Whilst Vietnam is a predominately Buddhist country the next most practiced religion is Christianity. Nha Trang is obviously a tourist town so Christmas is celebrated but mainly in the tourist areas.
There are amazing light displays in a lot of the bigger parks and the lights down 2-4 Street, Le Thanh Ton Street and Tran Phu Street are really spectacular. Theses lights start appearing mid December and will come down in mid January or maybe latter this year as TET is in late February.
Some of the larger hotels will put up Christmas trees and displays at the front of the hotels and in their foyer. Yasaka Hotel did an amazing Christmas tree from empty Vikoda water bottles and lights last year that when lit up was spectacular. Many smaller shops will also put up Christmas decorations.
There will be Christmas lunch or dinners offered in all of the major hotels and the restaurants as well. Seafood of course is fresh and plentiful in Nha Trang and what better lunch or dinner than to have a seafood feast.
Vietnamese love cakes and so they have many "Yule Logs" for sale. These are not fruit cakes rather they are sponge cakes that are very well decorated with a heavy mock cream. Very ornate and elaborate in design.
Some of the options that we have been able to get information on are:
Special events for Christmas and New Year at Nha Trang
CHRISTMAS HIGH TEA - From 05 December 2014 to 03 January 2015 at Lobby Bar, Price is at 300,000 VND per person. Every Friday and Saturday 3:00pm – 5:00pm
CHRISTMAS EVE BUFFET DINNER - Celebrate Christmas Eve with family and friends and festive dinner buffet inside Grand Ballroom. Dinner in special Christmas favorites, including freshly salads, cold cuts and cheeses, fresh seafood, BBQ specialties and Christmas desserts.
- Price is at 1,900,000VND per person and 950,000 VND per child from 3 to 12 years old
- Free beer and soft drinks
- Kids corner with nanny
- Santa Claus apparition
- Live music performance
Only on Wednesday, 24 December 2014 at Grand Ballroom
7:00pm – 11:00pm
CHRISTMAS EVE SET DINNER - Celebrate Christmas Eve in style with a lavish six-course set menu at Cookbook Café. The dinner features Nha Trang’s freshest ingredients prepared to perfection with a complimentary glass of wine. The evening with a live jazz performance and a special appearance of Santa Claus.
- Price is at 1,900,000 VND per person
To further enhance your dining experience, choose either free wine or 3 glasses of their finest wine for an additional 500,000 VND per person.
Only on Wednesday, 24 December 2014 at Cookbook Cafe
6:00pm – Midnight
CHRISTMAS DAY BUFFET BRUNCH - On Christmas Day, they will serve a Christmas-themed holiday menu featuring traditional classic cold cuts, an artisan carving station, Japanese Kushi Katsu, Peking duck, grilled favorites and much more. The afternoon's family-friendly selection also include in free beer, soft drinks, and unique Bloody Mary cocktails.
- Price is at 1,375,000 VND per person and 688,000 VND per child from 3 to 12 years old
- Free Champagne for an additional 1,000,000 VND per person
- Only on Thursday, 25 December 2014 at pool deck
- 11:30am - 3:30pm
NEW YEAR'S EVE SET DINNER - Chef Dennis Barton will take you on a global culinary journey with a sumptuous six-course menu that is guaranteed to delight all your senses.
Price is at 2,540,000 VND per person and 1,270,000 VND per child from 3 to 12 years old.
- To further enhance your dining experience, we offer additional beverage choices:
- Free Champagne for an additional 1,000,000 VND per person
- Free wine for an additional 1,000,000 VND per person
- 3 glasses of our finest wine for an additional 500,000 VND per person
- Entertainment includes a jazz performance and a complimentary glass of Champagne
Only on Wednesday, 31 December 2014 at Cookbook Café
6:30pm – 10:30pm
NEW YEAR'S EVE COUNT DOWN PARTY - Kick start the New Year InterContinental style. At midnight, the Grand Ballroom turns into a wonderland for a magical evening of dining and celebrating. Created by talented team of chefs, our gourmet dinner buffet expertly marries the best in Vietnamese cuisine with popular international favorites. Then rock the night away with fabulous live music performances while a DJ spins into the New Year.
- Price is at 2,540,000 VND per person and 1,270,000 VND per child from 3 to 12 years old. Include in our gala buffet and the consumption beers and soft drinks.
- Live performance with Filipino Band and electrifying DJ show
- Lucky draws
- New Year Eve firecrackers
- Kid’s corner
- Balloon drop
Only on Wednesday, 31 December 2014 at Grand Ballroom
6:00pm – Midnight
More detail please go to the website http://nhatrang.intercontinental.com/festiveseason
Yasaka Nha Trang Hotel - Dec 24th, 2014
Venue: Abalone Restaurant - Buffet and Santa Clause will visit.
Yasaka coffee & bar:
- Enjoy special Combo ( 1 serving of Food and 1 serving or Drink)
- Exciting music show congratulates Christmas.
- Quizzes on Christmas and Santa Clause ( 2 performances)
- Liveshow of Hoang Sa Band. - Lucky Draw
*Russia Christmas: Jan 6th, 2015. 2nd terrace - buffet
New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner 2015
- Time: Dec 31st 2014.
- Venue: 2nd terrace
- Contents of the program:
Enjoy Gala Dinner Buffet.
Live show of Hoang Sa Music Band.
Glitter shooting to congratulate New Year Eve.
Open music and invite guest to dance.
Christmas Eve Gala Dinner: 2,150,000 VND/person
(Include in 4 hours selected beverages)
New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner: 2,800,000VND/person
(Include in 5 hours selected beverages)
For bookings and more information: (84) 58 388 0000
Web: http://www.sheraton.com/nhatrang or https://www.facebook.com/sheratonhotel.nhatrang?fref=ts
For Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve offer a festive 3- course set menu from their Sandals kitchen or à la carte from Vietnamese and Indian. 2 seating times available for these evening 6:30pm – 8:30pm or 9 pm onwards. Pleases note for the 9 pm sitting you will be able to keep your table for the rest of the evening to enjoy the celebrations.
Christmas Set menu
Pumpkin, coconut and chili soup or Salmon with lemon vinaigrette, caper.
Roasted turkey with roasted potatoes and red wine or roasted pumpkin and pea.
Traditional Christmas pudding or sticky date pudding and ice cream.
* On Christmas Eve:
6.30pm sitting: 850 000 VND
9 pm sitting :1 000 000 VND
* On New year Eve:
6.30pm sitting: 955 000 VND
9 pm sitting :1 167 000 VND
BUFFET CHRISTMAS DINNER
A Christmas Dinner featuring Asian-Western. Santa Claus appearance with pretty gifts for children, Christmas songs performed by children choir, amazing circus show, live music …makes your day memorable. Ticket is priced at 1,575,000 VND per guest and discount 50% for children from 6 to 12 years old. The party is at 6.30pm to 11pm, 24th Dec 2014.
Western Premiere Havana Nha Trang - Xmas Party - 24th Dec
6 pm: Welcome cocktail party with cocktail, mock tail, beer and soft drink
6:30pm -10:00 pm: Special Christmas buffet (Spices Restaurant - 2nd floor) with music performance
New Year Party: 31 Dec 2014
6pm: Welcome cocktail party with cocktail, mock tail, beer and soft drink
6:30pm – 9:30pm: New year Eve buffet (Spices Restaurant - 2nd Floor)
Special buffet with music performance
9:30 pm - 12:30 am: Countdown party (Sky Bar - 41st Floor)
Free white wine, red wine, cocktail, mock tail, beer, soft drink. Lucky draw, music performance, a glass of sparkling for count down.
Novetel Nha Trang
- Christmas Eve Buffet dinner.
From 5pm to 10pm : Happy hour at Lobby Bar, Buffet dinner at Square restaurant and Bellevue, Santa Claus appearance with pretty gifts for children, Christmas music performance and lucky draw in dinner time
- New year Eve buffet dinner
From 6pm to 0:30am: Pre dinner cocktail party at Lobby Bar, Buffet dinner at Square restaurant and Bellevue, live music performance and customer can play game to win prizes
There are many Christian churches in Nha Trang so going to mass at this special time is not a problem. Try celebrating a mass in the Nha Tho Nui Church, in the city center. This is the cathedral and is a magical place to have a mass with likeminded people.
December in Nha Trang is cooler than normal but with many sunny days you only need a light jumper at night. This makes for celebrating Christmas very comfortably in a more moderate climate than normal.