Christmas is in the Air

Festival Issue 193 Nov, 2017

 Wondering what festivities are on offer this Christmas? Here’s a list to get you started.

Feeling festive yet? It’s never too early to begin thinking about Christmas. I know I am, with the days getting shorter, and mornings even harder to get up to, the smell of fresh, crisp air, and dew settling on trees. I am actually planning to buy Christmas presents and stack my fridge up with festive food, and not to forget, to get ahead and schedule all the events I want to attend. This article can be your guide to Christmas 2017 in Kathmandu, featuring the best festive activities and events.

Almost forgot, Christmas isn’t the only event coming up! New Year is right behind, don’t miss out on a single party—the capital is fully prepared with loads of New Year's Eve parties and events up its sparkly sleeve.

Annual AWON Christmas Bazaar 2017

The annual fundraising event of AWON, showcasing different products, is a perfect place for Christmas shopping and networking. It will be held at Hyatt Regency on Saturday, December 2, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There will be a variety of food, ranging from festive cuisine to Nepali delights. That’s not all! Come by for an afternoon filled with fun, games, and activities for both children and adults. This Christmas bazaar uses its proceeds to provide scholarships to children in need.

Timro Christmas Bazar 2017

Spend an enjoyable afternoon with friends and family at the Christmas Bazaar in Suburb Cafe, Lalitpur, on Saturday, December 9, 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The venue will have a variety of festive treats. Buying gifts during Christmas is always a bit difficult, because our indecisive nature can tend to get the better of us. If you are going overseas to meet your family, or even if you are celebrating the festive season in Nepal, the stalls at the Christmas Bazaar will have some exciting presents and local souvenirs, including handmade items like bags, clothes, and notebooks.

Summit Christmas Market 2017

A day-long bazaar, with stalls selling almost everything, will be held on Sunday, December 10, at the Summit Hotel. There will also be a late afternoon and early evening performance by Kathmandu Chorale, so take your family, friends, and children along to enjoy some seasonal songs. The Summit Christmas Market differs from a lot of the others in that it stretches into the evening; once the temperature drops, and it gets dark, all the lights come on, transforming the event into something reminiscent of a winter market in a European city. It’s a great atmosphere in which to enjoy carols, do your shopping, and have tasty things to eat!

Christmas Eve Dinner at Hyatt

An indulgent feast awaits guests at The Café this Christmas, with an enhanced Christmas Eve buffet dinner, including a glass of mulled wine or a glass of festive cola. Come down to The Café at 7:00 p.m. for just NPR 3,100 per person plus taxes. Making a reservation is recommended.

Christmas Brunch

Hyatt Regency Kathmandu’s Christmas buffet is a timeless holiday tradition perfect for the entire family that includes live music and kids’ activities. Following a morning filled with opening presents and holiday cheers, guests are invited to the Christmas brunch at The Café. This is priced at NPR 3,000 per person plus taxes, and lasts from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Making a reservation is recommended.

Christmas Eve with Mariana BO

Celebrate Christmas Eve with one of the top 100 DJs from—Mariana BO. Put your dancing shoes on and party all night, celebrating the best Christmas Eve at Club Deja Vu from 7:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.

Christmas Eve—Arbitrary Group

Groove your way to Christmas with one the best parties, as always, hosted by the Arbitrary Group; the best DJs playing their best tracks. Keep updated to find out more about the venue and further details.

Nepali Isai Mandali Church

Leading up to Christmas Day, this church in Kathmandu will be organizing multiple services that will allow you to learn more about the birth of Christ and why we celebrate Christmas. Not to mention the meet-and-greet session, where you will have the opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, coupled with singing and dancing.

Check their website for more details.

Annapurna Trek for New Year Celebration

The fun doesn’t stop on December 25! Try something new this New Year and spend an exciting few days trekking and exploring Nepal with the help of a good trek operator. If you're looking for some adventure in the upcoming year, this will be a perfect opportunity for you to even have a New Year celebration at the Annapurna base camp.

New Year’s Eve parties

Local bars, pubs, and lounges in Thamel and Jhamsikhel will be full of parties and will have their own celebrations, which will include good music, food, and drinks. So, here’s hoping these tips provide everything you need to know about celebrating Christmas and New Year’s Eve in Kathmandu.