What’s On in December: The Best Siem Reap Events in December 2019

Siem Reap December Events Round Up

Our monthly event guide is back! The social calendar is bursting with music, art and dining events to keep you busy all month. In addition, as Christmas approaches, festive activities will entertain all the family. Follow our Facebook page for the latest announcements and information on new events, and join our welcoming community.

Soieries du Mékong, a social enterprise, creating and selling artisan scarves, invites you to a free exhibition entitled ‘Women’s Tales’ which expresses the fascinating stories behind the women who produce these unique, hand woven accessories. Visit the Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort’s linkway – open to all, daily from 9.30am – 6.30pm until February 16.

Also this month, you can shop a selection of more than 150 luxury products at T-Galleria Angkor by DFS, many of which are exclusive or limited edition. Shoppers will be spoiled for choice with an unparalleled curation for the holiday season. Read all about it in our featured article!

Our upcoming round-up of Christmas & NY eve festivities will be here soon! We’ll bring you details of our favourite seasonal dining events for all the family to enjoy.

Social Calendar

December 2 : Gingerbread House Decoration

All are welcome to this afternoon fun-filled treat. Help to decorate The Glasshouse at Park Hyatt with gingerbread themed decorations, turning it into into a festive wonderland.

December 3 – 7 : Angkor Photo Festival

Angkor Photo Festival & Workshops (APFW), South east Asia’s longest running photography event, returns to Siem Reap for the 15th time this December. Enjoy free public exhibitions and projections from 3 – 7 December. Read more about the festival in our write up.

Highlights of this year’s festival include the following:

📸 December 3, 7.30 – 10pm – Opening Night Projections at Khema Angkor: Evening projections will feature a selection of multimedia work as well as new projects from across Asia, each portraying issues facing contemporary societies. More Info on angkor-photo.com and Facebook.

📸 December 4, 5 – 6pm – Days in the Sun exhibition opening at FCC Angkor: This free exhibition showcases the extraordinary life and work of Nguyen Van Chanh, a photographer and founder of the famous Luminor Photo Studio in Vietnam. His photographs depict a defining period in Vietnam history, offering a glimpse of his unique approach to wartime photography. The exhibition will run from 3 – 18 December 2019. More Info: Facebook.

December 6 : Sleigh Bells for the Belles of Women’s Resource Center

A festive cocktail fund raiser in support and celebration of Women’s Resource Center. Entry tickets are inclusive of unlimited wine, cheese and charcuterie items. Enjoy live entertainment from Family Sound, as well a chance to win raffle prizes. All proceeds from purchases of Gingerbread Houses at The Glasshouse go to Women’s Resource Center.

  • Where: The Colonnade, Park Hyatt Siem Reap
  • When: Friday 6th December, 6-8pm
  • Cost: $20 per person. Tickets available at the door, or can be pre-reserved. Email for reservations and inquiries.
  • More Info: Facebook

December 6 – 10 : Victoria’s Market

Visit Victoria’s Market for all things manufactured in Cambodia, from clothing and jewelry to games and decoration made out of recycled materials. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to find the perfect holiday gift or souvenir. Expect free flow of wine, sparkling and canapés for the perfect Christmas spirit!

  • Where: Victoria Angkor Resort
  • When: Friday 6th December – Tuesday 10th December
  • Cost: $15 per person with free flow of wine, sparkling and canapés
  • More Info: Facebook

December 7 : Oyster Night at Modesty Bar by Khéma

Modesty Bar brings the ocean to you, with an indulgent buffet including oysters. Enjoy an All-You-Can-Eat Buffet including oysters from Khema Angkor’s partner Ostra Fine Foods, along with free flow wines while taking in the serene river views from the bar’s relaxed rooftop setting.

  • Where: Modesty Bar, Khema Angkor
  • When: Saturday 7th December, 6.30-8.30pm
  • Cost: $35++ per person for 2 hours of Free Flow oysters and wines
  • More Info: Facebook

December 7 : Summer Opening Party – Jon Sa Trinxa

Jon Sa Trinxa holds the longest DJ Residency on Ibiza at Sa Trinxa, Salinas Beach (since 1993) and is bringing Ibiza to Siem Reap’s very own beach club. If you like Disco, House, Funk, Indie, Dance and Ambient beats, come on down. Beatboutique Asia’s Strangefruit & Cyril Grouvel complete the line-up.

  • Where: Cambo Beach Club
  • When: Saturday 7th December, from 4pm
  • Cost: Free entry to the event. Normal charges apply for pool use.
  • More Info: Facebook

December 7 : Festive Light-up Ceremony at Le Meridien Angkor

Le Meridien Angkor invites you to join them, with your friends and family, to share this special moment together. Mix and mingle with the community and enjoy complimentary drinks and snacks as you admire the splendid lit-up Christmas tree.

December 7 : Pasta Festa! At Le Meridien Angkor

Indulge your pasta cravings with delicious all-you-can-eat pasta dishes along with everyone’s favourite Italian savoury delights and indulgent desserts.

December 8 : 24th Angkor Wat International Half Marathon

Your reward for participating in the 24th Angkor Wat Half Marathon? Take your pick from the following offerings in Siem Reap, including a pool party, a barbecue and special room rates.

🥇 Barbecue by the Pool at Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort: Relax poolside with this special barbecue from 11.30am-3pm, combining Khmer and international cuisines. Expect the very best Australian beef burgers, prawn skewers, salmon steaks, pork chops and sausages. $35++ per person includes the barbecue and free flow of red and white wine, local beer, chilled juices, soft drinks, tea and coffee to accompany your meal. Bookings are essential. More Info: Facebook

🥇 Exclusive room rate at Victoria Angkor Resort: This package includes the following benefits:

  • 1 Superior room day use from 8am-5pm
  • Welcome drink and cold towel upon check in
  • Facilities usage, pool, gym, steam and Jacuzzi
  • Fruit plate in the room
  • 60mn foot massage for two people (Value 42$/pax)
  • Special Marathon Brunch (Value 35$/pax) from 11:30am-3pm

Package price $160 for two persons sharing double or twin room. For reservations, email or call +855 (0)63 760 428 or 017 687 803. More Info: Facebook.

🥇 Destination Unlocked Pool Party at Le Meridien Angkor: Unwind at the poolside and enjoy the first Destination Unlocked Pool Party. Experience the good vibes of Siem Reap through its food and drink culture from 11.30am – 6pm. More info on Facebook.

🥇 Post Half Marathon Yoga Class at Navutu Dreams Resort: Reward yourself and your body with this blissful rooftop gentle yoga flow that will stretch, release and restore those muscles that took you over the finish line. Non-runners also welcome, from 5pm – 6.15pm. More info on Facebook.

December 13 : Lobster, Caviar & Champagne

Savour this special set-dinner menu created by Eric Berrigaud, Culinary Director, to showcase luxurious lobster, caviar and Champagne.

December 14 : SamRocker Band Album Launch

This Phnom Penh based punk/alternative metal band will be promoting the launch of their new album Back to the Roots with a free live show. Pomme will donate a percentage of the night’s drink sales to A Place To Be Yourself (APTBY), an NGO dedicated to supporting the LBQTIQ community in Siem Reap.

  • Where: Pomme
  • When: Saturday 14th December, 6-11pm
  • Cost: Free entry
  • More Info: Facebook

🎄 December 14 – 15 : Gingerbread houses + access to the pool

Let the creativity flow as you build your own gingerbread house from pre-baked by the hotel’s chefs. A special prize will be awarded to the most amazing gingerbread house. The cost includes free access to the pool for the family (Maximum 2 adults and 2 children per house).

🎄 December 14 – 15 : Christmas Market at Khéma

The Siem Reap Christmas market will light up the alley between Khéma Angkor & Bred Bank. Local vendors will be selling all your favourite locally handcrafted products so you can find that perfect holiday gift for your friends and family. There will also be some activities for the kids, gingerbread houses, delicious snacks and mulled wine.

  • Where: Alleyway between Khéma Angkor and Bred Bank
  • When: Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th December from 5pm – 8pm
  • Cost: Free entrance
  • More Info: Facebook

🎄 December 21 : Exclusive Gingerbread House Workshop with Chef Andrea

Gather your loved ones for this exclusive workshop and stand a chance to win awesome lucky draw prizes including a voucher for New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner for two people, value USD $330! While the kids are having fun decorating their gingerbread houses, parents can enjoy festive free-flow mulled wine. Christmas goodies will be served, too.

  • Where: Lobby Lounge, Le Meridien Angkor
  • When: Saturday 21st December, 3-5pm
  • Cost: $45 net per family. Book by 15th December and receive an entry in the lucky draw. For information and reservations, call +855 63 963 900 or email
  • More Info: Facebook

🎄 December 22 : Holiday Festivities with your Little Legends!

Celebrate the joy of the season as your little legends decorate tasty doughnuts with Christmas themed treats and toppings. The man of the hour himself, Santa Claus, will be on hand for family photograph opportunities.

  • Where: Hard Rock café Angkor
  • When: Sunday 22nd December, 11am-3pm
  • Cost: Kids Eat For Free for age 11 and below. Limited Availability, Book Now To Reserve Your Space
  • More Info: Facebook

🎄 December 22 : Holiday Fundraiser at The Butterfly Pea

Don’t miss this holiday fundraiser at The Butterfly Pea! Not only will you be supporting the most noble cause, you will also be in for an unforgettable evening of live music, entertainment and handcrafted cocktails. AND an exclusive performance by Sopha Nem. As a graduate from the world’s most prestigious circus school, the National Circus School of Montreal, Sopha Nem has performed at both Phare Circus and the world-renowned Cirque du Soleil!

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Our pick of daily and weekly events at some of our favorite venues in town!


Enjoy a glorious high tea at Amansara this December. Expect a selection of cheese, walnut bread, lavosh, freshly baked cakes & tartes, cookies, homemade ice cream & sorbet, coffee, tea, hot chocolate & juices. Available daily, from 2-5pm. 30++ per adult, 15++ per child. For more information, contact 063 760 333 or amansara@aman.com.

Anantara Angkor Resort

Anantara Angkor Resort welcomes you to Chi Restaurant for its daily happy hour from 5 – 7pm with buy one, get one specials on wine, whiskey, liquors, cocktails and mocktails.

Cambo Beach Club

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a beach in Siem Reap? Guess what? Cambo Beach Club made this wish come true. Not only do they have a huge pool surrounded by fine white beach sand, they also organise themed pool parties and happening. Sundays are family days with Soma Jazz Band during sunset. On Monday afternoon starting at 2pm you’re welcome to join in their classic music pool party. Wednesdays are ladies nights, with Latino pool parties and get 2 for 1 drinks. On Fridays you ring the weekend with their discofunk pool party. See you at the beach!

Courtyard by Marriott

Plenty of events to be enjoyed at Courtyard by Marriott! On Wednesdays, we have Ladies’ Night at Upperdeck (5pm – 1am), when all ladies get to order any drink and enjoy one round for free. Fridays (5pm – 9.30pm) bring us Street Food Party with authentic street food offerings, starting from just KHR 5,000! Saturdays mean Pizza and Pasta Party at Courtyard’s Lok Lak restaurant from 11am – 2.30pm. Enjoy all-you-can-eat pizza and pasta offerings for $15++ inclusive of free flow chilled juice, soft drinks and 1 draft beer at Upperdeck. Start the day right on Sundays with Courtyard’s famous Sunday Brunch at 11am for only $17++ per person. Dine in style on Sunday evenings (5pm – 6.30pm) with Courtyard’s Sunset Specials: Witness a spectacular sunset whilst enjoying a special 3-course set menu curated by Executive Chef Chanrith Van. $19++ per person inclusive of 1 cocktail. Find all the details about above events on Facebook!

FCC Angkor

Every Thursday is Ladies Night with two for one cocktails at Scribe, FCC Angkor’s fabulous outdoor bar. Sit back and relax on the deck with a classic Mojito, Cosmopolitan or Margarita, all included in the deal, every Thursday between 6-11pm. More info on Facebook. In addition, craft ciders and beers are available at special prices from 6.30-9.30pm, every evening, at Scribe bar. Choose any three bottled ciders or three bottled craft beers for $14.99++. More info on Facebook.

Footprint Cafes

Join this free walk-in event run by BlaBla Language Exchange to promote exchanges and meetings between locals and expats in major cities around the world. No reservation necessary. Every Thursday from 7pm. More on Facebook.

Hard Rock Café Angkor

Eat, rock and be merry with your beloved families and friends this Christmas! Every day, enjoy live music from the Café’s house band, DJs and festive food offers. To book a table for eight people or more, reserve a table by email or call +855 63 963 964. More info on Facebook.

Hunkaar Table & Lounge

Hunkaar Table & Lounge turns Sunday brunch into a full-on event. For just $15 per adult (and half the price for kids below the age of seven), you can enjoy a collection of international cuisine, picking and choosing what interests you at the buffet table. Hop in the pool after you settle your stomach, and revel in refreshments the afternoon over. Available every other week until the end of the year. This month’s editions are on the 1st and 15th of December. reservations: fbm@hunkaartablelounge.com or +855 63 965 600. More info on Facebook.

Le Meridien Angkor

Celebrate the weekend with Le Meridien’s Relaxing Weekend Breakfast with Pool Access. Enjoy a scrumptious buffet breakfast for just 12 USD a person (6 USD for kids under 12) and unwind by the tropical pool with all day long happy hour! Available on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 6 – 11am. Visit their Facebook page for the latest updates and happenings.

Lub d Siem Reap

The Pumphouse, Lub d’s new bar concept brings a host of new happenings to town. Every Monday from 6p-10pm: Can you beat the barman? Order a drink, flip a coin, if you win the drink is free! Every Tuesday from 6-10pm: Boys love bubbles! Buy one get one free on Cambodia Draft beer just for the boys. Thursdays are Therapy nights for the ladies, with an unmissable deal. $10 for Free flow Bubbles from 6-10pm. Enjoy 70s, 80s and 90s tunes at The Pumphouse’s Flash back Fridays nights. Cambodia Draft just 50c from 6-8pm. Every Saturday from 3-7pm: Saturdaze Pool Party! Enjoy free entry, fun and games with prizes, poolside BBQ, DJ and happy hour. More info on Facebook.

Khema Angkor

Free-Flow Brunch: Enjoy an unlimited selection of eggs, Cambodian breakfasts, freshly-baked breads, danishes, cereals and homemade yoghurt, including hot and cold drinks. $11.90++ per person. Saturdays, Sundays & Public Holidays from 6.30am to 3pm. More info on Facebook. In addition, fans of excellent wine, beer and buffet style French dishes will love Khema’s Thursday Wine & Dine deal. For $20.90++, diners can enjoy free flow wine and beer along with a selection of delicious cold cuts, fine cheeses and an array of French food. Every Thursday 6-8pm. Bookings are recommended. More info on Facebook.

Made in Cambodia Market

Made in Cambodia Market offers free traditional dance or musical performances every Friday and Saturday evening from 6pm. The philosophy behind the Made in Cambodia Market is to help create Khmer jobs; from the villagers producing the handicrafts to the sellers interacting with customers.

Navutu Dreams Resort & Wellness Retreat

Join the yoga community class that brings together Khmer, foreign residents and travelers. Available to all levels and body types, free for all locals. Mondays from 6.30pm – 7.45pm; Book by calling +855 63 964 864 or email reservations@navutudreams.com. More info on Navutudreams.com.

Park Hyatt Siem Reap

In support of AIM, a grass roots project supporting street-working children and their communities, Park Hyatt is hosting a festive fund raiser, aptly named Tree of Hope, Peace, and Love at The Park. For a small donation, you receive two decorative stars – one to keep to decorate your own home this Christmas, and one to be displayed on The Park’s Banyan tree. Available daily during December from 8.30-11.30am. Learn more on Facebook.

Phare, the Cambodian Circus

Phare Circus, a social enterprise supporting education and performing arts training in Cambodia, will be performing four of their exhilarating shows during December. Book now for ‘Eclipse’, ‘Khmer Metal’, ‘White Gold’ and ‘Influence’. In addition to the Big Top’s nightly performances at 8pm, you can now catch the same exhilarating shows at 5pm on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, from now until March.

Rambutan Hotel & Resort

Come to Rambutan Restaurant each Friday for lunch or dinner and enjoy the special Green Season promo: Friday’s Choices! Enjoy one cocktail or mocktail + one starter + one main + one scoop of sorbet for only 15 USD. Free access to the pool included as well! More details on Facebook.

Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort

The Sound of Sofitel: Relax in Sofitel’s lobby while listening to the music of their pianist, playing the best of smooth jazz and classical repertoire, followed by an ancient Cambodian harp resonate. Then move to their Explorer’s Tales Bar from for a truly enjoyable evening of wine, tapas and live music. Pianist: Mondays – Saturday, 1pm – 5pm. Harpist: Daily 5pm – 6pm. Guitarist: Tuesdays – Saturdays, 6pm – 9pm. More info on sofitel-angkor-phokeethra.com.

Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor

Every Sunday, the Oyster Brunch with live Jazz music features a variety of oysters with charcuterie, artisan cheese, roasted meats and a selection of sweets from the buffet. $38 nett per adult includes the buffet, free-flowing red and white wine, local beer, soft drinks, iced tea, and drinks from the Seekers Gin Station. Add $30 nett per person for free-flowing Champagne. $25 nett for children ages 6-12. For reservations, call +855 63 963 888 or email More info on Facebook.

Treeline Urban Resort

Treeline Gallery presents Maline Yim’s first solo exhibition in the gallery, The Shadow of Change II. This exhibition features four tissue paper sculptures and ten mixed media works, inspired by her observations and reactions following a recent visit to the province of Kampong Som, which has undergone significant transformation as a result of foreign investment and construction. See Maline’s exhibition daily from 10am – 10pm until December 17. More info.

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Clare Lawrence is a long-time expat, originally from England, with six years in the UAE under her belt as well as over two years here in Siem Reap. She has written on expat life, saving money, holidaying with children and budget travel for a number of magazines and websites, including Siemreap.net.