Pham The Hien Christmas Street

Ho Chi Minh City has a large number of Catholics and dozens of churches in 19 districts and 5 suburban districts. When Chrismas is coming to the town, not only churches and houses of Catholics but also restaurants, cafes, shopping malls, markets, streets have new twinkle coats by day and by night. Some people wonder where to go at Chrismas or what it the most beautiful place to take nice photos on Chrismas day. In fact, the city has been decorated a half month be for 24th December. The famous Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon and many big churches, shopping malls are great places to spend your time in December and on Chrismas Day. Although Pham The Hien, usually called Christmas Street or Catholic area is far from the city center, it is a fun thing to do. Besides normal activities, visitors have a chance to see the real local life in District 8 which is not as luxury as central districts including District 1, Thao Dien in District 2 and Phu My Hung in District 7.

Location of Pham The Hien Christmas Street

The 5.5 km Pham The Hien Street, which starts from Nhi Thien Duong Bridge and ends at the crossroads of Trinh Quang Nghi and Pham The Hien, is the most well-known Catholic area in Ho Chi Minh City. It is also called Chrismas Street in December thanks to the colorful lights, Chrismas decorations, many churches and lots of Chrismas activities.

Illuminated street, alleys and houses

Pham The Hien Street becomes prominent at Christmas every year. On the days of Christmas, there are always colorful LED lights strings running along the street. The fronts of most townhouses are decorated with lights in different shapes such as star, meteoroid.

Beautiful houses and alley on Pham The Hien Christmas Street

Each floor of this three-story house is decorated beautiful with light strips in different colors. The small alley next to the house turns magnificent at night. The trees are also illuminated with the star light. Lines of triangular flags in red, blue, yellow, white colors make the street more splendid.

Two lines of star lights on two side of Pham The Hien Christmas Street

Two lines of star lights on two side of Pham The Hien Christmas Street.

Two lines of star lights on two side of Pham The Hien Christmas Street

The lights are kept illuminating at night.

Chrismas cribs and caves

In front of some townhouses, there are beautiful Chrismas scenes with the statues of Jesus, Saint Joseph, Ave Maria, cows, sheep, straws, etc. There is also artificial snowflakes generated by two snowmaking machines at the end of the street. The caves are usually made from plastic sheets, used polysacks, papers.

Pham The Hien Christmas Street

Three houses are hidden behind the colorful crib, Chrismas tree, Santa Claus and his carriage, cross and star lights, glow-in-the-dark trees, fences, caves. In the photo, a group of teenagers are posing for nice photos with the cave.

Cave and fake snow on Pham The Hien Christmas Street

This cave is rather big, it is illuminated with yellow, green, red, blue lights and decorated with lots of white Chrismas trees. This impressive nativity scene in the cave is full of artificial snowflakes made by two snowmaking machines. This is a favorite place of children at Chrismas.

Artificial fake snow snowflakes on Pham The Hien Christmas Street

Artificial fake snow snowflakes are created by a machine on the top of the tree.

Nativity scene in the white cave on Pham The Hien Christmas Street

Nativity scene in the white cave made from white poly sacks.

Chrismas in Ho Chi Minh City

Children usually wear red clothes, their favorite toys include Santa ballon.

Two Saigon people are excited at taking nice photos in front of a cave.

Two Saigon people are excited at taking nice photos in front of a cave.

Churches – Highlights of Pham The Hien Christmas Street

Pham The Hien Street is perhaps the street with the largest number of churches in Ho Chi Minh City. These places are decorated splendedly and magnificently so that they are highlights of the long street. The area around the churches are usually crowded with not only Catholics but also Saigon people coming to immerse into the Chrismas days and take nice photos at weekends and at night. The churches include:

  • Mong Trieu Church, 11E Pham The Hien Street, Ward 3, District 8, Ho Chi Minh City.
  • Binh Thai Church, 1755 Pham The Hien Street, Ward 6, District 8, Ho Chi Minh City.
  • Den Thanh Giuse Church, 2129 Pham The Hien Street, Ward 6, District 8, Ho Chi Minh City.
  • Binh An Thuong Church, 2903 Pham The Hien Street, Ward 7, District 8, Ho Chi Minh City.
  • Binh An Church, 2297 Pham The Hien Street, Ward 7, District 8, Ho Chi Minh City.
  • Binh Son Church, 3012 Pham The Hien Street, Ward 7, District 8, Ho Chi Minh City.
  • Binh Thuan Church, 3131 Pham The Hien Street, Ward 7, District 8, Ho Chi Minh City.

Binh An Church

Binh An Church on Pham The Hien Christmas Street

Binh An Church is decorated with a huge Chrismas tree and other nativity scenes in caves and houses.

Pham The Hien Christmas Street

A huge cave made of plastic sheets, illuminated with hundreds of lights, a large picture depicting snow-covered house and forest, a model of Santa Claus ringing a golden bell and lots of white trees without leaves. The 4-m Santa Claus with white beard hair and open smile attracts lots of children and adults.

Binh An Church Pham The Hien Christmas Street

The facade and Mary Statue are illuminated with lights. On the lef of the statue is a tall Chrismas tree which rotates and changes its color continuously. On the right of the church is a big cave with other figurines. The yard is full of people who comes to enjoy the splendid view of the church and decorations and take great photos.

The huge cave, paper angels, paper Mother Mary, Jesus, cows figurines at Binh An Church onPham The Hien Christmas Street

The huge cave, paper angels, paper Mother Mary, Jesus, cows figurines at Binh An Church.

Rotating artificial Christmas tree at Binh An Church on Pham The Hien Christmas Street

Rotating artificial Christmas tree.

Binh An Thuong Church

They decorate the church with very large artificial stone caves with the statues of Jesus Christ with lovely and gentle faces, Saint Joseph and Mother Ave Maria bowing their heads respectfully, some cows and some sheep grazing leisurely. There are large artificial rock mountains with waterfalls flowing majestically, a stream and a water wheel made of bamboo.

Binh An Thuong Church on Pham The Hien Christmas Street

There are a big cave, a house with dried leaves, bamboo water wheel and a small stream in the front yard of Binh An Thuong Church.

Binh An Thuong Church on Pham The Hien Christmas Street

The green grass on the left of Binh An Thuong Church is decorated with large-caled caves, models of three people raising the cross, a small house from dry leaves and branches, figurines of snowmen, turtles, hourses, etc.

Caves and house Binh An Thuong Church on Pham The Hien Christmas Street

A small house made of leaves and branches in front of many caves.

Street vendors

On Pham The Hien Street, many stores sell Chrismas clothes, decorations and toys. Around churches there are lots of street vendors selling the same things and foods.

Street vendors sell pinwheels, trumpets and balloons on Pham The Hien Christmas Street

A man sells pinwheels, trumpets and balloons in supermen and pig shapes. All toys are hung on hangers, the vendor can move to other places by his bicycle if there is no customer for a while.

Street vendors sell snacks, toys on Pham The Hien Christmas Street

They sells favorite snacks of Vietnamese people, including pickled Ambarella, tamarinds, Rice paper salad and toys for kids including glowing swords, wands, Chrismas headbands with rabbit ears and roses. The street vendors usually gather in front of churches where there is a large number of customers.

Floss candies and Doraemon shape balloons on Pham The Hien Christmas Street

Floss candies and Doraemon shape balloons.

Street vendors sell toys and foods on sticks on Pham The Hien Christmas Street

Street vendors sell toys and foods on sticks, they always have smiles on their faces.

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