With Christmas around the corner, Ho Chi Minh City is animated with a bustling atmosphere, attracting crowds of youngsters who want to enjoy the festive season.

Christmas decoration started in Ho Chi Minh City at the beginning of December, with colourful lights and ornaments and Christmas trees erected in shopping complexes and department stores.

Located far from downtown, for years the Catholic parish in Pham The Hien street, District 8 has been a hot spot for Saigon youngsters every Christmas.

Decorating streets and shopping malls has become a tradition in Ho Chi Minh City to lure visitors from home and abroad during the festive season. Each year, the city is getting more beautiful and exotic, creating an exciting yet cosy atmosphere for city dwellers and tourists.-VNA