As we bid adieu to a glorious 2018, we plan to do it with flair, with our Balinese brethren (and curious visitors) and in true spirit of the Island. Immerse yourself in the culture here – dance, music and drama take on a whole new meaning with a mesmeric Balinese twist. The elaborate traditions and vibrant costumes create an extraordinary ambience, one you must experience.
DECEMBER 2018 Events in Bali
What: Tumpek Uduh
When: 1st December 2018
What to Expect: Also known as Tumpek Wariga and Tumpek Pengatag, Tempek Uduh is a day set aside to honour trees. A ritual is performed by farmers asking for an abundance of fruit and healthy growth of their plants and trees.
The palm tree along with rice and bamboo have a special place in Balinese culture since they help sustain the economy. Tumpek Pengatag ceremonies can be seen all over the island.
When: 26th December 2018 to 5th January 2019
What to Expect:
Celebrating victory of good over evil, Galungan ceremonies last 10 days. Planning your holiday around this holiday will be a welcome change. The streets of Bali are lined with bamboo poles adorned with coconut leaves known as ‘penjor’ bamboo poles. These decorations are seen all over Bali only twice a year.
When: 25th December 2018
What to Expect: Christmas in Bali is wonderful although it might get a bit wet. Nothing to worry, though since it doesn’t get chilly as it does in Australia or other colder countries. Several restaurants host Christmas dinners and brunches so delicious that you will not miss home. The Christmas parties are a hoot and a half and will have you on your feet dancing the night away. For people travelling with kids, Santa Claus will make a visit or two handing out candy and an Instagram-perfect selfie with the kids. W Bali has around 15 events planned for Christmas and New Year’s. Get the low down on the best parties, pre-Christmas brunch, Christmas feast and all 2019-related excitement right here. Most brunches and dinners feature a special package for children. So, the entire family can join in the celebrations. Alila Seminyak and Seasalt have planned a Christmas and New Year brunch, lunch, dinner and parties that are set to rock the end of the year farewell. Kids will love Christmas time at Alila with fun kid-friendly activities like cookie decorating, movie night, storytelling, slumber party and more. No one does a lavish meal over multiple courses quite like the French. Bring in 2019 in style at The Restaurant by The Legian. A six-course French meal (optional wine pairing available), beachfront view, children’s choir performing melodious Christmas carols sounds like an excellent way to celebrate.
What: New Year’s Eve
When: 31st December 2018
What to Expect: The end of the year can get busy back at home. Bali in your private villa with a pool surrounded by white and yellow frangipani flowers can be a welcome change. The tropical weather ensures it doesn’t get too cold. If you want to bring in the New Year with a high-energy bash, head to rooftop bars and beachfront parties located in the vicinity of your Seminyak villa. High voltage parties at Motel Mexicola are the norm. During New Year’s, get ready to dive into the 2-day extravaganza with 6 hours of free food and drinks while the live DJ spins some fresh beats. Bring in the New Year at Motel Mexicola and keep the party going at Tropicola’s New Year’s day pool party. Quick, book your tickets!
Barbacoa located in Kuta has crafted a niche for itself serving food cooked four ways – BBQ, wood fire, charcoal and smoke ensuring you won’t forget your meal anytime soon. Book a table and enjoy some juicy steak at one of the finest eateries in Bali.
What: Nusa Dua Light Festival
When: December 2018 – January 2019 (Tentative)
What to Expect: It’s worth going down to Nusa Dua for a look at the life-size lanterns constructed in the shape of animals, monuments, and whimsical creatures. The light show is spectacular mimicking the galaxy or the Northern lights. The dancing fountain is all lit up and really does put on an excellent show. Get in the mood to celebrate with soulful and upbeat music played by live bands. Need more excitement? Ride the hot air balloon and get an aerial view of the impressive Nusa Dua Light festival.
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During your year-end break, relax at Chandra in your private Bali villa. Located in Seminyak, you’re within hopping distance of some fantastic restaurants, rooftop bars and beach clubs. Travelling with kids? Don’t let that put a dent in your plans. We can arrange a nanny for you. So, you and your spouse can party like you’re 20.
If club hopping is not your scene and you want to get away from it all, spend the day in your villa lounging in the pool on a giant air-filled flamingo, drinking sparkling cocktails or enjoying a relaxing massage. Our in-house chef will wow you with a spectacular feast cooked especially for you and your family in your private villa. Bring in Christmas and the New Year in style with the entire family.