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People fill streets to celebrate Christmas Eve in downtown Ho Chi Minh City

Wednesday, December 25, 2019, 10:54 GMT+7
People fill streets to celebrate Christmas Eve in downtown Ho Chi Minh City
People celebrate Christmas Eve in downtown Ho Chi Minh City on December 24, 2019. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Many people flocked to celebrate Christmas Eve along crowded and bustling streets in downtown Ho Chi Minh City on Tuesday.

The cool and pleasant weather made the celebration even more enjoyable throughout the metropolis.

According to the observation of Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporters, local residents began filling streets in the downtown area, namely Dong Khoi, Pham Ngoc Thach, Le Thanh Ton, and Le Loi, at around 7:00 pm.

A man carries his family members on a motorbike to celebrate Christmas Eve in downtown Ho Chi Minh City on December 24, 2019.

A man carries his family members on a motorbike to celebrate Christmas Eve in downtown Ho Chi Minh City on December 24, 2019.

Large crowds were also seen at major shopping malls in District 1, where people took photos with colorful and vibrant Christmas lights and decorations.

More and more people headed to the city center toward the end of the day, causing traffic congestion along many routes.

A young couple takes a selfie in Ho Chi Minh City on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2019.

A young couple takes a selfie in Ho Chi Minh City on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2019.

It was also difficult to find a motorbike parking lot on the night.

Traffic police officers were mobilized to regulate traffic and ensure safety and order on the streets.

A man carries his daughter on his shoulder through the crowd in Ho Chi Minh City on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2019.

A man carries his daughter on his shoulder through the crowd in Ho Chi Minh City on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2019.

“It is so joyful and bustling here, but the traffic is not so great,” said Nguyen Vu Phu Tho, a resident from Binh Thanh District.

“I came here early in the evening but it was already filled with a lot of people.”

A traffic police officer regulates traffic in downtown Ho Chi Minh City on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2019.

A traffic police officer regulates traffic in downtown Ho Chi Minh City on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2019.

A young man dresses up as Santa Claus in front of a shopping mall in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City on December 24, 2019.

A young man dresses up as Santa Claus in front of a shopping mall in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City on December 24, 2019.

A street next to the Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral in Ho Chi Minh City is severely congested on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2019.

A street next to the Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon in Ho Chi Minh City is severely congested on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2019.

A man dressed as Santa Claus gives a present to a young girl in downtown Ho Chi Minh City on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2019.

A man dressed as Santa Claus gives a present to a young girl in downtown Ho Chi Minh City on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2019.

People celebrate Christmas Eve in front of the Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral in downtown Ho Chi Minh City on December 24, 2019.

People celebrate Christmas Eve in front of the Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon in downtown Ho Chi Minh City on December 24, 2019.

Two little girls are dressed in their holiday outfits in Ho Chi Minh City on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2019.

Two little girls are dressed in their holiday outfits in Ho Chi Minh City on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2019.

A street sweeper decorates his vehicle with Christmas adornments to celebrate the holiday while working on his shift in downtown Ho Chi Minh City on December 24, 2019.

A street sweeper decorates his vehicle with Christmas adornments to celebrate it while working on his shift in downtown Ho Chi Minh City on December 24, 2019.

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