What to Do on Christmas Eve in Galle, Sri Lanka

The Ramparts in Galle | © POTIER Jean-Louis / Flickr
The Ramparts in Galle | © POTIER Jean-Louis / Flickr
Photo of Orana Velarde
Sri Lanka Hub Writer8 December 2017

Galle is a city south of Colombo where you can spend a few lazy days during your Sri Lankan escapade. A sunny city full of history and culture, close enough to a lively beach, it’s the best place to have a Tropical Christmas! If you are thinking of spending Christmas Eve in Galle, Sri Lanka, here are some ideas on what to do.

Christmas shopping at the Galle Fort

This area of Galle is walled and full of boutique hotels, coffee shops, souvenir shops and jewellery shops. You can truly find something for everyone at the Galle Fort, including traditional Sri Lankan demon masks, batik dresses, ruby and sapphire earrings, handmade notebooks and recycled wood pencils. If these gifts aren’t for someone you are travelling with, the shopkeepers will pack it all up ready for safe travel back home.

Traditional Sri Lankan masks in Galle | © Sarvodaya Shramadana / Flickr
The kind of jewellery you can find in Galle | © .shyam. / Flickr

Take a stroll along the ramparts

The ramparts are the walls that surround the Galle Fort. They are so thick that you can walk on top of them. You will see the fort, the ocean crashing against the cliffs, the lighthouse and if you want, the Maritime Museum. See the Amangalla Hotel, where two Duran Duran videos were filmed in the eighties. Have a king coconut from the street sellers on bikes before going to lunch at Church Street Social in the Fort Bazaar hotel.

The Galle Fort ramparts | © mbiebusch / Flickr

Urban escape! Finally a descent cup of coffee☕️ Church Street social, Galle Fort??

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Have High Tea at Amangalla Hotel

A great tradition that you might want to incorporate into your Sri Lankan Christmas Eve festivities is a High Tea experience at the Amangalla Hotel. Delicious pastries accompany a steaming pot of real Ceylon tea. This is an experience to be shared, even the kids will love it as long as they are careful with the china!

Afternoon Tea at Amangalla | Courtesy of Aman

Go surfing at Unawatuna

If you aren’t up for any resting, then why not go catch some waves at Unawatuna. If you don’t have your own board you can rent some from the Nalu Surf Shop. Not an expert? Not to worry, they can show you the ropes with fun boards. Perfect for families with children.

Dinner and fireworks at Unawatuna Beach

After discovering the hidden gems of Galle Fort, take a few hours break at your hotel before dinner. Unawatuna is the beach area a few kilometres from Galle Fort. Along the beach in Unawatuna, there are plenty of restaurants to choose from for dinner. Most restaurants will have dinner specials. Try Thaproban, Lucky Tuna, Kingfisher or Tartaruga. At midnight on Christmas Eve, everyone lights firecrackers and some places might have some fireworks.

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Unawatuna at night | © Hassan Rafeek / Flickr

Party all night at Villawaterlily

Unawatuna is the electronic party capital of Sri Lanka. One of the favourite places for these parties is Villawaterlily in Unawatuna. This year, they are having a pool party on Christmas Eve. This one is for the real party lovers!

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