What to do in Hanoi for Christmas?

Christmas Eve is always beautiful at St Joseph’s Church in Ly Quoc Su St, but be prepared for crowds of people. You’ll have more room to move at Cua Bac Church at 56 Phan Dinh Phung St (near to top of the Old Quarter). This church is beautifully lit-up at night and has some amazing interior architecture including stained-glass windows.

The riot of colour on display at Hang Ma St in the lead-up to Christmas is definitely worth a look. At the moment it is jam-packed with Santa Claus suits and there’s a frenzy of people strapping gigantic Christmas trees to their motorbikes, driving off into the chaotic traffic.

Just about all the major hotels have Christmas buffets – the Intercontinental Westlake, the Metropole, the Sheraton and so on.

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