Festive galas? Romantic dinner for two? Family friendly feasting? Christmas Eve in Hoi An
Christmas Eve in Hoi An? Yes please, Santa, so let loose with our awesome recommendations for the best things places to celebrate. Our calendars are chock-full of fantastic holiday happenings like and fanciful menus from luxurious hotel gala dinners to intimate family restaurants.
CHRISTMAS EVE EVENTS IN HOI AN & DANANG
ALMANITY HOI AN RESORT & SPA
It's rumoured that Santa will be making an appearance at the Almanity's Christmas lighting ceremony, but one look at the evenings incredibly naughty menu and we say that would be a Christmas miracle. The Buffet will feature a wide variety of quality foods, and turkey lovers will flock to the epic carving station with the chef's iconic roasted turkey and stuffing. There’s something for everyone here, so along with turkey you can also sample a few choice Vietnamese and Japanese dishes.
Entertainment comes in the form of an instrumental music performance and for theatre there'll be a show kitchen. We're most excited about the seafood on ice - green lipped mussels, French oysters and whole poached salmon.
Christmas Eve, from 18:30 till 22:30.
Prices: TBC (includes free-flow wine, beer & soft drinks).
BEST MENU: THE SUNRISE RESORT HOI AN
Get ready to be whisked away into a winter wonderland by the Sunrise Resort’s enchanting decor and food. On Christmas eve, they will be presenting a captivating Christmas dinner in a venue that will be transformed into a mystical christmas scene (keep your eyes peeled for the baby bunnies that set up camp in the lobby gingerbread house). They will have all sorts of delicious delights to choose from, including (of course) turkey with cranberry sauce and all the trimmings. This is the perfect spot if you’re looking for sophisticated turkey dinner – with a view.
Where:Sunrise Resort: Cua Dai Beach, Hoi A
T: +84 (0235) 393 7777
Our favourite Christmas Eve spent in Hoi An includes an early dinner followed by a stroll through the old town alleyways; strikingly hushed of traffic and din yet buoyant with tourists and die-hard Hoianians in festive spirits, topped with a nightcap at a ritzy hotel bar decked out in eye-popping holiday tinsel. So this year we've got our eyes firmly set on the intimate gathering at Maison Vy,and an exotic menu that includes pork ribs in a spicy honey sauce, grilled baby calamari, chargrilled scallops and grilled salmon in char-sui.
Festivities begin with bubbles at 16:00 and are all wrapped up by 19:00 - just in time for the nativity play and outdoor carol service at the Catholic church on Nguyen Thrung To.
Where: Maison Vy, 544, Cua Dai St, Hoi An
How much: TBC (or book ahead for a $5 discount)
Reservations: +84 235 3862 231 (2016 Menu)
BEST FOR KIDS: THE VICTORIA RESORT
Did you know Santa stops at the Victoria?! With little ones in mind, he’s timed his visit early leaving enough time for you all to grab a power nap before the celebrations really kick off - with lion dancers and pre-dinner cocktails.
For the main event, feast on a delicious buffet with free flowing beer, wine and soft drinks. The traditional Christmas turkey and all the trimmings will be offered, as well as other delicacies to pile on your plate -- like snow crab with horseradish sauce, fresh oysters, foie gras terrine and duck with pear and ginger sauce. There will be a performance by the Victoria’s staff kids whilst dining, and a play area for your kids. This way you can relax and sip on your wine while the little ones keep busy. After you and your family are completely stuffed, a bonfire awaits you!
Victoria Resort: Cua Dai Beach, Hoi An
Book: +84 235 3927 040 or email
M GALLERY: A Fairy Tale Christmas Eve Gala Dinner at Faifo Café
Have a luxurious Christmas feast at one of the fanciest hotels in Hoi An and indulge in the Christmas menu at the drop-dead gorgeous Faifo Cafe. 2016's celebrations came with the fairy tale theme ‘Art de Noel’ and a menu so secret, that not even we knew what treats are in store. It’s the place to come for a special occasion, and what could be more special than spending the festive season with your loved ones? It may be one of the more expensive Christmas menus, but you won’t be disappointed here if you’re looking for luxury!
Where: M Gallery Hotel Royal, 39 Dao Duy Tu, Hoi An
How much: TBC and half price for kids under twelve
Reservations: +84 235 3950 888
HYATT REGENCY DA NANG
On Christmas eve, gather friends and family for an evening at the Hyatt to sample their magical Christmas Buffet! For now they are keeping their menu well wrapped, but expect multicultural dishes served in a detailed five-star quality manner that will intoxicate any palate, and the cosy venue is perfect for intimate gatherings. We can’t wait to see what imaginative, exciting festive dishes they’ll come up with for Christmas Eve!
For reservations, please call +84 236 398 1234 or e-mail
BEST ALL-ROUNDER: PULLMAN DA NANG
This Christmas Eve Dinner, Restaurant Epice offers a lavish festive buffet with a dazzling array of festive delicacies, international specialties and exotic desserts. Live music and magic show will keep you entertained during the dinner. Santa Claus will visit and present a special gift for every child.
Where: Pullman Resort Da Nang
How much: TBC (including free-flow wines, beer, juices or soft drinks)
Reservations: +84 236 395 8888
Tis the season to be jolly – and very full of food! Lantern Town is offering a wonderful, seasonal holiday menu which includes mouthwatering delicacies such as aromatic duck breast with a zesty orange sauce, tuna with ginger and passionfruit or steak wok tossed with mixed mushrooms (with all the trimmings) or with a more local flavour-- an epic Hoi An speciality tapas plate. Yes there will be salad offerings, and of course there will be sweets too – including our favourite fruity number, the passion cheesecake.
When: December 24th through to the 1st Jan
Where: 49, Nguyen Thai Hoc, Hoi An
Reservations: +84 235 3939 345
Nowhere does a Christmas dinner quite like The Cargo Club! It’s our go-to for big group get-togethers – the Christmas Lunch is always great value and you can choose from three starters, three mains and three desserts… expect classic Roast Turkey with all the trimmings (we’re talking slow roasted in thousand years old spices), honey cured ham (or if you’re feeling adventurous, opt for the traditional seafood paella), a warm, welcoming environment and a very special wine menu.
When: 24th December from 18-22:00 & 25th December from 11am-15:00 – book soon to avoid disappointment.
Where: The Cargo Club, 107-109 Nguyent Thai Hoc, Hoi An
How much: TBC
Call: +84 235 3911 227 to book.
Enjoy a cosy Christmas dinner in the inviting dining room of Aubergine 49, and treat yourself and family and friends to a holiday feast with a twist.Using the freshest, locally sourced ingredients and only the best from abroad, Chef de Patron, Thinh’s cuisine is known for finesse, and the 6-course set menu at Aubergine 49 won’t disappoint. Last christmas, the chef’s list consisted of dishes using the best winter produce, with a contemporary twist. Love a little truffle? Then your tastebuds will tingle at the thought of the truffle scented stuffed chicken wings or the herb crusted Chinook salmon with prawn ravioli, pickled beetroot and braised red cabbage followed by che choi (banana sago). This is the place to come for an elegant festive affair in Hoi An.
Where: 49, ly Thai To, Hoi An
How much: TBC
When 22nd Dec- 1st Jan
Reservations: +84 235 2212 190 (2016 Menu)