Ideal places for Christmas in Ha Noi (19:50 24/12/2017)

HNP - Although Catholicism is not national religion in Viet Nam, Christmas atmosphere still pervades all big cities, especially Ha Noi. Since the beginning of December, hotels, streets, shopping mall as well as places of interest are all well-decorated with confetti, brilliant lanterns and sparkling lights.

Here are some suggested best places to go for Christmas in the capital city:

St. Joseph’s Cathedral

St. Joseph’s Cathedral is an ancient but gorgeous building, which is a great treasure of Ha Noi’s tourism.

Located at 40 Nha Chung street, the church is one of the first structures built by the French colonial government in Indochina when it opened in December 1886. The cathedral and Nha Chung area were built on the land formerly belonging to Bao Thien Pagoda - an ancient Vietnamese temple that was standing on the site built under Ly Dynasty.


The first Christmas took place in the cathedral in 1887. Since then, the cathedral is always crowded with hundreds of people including both Christians and non-Christians at the weekend or during religious holidays like Christmas.

Hang Ma Street

Located in the heart of Ha Noi’s Old Quarter, Hang Ma Street always catches up with the trend by selling ornaments in special events like International Children’s Day, Mid-Autumn Festival, New Year Eve, Tet Holiday and Christmas.



Every day, Hang ma street is only bustle and hustle at rush time and night. But in days close to Christmas, the street is always full of peoples and attracts interest of foreign tourists. Various Christmas items are being sold like Santa Claus’s clothes, pine trees, splendid flower, etc.

Walking area around Hoan Kiem Lake

Walking street area around Hoan Kiem Lake is one of the places people should not miss during Christmas holiday. After walking around the lake to ẹnjoy Christmas celebrations, people can stop at some coffee shops nearby to have a tasty drink and wonderful view of the lake at night.

The Ha Noi walking street model has created a new space for cultural activities and entertainment for both locals and international visitors to the capital city.



Recently, many localities from across the country have organised cultural art programmes on the walking street around Hoan Kiem Lake to introduce local culture and promote their destinations to tourists.

In addition, Dong Kinh Nghia Thuc Square introduces a variety show and circus program and the Ho Guom cultural information centre’s door features modern music.

Trading centers

Because there is not Black Friday in Ha Noi, New Year Eve and Noel are good chances for shopping malls to launch their biggest promotional campaign of the year which offer shocking sale off and hundreds of new arrivals. Vincom Plaza Tower, Parson, Garden Mall or Ruby Plaza are the most remarkable shopping centers in Hanoi. Do not miss this golden opportunity to pick up most trendy pieces of fashion by yourself.


Ho Tay Water Park

On this occasion, Ho Tay Water Park (West Lake Water Park) is decorated more and more colorful and attractive with fascinating views, big banners, balloons and statues of Santa Claus, sleighs, pine trees and lots of colorful decorative in an exciting atmosphere. With a large space for enjoying and visiting, this is one of the favorite entertaining destinations for many families and tourists, too.

By Le Anh

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