Thanksgiving is over and there is less than a month before it’s Christmas so I’m putting together a list of everything you can do that is Christmassy. Christmas is my absolute favourite time of year, I just adore getting gussied up, filling my belly with seasonal treats and drinking far too many champagne cocktails. Once January comes around Seoul gets insanely cold and personally I try to leave the house as little as possible. This list is in no means complete so stay tuned because I will be adding and deleting events as the days roll by, but this should be enough to get you started.
German Christmas Market – December 3rd
The German School in Hannam-dong will be offering you the chance to revel in some German Christmas culture on Saturday the 3rd of December from 4:30-8pm. A whole host of traditional homemade foods will be available such as soups, sausages, waffles, cookies, leberkäse and many more yummy specialities. There will also be entertainment for the kids including crafting, face painting, bubble show, kids cinema, game, a magician or decorating gingerbread. If the sound of children laughing cuts though you like a dagger, then there is always Gluhwein (mulled wine) which is an essential part of the Christmas experience. Click here for the event page.
Festive cooking Class – 9th of December
For those of you who consider toasting bread a stretch of your culinary skills (you know who you are), the Conrad Hotel in Yeouido will be offering a Christmas themed coking class. On Friday December 9th you can learn to make a variety of dishes such as potato soup, shrimp, smoked salmon, turkey, beef wellington and dessert for 90,000 per person. Click here for event link, unfortunately for the hangul challenged, it’s all in Korean but I’m sure you can contact the hotel directly to find out more.
Mince Pie & Mulled Wine Morning – December 9th
From 10am-12 pm on Friday the 9th of December the ladies at BASS (British Association of Seoul) will be hosting a mulled wine and mince pie event for all and perspective new members. It’s being held at the Ambassador’s residence inside the British embassy, so pre sign up is necessary. For more details about the event or to become a member please visit the BASS website.
3rd Annual Chilli Cook off – December 10th
At 3pm on Saturday December 10th, Route 66 will once again be hosting their annual chilli cook off. 30,000 won will get you 12 chillies to try and then you get to vote for your favourite. I realise this is not technically a Christmas themed event but its cold as hell right now and a belly full of hot chilli sounds pretty good. Tickets must be bought in advance, see the event page for more details.
Christmas Market – December 10th & 11th
The European Christmas Market is being help from 12pm – 8pm on Saturday the 10th & Sunday the 11th of December. This is probably the most famous Christmas market in Seoul. It’s centred around a giant Christmas tree and always feels very seasonal. There will be a mix European food stalls, mulled wine, traditional music and a lot of very cold people, so wrap up warm if you attend this one. Click here for more details.
Seoul Sweet Tooths (Cake Club) Christmas Event – December 18th
The Sweet Tooths Cake Club which meets on a monthly basis to eat cake will be having Afternoon tea at the Park Hyatt for their Christmas event this year. The event will begin 2:00pm and also have a secret Santa gift exchange. To attend or find out more about the club please click here.
Turkey to Go – December 1st-31st
Nothing says Christmas like a fully cooked turkey dinner, and if you live life without an oven the Four Seasons Hotel has you covered. Throughout the month of December they will be providing fully cooked turkey dinners packaged and ready to go. So if you are having friends over or just eat the whole thing yourself (no judgement here) you can pre-order one through their website.
The Wolfhound Christmas Buffet – December 25th
As usual, my favourtie Irish bar will be feeding the masses with their traditional turkey buffet and all the trimmings. I’ve been at least three times over the years and have always left full to the brim and full of Christmas cheer. And whats more traditional than spending the day in the pub? Tickets cost 40,000 and include one drink. See the event page for more details and to reserve your seat.
Christmas Lunch & Dinner 24th & 25th of December
A whole host of restaurants have been in touch with me and are still finalising their menus, so I will be updating as I go. But for the meantime expect turkey dinners from Brera, The Wolfhound, Manimal, The Four Seasons and La Marmite. Please contact the restaurants directly for more details or to make a reservation.
New Years Ballroom Party – December 31st
Kick off the 2017 with a party in the ballroom of the Imperial Palace in Gangnam. The event is being run by Global Seoul Mates, and will take place in a luxury 5 star ballroom which will be filled with 800 people dressed to the nines. The tickets start at 45,000 which is incredibly reasonable since the it includes all you can drink wine and cocktail happy hour. There will also be DJ’s, live performances and more importantly a proper countdown. Click here for more details or to book your ticket.