What’s Happening in Saigon: December Events

Oi oi oi. Are we seriously in December? We are finally in the most festive month of the year! This is going to be a strange month for expats in living in Ho Chi Minh City. For many, we will be spending the holidays away from our families, potentially for the first time. This is the third instalment of “What’s Happening in Saigon” (see the last one here) but if you’re unfamiliar, here is a little insight into what you can expect from these posts:

Ho Chi Minh City is such an exciting and vibrant place to live and a big part of my love for living in Saigon is thanks to the amazing arts scene, abundance of events and things to get involved in every month. If you’re new to the city, looking for something fun to experience or simply a traveler passing through looking to sample the expat social-scene then you’ve come to the right place!

By no means are these all the events that are happening in the city – these are some that I felt were worth highlighting and that would be of interest to expats living in Vietnam like myself.

December Events in Ho Chi Minh City

Southern Comfort Food Festival 2018

Saigon Outcast are hosting a Southern Comfort Food Festival, perfect for all those Americans to curb any homesickness. Boasting to be your one-stop shop comfort food fix, you can expect Southern-style pop ups from a selection of Saigon eateries. PLUS there is going to be a “hot wing eating contest” and a “mechanical bull contest”

When: 12pm – late | December 1st 2018 (Saturday)

Where: Saigon Outcast, 188/1 Nguyen Van Huong Street, District 2

Tickets: 50k VND (includes 1 drink)

Facebook Event

A Very Tropical X-Mas Art Market

Vietnams first contemporary arts centre, The Factory in Thao Dien, is kicking off the festive month with an arty Christmas Market.

When: 10am – 6pm | December 1st 2018 (Saturday)

Where: The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre, 15 Nguyen U Di, Thao Dien Ward, District 2

Facebook Event

Thao Dien Grand Picnic at BLOQ

This is the first picnic event brought to Thao Dien neighbourhood by BLOQ. Themed as a “Vintage Countryside Picnic Theme” there is set to be food on offer from BLOQs 18 vendors. Plus you’re welcome to bring your own drinks!

When: 4:30 – 11:30pm | December 1st 2018 (Saturday)

Where: 19 Tran Ngoc Dien, Thao Dien Ward, District 2

Tickets: 100k VND

Facebook Event – it is asked you book in advance via [093 120 25 28]

Heart of Darkness 2nd Birthday

As if it wasn’t enough that Heart of Darkness is turning 2 years old today, they’re also launching their 200th brew tonight! From 6pm onwards you can indulge in free canapes, live music and free-flow craft beer!

When: 6 -9pm | December 1st 2018 (Saturday)

Where: Heart of Darkness, 31D Ly Tu Trong, Ben Nghe, District 1

Tickets: 599k VND for free-flow beer or you can pay as you go

Facebook Event

Indika Live Concert Feat. Macumba Band

Indika presents MACUMBA BAND with their very own fusion of Jazz,a and latin music… sometimes spanish, most of the time cuban … 4 musicians: Guitar, Piano, Percussion and voice!

When: 7 – 11pm | December 1st 2018 (Saturday)

Where: Indika, 43 Nguyen Van Giai, Dakao, District 1

Tickets: 50k VND / free before 7pm (music starts at 8pm)

Facebook Event

DIY Organic Lipsticks Workshop

“With their own lipstick, the girl can conquer the world”

Run by The Queen Manufacturing & Trading Cosmetics, Vietnam’s Artisanal Beauty producer, whose mission is to spread their love and belief across Vietnam to show everyone the power of natural ingredients, so we can become beautiful without harming nature.

When: 3-4:30pm | December 2nd 2018 (Sunday)

Where: The Hive, 94 Xuan Thuy, Thao Dien, District 2

Tickets: 580k VND

Facebook Event

Macrame workshop for beginners

Spin and Gogh are back with another planter workshop – this time its for a Macrame hanging planter! You’ll learn and get to practice the knots using various combinations to execute the design. Class includes all materials and tuition, and of course you get a selfmate planter to take home!

When: 9-12:30pm | December 2nd 2018 (Sunday)

Where: Spin and Gogh, 212 Tran Van Tra, Panorama, Phu My Hung, District 7

Tickets: 550-600k VND

Facebook Event

Outdoor Cinema – First Man

“First Man tells the riveting story of NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the years 1961-1969. A visceral, first-person account, based on the book by James R. Hansen, the movie will explore the sacrifices and the cost on Armstrong and on the nation of one of the most dangerous missions in history.”

When: 8-10pm | December 6th 2018 (Thursday)

Where: Saigon Outcast, 188/1 Nguyen Van Huong Street, District 2

Facebook Event

Craft Beer for Women’s Empowerment

Head to Malt South in D7 for an evening of food, live music and craft beer. All proceeds from the beers are going to support the movement against sexual harassment and domestic violence towards woman and increase their empowerment in society: WEAV, Blue Dragon and more local charities.

When: 6pm – 12am | December 7th 2018 (Friday)

Where: Malt South, Greenview, 35 Nguyen Luong Bang, District 7

Facebook Event

Sofar Secret Sessions

Join Sofar sessions for another secret and intimate gig somewhere in Thao Dien. Apply for tickets on the website and await confirmation of the location. I love these music events – all the ones I’ve been to have showcased amazing acoustic artists and been in really cool locations.

When: 7-10:30pm | December 7th 2018 (Friday)

Where: TBC

Sofar Website

The Hive Adventures with La Holista

The Hive are running a Christmas edition with La Holista hikes, to bring bring whole food gifts to the local monks at Dinh Mountain outside of VUng Tau. The hike is described as intermediate and you can RSVP via: events@thehive.com.vn

When: 7am – 4pm | December 8th 2018 (Saturday)

Where: The Hive, 94 Xuan Thuy, Thao Dien, District 2

Tickets: 550k VND

Facebook Event

December Craft Beer Fest

This Beer Fest is set to be a biggie – with over 30 different types of beers/ciders on offer from local brewers.

When: 12 – 11pm | December 8th 2018 (Saturday)

Where: Saigon Outcast, 188/1 Nguyen Van Huong Street, District 2

Tickets: 70k VND (includes a souvenir glass)

Facebook Event

Saigon is Burning: Bio Queens

“It’s the latest in our series of Drag Battlez where 5 new, fabulous FEMALE performers battle onstage serving you fierce lipsyncs and sickening lewks, okurrr!”

When: 6pm – 2am | December 8th 2018 (Saturday)

Where: Soma Art Lounge, 6b Le Van Mien, Thao Dien, District 2

Tickets: 100k VND

Facebook Event

L’Usine Christmas Market

L’Usine presents its first ever Christmas market, partnering with the brands you know and love to curate a top-notch selection of gifts, crafts, and activities. You can expect exciting activities and workshops, exclusive promotions, customisable, personalised gifts, giftwrapping and calligraphy services plus festive food and drinks.

They are also running two workshops over the weekend. On Saturday a Christmas wreath making workshop with florist Le Bouquet by Rachel, from 3 – 5 pm (sign up here). On Sunday they are running a workshop on printmaking to create Santa-themed tote bags presented by axa Studio, again running from 3 – 5pm (sign up here).

When: 10am – 6pm | December 8-9th 2018 (Saturday – Sunday)

Where: 151/5 Dong Khoi, District 1

Facebook Event

Villa Session #1: The Poolside Brunch

The Hive Villa is kicking off its new monthly Villa Brunch, with the aim of bringing the community together through a shared love of food, music, and drinks, all by the side of the pool. Expect a selection of Mediterranean recipes carefully transformed by the hands of our guest chefs.

“Energize your soul to tunes by our line up of DJ’s and bring your swimsuits to take a dip in our refreshing pool.”

When: 1 – 6pm | December 9th 2018 (Sunday)

Where: The Hive Villa, 29 Nguyen Ba Lan, Thao Đien, District 2

Tickets: 250k VND (1 drink and 1 food item) / 150k VND (1 drink)

Facebook Event

INTO JAZZ: Christmas Special

The first INTO JAZZ event is a special mix of Christmas and jazz, organised by organised by JARTS Entertainment. It promises to be an unforgettable Christmas night!

When: 7 – 11pm | December 9th 2018 (Sunday)

Where: Saigon Outcast, 188/1 Nguyen Van Huong Street, District 2

Tickets: 350k VND (includes a souvenir glass)

Facebook Event

Gingerbread man Christmas Cookie decoration

“We’ll be hosting the gingerbread man cookie decoration session for families! Kitti Zabo will show you how to decorate cookies for the holidays. All the tools and materials will be included and you’ll be able to snack on the beautiful cookies that you create!”

When: 10am – 1pm | December 11th 2018 (Tuesday)

Where: Spin and Gogh, 212 Tran Van Tra, Panorama, Phu My Hung, District 7

Tickets: 500k VND

Facebook Event

Zen in light: Gourd lamp making workshop

“You’ll be designing and carving your own gourd lamp at our cafe level with Marianna Bajczi. We only have 4 spots available so please register early. The event is from 9am to 5pm with all the tools and instruction included. You’ll go home with a functional and beautiful gourd lamp!”

When: 9am – 5pm | December 18th 2018 (Tuesday)

Where: Spin and Gogh, 212 Tran Van Tra, Panorama, Phu My Hung, District 7

Tickets: 3mil VND

Facebook Event – register in advance

Know of any other cool things happening in Saigon this month? Please drop them in the comments so I can check them out and add them!


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3 Comment

  1. Haley says: Reply

    A tropical Christmas market? Count me in, please.

  2. Hey there! I have an event coming up in Ho Chi Minh City this February (2019)! Would you like to work with me to post about it on your blog in your February Events post?

    Do let me know! It would be a great help! 🙂

    1. francesFR says: Reply

      Hello, I’ve decided to stop doing these monthly event posts as they are too demanding to create. Instead I am making weekly event posts on Facebook. I think I saw an email from yourself but if not, please send me the details via FB or email. Frances

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