It’s that time of year again.

Sleighing into the end of the year with gleeful cheer, this 2019, ICONSIAM is truly cranking things up a notch for the festive season. You are sure to be swept up in this global destination, brimming from all corners with celebration.

Whilst the iconic destination hits its first anniversary this November (perhaps even a double cause for a celebration), ICONSIAM sees the grand opening of True Icon Hall to commemorate. Yet alongside this grand opening, there are still a number of exciting happenings to explore.

Hear the jingle bells? Think about mulled wine, Christmas carols, and gingerbread cookies. Whilst New York, Paris, or London are seen as stereotypical setters of the Christmas spirit, Bangkok is no less too, sprinkling the charming festive energy across the city. With ICONSIAM’s heartwarming approach towards celebrating Christmas and New Years in full swing, we’d be lying if we said we’re going anywhere else but here.

So, whether you’re here for Christmas date night inspiration or want to enjoy the special season with your family, ICONSIAM has a host of activities and entertainment to indulge in. It’s time to mark your calendars for the most-awaited events of the year. Here’s what to expect from ICONSIAM’s festive activities this year and why you shouldn’t be missing out on them. Scroll ahead to get a kickstart.

Enchanting Christmas tree, decoration, and lighting 

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Just when we thought we couldn’t love this city anymore, the show “Bangkok Illumination 2019” surprises us with its new ways to ignite the city with the Thai-inspired Christmas trees. Have you been looking around the city to find the best way to celebrate Christmas? Look no further, because you wouldn’t be able to celebrate Christmas in Thai spirit and by the majestic view of the Chao Phraya River, anywhere else than ICONSIAM. The grand vivid lighting installation will be displaying Christmas trees that radiate a touch of Thainess from the Thonburi era — think the beautiful architecture of Wat Arun or Temple of Dawn. Expect to see Thai traditional patterns on the 22-meter tall tree that will portray the theme “Glory of ICONSIAM” via state-of-the-art lighting technology.

From Christmas to New Year, soak up your nights with friends and family under the wonderful illumination to put your senses into stimulation overload. There is no denying that when festive light meets Christmas spirit, you are set for the best Christmas experience in Bangkok at ICONSIAM.

The Bangkok Illumination runs from 19 November 2019 to 5 January 2020.

Unbeatable Festive Dining Experience

We are always excited about the Christmas drinks and festive menus that kick in when we hit the merry season. It’s the occasion when you can spend some quality time with your friends, family and your better halves. ICONSIAM houses a wide array of cuisines for you to relish in a true fine-dining experience with special Christmas menus.

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’Tis the season with the ‘Everyday Magic’ menu at Greyhound where you can indulge in some Fiesty River Prawn and get a taste of the Best of Rainforests to satisfy your sweet tooth. Greyhound never fails to impress us with its creative charm and its exotic recipes. Their festive menu features five menus under different styles and they are all available until 30 January 2020.

Want the best dim sum in town? Head to Hong Bao, who heartily follows this concept, and is offering a special menu this season starting at THB 350 until 31 December 2019. Sushi lovers, to revel in some special delicacies, explore the Yayoi Chef Experience and Sushi Bar where the chef himself will select the menu especially for you until 15 January 2020.

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Fancy some Christmas-themed delights? Mom and Sis The Smoothie Cafe is serving your favourite Santa Acai bowl, Xmas yogurt smoothie, Joy to the world smoothie, and Silent night smoothie. Stroll by Paul Bakery and pick up some mini Christmas macarons, the iconic Chocolate yule log, and Christmas cookies, which are available only until 31 January 2020. There is no denying that the Christmas-y vibe here is delicious.

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Sip some mulled wine with a breezy Christmas ambiance at Tasana Nakhon Terrace at Fallabella on the sixth floor. Dig into the seafood platter, Australian rib eye, Linguini AOP caper, and so much more. Whether it’s a table for two (THB 8,000) or a table for four (THB 14,000), dine with a picturesque view of the city with some Piper-Heidsieck champagne here, overlooking the River of Kings. 

Whilst you indulge in this dining destination with your friends and family, the majestic riverside view will surely elevate your experience to another level.

Best place to find festive gifts

Looking for a festive gift? From locally handcrafted items to internationally-labeled products, ICONSIAM is your go-to destination for hunting down some cool and interesting gifts for your loved ones. Head to ICONCRAFT, a special zone dedicated to Thai local creations, that are innovative and unique to gift. The SIAM Takashimaya zone is where Thailand’s shopping mall meets Japan’s Takashimaya department store, bringing out the best of Japanese culture in Thailand. Stroll here and you will find some quirky, Hokkaido- style gift sets for your loved ones. Also, shopaholics, get ready to break your wallet because ICONSIAM is joining hands with the Thai Gifts, Premiums, and Decorative association to bring ICONSIAM World of Gifts from 10 December to 6 January 2020. So fret not, there is something to match everyone’s taste here.

One-of-a-kind multimedia water feature show

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As you enjoy the festive season with Bangkok Illumination, you will be taken aback with the ICONIC Multimedia Water features. The ICONIC Multimedia Water feature, Southeast Asia’s longest light-and-sound multimedia water fountain show, stretches more than 400m along the riverfront. The fountain reaches as high as 35 meters in the air. Can you imagine seeing this anywhere else in Southeast Asia? It’s truly a one-of-a-kind spectacle and experience that you can cherish not only during this festive season but every time you visit ICONSIAM. Whilst you might be in awe watching one of the seven wonders of ICONSIAM, the magnificent show is very ‘grammable, so get your smartphones ready to capture the moment. Stroll by the River Park with your loved ones and revel in the vivid lights and soulful sounds that will take your breath away.

ICONIC Multimedia Water Features are held daily at 4:30pm, 6:30pm, 8pm, and 9:30pm, at the River Park, ICONSIAM.

Countdown to 2020 by the Chao Phraya River

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Goodbye 2019! To bid farewell to the year, we are hunting down an ideal place to create new memories as we welcome the new year. Good thing we’ve got a countdown here by the Chao Phraya River which happens to be Thailand’s official countdown landmark. Here we can celebrate the glory and historical significance of the River of Kings as we step into 2020.
Remember last year’s countdown? ICONSIAM’s “Amazing Thailand Countdown 2020” is back this year to bring yet another grandeur countdown celebration. The iconic shopping destination has partnered up with the Tourism Authority of Thailand to make Chao Phraya River the global countdown destination.

The highlights? Expect to see the most spectacular 15-minutes long themed pollutant-free fireworks, from 2-kilometre radius from ICONSIAM. Impressively, the eco-friendly fireworks are made partly from Thai sticky rice to reduce fume and will be presented in seven different ways to signify the following meanings — The Glory, Health Giving, Way up High, Joy to the World, Diamond in the Sky, Lucky Star, and Power of Love.

Even if you are not at ICONSIAM at that moment, you will be able to view the stunning fireworks from all around Bangkok. Yes, that’s right, whether you are at the Sathon Pier, Holy Rosary Church, Wat Suwan Pier, or other nearby locations, you could view the fireworks vividly from there, too. There is no doubt that if you are celebrating at one of the hotels by the Chao Phraya River such as the Mandarin Oriental, The Peninsula, or Shangri-La Bangkok, you wouldn’t miss out on this gorgeous sight. No wonder the themed fireworks could be witnessed by more than 1 million people in Bangkok from this global destination by the River of Kings.

Bangkok has always been a popular choice for new year’s eve countdown and with such eco-friendly fireworks over a backdrop of scenic views of the river, you wouldn’t want to go elsewhere.
As you count down to 2020, join the fun-filled activities and sway to the tunes of Thailand’s most renowned artists — Two Popetone, Tor Saksit, Jintara Poonlarp, Ben Chalatit, and Nont Tanont. If this is your first time in Bangkok, save your googling as you’ll definitely be in the right place at the right time. Happy Holidays!

ICONSIAM, 299 Charoen Nakhon Rd, Khlong Ton Sai, Khlong San, Bangkok; +66 2 495 7080. Open daily 10am-10pm.  

Alisha Pawa
Alisha is a passionate dancer and is always creating her own choreographies. She is a fan of rom-com novels, a coffee-drinker who loves tea, and is always on-the-go for her midnight chocolate cravings. She hopes to tick-off her never-ending bucket list one day by hosting her own travel show.