It’s official, the last month of the year has announced itself and 2022 is knocking on our door… But before we turn the last chapter of 2021, we have some turkey and mistletoe business to do! We’re on a mission to help you feel as festive as possible… not always the easiest task in this tropical climate, so check out these Christmas events in Ho Chi Minh City. 

The best Christmas events in Ho Chi Minh City this month (scroll down for awesome kids events)

December 1-21: Make a wish come true

In the end Christmas is all about giving and the Snap Cafe team took that in hand. Take a wish off the Christmas tree at Snap Café and make it come true then leave your present at Snap Café. All wishes are from disadvantaged children, coordinated by the Christina Noble Foundation. This Ho Chi Minh Christmas event had to come first in our list because we believe it’s the best way to truly feel the Christmas spirit.

December 11th – 12th: Christmas Market at the brand new Alchemist Cafe

Yes, December is full of Pop-up events and Christmas Markets, especially in Ho Chi Minh! Perfect to do that Christmas shopping and to get in the festive mood. One that we’ll be checking out this year is at The Alchemist Cafe in District 1, where small, local businesses run by entrepreneurial women are the main feature.

It will be full of potential gifts for your loved ones: art, jewellery, skincare and many more items from lovely brands such as Meta Pri Illustrations and Designs, Adore You Handmade Jewellery and Blue Moon Natural Skincare. Let’s get shopping! Show your green pass on arrival and remember to keep your mask on at all times (unless you’re sipping mulled wine!) as this is an indoor venue.

Open 10am-7pm


The Alchemist Cafe, First Floor, 158D, Pasteur Street, D1 (Google maps)

December 11th – 12th: Kula #3065 Christmas Art Events for adults and kids

What better way to spend a morning than doing Christmas craft while knowing that you are also supporting a fantastic charity? You can do exactly that at Kula #3065s handcraft workshop 10-12 on Sunday 12th December where you’ll have the opportunity to make your very own wooden Christmas ornament. Proceeds go to Ba Chieu Girls’ Home.

They are also running other craft workshops across the weekend including candle crafting, wreath making and Christmas card design but proceeds for those sessions aren’t for charity. 

Kula #3065 will be hosting a Christmas Market on 18th – 19th December and a Christmas party on 25th December. 

Kula #3065, First Floor, 39 Nguyen Duy Hieu, Thao Dien, D2

Christmas wreath making

December 11th & 12th: L’Usine Christmas Market

L’Usine is all over Christmas! We love their festive market; great for buying gifts, having a joyeous lunch and getting in the holiday mood. Like last year, they have a complimentary gift-wrapping service.


Open 10am-5pm

L’Usine Thao Dien, 24 Thao Dien, D2

December 11th and 12th: Christmas Ornament Making at Spin and Gogh

Thought you had missed out on Spin and Goghs fabulous craft event? They’ve just extended it for one more weekend! You can enjoy two hours of getting messy and make a set of twenty clay Christmas decorations to hang on your tree. Your 500,000 VND fee includes all materials, tools, a teacher to guide you and for your decorations to be baked. Advance booking is essential. 

Spin and Gogh, The Panorama Complex, 212 Tran Van Tra, District 7, HCMC

December 10th and 11th: Christmas Singalong Fundraiser at Lang Thang

It’s not Christmas without a bit of singing! Get yourself into the festive mood while sipping mulled wine and listening to the amazing AnneSophie Hoffman and The Candy Canes. There will also be an opportunity for some karaoke and Christmas crafts when the girls have finished their set. 

As this fun Christmas event is in Ho Chi Minh, it made sense for all proceeds to go directly to Saigon Children’s Charity so refunds will not be issued in the event of cancellation. Purchase your tickets with this in mind!

Lang Thang, No 18, Street 47, Thao Dien, D2

December 16th-19th: Christmas Markets on the FINAL weekend before the big day

If you’ve left your shopping until the last minute, fear not! There are still plenty of Christmas markets on this weekend in Ho Chi Minh City. Whether you’re on the lookout for some eco-friendly products, skincare or jewellery, you’ll be sure to find what you need at one of the many events. 

December 18th: Holiday Sustainability Market @ The Family Bean Coffee 10am – 5pm

One that we’re excited to check out is the Holiday Sustainability Market organised by Social Changemakers Network on Saturday 18th December. Their moto of ‘Do good, feel good, live good’ is something that definitely aligns with our values. You can look forward to live acoustic music, sustainably sourced products, healthy food and a lucky draw with raffle prizes. It’s useful to know that this event is child and pet friendly. 

The Family Bean Coffee, 17/4B Điện Biên Phủ, Bình Thạnh, HCMC

December 18th: Christmas Lifestyle Market @ Chill Deck 3pm – 9pm

This market promises handmade Christmas decorations, unique gifts and a stunning view of the sunset over Landmark 81. If all of your shopping is done, sit back, relax and enjoy a glass of mulled wine while listening to The Saigon String Quartet

Chill Deck, 1 Xa Lo Hanoi, Thảo Điền, District 2, HCMC

December 19th: Market @ The Villa Project 11am – sunset

Live music, food, art, local Saigon brands and perhaps best of all, a second hand flea market. Goods at the flea market are guaranteed to be in good condition. 100% of the flea market sales will go to a charity helping to provide gifts for children in Saigon. There’s a swimming pool available at this venue so bring your swimming gear if you think you’ll want to cool off. The Villa Project might be hard to find so look out for red balloons on the gate when you get to 199 Nguyen Van Huong. 

The Villa Project,199c2 Nguyễn Văn Hưởng, Thảo Điền, District 2, HCMC

16th-18th December: Christmas market at My House 11am – 7pm

A loft concept bar where you feel at home. My House promises plenty of festive decorations, providing the perfect backdrop to capture your holiday snaps as you shop for new clothing, stationery, art and more. 

My House, Second Floor, 14 Tôn Thất Đạm, District 1, HCMC

December 16th: Christmas Quiz @ Soma 8pm 

Boasting amazing prizes and free entry, this Christmas quiz is one not to miss. Gather your team and bring your festive cheer to enjoy a drink or two in the open courtyard. Soma are also hosting a Christmas themed drag show and DJ on Saturday 18th December. 

6 Le Van Mien, Thao Dien, District 2 HCMC

December 24th: A Merry Kiwooza Christmas 5-9pm

Kiwooza invites you to spend Christmas Eve at their indoor playground, where you can experience up to four hours of play but that’s not all! Alongside the usual fun, there will be a magic Santa show, a dancing Santa show and Christmas themed STEAM workshops hosted by Snapology.

If you have kids who will wake up early regardless, it is possible to leave earlier than 9pm but still experience everything. Watch the 5pm Santa dance and 7pm Magic Santa show before heading home to lay out your milk and cookies for Santa and Rudolph. 

1st floor, Saigon South Marina Club, 9A Trần Văn Trà, District 7, HCMC

Throughout December: Vin Space Christmas Art Class

Dreading bored children this Christmas holidays? You might consider Art classes by Vin Space Art Studio where all kids can join their creative workshops on Friday afternoons from 3pm-5pm and on Saturday mornings 10am-Midday. Enjoy 50% discount on your first trial class.

Email for more info.

Vin Space, The Hive Thao Dien, Second Floor, 94 Xuan Thuy, District 2, HCMC

December 24, 25 and 26th: Tinkerplay Family Christmas Event in Ho Chi Minh

Wondering how to make Christmas Day extra special? Head to Tinker Play: an outdoor playground with endless opportunities for child initiated play and Christmas themed woodwork projects using real power tools! Check out Good Honest Travel’s video on Instagram for a taste of what you could experience but remember to add some festive imagination.

If you think this all sounds fabulous but you already have plans for the Christmas weekend, you can head to Tinker Play any time in December to take part in the festive woodwork projects without the official party! You’ll have fun and walk away with some new homemade decorations to add to your home! We’ve got our eye on their impressive wooden Christmas trees!

Purchase your tickets in advance because numbers are limited for obvious reasons! 

Tinkerplay, 280 Nguyen Van Linh,  District 7, HCMC



December 24-25: Christmas Day Kids Event in Ho Chi Minh

Institution Des Collines are organising a Kids Christmas Party on 24th December at 4pm and again on December 25th at 9:30am or 4pm! They also had a date earlier in December but it’s already sold out so get in quick!

During your two hour session, you can sit back and relax with some delicious food while Santa Clause entertains your little ones along with a bubble show, cookie decorating and Christmas crafts. This event would be perfect for under 5s but we’re sure older children would enjoy the fun too! 

Institution Des Collines, 64 Nguyen Duy Hieu, Thao Dien, District 2

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Yep, we came, we saw, and then we figured out we really should learn some Vietnamese. Not an easy language, but our teacher was lovely and patient. There are numerous language schools. Make sure you have a cô (teacher) with a Saigon accent (the northern accent is quite different, and you will need all things to be in your favour!) and decide on your routine; every day, once a week, private or in a class. There are several options and several schools.

Perhaps you’ll decide like us that introducing yourself and learning to count is all you have in you, but we have a few friends that can now survive quite a conversation. We salute them.

The girls from Ididit are a creative bunch. They organise various creative workshops, from bath bomb making to sewing beautiful shopping bags and so much more. All of sessions are held in different locations like The Hive or Green around the Corner. We don’t claim to be very creative, but still managed to make a nice decorative light for our kids bedroom.

Want to give it a try? Check out their facebook page for their upcoming events.

04 Le Van Mien, D2

Exploring your creative side can also be done at this lovely boutique art studio. Whether you’re into water color painting, sculpting or prefer to just discuss paintings over a nice glass of wine without having to make them, Vin Space Art offers it all. It’s also a great spot for party’s and kids art camps.

Various locations, D2

Always wanted to  get in touch with your inner movie star? Orange Wolves provides acting workshops for adults and children from 8 years and up. You’ll learn all about auditioning, improv and have some  ‘on-camera’ training.  They also provide very cool music production workshops for all the aspiring DJ’s out there.

All workshops are available in English, Vietnamese and even some in Dutch.

There are several cooking studio’s in Saigon. Best to check them out and see which one suits your needs. We’ve tried these two:

Grain Cooking Studio in  District 1 specializes in Vietnamese cuisine. They have twice daily classes in a professional kitchen studio.

La Holista is all about eating and cooking healthy and wholesome foods. As well as their  cooking and baking classes, the owners Chiara and Pascale do food consultancy, healthy lunch orders and sell delicious wholesome snacks.