First thing first, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! For a country that doesn’t officially celebrate Christmas, Thailand gifts you lots of free Christmas festivities. Among them all, Bangkok Christmas lights are the ultimate spectacle. In the spirit of the holiday season, we present you the best places to see Christmas lights in Bangkok.
Please keep in mind that the Christmas illuminations are a big thing for both locals and non-locals. Expect to weave your way through the heavy traffic of spectators (and their selfie sticks). You’ll probably be fine on weekday nights, though, so consider visiting before this Friday or after January 1 as the events run until the end of the first week of 2018.
5 Best Places to See Christmas Lights in Bangkok
1. Thailand Illumination Festival 2017
With its long light tunnel and illuminated garden, Thailand Illumination Festival 2017 is inspired by Japanese-style Christmas illuminations and that’s a refreshing change from the usual cutesy Christmas lights in Bangkok. A millions of LED lights illuminate a total space of 62,400 sq. m. just opposite Esplanade shopping mall in Ratchada. This is the first event of its kind in Thailand, so
Where: Opposite Esplanade (Thailand Cultural Center MRT Station)
2. Harry Potter: Christmas in the Wizarding World and around
Thailand’s first-ever Harry Potter pop-up shop at Siam Paragon is smaller than expected and isn’t as magical as we hoped. It’s still a must if you’re a Potterhead, though. For those with patience, save the 100 baht pre-booking fee and try queuing yourself on weekdays. If you aren’t into Harry Potter, you’re still free to see the Harry Potter-themed Christmas illuminations in Siam Paragon entrance area.
After visiting Siam Paragon, we suggest you cross the road for more festive fun. Many streets in Siam Square shopping district are also decked out for the holidays.
Where: Siam Paragon and Siam Square (Siam BTS Station)
3. The Dazzling Celebration and around
If you ask a Bangkokian for the best places to see Christmas lights in Bangkok, CentralWorld will surely be the first answer from most people. Every year the plaza in front of the shopping mall is turned into a dreamy fairytale town reminiscent of a Disney theme park. To welcome 2018, the internationally-renowned Argentinian artist Javier Gonzalez Burgos designed cute Christmas installments that can move! Which means not only photo ops, but also video ops. Visit CentralWorld and see for yourself.
CentralWorld isn’t the only illuminated mall in Ratchaprasong area. Don’t forget to check out the Christmas lights at Amarin Plaza and Gaysorn Village.
Where: CentralWorld and Ratchaprasong area (Siam or Chit Lom BTS Station)
4. Let’s Celebrate 2018: The Holidays Bring Me Here
Santa Claus is featured in many Christmas illuminations around the world, but Santa Claus at Central Embassy and Central Chidlom is a very special one. Standing at the height of 10 meters, this is Southeast Asia’s tallest Santa Claus balloon. In fact, the two shopping malls have adopted a Santa-centric theme this year. Other highlights include Thailand’s tallest Christmas tree, the Interactive Christmas Tunnel and the Snow Maker on the 1st floor of Central Chidlom. The festival there ends on January 14, so you can join the other events first if you want.
Where: Central Embassy and Central Chidlom (Phloen Chit BTS Station)
5. Winter Wonderland the Grand Celebration
The cutest of all, the event at EmQuartier and Emporium has been drawing in a lot of visitors thanks to the 12-meter-tall polar bear and friends. You gotta capture ‘em all with your camera! The white winter wonderland can also go colorful with the 3D projection mapping.
Where: EmQuartier and Emporium (Phrom Phong BTS Station)
Looking for seasonal joy other than places to see Christmas lights in Bangkok? Find out more in our post: 9 Things to Do in Thailand in Winter.