A rundown on what’s hot this year on New Year’s Eve in Saigon

Whether you’re a fan of countdown events or a calm walk through the city, Saigon has you covered

The Ho Chi Minh City city hall is lit up with artistic holiday lights in observation of the festive season. Photo: Tuoi Tre

From downtown areas to the suburb, a range of public activities will be held across Ho Chi Minh City on the evening of December 31 to celebrate the transition into 2018.

Since Wednesday, festive lights have twinkled along streets from Tan Son Nhat International Airport to the city center, namely Truong Son, Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, Ham Nghi, Dong Khoi, Le Duan, Pham Ngoc Thach, Ton Duc Thang, Vo Van Kiet, Ben Van Don, Nguyen Hue, Cach Mang Thang Tam, Hai Ba Trung, Pasteur, and Pham Ngu Lao.

The annual light show will remain until January 20, 2018, using funds contributed from the private sector.

Landmark buildings such as the City Hall, the Municipal Theater, the Ho Chi Minh City Museum, the headquarters of District 1’s administration, the Central Post Office, and the Monument of Ho Chi Minh on Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Street will also be lit up with artistic lighting during the festive season.

Festive lights sparkle over Le Duan Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Festive lights sparkle over Le Duan Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre

A New Year’s countdown event will be held on Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Street on the evening of December 31 with a 3-D mapping show illuminating the city hall building located at the street’s end.

On Le Duan Street, between Nam Ky Khoi Nghia and Pasteur, a concert paying tribute to soccer fans will be organized on the same night.

Similar art performances will be put together across the city in public spaces such as Gia Dinh Park, the Youth Cultural House, and university campuses and dormitories in District 2, Binh Tan, Nha Be and Can Gio Districts on December 31 and January 1.

Some of the events will be selected for live broadcast on the city-run television channel for stay-at-home viewers.

A stage is set up at the Turtle Lake in downtown Ho Chi Minh City for an upcoming New Year concert. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A stage is set up at the Turtle Lake in downtown Ho Chi Minh City for an upcoming New Year concert. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Residents of the Phu My Hung Urban Area in District 7 will be treated to a range of New Year celebration events jointly organized by the area’s developer and the local government.

The city’s administration has requested that the municipal Department of Transport arrange enough parking lots to withstand the influx of people to these areas.

The local fire department is also on high alert during the New Year celebrations while the emergency wards at hospitals in the city will remain throughout the event to respond in a timely matter to any arising emergency.

Children play on the Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Street in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Children play on the Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Street in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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