Experience Bangkok’s magical Christmas celebrations in 2023

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Since Thailand is primarily a Buddhist nation, Christmas isn’t recognised as a holiday in Thailand. Therefore, if Christmas falls on a weekday, it is treated like any other working day.

Having said that, foreigners and expats enjoy all of Bangkok’s Christmas markets, and many shopping centres in the city host Christmas-themed activities and decorations to entice customers to purchase more.

Additionally, keep in mind that Songkran, or New Year’s in Thailand, occurs in April (you may have witnessed the water pistol celebrations). However, New Year’s Eve, which falls on December 31 or January 1st, is occasionally marked with events in Bangkok restaurants or hotels.


One of Bangkok’s largest shopping centres is another fantastic destination to experience the magic of Christmas. As one of the top ten biggest retail centres globally, CentralWorld offers seven floors of shopping and a wide range of excellent dining options. However, during the Christmas season, the mall transforms into a dazzling spectacle of holiday cheer.

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One of Bangkok’s best Christmas displays is at CentralWorld. The entire mall is filled with a festive ambience and a stunning Christmas tree that greets visitors. For customers, the décor, music, and general atmosphere create an unforgettable and magical experience.

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Another place you should go during the Christmas season is a popular shopping centre in Bangkok called ICONSIAM. During the holiday season, ICONSIAM, which towers over the Chao Phraya River, is even more appealing. A colossal Christmas tree and a glittering Christmas market decorate its riverfront terrace, casting a mystical scene that shines on the river.

Apart from its breathtaking scenery, ICONSIAM provides a remarkable shopping experience. Due to its wide variety of stores and facilities, the mall has drawn tourists from both domestic and foreign locations since its grand inauguration in late 2018. When you are there make sure to head to the rooftop and overlook the never-ending city, or night a sea of lights.

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Asiatique: The Riverfront

A bustling riverside shopping and entertainment centre is another great spot to soak in the Christmas spirit. Accessible via a free water shuttle from the Saphan Taksin BTS station, Asiatique transforms into a dazzling sight during the holiday season. The venue features one of the largest and brightest Christmas trees in Bangkok, adding a touch of sparkle and charm to the festivities.

Amidst the hustle and bustle of Bangkok, Asiatique offers a unique shopping experience away from the crowded Siam area. With its special Christmas pop-up stalls and events, visitors can enjoy a festive atmosphere while taking care of their holiday shopping. Additionally, Asiatique is known for hosting special night-time Christmas events, particularly around public holidays, offering even more excitement and entertainment for visitors.

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On Christmas Day itself, many high-end rooftop restaurants and bars offer traditional Christmas dinners. From a roast to Mediterranean style to savour everyone’s wants and needs.

As Christmas approaches, Bangkok will once again embrace the festive spirit, transforming into a dazzling city of lights and celebrations. From enchanting cafes to extravagant malls and riverside attractions, there are plenty of options to immerse yourself in the joy of the season. Whether you’re a Christmas enthusiast or simply seeking a memorable holiday experience, Bangkok’s festive offerings are sure to warm your heart and add a touch of magic to the end of the year.

Once you’ve had your Christmas fix turn your attention to Songkran. This festival runs from the 13th of April until the 15th celebrating the Thai New Year. Find out more about the joyful water festival of Thailand here.

Check out our article on the best places to dine for Christmas HERE.


Jimmy Donovan

Jimmy, currently with The Thaiger, translates his global journalism experience to bring insights about Thailand to life. Originally from St Albans, England, he now calls Bangkok home, where he focuses on delivering nuanced socio-political stories. His robust skill set and commitment to truth have established him as a trusted voice in journalism.

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