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Top 5 Ways to Celebrate Christmas in Sri Lanka – The Season of Merriment!!

Spending your Christmas vacation in Sri Lanka is a wonderful experience with the festivity of the season, beautiful and relaxing environment, and the delicious food blended together.


Enjoy a sunny Christmas

Sri Lanka is a beautiful island in the Indian Ocean. The beauty of this little tropical wonder does not lie only within its amazing nature but also its multi religious and multi ethnic setup, which makes it an ideal destination to spend your Christmas vacation. This is one of the rare places on earth that you can enjoy Christmas and sunshine together, quite in contrast to the snowy and chilly weather of many countries. So be ready to pack your bags with some beachwear and maybe some snorkelling and diving gear when you are planning your trip to Sri Lanka.


Go out on Christmas shopping

With the very reasonable rates of the Asian market, Sri Lanka is a good shopping destination for many items. During the Christmas season, you will find sale prices and shopping discounts in almost any place in the country. This is a good chance for you to buy some Christmas gifts for your family and friends at an affordable budget. Don't forget to visit one or two seasonal exhibitions and shopping fiestas held in some places like the Bandaranaike International Memorial Centre in Colombo. However, you should be warned that these events could be extremely crowded, so you better choose a convenient time preferably in the morning hours of a weekday to do your shopping.


Check out the Christmas decorations

The month of December in Sri Lanka will be a glittering and glamorous time that is worth seeing. All the hotels, restaurants, shopping malls, and even small boutiques, in general, will show the Christmas spirit in their decorations to attract customers. If you are travelling with kids they will love to see the Santa Clause waving at them from the corner of a shopping complex. In the year 2016, the tallest Christmas tree in Asia had been built in the Galle face green. It was one of the best things to see in Colombo. Sometimes you can even catch by small groups dressed in bright red and green clothes singing Christmas carols.


Join a Christmas party

There will be Christmas parties organized all over the country to celebrate the birth of the prince of peace. Many locals and tourists join these parties to enjoy the singing, dancing, and the food regardless of the religion they belong to. These may be indoor parties or outdoor parties, sometimes held at the beach. The non-Christian friends are invited by their Christian friends to join with them in the celebrations. Almost all hotels including the Colombo Court Hotel & Spa will host parties, events, and gala dinners celebrating Christmas. It is better to reserve your entrance tickets early to make sure that you have a spot saved.


Try out a Christmas meal

Whatever is the season that you are visiting Sri Lanka, the country is famous for its wide variety of delicious cuisine. During the Christmas season, you can find special buffets and menus that go with the festive spirit. You can also try to plan a homestay with a Christian family to experience how the locals celebrate Christmas at their homes.