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A Paradise More Than Sandy Shores – How To Spend Christmas In Bali

spending xmas in Bali

Chances are, Bali probably isn’t the first place you think of when you think ‘Christmas.’ The snow is non-existent, the festive decorations are minimal compared to Western countries and it’s way too hot for Santa suits. But if you do happen to find yourself on the island for the festive season, there are plenty of excellent ways to make the most of it. It is the perfect place to slow down during an often-frantic time. Plus, many locals, restaurants and resorts do get into the Christmas spirit, with some Western traditions and a few of their own.

Read on for 7 ways to make the most of Christmas in Bali.

1. A-day Trip To Islands Nearby

You may not be able to catch any glistening snow in Bali, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still have a ‘white’ Christmas in Bali! While Bali is mainly known for its black or brown sand beaches, there are a few where you can find white sand. You could use Christmas Day as an occasion to take a day trip to the beautiful island of West Nusa Tenggara. Famous for its white pristine sand, turquoise waters and great diving, the island is easily accessible via a 2-hour ferry ride. On the mainland, you can also find white sand beaches in the Southern region of Nusa Dua.

2. Go Shopping

Where could be better to do your last-minute Christmas shopping for your loved ones (or yourself!) then Bali. From traditional markets and unique boutiques to hip stores and factory outlets, there’s no shortage of places to nab yourself a bargain. In the Ubud area, there are countless markets that sell art, crafts and other knick knacks that make great gifts. Meanwhile, Canggu is great for surf shops and cool boutiques, while Kuta is great for open air mall and local street stores.

3. Seafood Feast on Christmas Eve

You’re not probably accustomed to eating seafood on Christmas Eve. But you can do this tradition in Bali, with the island offering some of the world’s freshest and tastiest seafood. Jimbaran Bay on Bali’s southwestern coast is famous for its seafood restaurants, where you can enjoy the beach sunset while tucking into a delicious Christmas eve feast.

4. Go To The Beach Club

There’s no better time to visit a Bali beach club than Christmas day, with many venues getting into the Christmas spirit. A lot of beach clubs hold a ‘Christmas on the Beach’ event, with tasty festive menus and drinks, even maybe bonfires at the beach. At some others, you can chill out and enjoy a BBQ feast and some cocktails or wines.

5. Have A Traditional Christmas Lunch

You don’t have to forget your home-cooked Christmas lunch just because you’re in Bali! There are plenty of restaurants and bars around the island that serve up a traditional roast. Whether it’s turkey, pork or other dinner options all on the menu. From hearty roasts, which you can enjoy in the restaurant or take away for a beach picnic to other vegan or vegetarian options if you wish.

6. Watch The Fireworks

In Balinese culture, it’s believed that fireworks can ward off evil spirits. So, the locals will take any opportunity for pyrotechnic celebration and Christmas is no exception! Most of the biggest beaches come alive with the technicolour sparks on both Christmas Eve and day. But for a truly spectacular show, head to one of the island’s Western-facing beaches to watch see the fireworks against the pastel sunset.

7. Relax At Your Hotel or Resort

While Christmas in Western countries can be a chaotic time filled with frantic gift shopping and family commitments, your tropical vacation is the perfect opportunity to wind down and enjoy the festive season. With many hotels holding Christmas in Bali events, you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your resort to soak up the festive spirit. Lazy around at Mamaka by Ovolo, toast the sunset and drink the view at Kuta Social Club, our premier rooftop bar – voted Best Rooftop Bar In Bali.