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Hoi An Now Travel Guide to Christmas Celebrations

Traditionally, Christmas Day lunch has come down to one of five choices in Hoi An. Hotel Pullman Danang Beach Resort, Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort & Spa, Almanity Hoi An Wellness Resort, 3 Dragons Sports Bar or a restaurant in the Old Town. But each year more and more options have been opening up including table d’hote, degustation and seasonal menus and small, home-style cooking settings that are super cheap compared to the customary big buffet scene.


But before we get cracking on the big lunch we should reflect that in many European traditions Christmas Eve is of equal, or even greater importance than Christmas Day as a time of celebration – after all, if you’ve been good, Santa comes on the 24th in Germany, Sweden and Portugal. So, in addition to Christmas Day, this travel guide covers Christmas Eve as well. It also introduces Australia’s favorite recovery option on Boxing Day.

Christmas Celebrations in Hoi An 2017. The Filling Station Bar & Grill Xmas promotion
The Filling Station Bar & Grill has a super cheap Xmas Eve turkey dinner at just 180,000 vnd.

Christmas Eve





A host of hotels has a Christmas Eve special dinner including the Hoi An Lantern HotelLittle Hoi An Central, Ha An, Vinh Hung Emerald Resort, Hoi An Historic Hotel & Resort, Belle Maison Hadana, Almanity Hoi An Wellness Resort, Sunrise Premium Resort Hoi An, La Siesta Hoi An Resort & Spa and Phu Thinh Boutique Resort & Spa. Prices range incredibly from US$14 to US$95 per head with Hoi An Lantern the most economical and Sunrise at the top end.





Leading restaurant, Green Mango, has developed a 5-course tasting menu for a marathon event that runs from 4 to 9pm and Lantern Town Restaurant, departing from all the turkey roasts elsewhere has an “East Meets West” 3-course menu for a very reasonable US$27. If you’re interested in wine with your meal, The Hoianian Wine Bar & Restaurant has a special menu that offers a wine pairing option on  both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (US$39) while Cargo (US$40) and Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort’s  Christmas Gala Dinner ($89) have a truly international selection.


The most economical venue by far is The Filling Station Bar & Grill with it’s traditional Christmas Eve turkey dinner going for just US$8!


Go to our Events Calendar for Christmas Eve specifics.

Almanity Resort & Spa, Hoi An, Vietnam hotels
Almanity Wellness Resort & Spa has a traditional Christmas buffet and international dishes as well

Christmas Day Big Buffets


There is a huge price range in buffet options. From just US$15 at Belle Maison Hadana to $70 at Sunrise not including the ++. Bear in mind that the top-end options tend to include free flow drinks and then decide how decadent you’d like to be on the day. Remember it only comes round once a year!


First cabs off the rank at 11am are Belle Maison Hadana and Sunrise both continuing their carve-a-thons from the previous evening. In some confusion the Sunrise promotion claims Christmas Day as a Boxing Day event but we have been assured by their staff the event is definitely on the 25th, they’ve just decided to rename it! At US$70 a head and sporting a DJ, this newly secular Christmas Day promises to be bountiful nonetheless.


A little later, seasoned brunch provider,  Almanity, kicks off around 11.30am with traditional Christmas fare as well as an international selection that is very keenly priced at US$26


Although Pullman is in Da Nang it still drags a big crowd of Hoianians to its Christmas buffet (around noon). With a reputation for the most splendid spread – you name it they’ve got it – and lots of kid-friendly activities, it’ll set you back US$60 (free flow). Possibly the leader in this field, the downside is that getting there and back can make the day a little regimented.


Victoria, a long-time favorite of many, also starts at midday with free flow drink included in the price. While not as grand or exotic as Pullman’s spread, it’s more convenient for Hoi An dwellers, not as crowded, and offers a very respectable assortment of roasts, seafood and Asian favorites (US$35 wine; US$26 beer).


Victoria, Almanity, Sunrise and Pullman prices do not include tax and service charges but all have luxurious resort surrounds that patrons can enjoy on the day.

expat table, christmas, hoi an, victoria hotel
Christmas at Victoria

Other Options


Dingo Deli has a handy and very affordable special deal of traditional turkey roast with roast vegetables and cranberries for just US$9 from noon. Offering a traditional roast (beef and/or lamb) at just US$11, The Kebab Shack has limited its numbers to 20 – first in best dressed – but its regular menu will also be running.


With most lunches kicking off around 11.30 – noon those who want a lazier start to the day can find a home at 3 Dragons Sport Bar & Restaurant. Lunch starts from 2pm and it’s a set menu for US$22 including traditional roasts with lots of trimmings the centerpiece. Another pub, Salt Pub, just south of An Bang Beach proper, has a great free flow house wine and beer deal for around US$26 featuring traditional roasts, glazed ham and pudding. Depending on how thirsty you are between 11 and 3, this could well be the best value in town. Hurry, numbers have been restricted to 50!


As mentioned above, new venue, The Hoianian Wine Bar & Restaurant, has joined the fray with gusto featuring its special menu on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Each course selected comes with an individual wine pairing. Great value at US$37 with selected wines. Similarly, Lantern Town Restaurant has an intriguing “East meets West” set menu on both the 24th and the 25th.


Soul Beach has its standard menu, live music (2 bands) and a craft fair from 5pm and, for those who don’t know what all this roast dinner fuss is about, Jim’s Snack Bar is open all day with its usual menu offering a range of 50 different beers with which to celebrate!

The Hoianian - Wine Bar & Restaurant. Quick Guide to Bars in Hoi An. Scattered Bottles
New kid on the block - The Hoianian Wine Bar & Restaurant
Soul Beach, An Bang, day, external
Soul Beach, An Bang Beach

Degustation & Tasting Menus for the Season


Drawing inspiration from the winter season L’aubergine 49 chef de patron, Thinh, has announced a degustation menu that will run exclusively throughout the Christmas period – 18 December-1 January. Places are going fast; see L’aubergine 49 Facebook for menu and booking information.


Chef Duc, from iconic Mango Mango, has created four unique courses for the season that will be available 21 December – 14 January. Ranging from creamy pumpkin soup to seared yellowtail with mango salsa to crispy duck in 5 spices with chocolate passion sauce it’s a memorable fusion to delight all the senses.

Mango Mango. Yellowtail
Yellowtail - Mango Mango
Mango Mango - Duck
Duck - Mango Mango

Boxing Day


Don’t listen to the fair folk at Sunrise, in Australia, Boxing Day is definitely 26 December and it means one thing and one thing only. It’s the day the cricket Test match begins in Melbourne. As it happens, this year the opponent is England so Boxing Day is doubly auspicious for Australians. If you’re not Australian or English, come along anyway and watch this strange tribal ritual unfold over 5 days.


Best venues for viewing in Hoi An are: Hoi An Sports Bar, Salt Pub and 3 Dragons Sports Bar – turkey sandwiches may well be on their menus.


There is little doubt that Australia’s fortunes in this match set the nation’s spiritual tone and economic confidence levels for the coming year.

Melbourne Cricket Ground
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