Christmas in Hoi An:
ALTERNATIVE FESTIVE GET TOGETHERS
Cook your own festive feast? Cruisin & Carols? A Seasonal Street Food Tour?
Charity Christmas Eve Cycle
To be confirmed for 2017.
To truly get yourself in the holiday mood, join Hoi An Cycling Tours for their one-off, charity Christmas eve cycle tour, 'Christmas Lights’. The tour kicks off in Hoi An at 5pm and takes you right into the heart of the local festivities. Highlights include seasonal snack stops (including a very merry banh xeo dinner and craft beer) and lots of random carolling to fine tune your vocal cords before the tour finale - The Christmas nativity and outdoor carol concert held at the gorgeous Hoi An Cathedral, one of the most worthwhile and beautiful events of the season. Expect lots of fun, surprises and iconic Christmas tunes, and in true Christmas spirit, a percentage of the ticket price will go towards the Kianh Foundation, a local charity that aids the development of children with disability in Dien Ban, an area heavily affected by the continuing effects of Agent Orange.
The tour will be a surefire hit this holiday season, so make sure you bag tickets before they sell out (and don’t say we didn’t warn you - there are only 10 places)!
Where: Hoi An
When: 24th December at 17:00 ending at approximately 20:00 at the Catholic Church a five minute walk from the old town.
How much: TBC
Reserve your place:
Chuck some snags on the barbie at the Holy Pig
This uber-cool container barbecue beer hall comes with edgy graffiti and a menu designed by award-winning Louisiana pitmaster, Al Harris. During December they will be offering some incredible alternative dishes -- like BBQ ribs, Holy Pig Steak and Half Chicken with spicy sides. Cocktails come with a tropical Rum theme and at weekends the vibe gets even hotter, with live music and set menu specials.
For more details on their daily offers and live music events, go here
Where: Cocobay, Truong Sa Road, Ngu Hanh Son District, Da Nang. When: Mon to Friday from 17:00 - 22:00 and weekends from 12:00 - 22:00
FESTIVE EVENTS IN HOI AN & DANANG
AN ALTERNATIVE CHRISTMAS
Festive Street Food Dinner Party: Urban Adventures Hoi An Food Adventure
Food is a huge part of Hoi An’s culture and history and what better way to make the most of a single night than a walking street food dinner party with ever changing scenery? Urban Adventures are embracing the festivities and will be hosting a very special yule-tide food crawl focusing on winter season specials on a stroll through the prettiest parts of the city. Joining the dinnertime crowds and getting caught up in a sea of bustling locals is all part of the fun. Try: crispy fried Hoi An wontons, pork skewers and chicken rice and experience a more local Christmas.
Where: Intrepid Travel Vietnam - Hoian Office, 328 Nguyen Duy Hieu street, Hoian
When: Throughout December
Price: $29 (make sure you have your old town ticket - 120,000d from any of the ticket booths in town)
Engaging Cooking Experiences for all the Family at Herbs & Spices
The perfect setting for both a cosy Christmas dinner with friends or a homely hot-spot to host your big festive do, guests will be greeted and treated to a long dining table and a beautiful kitchen to whip up a feast fit for a king! You and your guests will work with Herbs & Spices’ professional chefs to create your very own merry menu. This three-hour, hands-on cooking party will have you creating Vietnamese favourites like bun cha with crispy spring rolls and a spicy dip, stuffed squid, sea bass in banana leaf and all the trimmings! Be as involved as you like or simply sit back and enjoy the company of friends and a good glass of red. A totally stress-free dinner option that’ll leave you merry and bright this holiday season.
When: When: Throughout December! Parties run from either 10.30am or 4.30pm
Where: 2/6 Le Loi St, Hoi An
Tis the season to be jolly! Get ship faced on crafty cocktails and Chow Down on Some of The Best Vietnamese Dining to be Had in The Old Town: The Hoianian Wine Bar & Restaurant
As an early Christmas present, we’re letting you in on our little CV secret. Tucked away in the festive glow of the old quarter, is the Hoianian Wine Bar & Restaurant. This upscale, bohemian resto is the perfect place for catching up with the girls over a glass of vino and some mouth-watering Vietnamese fare. The relaxed vibe, all day happy hours, great selection of wine and festive cocktails on offer make this a must-visit for a long, chilled out Christmas celebration.
When: Any day, but especially in the evening. Plan for bubbles (buy one-get-one-free) on the balcony and move downstairs for the main course - we especially like the duck pho, stuffed squid and the steak in red wine sauce.
Where: 38 Phan Chau Trinh St, Hoi An
Reservations: +84 235 3939 456
Christmas in Hoi An? Yes please, Santa!
We're hedging our bets that your fancy resort has your Christmas eve celebrations all wrapped-up. And why not? Who can resist all-you-can-eat turkey knocked back with free-flow wine, especially when it's included in the bill.
However, from the very fact that you chose to escape the in-laws and rock up on our windswept shore, we're imagining that you may just be in search of something a little more exotic than festive over-indulgence...choose from cooking up your own feast, a festive street food dinner party, knock yourself out on classy cocktails, a barbecue in a beer hall or (our favourite) - charity Christmas ride!
Let loose with our awesome recommendations for an alternative Christmas in the area this month - on any day of the week.