Christmas festivities in Port Moresby 2019

Thursday, 18th December, 2019

The Christmas spirit is alive and well in Papua New Guinea with a host of great events scheduled over the coming weeks to help spread the festive cheer.

From shopping to community carols, and Christmas lights, here’s a guide to Christmas festivities in Port Moresby.

Carols by the Sea

There’s nothing like community carols to really embrace the festivities of Christmas, and this year Ela Beach again staged the event.

Held on December 15, Carols by the Sea was one of the biggest community celebrations in Port Moresby and featured the ocean as a majestic backdrop.

The event included entertainment, markets, a street parade and fireworks.

Meanwhile, further Christmas performances are also on the cards, with venues like the Rev Sione Kami Memorial Church hosting Mary’s Boy Child – A Christmas Production also on December 15.


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All the retail outlets around Port Moresby are set to be busy in the lead-up to Christmas.  If you were lucky enough to enjoy the night markets at the Harborside Boardwalk last night, you would have found a selection of hand-made and bespoke items to go under the tree.

Christmas dining

A host of high-profile hotels and restaurants will be laying out the Christmas fare, with many also offering live entertainment over Christmas lunch.

Just some of the events of note include:

  • Christmas lunch at the Green Haus Restaurant – Located at The Stanley Hotel and Suites, the Christmas Day luncheon includes a cocktail on arrival, live music, a seafood selection and dessert.
  • Christmas lunch at Lamana Hotel – Running from noon until 3pm on Christmas Day, the event includes a family photograph, a visit from Santa with gifts for the children, face painting, a colouring-in competition, candy floss, and a chocolate fountain.
  • Christmas lunch or dinner at Bacchus Restaurant – Located at the Airways Hotel, Bacchus Restaurant will serve up a mouth-watering lunch and dinner menu complete with live music.

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Christmas lights

Amidst a city that is in full flower come Christmas time, lights also add a touch of festivity to the season of giving.

This year Christmas lights can be found at Jack Pidik Park, 5-Mile, and Central Waigani shopping areas.

Prior to switching on the lights at Central Waigani on December 3, National Capital District governor Powes Parkop shared his vision for the festive season ahead.

“Christmas is important to all of us,” he said. “It’s an important part of our calendar and faith. In fact, it is the cornerstone of our faith and what I want to emphasise is that, without peace everything else fails – in our life, in our community, in our suburb or settlement or village, in our city as a whole and in our country.”


About Paga Hill Estate

Paga Hill Estate is a world-class, master-planned estate in the heart of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. The waterfront site is the first comprehensively planned multi-use development in Papua New Guinea to be enjoyed by both residents and visitors alike.

The all-inclusive development will include vibrant public spaces and waterfront promenade, luxury hotels, residential apartments, restaurants, retail, commercial space, a Trade, Exhibition & Cultural Centre, restoration of WWII relics, marina precinct and a nearby international cruise liner terminal.