Christmas at Hostels – 7 Hostels from 5 Continents

Christmas at Hostels Sydney, Finland, Kenya, Romania, Fiji, PhilippinesHow does Christmas look like at Hostels? How do Hostels celebrate this big Christian event, is there anything special? Christmas is the biggest celebration in the Christian Religion, and a civil holiday in many countries around the world. To get a full image about X-Mas at Hostels, Gomio asked 7 Hostels from 7 different countries and 5 different continents to get answers.


1. Dream Hostel Tampere

Dream Hostel Tampere, Finland - Celebrating ChristmasChristmas is very important celebration for Finns. Personally for the Dream Hostel Tampere Team it is the most important festival of the year. At the hostel the team tries to create the same Christmas feeling what people are used to have at their homes in Finland – stress free, relaxed atmosphere and being together with friends and family. Not to mention the Christmas foods and drinks! Dream Hostel Tampere always offers free Glögi (spicy mulled wine) and gingerbread cookies to all guests during Christmas. Read more about Dream Hostel Tampere and it’s Christmas Celebration here.

2. The Beach Africa, Mombasa

Santa Clause rides a camel in Mombasa - The Beach Africa HostelThe most special issue about Christmas in Kenya is the Santa Claus riding a Camel, and giving away gifts for children!

The Beach Africa Hostel in Mombasa keeps it simple and comfortable for their travelers and friends. You will find fresh fish on the menu, and they decorate the place with tons and tons of flowers, and colorful ribbons, play a good mix of Bar Lounge, Reggae, local music, and few but a very few Christmas songs, as they are looking forward with their backpackers and friends to the New Years Eve Parties. Doesn’t this sounds like an amazing plan for spending some time in Mombasa? Read more about Christmas at The Beach Africa Hostel and Kenya here.

3. MNL Boutique Hostel in Manila, Filipino

MNL Boutique Hostel Manila celebrating Christmas2013 will be a special Christmas for MNL Boutique Hostel in Manila since it will be the first Christmas in the hostel. The MNL Boutique Accommodation opened only in January 2013, therefore they are looking forward to celebrating their first Christmas in the hostel. The Team and their travelers will donate clothes, celebrate the “noche buena“, and will spend a comfortable, international Christmas together. Read more about MNL Boutique Hostel Manila and its genuine Filipino Christmas here.

4. Robinson Crusoe Island Resort in Fiji

Hostel in Nadi - Robinson Crusoe Resort NadiRobinson Crusoe Island Resort in Nadi celebrates Christmas in a truely authentic cultural way in every aspect! It includes the typical food from Fiji, and the singing and dancing on a remote exotic island. Robinson Crusoes Island has its own natural Christmas Tree they use every year planted right where the floor show. They trim it well and decorate it with Christmas ornaments. As a typical food for Christmas the Robinson Crusoe Island Resort has “lovo” – it is food cooked in the ground. It includes lots of meat like pork, beef, chicken, and fish, traditional greens! They are all cooked in the “lovo” with varieties of salads, seasonal fresh fruits & juice. And important: all traditional shows at Robinson Crusoe Resort continue during Christmas.

5. Hostel Costel in Timisoara, Romania

Hostel Costel Timisoara and its cookiesTravelers, staff and friends at Hostel Costel in Timisoara are gonna have a Special dinner for Christmas with local cuisine! The team did the same last year – very spontaneously – and all people really enjoyed the hospitality and the delicious local food. The hostel is decorated with some Christmas decoration, and the obligatory Christmas tree. On the 24thof December People in Romania go on the street from door to door and sing carols, pretty much like trick or treat. All singers are usually invited for a glass of wine and cookies, and then they go further to the next house. Although this backpacker accommodation itself does not go from door to door, friends of the Hostel staff are usually coming for a drink and some homemade cookies. Then they go to the next house or some Kids from the neighborhood are visiting the budget accommodation. Read more about Christmas at Hostel Costel and in Romania here.

6. Big Hostel Sydney

Big Hostel Sydney - Top Backpacker Accommodation in SydneyThe Big Hostel in Sydney has a rooftop Barbecue in the sun with prawns, salmon, salads, sausages, turkey, Jacket potatoes, oysters, Tasmanian cheeses, pavlova and beer and champagne..should we continue? Inside the hostel itself the Big Hostel Sydney has the regular decorations of Christmas tree, streamers and Christmas stockings.

As typical food for Christmas there is still the traditional roast Turkey and sides but also due to the hot weather there are prawns and seafood too – hence the saying “throw another shrimp on the barbie” translated is throw another Prawn on the BBQ.
There is not really special X-Mas music except perhaps, depending on the atmosphere a Christmas themed CD.

The Christmas day itself is nearly always outdoors with sun, often beach and barbecue as well. And they really need to emphasize the travelers use sunscreen when in summer in Australia – every year they see burnt Europeans that did not heed the warnings! The Big Hostel in Sydney provides free sunscreen for guests at the budget accommodation to promote safe fun in the sun! And nobody wants to spend Christmas sunburned…

Also the staff at Big Hostel emphasizes booze and swimming do not mix – due to hundreds of rescues at Bondi beach and surrounding beaches 4-5 years ago alcohol has been outlawed on the city beaches in the festive season.

7. Christmas in Las Vegas – Sin City Hostel

christmas and new years eve in las vegas hostelEvery year the Sin City Hostel in Las Vegas has a party on Christmas Eve, including seasonal homemade “hors d’oeuvres” supplied by the owner of this accommodation, and spiked eggnog! Sin City Hostel has a Christmas tree every year and the staff stockings hung in the office and windows as well as lights adorning the outside and inside of the hostel. It’s typical to eat ham or turkey for Christmas, and a lot of Italian-Americans make lasagna as well. The Sin City Hostel will be providing turkey, meatballs, and assorted hors d’oeuvres. During you are enjoying the delicious Christmas food, you will listen to traditional music. Check out the YouTube Video below to get an idea.

And last but not least, the Sin City Hostel in Las Vegas has a limo tour for New Years Eve going to one of the hottest clubs on the Vegas strip! Is there a better way to end the holiday season and begin a new year than with booze, babes, and debauchery in Sin City?!

Christmas at Hostels

Christmas is the biggest celebration in the Christian Religion, and a civil holiday in many countries around the world. Christians, and also non-Christians, celebrate the 25th of December as the birthday of Jesus, the central figure of Christianity. Although the cultural event of Christmas is celebrated widely over the world, the tradition and culture of celebration is different.

In some countries it’s common to make gifts to their family on the 25th of December. Other countries chose the 6th of January for giving away gifts, because according to the Christian religion that is the date when the Three Wise Men (Three Kings) arrived to the birthplace of Jesus to bring him special gifts. There is a lot of diversity when it comes to Christmas and its celebration. And the same diversity you will find for Christmas at Hostels around the world. From fire-dancers, a relaxing roof top terrace, or an ice-cold winter with hot wine and biscuits – the celebration is in every hostel authentic and based in the culture.

Have you ever stayed at a Hostel during Christmas? Tell us your hostel story!

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