Two days before Christmas, many churches in Vietnam are sparkling with colorful lights and decorations.
The facade of St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Hanoi is decorated with a Christmas tree and nativity scene. Over the past few days, throngs of people have flocked to the cathedral to enjoy the festive spirit though Christmas Eve is still two days away.
The cathedral on Nha Chung Street in downtown Hoan Kiem District is one of the oldest churches in the capital and a popular tourist attraction.
Parishioners attend a church service at St. Joseph’s last Sunday.
Thanh Hoa Cathedral in Thanh Hoa Town of the eponymous central province was built more than 90 years ago in typical Gothic style. It attracts thousands of parishioners and visitors throughout the year.
A large lake in front of Thanh Hoa Cathedral is decorated with festive lights and symbols, including a Christmas tree, Santa Claus, reindeer, and a 13 meter lamp (middled).
At the foot of the bell tower at La Vang Cathedral in Hai Lang District of central Quang Tri Province, parishioners have started building a large stone cave.
At Phu Cam, the cathedral of the Archdiocese of Hue, two bell towers are decorated with electric lights, resembling Xmas trees. The premise also includes a nativity scene.
Although temperatures in the central town are falling to 13 degrees Celsius, many parishioners still flock to the church, which was designed by architect Ngo Viet Thu, on Phuoc Qua Hill to enjoy the Christmas spirit.
Monks have decorated the Hue Redemptorist Monastery premises in Hue’s Phu Nhuan Ward regardless of rain, representing the meaning behind the birth of Christ.
Saint Nicolas Cathedral, one of the most beautiful architectural works built during the French colonial time in Da Lat, is simply decorated with rows of lights.
Built between 1931 and 1942, it is the largest church in the resort town and a convergence point for Catholics living in the Central Highlands.
One of the most impressive features of the church, located on Tran Phu Street, is the rooster statue on its 47-meter bell tower, which has earned it the nickname “rooster church”.
Phuc Hai Church in Bien Hoa, capital of southern Dong Nai Province, shimmers with colorful lights. It is one of the major provincial parishes.
Thu Thiem Catholic Church in HCMC’s District 2 is decorated with Christmas trees equipped with LED lights. The church was built in 1859 and is one of the oldest buildings in the city.
Notre Dame Cathedral in downtown District 1 of HCMC is decorated with Christmas trees and some colored chandeliers.
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral was built by French colonists between 1863 and 1880. It has two bell towers that stand at a height of 58 meters (190 feet).