Christmas Eve in Seoul

If I were in the Philippines, we would be preparing food like other Filipino families. We would be having our noche buena at 12 midnight. On Christmas day, friends, family and godchildren would visit us. Here in Korea, it’s quite different how my family celebrates but it’s as merry and meaningful.

Cakes outside Tous Les Jours this morning

What I love about being in another country and having my own family is that I don’t need to follow the traditions. I could create my own “traditions” and I feel that I’m happier having my own way ;p
My husband is a Buddhist but he would always join me in this Christian holiday. We usually go to Myeongdong on Christmas eve and join the merry making amidst the thick crowd and the freezing coldness of winter. Last year, my two boys (husband and son) waited for me at Euljiro1-ga station (near Lotte Department Store in Myeongdong). We just walked around Myeongdong and had dinner at a pizzeria. I remember walking home though it was cold. We had a great time. In fact, it was one of my merriest Christmases ever!
This year, I decided to skip Myeongdong because of the crazy traffic we had in Seoul tonight. The usual 5-minute bus ride from my work to the subway station took about 40 minutes. I could’ve look for cheap auto insurance on the internet with that time or less. My mother-in-law is also staying with us. I love having her here – our small apartment is always clean and we have a lot of side dishes in the fridge ;p
Seoul traffic on Christmas eve

I just bought a cake, which is what Koreans traditionally do on Christmas eve. We shared the fresh cream cake from Paris Baguette that I paid for partially with my Happy Points! The cake was originally 27,000 won but I only paid 13,000 won.
Cake from Paris Baguette

We also decided to skip the gift-giving this year. Instead of giving each other presents, we decided to just give the money we would spend for presents to the Salvation Army. And tonight, I received a loud “Merry Christmas” greeting and smiles from the two girls manning the red bucket at Sindorim station.
Cakes outside a Paris Baguette shop on Christmas eve

I like my celebration of Christmas here. It’s as merry as the ones we had in the Philippines when I was a lot younger.
Merry Christmas everyone!


  1. Merry Christmas to you! Keep warm this winter there as you warm our hearts with your delightful walang-kupas blog!

  2. Merry Christmas Betchay!! πŸ™‚
    The cake looks super tempting & looks as great πŸ˜›
    I’m jealous! πŸ˜€
    Enjoy your Christmas! πŸ™‚
    Hear from you again!

    1. Hi Min! Fresh cream cake from Paris Baguette is yummy. Their black forest, brownies, barley bread, and cinnamon pretzel are good too. I’m just not a fan of their chocolate cake.
      Merry Christmas!

    1. Hi Giselle! I always miss the “ube” for Christmas but being with my family and my boys’ jolly attitude makes up for it a million fold!

  3. suddenly I miss Paris Baguette! During 15 days stay in Daejeon, I guess im their constant visitor every evening.LOL:) I just love their bread and Pastries..:)

  4. Hi,
    Merry Christmas… pwede po magtanong kung saan ako makiki join sa Christmas Eve and New Years Eve? Kasi mag isa lang kasi akong mag travel and first time in Seoul…meron na po akong Hostel accomodation pero mas gusto ko po yong environment na merong Cristmas Spirit? πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Glenn! Sa Myeongdong, masaya at matao pag Christmas eve. Pag New Year’s Eve naman, sa Jongro. Bina-block nila mula Jongro3-ga hanggang Gwanghwamun at nilalagyan ng mga roman candles ang mga poste. Masaya diyan dahil nagpupunta kami diyan pag kaya. Noong huli namin punta sa Jongro ng New Year’s eve eh 3AM na kami nakauwi at marami pa rin tao sa daan. Wag lang kalimutan magdala ng makapal na jacket, muffler at gloves.

  5. Hi Betchay,
    Thank you so much sa suggestion mo… gagawin ko po yan kasi alam mo naman blanko pa ako about Seoul :).. ang saysaya ko po dahil nag effort ka talaga na magbigay ng recommendation …God Bless You po… Have a Merry Merry Christmas Po and Blessed New Year po…
    Nasa Seoul ka pa ba?

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