Food and fun this festive season

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It's that time of the year again. Join in the Christmas cheer and welcome another new year.

The season of good cheer and dazzling decorations is here again. Snowflakes and reindeers adorn shop fronts and offices. Christmas trees are up with all their glittering ornaments.

People are busy discussing Christmas and New Year plans, calling friends and family, and reserving tickets and coupons at various venues across the city.

High-end hotels and restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City are gearing up with much enthusiasm to offer an unforgettable festive experience.

Legend Hotel Saigon

Look out for dinner buffets which promise a free flow of beverages on Christmas and New Year Eve (December 24 and 31).

The Filipino four-member band Jamm'n Essence will play sweet melodies, Latino rhythms as well as traditional Christmas and New Year songs.

For the kids, the highlight will be Santa Claus dipping into his goody bag and passing around presents.

For fun-filled Christmas and New Year celebrations, head to these destinations:

Legend Hotel Saigon
2A-4A, Ton Duc Thang Street, District 1
Tel: (08) 3 823 3333

Sofitel Saigon Plaza
17 Le Duan Boulevard, District 1
Tel: (08) 3 824 1555
Email:
fb@sofitelsaigon.com.vn

New World Hotel Saigon
76 Le Lai Street, District 1
Tel: (08) 3 822 8888
Email:
ays.saigon@newworldhotels.com

Caravelle Hotel
19 Lam Son Square, District 1
Tel: (08) 3 823 4999

Hotel Equatorial Ho Chi Minh City
242 Tran Binh Trong Street, District 5
Tel: (08) 3 839 7777, ext. 8000
Email:
dine@hcm.equatorial.com

InterContinental Saigon
39 Le Duan Boulevard, District 1

Tickets cost VND1,500,000++ for adults and VND750,000++ for children to each dinner party.

Sofitel Saigon Plaza

Prepare to be dazzled by the sixmeter-tall all-crystal Christmas tree.

The tree, glittering magically when lit up, has already become a downtown attraction.

The hotel's restaurant, Café Rivoli, has grand buffets planned for Christmas and New Year's Eve.

The Christmas buffet costs VND1,600,000++ per person, which includes a glass of Taittinger champagne and unlimited Bordeaux wine.

The New Year Eve buffet, which includes a five-course "Haute Gourmandise" truffle menu and stellar French wines, costs VND1,800,000++ per person.

New World Hotel Saigon

The Christmas buffet at Dynasty Restaurant, which costs VND1,126,000 per person, will include exotic fare such as shark fin soup, stewed abalone and steamed grouper.

The Christmas buffet at Parkview Restaurant, costing VND1,509,000 per person, features seafood delicacies and more traditional festive food such as roast turkey and duck breast stewed with purple cabbage and pear.

And if you want to make the most of a tropical Christmas, head to Splash Restaurant for an outdoor party. The outdoor buffet, with plenty of grilled and roast food, costs VND859,000 per person.

Caravelle Hotel

For more meaningful celebrations, head to the Caravelle where the Saigon Children's Charity will sing carols and songs through December 25.

The Luna Negra band will play live Cuban music during the countdown party on New Year's Eve at the Saigon Saigon Bar.

The hotel is offering buffet dinners at Restaurant Nineteen this season. The Christmas buffet dinner, available on both December 24 and December 25, costs VND1,600,000++ per person.

The New Year's Eve buffet dinner costs VND1,400,000++ per person for early diners (5 p.m. to 8 p.m.) and VND2,120,000 + + per person for the gala dinner (8 p.m. onward).

Hotel Equatorial Ho Chi Minh City

The buffets will feature salad bars, cold appetizers, soup, carving stations, fresh seafood, international cheeses, parma ham, roasted turkey, honey glazed ham, Christmas pudding, fruit cakes and more delightful treats.

At Chit Chat Café, the Christmas buffet dinner December 24-25 costs VND1,1 00,000+ + per person. The New Year's Eve buffet costs VND1,200,000++ per person.

The Orientica Restaurant serves a Christmas Eve buffet for VND1,360,000++ per person, while the New Year's Eve buffet costs VND1,440,000++ per person.

InterContinental Asiana Saigon

Christmas Eve buffet dinner from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. costs VND1,500,000 per person, including free flow of wine, beer and soft drinks, and VND500,000 per child (aged 6-12), including free flow of soft drinks.

On December 31, indulge in the New Year's Eve Seafood Extravaganza featuring the finest delights from the sea with a mouth-watering seafood display and a variety of grilled dishes including beef, roasted veal, honey ham and much more at Market 39.

Price is VND1,900,000 per person, including free flow of Veuve Clicquot Champagne, wine, beer and soft drinks, and VND900,000 per child (aged 6-12), including free flow of soft drinks.

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