Tue, 09 Dec 2014. Last updated Sat, 20 Dec 2014 10:29
Every year, on Christmas Eve, St. Joseph's Cathedral along with other ancient churches in Hanoi become the most attractive places interest both locals and foreign tourists. In the evening of December 24th, people often flock to St. Joseph's Cathedral at dusk with their beloveds. Being known as a center of Catholic activities in Hanoi and surrounding areas, St. Joseph's Cathedral is one of the most beautiful-decorated place in the city. Large pine trees are splendidly decorated at the facade. Besides, caves behind the church are ornamented with colorful lights making the Cathedral become more shimmering and beautiful. Some young people shared that St. Joseph's Cathedral was always one of the most beautiful and crowded places in Hanoi on Christmas Eve. After visiting the Cathedral, tourists can take a stroll in nearby streets such as Au Trieu Street, Ly Quoc Su Street, Church Street, Nha Chung Street, etc. for tasting delicious street foods there.
Visiting Hoan Kiem Lake on Christmas holiday, tourists can feel a cozy and happy atmosphere when walking around the city and observing hand-in-hand couples. Setting foot in Hoan Kiem Lake, of course, tourists should not ignore visiting night market - a place selling numerous unique and eye-catching items. After strolling in night market, tourists shared that they were impressed by small stalls arranging neatly and closely along walking streets, which were full of people.
Hoan Kiem Lake is often referring as one of beautiful attractions in Hanoi. However, on Christmas Eve, it becomes much more shimmering and magical thanks to being ornamented by splendidly twinkling lights. Wandering around Hoan Kiem Lake, tourists can enter into a small cafe in Hang Gai Street, sip a cup of Vietnam Egg Coffee, and enjoy the beauty of the lake from the high altitude.
Ham Long Church has two facades overlooking Ham Long Street and Ngo Thi Nham Street. This is considered as one of the most beautiful Hanoi churches. The rows of people flocking here or hand-in-hand couples welcoming Christmas in front the the church's gate are familiar images of Hanoians in every Noel. Having beautiful architecture along with the splendid and meticulous decoration, Ham Long Church deserves to be one of ideal Hanoi destinations in Christmas Eve.
In every festive occasions such as Mid-Autumn, Noel or Tet Holiday, Hang Ma Street becomes more vibrant because of the flow of people gathering there. Hang Ma and Luong Van Can are streets selling ornaments for weddings, therefore, they are always in colorful beauty. At Christmas, these streets are decorated with beautiful and eye-catching ornaments such as Santa Claus, snowflakes, pine trees, etc. When the city lights up, it is also the time Hang Ma Street is aglow in many colors attracting local citizens and travelers visiting. Whether you are Christian or not, you will want to come with your family or friends to travel Hang Ma, see all kinds of items, and buy lovely souvenirs.
Christmas atmosphere is now spreading in every corner of Hanoi from streets to stores, supermarkets, shopping centers, amusement parks, and commercial centers. Being in harmony with the happy ambiance to welcome Christmas and New Year Eve, Times City Hanoi is also decorated with many beautiful ornaments and sparking lights. A phrase "Happy New Year 2015" now are brightened in every night to say goodbye the old year and welcome an upcoming year with the wish of peace, luck, prosperity and happiness. Reindeer is carefully ornamented by many twinkling lights. Times City's Square are multi-colored with colorful LED lights, gift boxes, and Christmas trees. Besides, a line "Merry Christmas" makes people eagerly waiting for an upcoming nice Christmas with families and friends.
Similar to Times City, Royal City is beautifully and splendidly decorated. Unlike previous years, an inscription “Merry Christmas” in Royal City this year is added with a red bow and lovely angles. This commercial center welcomes Noel with a very big pine tree. In 2013, Royal City has the biggest pine tree in Vietnam with the height of 32.5 meters and the weigh of 5 tons. It is decorated with nearly 100,000 LED lights.