And it’s the festive season again!
Are you planning a Christmas getaway to Bali?
Although Bali is a predominantly Hindu island, due to expats and a booming tourism industry, the holiday spirit has crept into the Balinese culture over time.
So what can you expect when you travel to Bali for Christmas?
Here’s our little guide to give you some helpful tips:
1. Where can you stay?
a. Be in the heart of the celebration
Choosing where to stay when in Bali for Christmas can be tricky, since resorts are usually twice as busy during the festive season.
Villas in Ubud, Legian, Seminyak, Jimbaran, and Nusa Dua may be very crowded, but they are where you can enjoy all the festivities – parties, Christmas decor, and a long list of fun activities.
So if you love to be where the action is, where the streets and hotels are decked out with festive lights and the night is filled with Christmas carols, check out the Ubud Villas and Seminyak villas, where you’ll be close to all the fun!
Christmas Decor at The Westin Resort Bali
Bvlgari Xmas Tree
b. Opt for a quiet Christmas retreat
But if you want to enjoy a peaceful Christmas with your loved ones, you may want to stay in Sanur, Lovina, Candi Dasa, and Amed, which are further away from the city centre.
Many of these villas have amazing views of the ocean, volcanoes or paddy fields, perfect for your well-deserved break from the hustle and bustle of life.
a. Finding Christmas deals
If you are staying in major tourist areas, don’t miss the special Christmas packages some resorts offer.
Some hotels offer special Christmas lunches and dinner packages, gift giving, and entertainment.
And if you’re travelling in Bali with the kids, it’s their happiest time of the year – because Santa appears every day to give out candy!
b. Christmas shopping!
What is Christmas without shopping?
You can get anything from clothing to housewares in Bali. Since giving gifts even after Christmas is widely accepted, why not get unique gifts for your family and friends?
Big department stores like the beachfront Discovery Shopping Mall (Kartika Plaza, Kuta) and Matahari Shopping Centre (Kuta Square) is a one-stop for all your needs.
You can also head to markets like The Ubud Art Market ( Jalan Raya and Ubud Monkey Forest Road, Ubud) and Seminyak Square (Kayu Aya, Seminyak).
So this Christmas, you’ll have something special for everyone!
c. Don’t miss the Fireworks
And of course, we can’t leave out the highlight of Christmas, all done the Balinese way – fireworks!
Asian countries are fond of setting off fireworks during special holidays, as they are believed to drive away bad luck.
Enjoy these huge sparklers along the beach, even along the peaceful shore of Sanur or on rooftop bars in Bali as you toast to a wonderful year ahead.
Rooftop bars in Bali
3. Where can you dig into your Christmas feast?
Celebrations are incomplete without great food – roasts, plum pudding, ham… the list goes on.
You can tuck into a casual Christmas brunch at popular restaurants such as the beachside La Lucciola – this has been the top restaurant choice for families spending Christmas on the island.
Christmas decor at La Lucciola (Photo credit:Best in Bali Now)
Just make sure to book in advance!
All year round, Jemme (Jalan Petitenget, Seminyak) is famous for its weekend roast.
Go there for your Christmas lunch and feast on warm steak, winter salad, roasted turkey, roasted chestnuts, and Yule log dessert.
Christmas in Bali is what you make of it!
You can expect to be jostling with the crowd with the high volume of tourists during this season, but it doesn’t mean Bali is 100% crowded.
There are many villages and non-central areas on the island that are generally crowd-free if you want to enjoy a quieter Christmas.
Christmas also falls during the rainy season in Bali, so expect showers and have an umbrella with you.
But of course, this doesn’t dampen the Christmas holiday spirit – who says you can’t sing Christmas carols in the rain and dance on the beach?