The festive season, when Thailand celebrates the Western holidays without caring much for its cultural significance, has started in Bangkok, albeit silently. As the whole country still grieves over the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, venues that have long been fixtures for cheerful revelries—CentralWorld and the riverside hotels, for example—have decided to celebrate in more subtle ways, choosing more subtle ceremonies like singing and candlelight vigils instead of extravagant fireworks displays. The ubiquitous Christmas tree, however, is still present at iconic shopping malls and hotels, but this time dressed in colors like yellow and white as a tribute to the late royal. Likewise, the city’s eating, drinking, shopping and partying scenes continue with their special holiday agendas, but this time employing low-key advertising to promote the festive spirit. Check timeoutbangkok.com to plan for a memorable Christmas and New Year’s Eve.