside as the inside is packed.

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You have to give this guy 10 marks for creativity. He sells his santa puppets dressed in his santa suit with santa mask. These Santa puppets are cute as you pull the string an their legs swing up and down.

 

Christmas Decorations = Hang Ma Street

Christmas decorations are available all over town with a concentration on Hang Ma Street, Hanoi, which there will be a massive selection of trees, tinsel, decorations, wrapping paper, cards etc.

An essential Christmas item in any country.
An essential Christmas item in any country.
Christmas decorations are up and so is the big screens as it is a very popular time to attend church.t Josephs(Hanoi Cathedral), Hanoi with Christmas decorations, Hanoi Cathedral, Nhà Chung, Hanoi, Vietnam
Christmas decorations are up and so is the big screens as it is a very popular time to attend church.
Vietnamese boy and woman takes a photo outside St Joseph Cathedral on Christmas Eve, Outside the St Joseph’s Cathedral on Christmas Eve - Hanoi Cathedral, Nhà Chung, Hanoi, Vietnam.,
Outside the St Joseph’s Cathedral on Christmas Eve – Hanoi Cathedral, Nhà Chung, Hanoi, Vietnam.

 

Christmas Shopping

All Western and some Vietnamese stores and large shopping centers will have Christmas styled presents with great Christmas displays and decorations.

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Church Services + Singing

There are English Church Services and Christmas carols/Hymns sung in different churches and groups, it is best to ask Expatriates, Chamber of Commerce, International Women’s Groups or check online for time and places of events.

Christmas Day is not a public holiday

If you find yourself in Hanoi over Christmas Day, don’t worry the place does not stop, it is not a public holiday; and if you an Expat there, expect to take an annual day off to get the day off other wise it will be work as usual for most companies.

Vietnamese company has Christmas tree at the base of their flag pole, Hanoi, Vietnam
Vietnamese company has Christmas tree at the base of their flag pole, Hanoi, Vietnam

Yummy Christmas Dinner Out

Almost every hotel has a Christmas menu / set dinner / buffet so best to check them out as there prices range from modest to exceptional.  Booking is also advised as they get popular with foreigners and Hotel guests.

Cook your own Yummy Christmas Dinner

Organize yourself in advance as it takes a bit of planning to get all the ingredients and it is not a cheap option if you are not living in Hanoi permanently and won’t use things again and generally imported foods are expensive.

There are mini supermarkets with a wide selection of items, are also expensive and check for quality before purchasing.

Main Stores below with numerous products, meats, clean vegetables, dry goods etc :

  • L’s Place: 1 Xuan Dieu, West Lake, Tay Ho and 63 Ly Thuong Kiet (8 other locations around Hanoi)
  • Veggy’s: 99 Xuan Dieu, West Lake, Ho Tay
  • The Oasis Grocery Store and Gourmet Shop: 24 Xuân Diệu, Tay Ho
  • Annam Gourmet Market: 51 Xuan Dieu (Syrena Shopping Center), Tay Ho
  • Metro Cash and Carry, Pham Van Dong Street, Co Nhue, Hanoi

 

Online queries for Christmas queries and others