End-of-Year Festival is a cultural-commercial-tourism event of S organized by Ho Chi Minh City Department of Culture, Sports, and Tourism in collaboration with other departments in the city. The event is one of the biggest festivals is Saigon in this month, which is held to serve the demands of cultural enjoyment, entertainment, and shopping of both city's residents and international travelers. This year festival will take place from December 1st, 2014 to January 1st, 2015 with tourism events such as shoping tours, culinary festivals, and a program to welcome the first international delegations visiting the city in 2015.
To begin a series of activities in the festival, shopping tours will take place during December 2014 to stimulate consumption of locals and visitors. Simultaneously, it creates a good chance for enterprises to introduce, promote, and sell their products at the end of years. The program is expected to welcome the participation of 500 enterprises in the city. The launching ceremony of shopping tour will be held in 23-9 Park (District 1) on December 4th. Besides, consumer fair will take place from December 12nd, 2014 to January 3rd, 2015 at Phu Tho Stadium (District 11) with the attendance of 400 booths. Visiting the fair, tourists have chance to try their luck with various forms of attractive promotions such as discounts, gifts, sweepstakes, trade discount ...
In the framework of Ho Chi Minh City’s End-of-Year Festival, a Culinary Festival will be organized from December 4th to 7th at 23-9 Park to introduce about the value of arts and culture and traditional cuisine. The culinary festival will attract 120 booths from 60 restaurants and hotels representing for traditional cuisine of more than 20 countries. Attending in the festival, travelers can taste Vietnamese traditional dishes such as Vietnam spring roll, egg rolls and famous international dishes along with many soft drinks and juices. During the festival, other special activities will be held involving Japanese kendo performance, afternoon tea party in European-style, setting record of "The Vietnamese folk cakes" with more than 120 type of cakes, etc.
Especially, on January 1st, 2015, in Tan Son Nhat International Airport, Ho Chi Minh City Department of Culture, Sport, and Toursim in collorbration with the city's Tourism Association hold a ceremony to welcome the first international travelers visiting the city. This is an annual and meaningful event expressing the hospitality of local citizens to international friends. Many traditional music performance will be performed in cozy and joyful atmostphere to create a good impression for tourists when setting foot in "The Pearl of the Far East".