It’s time for a Merry Christmas song once again, festivities crank up all over the world and Asian destinations are becoming ever more popular with unique and interesting variations of Christmas and New Year celebrations. Various countries celebrate the holiday season with their own flavors and distinctive cultural influences. Singapore sweetens the occasion with “A Sweet Christmas”, where famed shopping malls and sights, from Orchard Road to Marina Bay, are transformed into a candy themed wonderland, perfect for kids and parents alike.
Tourists will certainly be lived up in Thailand, where Christmas was met with the winter. Most of the major cities will have lighting decorations everywhere from middle half of December until the start of next year. Beer gardens could probably be found in many entertainment areas during Christmas time and would be good choice for hanging out. Live concert, various entertainment activities/ Light and Sound show will take everyone through these special nights.
Japan has adapted the western style of Christmas festivities, creating their own unique version with Christmas lights and Western flavors that have a Japanese flair. Tokyo Disneyland hosts “Christmas Fantasy”, a spectacular that can only be experienced at Japan’s Magic Kingdom. The breathtaking beauty of winter and hidden cultural heritage sites, normally not opened to the public, will dazzle tourists during the Kyoto Winter Special starting from December until March 2009, making Japan an ideal holiday destination.
Hong Kong offers up “WinterFest”, an inspired set of sights and sounds on Victoria Harbor. The Christmas light spectacular, next to the Avenue of Stars Wishing Parade, rings in the holiday season with merriment, while the entire city is decorated with Christmas splendor. An antique Christmas Tram, themed trucks with carol singers, a multimedia Christmas tree display at Ocean Park’s ice skating extravaganza, and the huge Christmas Tree of Statue Square have established Hong Kong as a premier holiday destination.
Macau, China’s own “Las Vegas”, decorates the town with even more lights throughout the festive season. From December 24-27th, Macau lights up, with music and dance spectaculars on Fisherman’s Wharf. All the sights, sounds and smells of Macau include both Chinese and Italian flavors, making this a great holiday destination for international travelers.
The Philippines is the only predominantly Christian country in South East Asia, a place where Christmas is a mixture of Western and native Filipino traditions. Also known as the “Land of Fiestas”, the celebrations revolve around food and family, with festivities beginning on December 16th through January 4th. Manila shines as a magnificent example of the mixture of cultures, with jovial decorations and elaborate seasonal crafts that make Christmas in the Philippines truly special.
Enjoy you Christmas…