As Christmas songs spread across the air in Ho Chi Minh City, the country’s most crowded metropolis has again immersed itself in one of the merriest holidays of the year.
Since the beginning of December, shops and hotels have dressed themselves up with the red, white and green colors of Christmas, displaying trees, snowballs, LED lights and twinkly decorations to get into the spirit of the season.
Christmas trees are decorated with LED chain lights for sale at a store in District 1.
Small wooden Christmas trees are a favorite choice of many.
A customer chooses a Christmas tree decoration on Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street, District 5
As you learn Vietnamese culture further, you’ll see that Christmas is not only a time for family, but also an occasion to dress up and hang out for many young urban citizens.
A group of young girls wearing red deer horns take a wefie on the street.
A young girl smiles while wearing a decorative headband.
“But first, let me take a wefie.”
A street vendor sells illuminated sticks and a bunch of deer horn headbands.
A friend helps Huynh Hien Thao Uyen (L), 22, prepare for Christmas photos on the Nguyen Hue pedestrian street in District 1.
Children wearing Christmas costumes rehearse the Jingle Bells song on the Nguyen Hue pedestrian street in District 1.
A garbage pedicab is decorated with Christmas items.
Little Santa Claus is also coming to town.