This photo was taken on Pattaya Beach Road just outside the huge Central Festival shopping mall. When I look at a picture of a Christmas tree I tend to assume that it was taken in cold weather.... not so in Thailand, the weather at this time of year is at its very best. It's still hot, but the humidity is lower and almost every day has clear blue skies. Temperatures at night never dip too low; shorts, t-shirt and sandals are all you need to wear....
You might have thought that Christmas and New Year in Pattaya would not be something that gets much attention since Thailand is not a Christian country (it is overwhelmingly dominated by the Buddhist faith) and since Thailand has its own calendar year. You'd be wrong on both counts though, the Gregorian calendar is still widely used and even if the Thais aren't Christian they know that many of the farang tourists are! Given that Pattaya is the party capital of the world, you didn't really think that it would miss out on all the festivities did you?
You won't have much joy if you are hoping for a white Christmas, but there will be all the usual celebrations including fancy dress, fireworks, roast Turkey and so on. The Thais are particularly fond of the fireworks and you can expect a good display on Pattaya Beach Road. You often get a fireworks competition with various displays put on by different representations from various countries around the world.
Many of the bars around Pattaya will have some sort of Christmas theme going on and all in all it's a great time to be in the land of smiles. It's very popular with those tourists that either don't have any close family members back home, or do but don't get along with them.
It's probably a good idea to book your hotels in Pattaya well in advance if you intend to be here during the festive season; Pattaya is very busy at this time of year so you might not get your first choice hotel without booking ahead.