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Venues to celebrate Christmas in town

2009-12-25 (GMT + 7)

Have you planned to make any special things for Christmas? Here are some destinations suggested as ideal venues in town.

First Crystal Christmas Tree in HCMC at the Windsor Plaza

Visitors will have a chance to discover a truly unique and majestic display of a pure crystal Christmas tree not found anywhere else in Saigon on level 4 of the Windsor Plaza Hotel.

The crystal Christmas tree at the Windsor Plaza Hotel Saigon.
The tree, extending to the ceiling, is topped with a bright red star and is lit from within to create a shimmering mosaic of colors as each gem carries festive reflections across the expanse of the lobby. Windsor Plaza Hotel is also offering special events all month long to accompany this hallmark holiday decoration.For more details about this Festive Season, visit the hotel website at

* Suoi Tien Cultural Theme Park (120 Hanoi Highway, District 9)

Visiting Suoi Tien Cultural Theme Park on Christmas, tourists will not only enjoy its traditional games but also Christmas artistic work installation contests and Christmas decorations around the park, especially works made from ice at Thien Son Bang Ha. Moreover, the park will increase shows of whales and lions at a price of VND30,000 per adult and VND20,000 per child.

* Dam Sen Cultural Park (3, Hoa Binh Street, Dist.11)

Coming to Dam Sen Cultural Park on December 24, visitors can enjoy the Ragnarok Online Christmas event to meet characters in games, anime and manga and play the Pump It game freely. Entertainment areas include five game spaces decorated as five big cities in the Ragnarok game, including the central Prontea as gift exchange, magic Geffen, peaceful Alderbaran, forest Payon and desert Morroc. Many souvenirs booths are available for tourists to shop as well as stages for music and dance performances.

* Youth Cultural House (4 Pham Ngoc Thach Street, District 1)

There will be many festivities to welcome the New Year from December 24 to 31 at the house’s 4A yard, including a Christmas Night Gala from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. on Dec 24, a music and fashion performance from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. December 25-30, and a Welcoming New Year Gala from 8 p.m. on December 31 to 1 a.m.

About 100 singers, music bands, dancers, models and guests will take part in these activities. Apart from music, there will be fashion performances featuring collections by designers Van Thanh Cong, Ngo Nhat Huy, Ha Nhat Huy, Dexoul, Tuan Huy and Minh Quang.

* Ben Thanh Theater (6 Mac Dinh Chi Street, District 1, HCMC)

A comedy for children named Te Thien Dai Thanh dai chien Hong Hai Nhi scripted by Quang Thao and directed by actor Dinh Toan will come on stage from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on December 24. Many well-known actors of the HCMC drama field such as Huu Chau, Thanh Thuy, Dinh Toan, Dai Nghia, Bach Long, Hoang Trinh, My Duyen, Duc Thinh, Quoc Trung, Thu Huyen, Hoàng Lan and Nam Trung and the puppetry theater will take part in this drama. The drama is a funny and meaningful story for children this Christmas and New Year.

* Rex Hotel (141 Nguyen Hue Boulevard, District 1, HCMC)

On December 24, the hotel is offering various festive culinary programs at the Rooftop Garden Restaurant & Bar on level 5 (from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.) with a Xmas Gala Dinner at the price of US$75++ per adult (inclusive of free flow of house wine and soft drinks) and US$40++ for children under 12. The Rose Garden Grill & Beer is offering a music performance with BBQ buffet priced at US$35++ including a glass of German beer/house wine. Cung Dinh Restaurant will please guests with its folklore music and dance and special set menus from US$25 to US$38++
including a glass of house wine.

For tickets or more information, contact the hotel at 08 3822 8380 or email

* Hotel Equatorial (242 Tran Binh Trong Street, District 5, HCMC)

During this year’s festive season, Hotel Equatorial HCMC features a variety of exciting Christmas activities including carol singing, a Christmas tree lighting with “Toys Get Alive” dance show performed by a children’s dance group, a Christmas bazaar, and mouthwatering selections of the finest dishes at the Orientica and Chit Chat at the Café restaurants.

To ring in the New Year with a bang, there is a spectacular New Year’s Eve program with sizzling menus, exciting entertainment, a lucky draw and an official countdown followed by a New Year’s Day Brunch. For more information or reservations, call 08 3839 7777 ext. 8000 or e-mail

Source: VietNamNet/SGT

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