Dec 17 2012
While the vast majority of Phuket’s populace is Buddhist and Muslim, the Christmas season always arrives in full glittering force to its sandy shores. Phuket malls are cranking out festive ambient tunes, hotel lobbies are lit up with sparkling faux-pine trees and young cashiers at various shops are sporting sexy Santa hats. Most Phuket resorts will be putting on Christmas feasts, and there’s no shortage of places around Phuket to enjoy some festive fun, both on and off the beach.
A popular spot for Sunday roast fans, the Irish Times Pub at the Jungceylon shopping centre in Patong Beach is cooking up a three-course Christmas Day dinner with turkey and glazed honey ham, priced at 895 baht plus 7% VAT per person (T: (08) 99 725 122).
Two Chefs restaurant in Kata Beach is putting on a traditional Scandinavian Christmas smorgasbord including ham, three kinds of herring, cold and warm smoked salmon and meatballs, plus a special spiced red wine called “glogg”. The buffet is 1,450 baht for adults and 750 baht for kids under 12 (T: (076) 284 155).
Siam Indigo restaurant on Phang Nga Road, Phuket Town, has created a “colourful Thai delights” menu for Christmas Eve with tapas, Phuket rock lobster curry soup, piri piri turkey breast and more for 750 baht per person (T: (076) 256 697).
Shanti Lodge on Soi Bang Rae in Ao Chalong is doing a special festive barbecue on Christmas Eve and a hearty buffet on Christmas Day with turkey and all the trimmings. Shanti has a big swimming pool and jacuzzi in a lush garden setting, great for the kids to enjoy a festive dip before dining (T: (076) 280 233).
The colourful Gitano Restaurant in Cherng Talay, near Bangtao Beach, has created a special Christmas Eve Dinner menu with a four-course set for adults (850 baht) and a three-course set for kids aged two to seven (550 baht including a gift). Santa Claus is set to make an appearance at 20:00, followed by a fireworks show (T: 081 892 2419).
Another family-friendly spot, right on the beach in Rawai with a seafront swimming pool, is Friendship Beach Resort, which is hosting a Christmas Eve Party & Dinner Buffet with live music for 1,400 baht ++ for adults and 390 baht ++ for children under 12 (T: (08) 97 285 304).
Those wanting a festive celebration with a stylish edge could check out RE KÁ TA Beach Club on Kata Beach, which is having a “Chilled out Christmas Eve” with DJ music and a four-course meal. Prices are 3,800 baht ++ including wine pairings or 2,500 baht ++ per person without wines (T: (076) 330 015).
Catch Beach Club on Surin Beach is putting on a traditional Christmas Eve roast in the evening of December 24, followed by a brunch on Christmas Day. Each are priced at 2,500 baht ++ including all the food plus free flow of sauvignon blanc, cabernet sauvignon and sparkling wine (T: (076) 316 567).
Known for its award-winning wine cellar, the Boathouse Wine & Grill is hosting a Christmas Day celebration on the sands of Kata Beach from noon onwards with a three-course traditional Christmas meal for 1,200 baht ++ per person (T: (076) 330 015).
Central Festival Mall in Phuket Town has been gussied up with glitzy Christmas decorations for weeks already, and the sound of train toots now reverberate though the shopping centre along with the usual festive music tracks. Every half-hour kids and adults alike can catch the Christmas train (100 baht per person) for a festive ride around the mall.
Those hoping to join a Catholic Christmas Mass in Phuket have several options to choose from in English, Thai and Italian at Our Lady of the Assumption Phuket church. Christmas and New Year’s Masses are being planned for the main church in Phuket Town, at the Sacred Heart Chapel in Patong Beach, and at the chapel in Laguna Phuket Resort (T: (08) 99 129 899).
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