4th December: British International School Phuket Christmas Fair
The school holds its annual Christmas fair every year. Set up as a traditional Christmas fete there is a Santa’s Grotto, games, food, stalls and craft activities. This event is open to members of the Phuket community from 2.30pm.
4th December: Papa SMS
End of Year Concert
The students have been practising singing and playing all year! Come and see the talented artists from 7pm onwards. You can say “ I saw them sing at RPM before they were famous!”
6th December: Good Shepherd Christmas Market
If Christmas is a time for giving this fair is right on the mark. The Good Shepherd is a non-profit charity organization that works to support projects with women, children and families who have been excluded from the benefits of society. Buy everything you need for Christmas including bon bons, candles, decorations and gifts from 11am onwards.
This year the fair will be held at Plaza del Mar in Cherng Talay.
20th December: Phuket Christmas Festival 2014
For a more local Christmas experience come along to Surakol stadium. The Phuket Provincial Administrative Organization and the Phuket Christian Committee are hosting this event for the whole family on Saturday 20th December from 5pm to 10pm. Enjoy games, and local food and drink and even a mini concert.
24/25th December: Christmas Eve dinner/ Christmas day lunch
Most hotel will host a buffet Christmas eve and Christmas day lunch. These often include activities and events for children too. Shop around for the event that suits your budget and tastes. And don’t forget to book as these festivities can fill up quickly!
Ten years on
This year on the 26th December, Boxing day, will mark the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean Tsunami which affected much of Asia and Phuket and many lives were lost. Thai’s, expatriates, tourists, survivors, families of victims and volunteers and will pay their respects on this day to remember those who lost their lives and show support to those who survived. Ceremonies will be held across Phuket and in Ko Lak, Krabi and Phang Na. Please be respectful if you find yourself involved in a ceremony. For all kinds of reasons, the tsunami of December 26, 2004, remains a hugely significant event for Thailand and the countries of the region.
Question of the month
We are visiting Phuket for our family holiday this December. My husband and I have both been to Koh Samui before but neither of us has been to Phuket. We have two daughters who will be 6 and 9 when we go. Could someone help me out with the following please:
We would like to stay near the beach. Where would you recommend?
Is the food fairly westernised? I have two girls who aren’t very adventurous trying new food
Thanks in advance!
Some dismiss Phuket as too commercial but the island is beautiful with many lovely hideaways that it can make a perfect vacation for many families. The Christmas period is peak season and can be busy. The traffic inland can get fairly hectic but despite the hustle and bustle on the streets hotels in Kata, Karon, Patong and Bangtao can hide an enchanting calm oasis. Planning where to stay and with little distance to travel can make a big difference. Most restaurants, hotels and cafes also sell western food. The street vendors also sell fruit, pancakes and shakes which children enjoy! Remember the phrase ‘mai ped’- not spicy! Keep children busy playing at beaches, snorkeling and visiting water parks, circus shows and adventure activities.