Malaysia is a beautiful country in Southeast Asia. It is just above the equator so it has a warm and humid climate in mainland cities like Kuala Lumpur and islands like Langkawi. The temperatures are a bit cooler in the highland areas like Genting. Malaysia tends to receive a generous amount of rainfall across the year. It is even more attractive in December during the Christmas season due to the cooler weather and the events that occur around the country at this time of year.
The country has the best of everything when it comes to landscape. It has lush green islands surrounded by soothing clear waters, highlands for that ideal getaway from the busy city, and well-developed cities. They balance their concrete towers with just the right amount of greenery.
Your ride from the Kuala Lumpur airport to the central city will be full of tall palm trees and beautiful greenery that lines both sides of the road. The country has attempted to balance maintaining its natural landscape with the growing need for tall buildings to meet official, recreational, transportation, and residential requirements.
It is the 3rd most developed country in the Southeast Asian region. One of the attractions that put the country on the global map is the Petronas twin towers in Kuala Lumpur. They are the tallest twin tower structure in the world to date. As of 2004, they were also the tallest buildings in the world, but then taller structures were developed across the world as well.
Owing to its stunning landscapes with breathtaking views, attention-worthy man-made structures like the Petronas Towers, and its location in Southeast Asia, the country is a hub for affordable tourism. Malaysia has worked towards developing its tourism industry that offers an unforgettable experience to its visitors.
What Makes Malaysia the Best Country to Go For Christmas?
Malaysia contains the best of everything if you are looking for a place to spend the Christmas and New Year holiday season with your family. It has just the right blend of beautiful landscapes coupled with holiday festivities to uplift your Christmas festivities. Whether you are a group of friends looking for a trip together or a couple looking for a romantic holiday together or a family trip, this is the perfect location for everyone. It has thick rainforests, waterfalls, and national parks.
The country has multiple religions coexisting in harmony. Given that a significant percentage of the country’s population (a bit over 9%) is Christian, there are widespread Christmas festivities across the country. Malaysia even makes up for the lack of snow with its Snow World in Genting and the Malaysian National Ice skating stadium. The cities light up with the most amazing display of colourful lights. There are fireworks held in tourist locations like the Petronas towers, malls, and public places that are full of Christmas decorations, and there are massive discounts on local and international brands to feed the shopping side of you.
Tour companies tend to come up with specialized packages for Christmas with tailored tours that provide an exquisite holiday experience. If an all-in-one package is what you need this Christmas, then Malaysia is where you should go.
Where Should You Go For Christmas in Malaysia?
Malaysia has plenty of options when it comes to enjoying the Christmas season in the country. You have the option of choosing just one location that you might like, for example, an island like Langkawi, or you can break your trip down across multiple locations. Some of the best places to visit while you are in Malaysia for Christmas include the following:
Sungai Chiling Waterfalls
If you are someone who needed a break from the cold of the west and wants some tropical trekking adventures on your Christmas break, this is the place for you. Located in the Selangor state of the country, this place offers an adrenaline rush to those seeking adventures. The stunning waterfall is a reward you shall only receive once you undertake the treacherous and exciting trek. There is also a diverse pool of fish species you can see during your trek in a natural sanctuary. It is a complete nature-filled experience away from the hustle-bustle of the city.
A holiday season should have an element of adventure to allow you to break away from the monotony of the normal routine, and this place offers you just that experience.
Sky Dining at the Petronas towers
If you are looking for a place that offers an intimate and romantic dining experience while overlooking the breathtaking view of Kuala Lumpur, then Cantaloupe at Troika is where you should be going. Nothing suits Christmas Eve better than a dinner with a diverse and impeccable-tasting spread of food coupled with the most amazing ambience.
This restaurant is housed in the tallest twin towers of the world. Its glass walls allow you to enjoy the view of the entire city lit in the spirit of Christmas. You may want to reserve this serene dining spot in advance since it does get booked pretty fast during the holiday season.
If you are thinking about what your children will do in Malaysia during Christmas, you have missed out on the wondrous experience of Legoland. This place has an amazing Christmas offer for those looking to actually win something on Christmas. People who send postcards to Legoland have the chance to win unbelievable prices during the holiday season. The place also reflects the Christmas spirit in all its glory with its decorations, the presence of Santa Claus, and a wide range of activities for the children to enjoy. It wouldn’t be wrong to admit that even adults tend to love the incomparable world of Legoland. Hence this is the perfect place for some amazing family fun.
The Genting Highlands
The Genting Highlands is the perfect getaway for those looking for a cool and hilly area to enjoy their Christmas holidays. These hilly areas are full of Christmas decorations, an amusement park at the top of the world, the presence of Santa, the Genting resort to provide a comfortable stay, and some club experience for those who are looking for a place to unwind. It has a bit of a romantic feel to it, given its location, but it makes itself attractive to children as well as its amusement park.
A cherry on top is that it has a snow world that provides you with the white Christmas that you and your family are looking for. Click the perfect pictures alongside a snowman in your furry outfit in front of an all-white background. This place does offer you an incomparable Christmas experience. If you are lucky, you might even meet Santa and ask him to fulfil one of your wishes.
I-city Shah Alam
Shah Alam is the capital of the Selangor district and is also known for its elaborate Christmas spirit during the holiday season. I-city in Shah Alam tends to have an extensive digital lights display and a snow walk suited to the festival of Christmas. The lights are shaped to look like snowflakes, Christmas trees, snowmen, and gifts. It is a near fairy tale experience that you can enjoy with a loved one or your family. This place is also home to Malaysia’s first-ever wax museum.
Melaka city is located in southern Malaysia. This city has a considerable Portuguese population who take pride in their culturally rich and elaborate Christmas displays. Melaka offers a unique Christmas experience that is based on Portuguese culture. You can witness decorations from light strings, to colourful bulbs, elaborately decorated Christmas trees, and whole Christmas characters like reindeer made of LED lights. A walk through the city provides you with a quiet yet enjoyable Christmas experience that is a good contrast from the crowded streets of the city.
Clubbing and Partying
Many tourists love to party up a storm at least once during the festive season of Christmas. Whether you are looking to enjoy a few drinks, dance your heart out, or enjoy the club’s Christmas special treat, Malaysia has plenty of options present to cater to your requirements.
The Zouk nightclub in Kuala Lumpur holds a Christmas Eve special event called Frozen. It is a night of unlimited enjoyment, cookies, hot chocolate, and drinks to suit your mood. This club is famous across the world for its Christmas Eve celebrations, and if you are in the city, you must pay a visit during the holiday season to see it in all its grandeur.
Shop until you drop
Whether it is local or international brands, malls across Malaysia will have massive discounts, flash sales, and bundle deals to make you want to ship your heart out on this festive occasion.
One of the top-rated malls in terms of its brand variety and Christmas displays is the Pavillion mall in Kuala Lumpur. It has something for everyone and will be an enjoyable experience for the entire family.
In case you are looking for something more cultural, you can walk by the night markets or the Christmas bazaars that spring up at every corner during the festive season. Here you will find locally produced fabric, soap, fragranced candles, handicrafts, bags, and Malaysian delicacies to enjoy. These locally produced goods are quite affordable and make for good souvenirs to be taken back home.
Where Do Local Malaysians Go For Christmas in Malaysia?
The Christmas experience of a tourist is quite different when compared to that of a local Malay in Malaysia. The local population of Malaysia is very hard working and works all year round to make these occasions special for their families. They have fairly simple tastes and are deeply rooted in their culture. To them, the holiday season is of prayer, seasonal cleaning, cooking of dinner, and Christmas treat with family and countdown to Christmas post-dinner.
Malaysia is known for its local delicacies that are prepared during the Christmas season. Their culture is rich in delicious foods that can especially be seen during the Christmas season. They are not very sold on turkey on Christmas, which is more typical of this holiday, but they do have a scrumptious stuffed chicken recipe that is cooked by families on Christmas. The locals do not tend to fill restaurants, rather they are more comfortable preparing and enjoying their local dishes with their families.
Malays are not people who engage in extravagance or flock to malls for shopping on the occasion of Christmas. They instead visit their local churches for prayers on Christmas Eve and then visit their local market to pick up Malaysian produce and decorations for their homes. The locals also like to engage in a modest display of their fireworks among their communities.
They may, at times, visit the world-renowned KLCC towers and Berjaya Times Square to bear witness to the elaborate display of lights there to celebrate the occasion. There are also local carol groups and performers that tend to increase the Christmas spirit across the country.
A large number of locals are working in cities like Kuala Lumpur but belong to the villages or suburban locations of the country. They do not find it financially feasible to go back home frequently, but they do save for these occasions and go back to their homes to celebrate Christmas with their families. Alternatively, some local families may take this holiday to take a trip to serene locations across the country with their families and loved ones. The country shares borders with Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, and Brunei. Since Singapore is just a road trip away, some Malaysians may get their visa and go there.
Malaysia is a country that has a perfect balance in terms of natural and man-made attractions for its visitors and local population during the Christmas season. You will have multiple options to choose from to make your Christmas extremely memorable in Malaysia.
You can either go for adventures across the islands, have a serene night out by the beach, have a party at the club, shop limitless at the malls, romantic sky diving, or have a cultural experience by walking across the city of Melaka.
It is a country that has suitable venues and means of celebrating Christmas for a couple, a group of friends, or a family with children.