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.
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.
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 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.
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.