How do People Celebrate Christmas in Hanoi?

Christmas in Hanoi has many special activities and is no longer a day reserved for Christians. You can enjoy Christmas songs resounding loudly and decorated pine trees on many streets. Everyone will give each other gifts and sweet wishes. Besides, on this day, the children often received gifts from Santa Claus. Even more special is that Christians will prepare for the ceremony at the cathedral.

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Tourists join Chriistmas in Hanoi Old Quarter

Besides, Christmas is a time for giving so many individuals and organizations engage in acts of kindness. This includes distributing gifts and food to the homeless, orphanages and hospitals, spreading the joy of Christmas to those in need.

Top Spots to Enjoy Christmas

If you don't know where to celebrate Christmas in Hanoi. Here are 4 free fun points.

Saint Joseph Cathedral 

  • Address: No. 40, Nha Chung Street, Hang Trong Ward, Hoan Kiem District.

Saint Joseph Cathedral, located in the Hanoi Old Quarter, is a captivating architectural gem with a rich history. Constructed in the late 19th century, it stands as one of the city's most iconic landmarks, showcasing French Gothic architecture. 

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Saint Joseph Cathedral during Christmas Festival 

During Christmas, this place is beautifully decorated. The cathedral's exterior is adorned with thousands of twinkling lights, creating a truly enchanting atmosphere. Not only brilliant with large pine trees but after the Christmas Eve festival visitors also enjoy delicious food in the nearby streets such as Au Trieu, Ly Quoc Su and Nha Chung.

Ham Long Church 

  • Address: No.21, Ham Long Street, Phan Chu Trinh Ward, Hoan Kiem District.

Ham Long Church comes alive with festivities, adorned with a magnificent display of lights and decorations. Inside, midnight mass services are held, filling the church with the sounds of hymns and prayers, creating a tranquil ambiance. Visitors can also explore the surrounding area to enjoy Christmas-themed activities. 

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Ham Long Church beautiful with many twinkling lights

Cua Bac Church

  • Address: No. 56, Phan Dinh Phung Street, Quan Thanh Ward, Ba Dinh District.

Cua Bac Church is one of the three prominent churches in Hanoi, alongside St. Joseph’s Cathedral and Ham Long Church. This place takes on an enchanting ambiance, with dazzling lights and nativity scenes with Christmas trees inside.

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The main gate of Cua Bac Church

Hang Ma Street - Hanoi Old Quarter 

  • Address: Hang Ma Street, Hoan Kiem District.

Hanoi Old Quarter is the beating heart of the city, known for its narrow streets, charming architecture and bustling atmosphere. Hang Ma Street is a must-visit during Christmas. As Christmas approaches, Hang Ma Street becomes adorned with dazzling lights. The shops and stalls offer glittering baubles, wreaths, and other Christmas decorations.

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Hang Ma Street is one of the most beautifully decorated places

Dining Options for Christmas 

Christmas in Hanoi is not only about festive sights but also about indulging in delicious meals. There are luxury restaurants with quality dishes and a festival decorated atmosphere in Hoan Kiem District.

The Gourmet Corner Restaurant with a spacious and luxurious ambiance, this restaurant offers dishes prepared by professional chefs. The glass walls provide a scenic view, creating a perfect setting for a Christmas dinner.

  • Address: No.22 Ta Hien Street.
  • Phone: 024 8888 8989.

Moo Beef Steak is a European restaurant that pays great attention to Christmas decor, immersing diners in a festive atmosphere. While the menu is not as diverse, the quality of the beefsteak is impeccable.

  • Address: No.59A, Tran Quoc Toan Street.
  • Phone: 0243 555 8331.

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Warm and luxurious space at Moo Beef Steak

Al Fresco's is known for its diverse menu and offers dishes prepared with authentic recipes. The elegant ambiance, along with creative decorations, makes it a sophisticated space for a festive dinner.

  • Address: No.23L, Hai Ba Trung Street, Trang Tien Ward.
  • Phone: 024 3826 7782.

Jacksons Steakhouse with European-style decor sets the tone for an intimate Christmas party. It is renowned for its fine dining experience with dishes like lamb chops, beef steaks, wine and seafood soups.

  • Address: No.23J, Hai Ba Trung Street.
  • Phone: 024 3938 8388.

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A romantic meal at Jacksons Steakhouse

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