Christmas displays in Bangkok
Bangkok has been getting into the Christmas spirit as early as November. As per tradition, shopping malls have been putting up the grandest and tallest trees, along with mini winter villages.
We’ve found the 8 of the most photogenic and prettiest displays across Bangkok, all of which are BTS-accessible.
1. EmQuartier – Candy Colony
EmQuartier’s Candy Colony Christmas display is a dream for everyone with an IG feed based on pink and blue tones. The hues also work for both day and night-time photos.
The colossal Christmas tree has oversized candy-themed ornaments as well as bean bags, making sure you can hit all the poses, and that there are decorations in every shot
There is also a candy tunnel at Emporium’s BTS Phrom Phong entrance.
Snap a picture under the candy cane tunnel. The oversized ornaments can act as snacks and dessert to the whole meal (ahem – you, of course). Oh, the Instagram captions.
The Candy Colony (Emporium EmQuartier)
Address: 693 695 Sukhumvit Rd, Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110
Dates: 25th November 2020 – 3rd January 2021
Nearest Train Station: Phrom Phong BTS
2. ICONSIAM – ILLUMINATION 2020
For those over green Christmas trees, and giant presents ICONSIAM has a different type of display. ILLUMINATION 2020 is the mall’s festive display that wraps around the entire front patio of the establishment.
Mark Perry, Emmy winning artist, is responsible for this exhibition that uses the traditional Thai diamond pattern on the “trees”. The diamond symbolises connection and good vibes. Which, after 2.5-month self-quarantine and the entire year of 2020, we all need.
The display includes lanterns hanging from above that give you the illusion of a tan, and makes your highlighter *POP*
ILLUMINATION 2020 (ICONSIAM)
Address: 299 Charoen Nakhon Soi 5 , Charoen Nakhon Road, Khlong Ton Sai Sub District, Khlong San District, Bangkok 10600
Dates: 5th November – 30th December 2020
Nearest Train Station: Charoenkrung BTS
3. Siam Paragon – Nescafe Winter Wonderland
Siam Paragon’s Winter Wonderland is like a mini European Christmas market. With hot chocolate, a mini-ferris wheel and a merry go round, it’s the perfect place for children.
The highlight of their Winter Wonderland festivities seem to be the Santa Claus meet-and-greet. Thai celebrities Thanapob Leeratanakajorn, James Jirayu, JJ Pibulsonggram and Paris Intarakomalyasut will be posing as Father Christmas on 20th, 25th and 26th December respectively.
Hurry, though – this display also happens to be the shortest one, as it ends on the 27th!
Winter Wonderland (Siam Paragon)
Address: 991 Rama I Rd, Pathum Wan, Pathum Wan District, Bangkok 10330
Dates: 11th December – 27th December
Nearest Train Station: Siam BTS
4. Central World – World of Happiness
The width of the tree is a huge plus. With more surface area, you won’t have to worry about keeping people out of your #OOTD shot, or waiting in line for the perfect angle. This was actually taken from the “back” of the tree, where there’s less people.
For carousel post enthusiasts, CentralWorld is the place to be. The World of Happiness 2021 Celebration has a towering Christmas tree right in the middle of the plaza, surrounded by a little village of twinkling lights and gingerbread men.
The Christmas tree is decorated with huge ornaments and ribbons that double as props or a background
CentralWorld is also hosting a countdown celebration in the plaza. With the mall right between BTS Siam and Chidlom, partygoers can avoid holiday traffic on New Year’s Eve. The display will be up until 3rd January 2021.
There’s a forest of twinkling lights right next to the tree that emit the perfect luminescence for close-up shots. Right next to that is a house of dangling lights, also perfect for close-ups.
World of Happiness (Central World)
Address: 999/9 Rama I Rd, Pathum Wan, Pathum Wan District, Bangkok 10330
Dates: 14th December 2020 – 3rd January 2021
Nearest Train Station: Siam BTS
5. Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok – Festive Season 2020
Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok’s Christmas display looks like a scene out of the Nutcracker. Step into a hallmark film complete with gingerbread houses, festive pastries and candy canes, and a harpist under the trio of Christmas trees.
They even have a live harpist!
Image credit: @flyingfrog79
Festive Season 2020 (Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok)
Address: 991/9 Rama I Rd, Pathum Wan, Pathum Wan District, Bangkok 10330
Dates: 1st December 2020 – 31st December 2020
Nearest Train Station: Siam BTS
6. Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel – Festive Celebrations
Image credit: @jaakittiya
Whether you prefer silver tinctures or warm golden hues on your feed, the Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel has Christmas trees that suit both aesthetics.
The indoor Christmas tree decorated with red and gold ornaments with a red throne to present the greatest gift of all – you
Image credit: @nokie11
The Anantara has had many names – Peninsula, Four Seasons – associated with wealth and prestige. As one of the oldest and most established hotels in Bangkok, it’s not a surprise that their festivities cost a pretty penny to partake in. Luckily, it costs nothing to take a picture under their indoors Christmas tree that serves major hi-so vibes.
Image credit: @draor_chanathip
Festive Celebrations (Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel)
Address: 155 Rajadamri Road, Bangkok 10330
Nearest Train Station: Rajdamri BTS
7. Gaysorn Village – The Spirit of Joy
The giant lit up stars’ and reindeer’s golden hues can bring out just about any outfit, and is ideal lighting for any holiday makeup look
Image credit: @hallykojung
For those who don’t feel like braving the crowd at CentralWorld for Christmas tree photos, head over to Gaysorn Village right across the street.
Be the ‘star’ of your IG feed
Image credit: @jum_ola1
While the display is smaller than others, Gaysorn Village’s Christmas decorations have just as many backdrops. It also happens to be home to restaurants like Burger & Lobster, Provence and NONAME. This is perfect for a dinner date followed by a quiet – as Bangkok can be – walk.
Image credit: @totjiro
The Spirit of Joy (Gaysorn Village)
Address: 999 Ploenchit Rd, Lumphini, Pathum Wan District, Bangkok 10330
Dates: 20th November 2020 – 6th January 2021
Nearest Train Station: Chidlom BTS
8. Terminal 21 Asok – Gift Fest 2021
Terminal 21 Asok’s Gift Fest display centers around the gift of giving. With giant presents under the tree, as well as a line of White Christmas trees and snowflakes starting at BTS Asok, the mall is serving us a large choice of backgrounds and angles.
This appears to be the only display with white Christmas trees
The exhibition ends on 3rd January, so you can still head down after Christmas if you haven’t got the time.
The white snowflake tunnel makes for a snowglobe-like background
Gift Fest – Terminal21
Address: 88 Sukhumvit Rd, Khlong Toei Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110
Dates: 18th December 2020 – 3rd January 2021
Nearest Train Station: Asok BTS
Instagrammable Christmas displays
These Christmas displays will have you switching the positions for the perfect picture. While these displays are very generous with poses and angles, we highly recommend you wear neutral colours that don’t clash with the decor. For those wearing white, make sure it’s not transparent – the lights are very very bright!
Wherever you’re celebrating, the TSL team wishes you a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.