We wish you a joyful Christmas Day! On this island of thousand temples, Christmas Day in Bali gives everyone a heart-warmed and uplifting feeling amidst the Balinese Hindu culture. Tourism has made the island a welcoming and friendly place for everyone and for any religious celebrations. This year, in particular, celebrations are even rich with Christians celebrating Christmas on 25th and Balinese Hindu celebrating Galungan Day on the 26th. The island is filled with joyful moments, and we can expect people are sharing good feelings together. If you are happening to be in Bali at this very moment or looking for future references about how Christmas is happening on this Island, keep on reading!
No question that the church is the busiest place during the days. From 24th evening until 25th December, Christians are gathering to celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ with family and loved ones. For Catholics, there are two of biggest churches which can accommodate many people. The first one is Cathedral Catholic Church Roh Kudus in Denpasar, which this year has a 10-meter Christmas Tree made from over 6,000 plastic bottles. The mass service schedules for Christmas Day (25) are 6:30AM, 9AM and 5:30PM. The second is the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Kartika Plaza Street, South Kuta, with mass services schedules are 7AM, 9:30AM, 6PM.
On the other side, two of Protestant Churches on strategic locations are GPIB Ekklesia, built near a Hindu Temple, located just next to Ngurah Rai Airport area. Another one is GPIB Maranatha Denpasar, which this year made a Christmas Tree from thousands of straws.
For safety reason, those big churches are well-guarded by polices during Christmas celebration. If you are planning to follow the mass, it is advised to leave your bag at the hotel or home, and dress properly.
In Bali, Christmas atmosphere and activities are usually centred on public places, such as shopping malls and restaurants. There are many specially-designed brunch, lunch or dinner packages offered for those wishing to celebrate the moment in a really special ambience.
In addition to those kinds of offers, the classic tale of Santa Claus is also still alive to the present. You can expect to meet Santa in some public places offering exciting prizes to make your kids smiling. Kuta, Seminyak, Canggu, Sanur and Ubud are the places to go for this Christmas festivities.
Where to go on this day? Experience the Christmas celebration in Balinese style at these two villages, Blimbingsari and Palasari Village. Located in Jembrana Regency, those two villages are humble villages where the majority of the residents are Christians. Catholics are living in Palasari Village while Protestants are living in Blimbingsari Village.
In each area, a church stands tall as the icon and the religious centre for the people. Visiting here, you can enjoy the celebration in a real different feeling, and you will also be welcomed to join their activities around Christmas. It is also a great opportunity to learn how those native Balinese people live as Christians without leaving their identity as Balinese people.
Driving here will take around 3 hours from Kuta, and therefore, spending a night or two is the best option. Guest houses are available on both areas and you can find some on the web accepting online reservation. If you want, stay until the new year for a total refreshing and be back with renewed spirit.