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by Amanda N (subscribe)
I live in Bali with my husband and two daughters. I blog about my experiences as Indomumma and I create content for blogs and websites at Stuff With Words.
Get in the festive spirit
If you're in Bali for Christmas this year, you might be looking for some Christmas activities and events to get you in the festive spirit or to celebrate the day itself.

Although Bali has a proportionately small Christian population, you'll find plenty of local businesses and organisations happy to embrace the festivity. Here are some ways you can get involved, whether you're looking for fun family activities or a more serious celebration.

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You'll find Christmas all around in Bali

Church Services
Tis the reason for the season, so let's start with Christmas church services in Bali. Most have special Christmas services on Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day. There may also be a more casual Christmas celebration earlier in the month.

Check each church's website or social media for details. Here's a list of 10 churches in South Bali to get you started.

Shopping Malls
If you haven't yet noticed Christmas songs playing as you stroll around Bali's shopping malls, it's only a matter of time. Most of the bigger malls in Bali organise Christmas events as the date approaches, from Christmas performances to fashion parades to colouring competitions.

Details are not always published that far in advance, though. At the time of writing, only Lippo Mall Kuta has published a Christmas activity schedule. This includes a "Local Market Bazaar" from 29th November to 8th December and a chance to meet Santa and his friends from 23rd to 25th December.

The best place to check for Christmas events at other Bali malls is social media, which they tend to update more regularly than their websites. Here are the Facebook pages for some which should soon have some activities going on:

Beachwalk Kuta
Trans Studio Mall
Level 21 Denpasar
Mal Bali Galeria

No doubt Santa's schedule will be filling up as Christmas approaches.

If you really want to get that Christmas feeling early on, head to Ace Hardware where you'll find a completely OTT display of Christmas trees, ornaments and decorations from mid-September.

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Ace Hardware doesn't disappoint with the Christmas display

School Events
Plenty of local schools and nurseries run family Christmas events which are open to families who don't attend the school. These can be in the form of holiday shops, special performances, or family fun days.

A couple which are already being advertised are:

Montessori Twilight Market in Canggu on 29th November
Skoebi-do Santa Claus Beach Party in Berawa on 14th December

Check the schools in your area to see what's going on.

Christmas Markets
Christmas markets may not be such a big deal in Bali as they are in Europe, but there are a few that pop up in December.

Again, more will be announced nearer the time but there's this one at Cafe Smorgas in Sanur as well as this one at the Mercure Resort Sanur to get you started.

You'll also find that many regular markets, such as these in Sanur, host special Christmas-themed events.

These can be a good place to shop for Christmas gifts from local retailers, perhaps with some mulled wine or a mince pie to get you feeling festive. Those that are child-friendly might have face painting or other activities to keep the kids entertained.

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Lippo Mall Kuta getting in the spirit

Family Attractions
Not wanting to miss out on the hype, some of your favourite family hangouts might also run Christmas days in the run-up to the main event. Parklife Canggu, Byrdhouse Beach Club and Big Garden Corner are some to watch.

Of all the events mentioned here, these are the ones that are most likely to have paid entry, especially if there is a fee to enter the venue itself.

There are also plenty of hotels, restaurants, beach clubs, etc. which put on a special Christmas menu for the day itself - far too many to mention here.

Happy Bali Christmas
As you can see, there are plenty of ways to get involved with Christmas activities in Bali, you just need to know where to look (and the answer is often social media).

I'll try to post some more events as they are advertised, but if you know of anything then please leave a comment.

Have a great Christmas!
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