Bali may not be the first place that comes to mind when you are looking for somewhere to celebrate Christmas.
The usual imagery of white snow, ice-cold weather and log fires aren’t exactly synonymous with Bali.
That being said, Christmas is obviously also celebrated in tropical countries, just a little differently.
Want to know more about celebrating Christmas in Bali? Check it out!
Do They Celebrate Christmas in Bali?
Short answer – no.
The majority of Balinese are Hindus and don’t celebrate Christmas, however there is a Christian community on the island.
Many Balinese Christians (and Muslims), take part in the traditional practice called Ngejot.
This is when they will cook and share food with their neighbors as an expression of gratitude, to share happiness and build friendships.
Instead of a Christmas tree (pines aren’t easy to come by in the tropics), Balinese Christians decorate using penjor. They are long, curved bamboo decorations, fixed with a series of woven coconut leaves.
For tourists who come for a Christmas holiday in Bali, you will still find all the usual festive celebrations like Christmas brunch, lunch and dinner at restaurants and hotels, or you could try a Christmas on the beach!
Some accommodations may also have special tropical Christmas packages and deals, that continue until New Year’s Eve.
What is the Weather like in Bali at Christmas?
In December, and over the Christmas period, it is rainy season in Bali – which isn’t exactly ideal.
It’s not guaranteed to rain all day long, there will be some days where the sky is clear. But always be prepared for the heavens to open, even if just a light drizzle for an hour.
Just in case, don’t forget to pack light and cool clothing.
The weather in Bali won’t interfere with your Christmas plans, unless you are going to be lounging on the beach.
Check the forecast a few days before so you can adjust!
Where to Get Christmas Dinner in Bali
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Where to Stay for Christmas in Bali
Add a touch of luxury to your Bali Christmas by staying in a beautiful island resort or villa. These are just 3 of our top picks of where to stay in Bali for an unforgettable Christmas!
A stay at Apurva Kempinski in Nusa Dua screams luxury. Apurva in Sanskrit means unique and magnificent, which perfectly describes the resort.
With a range of rooms, suites and villas, there is a perfect space to celebrate Christmas for every kind of traveling group.
Hartland Estate is a great place to spend the Christmas holidays. Featuring signature Ubud sights like lush treetops, vast forest views and clear skies, you can have a magical and private Christmas experience.
Spend Christmas day exploring the town on planned excursions through the resort.
Sohamsa Ocean Estate consists of two magnificent cliff top villas on the southernmost tip of the Bukit Peninsula peninsula. All rooms have the same view of the wide expanse of the ocean.
Have a magnificent Christmas dinner looking out over the vast azure horizon.
What to do on Christmas Day in Bali
Need some ideas for what to do on Christmas Day in Bali?
- Enjoy a Christmas brunch or dinner – whether it’s a traditional Balinese lunch, or a hearty family dinner at a fancy restaurant, Bali has every type of Christmas celebration. If you’re not with your family at Christmas, you can also celebrate by meeting new people at a communal gathering.
- Go on an adventure – there’s never a bad time to find your adventurous side and go on a road trip in Bali, including Christmas day! Head out to Tuka Village in North Kuta, where the majority of locals are Catholic. Christmas celebrations are quite different, with everyone traditionally dressed to go to church. This is where the first, and oldest, church in Bali is located.
- Get some sun – December in Bali is usually still the rainy season, with the high potential for rain during the day. If you get lucky and Christmas day is sunny, you can find rows of beach clubs with Christmas offers.
- Do something meaningful – in some areas, Catholics and Christians take party in ngejot – the tradition of sharing food with neighbors of other religions as a symbol of interfaith harmony.
- Relax and do nothing – every day always feels like a holiday in Bali. There’s nothing wrong with just staying in your villa, relaxing, and watching Christmas movies.
Christmas in the tropics is something entirely different from the usual Western Christmas many of us are used to.
Do something different, bring your own family traditions to the island, and have an UNFORGETTABLE Christmas in Bali.
Featured image: Christmas in Bali Beach