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The year 2017 is coming to a close. But as anywhere else in the world, Bali is preparing to have a full blast and welcoming the year 2018. Almost all kinds of accommodation, restaurants, & clubs will host various events with different themes for the Christmas and new year’s eve in Bali.

Even though Bali natives are mostly Hindu followers but, as seen in other parts of Indonesia, Balinese also respects other religions and open to all kinds of celebration. Starts from early of December, Christmas decorations can be seen in most stores, shopping mall, restaurants, and hotels. They also offer special Christmas discounts, and packages. Some places also set up special Christmas events for couples, families, or children. Whatever plans you have in mind, spend your Christmas in Bali is never a bad idea.

People living in Bali enthusiastically celebrate the new year’s countdown too. The center stage of these celebrations is – of course – none other than the renowned Kuta beach. Every year more people come to Kuta in new year’s eve that the police close down some roads (jalan Benesari, jalan Dewi Sartika / jalan Kartika Plaza, jalan pantai Kuta, jalan Melasti, and jalan Legian) and advise people to walk to the beach. So, as the ‘tradition’ goes in 2013, 20142015, and also 2016, it is to be expected that this year too, Kuta beach area and Legian will be off-limits to any kind of vehicles. The road closure will begin even before the sunset hours (usually introduced as early as 2 pm and will take full effect at 4 pm), and all roads near Kuta will be cleared from vehicle parkings. Police officers posted at various locations near Kuta to divert the traffic and secure the area. The same situation is also to be expected this year.

If you still want to join the crowd shouting the countdown at Kuta beach, then you would need some strategies:

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Of course, there are many other options on where to spend the new year’s eve in Bali. Basically, you can come to any renowned beach in Bali, and you will see people gathering. You can also try go to Renon’s Bajra Sandhi park or Denpasar city park and join the local Indonesian people celebrate the new year. It’s similar to another public new year’s eve event as anywhere else in the world, though.

If you are planning to rent a villa and have a private party, make sure the accommodation allows you to throw a party and the booking should be made as early as possible because of the peak tourist season. There’s also nothing wrong with spending the new year’s eve at home. If you live in 2nd floor or higher in an apartment / hotel where you can clearly see the Denpasar city’s night sky, then you can see non-stop streams of fireworks lit by the residents as soon as the sky is dark. The free firework show will get more intense as the clock ticking and reaches its peak at midnight.

Looking for a different vibe and feel like going to a party with your friends? Or looking forward to enjoy the precious Christmas moments with your family on a special dinner? Then check our list below. We have compiled Christmas dinner events, new year events, new year party, and promotions related to the holiday season held by different venues in Bali.