Bring your raincoats on—Festive Season on Bali is beginning! Rain is falling in December all over Bali, but that is not the reason not to celebrate. Because the weather is still beautifully warm, you will be able to catch sunny days, swim in the ocean and wear flip flops.
Christmas will find you in tank tops, shorts and hats. You do not have to think about dressing up—everybody is relaxed about holidays on the Island of Gods.
Best thing to do is book a Christmas lunch in one of the restaurants along the beach. Canggu, Seminyak, Legian or Bukit—it is filled with restaurants or warungs that offer traditional turkey with mash potatoes or local Indonesian yummy dishes like beef rendang or coconut shrimp curry. Book in advance, though—since the Christmas is very popular in Bali.
If you are for parties, Christmas decor, and you love those jingle bells, the best thing is to check Ubud and Seminyak. There you will be close to all the fun and have a variety of activities to choose from.
If you are staying in popular tourist areas, do not miss the special Christmas packages some resorts offer—special Christmas lunches and dinner packages, gift giving, and entertainment.
If you have children, Beachwalk Shopping Center in Kuta will turn into a zoo for the Christmas. Your kids can play with hamsters and parrots, and even the Santa Clause will appear to make them happier.
However, if you need some peace and quiet and wish to look at the stars instead of tropical Santa Clause, choose to stay in Lovina, Candi Dasa, Amed or Sanur—away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Still you may want to give gifts—what is Christmas without shopping? You can find everything your heart desires on Bali— from clothing, perfumes and houseware to more personalized experiences such as spa retreats and Balinese massages. Discovery Shopping Mall, Matahari or markets like The Ubud Art Market and Seminyak Square offer the variety of choices.
Moreover, for the real experience of festive season in Bali do not forget the fireworks! Balinese are fond of setting off fireworks during special holidays, as they are believed to drive away bad luck.
Enjoy these amazing sparklers along the beach, even if the raindrops are falling!