In Photos: Christmas In Saigon 2021 | Vietcetera

In Photos: Christmas In Saigon 2021

Amidst the lingering impacts of COVID-19 lockdown, holiday revelers spread joy with grand displays of the Christmas celebration.

In Photos: Christmas In Saigon 2021

Source: Tin Phung for Vietcetera

With a small but visible Catholic minority, Christmas in Vietnam hasn’t historically been as big as it is in the West. Nevertheless, the spirit of the season can still be felt here in Saigon this year as shopping centers, restaurants, retail shops, streets, offices, homes, and churches go all out in their decorations. 

Around Ho Chi Minh City, the international, commercial capital of Vietnam, giant Christmas trees and Santa Claus displays have become attractions over the years, with the bright lights and the red, green, blue and white hues dominating prominent streets and iconic buildings. In Christian neighborhoods, enormous nativity scenes have become familiar sights.

From the iconic architecture of Notre Dame Cathedral in Saigon’s District 1 to the festive, colorful streets of Pham The Hien in District 8, home to Binh An Thuong Church, there’s an abundance of Christmas cheer visible in the city. 

And even amidst the lingering impact of the long lockdown this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Saigonese continue to celebrate and find good reasons to spread hope, joy and love. ‘Tis the season to be jolly, after all.

Vietcetera’s staff photographer Tin Phung takes snapshots of colorful Christmas decorations around Saigon.


Children enjoy some "snow" (soap bubbles) at Bình An Thượng Church a night before Christmas. Due to the pandemic, everyone is still mandated to wear face masks when in public.

Binh Thai Church is frequented by Catholics and non-Catholics alike during Christmas because of its colorful decors.

Bình An, another famous church in Saigon, spared no details in making their Christmas decorations as colorful and as grand as ever.

"Little Santa" enjoying the Christmas vibe at Bình An Thượng Church.

The entire entrance of Bình An Thượng church is covered with Christmas decorations, making it a perfect spot not just for prayers but some fun selfies.

Bright as the stars. This LED store displays star-shaped lights in time for Christmas season.

Last-minute Christmas setup in this narrow alley in near Nam An church in Tân Bình District.