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