I Am Belmaya
The star and co-director of the film, Belmaya Nepali, was orphaned at age nine, forced to leave school and as a Dalit woman, discriminated against throughout her life. But having found an affinity for the camera at a young age, she has gone on to make documentaries and films to showcase social injustices.
14 December, 1pm onwards, City Hall, Bhrikutimandap (01) 4440635
If you’re looking for ethically produced, fresh and organic vegetables and fruits, Farmer’s Market is the place to be. Buy from Vertical Farms and help finance rural employment, support the protection of Nepal’s incredible ecosystems and biodiversity, and fuel your body with healthy food.
14 December, 8am-12pm, Dhokaima Cafe, Patan, 9832558080
Shop for a loved one, drink some vin chaud, sample Christmas sablés and watch French Christmas movies like L’enfant au grelot and La bûche de Noël to get in the holiday spirit.
14 December, 10am-5pm, Alliance Française Kathmandu, Jhamsikhel (01) 5009221
The Pump presents RUN TOGETHER, an all-inclusive 5K run that aims to raise awareness about the fact that disabilities are not inabilities. This year’s theme, “Future is accessible”, was set to encourage everyone, regardless of their abilities, to run together.
14 December, 8am-4pm, Registration: Rs100, The British School, Jhamiskhel, 9851236987
Rejuvenate your mind and body with a relaxing yoga session with LaChelle Amos, a yogi and Tibetan sound healer. The yoga class will incorporate Tibetan singing bowls, meditation and intermediate poses.
Every Friday, 8am, Rs800 per class, HUB, Thamel, 9866273244
The Art Party
Meet renowned Nepali artists, see their work and get an insight into the inspiration behind their paintings, sculptures and sketches. Proceeds from the event will go to nature conservation projects.
14 December, 11am-8pm, Tickets: Rs1,000, Nepal Art Council, Babar Mahal (01) 4220735
Catch some of the best documentaries and films about migration, economy, the hardships of mountain living, patriarchy and childbirth.
11-15 December, Timings and venues vary (01) 4440635
Walk for Bird
Take a hike through Godawari and learn about the variety of bird species in that area. You’ll have the opportunity to witness Bird Conservation Nepal’s efforts and enjoy a day close to nature.
14 December, 6:30am-1pm, Nepal Tourism Board Gate, Exhibition Road (01) 4417805
In Nepal during the late 1990s the underground metal scene was a way for artists and the audience to escape the violence that had gripped the nation. Catch the screening and a question-answer session with the directors of the documentary.
13 December, 6:30pm-8:30pm, HUB, Thamel, 9866273244
This Nepali folk music band has toured the world, performing their greatest hits like Herda Herdai and Yo Ankhai Ma. For this special performance, they will be playing both their old and new tunes.
13 December, 6pm onwards, London PUB, Darbar Marg, 9865438599
Nepali rock n’ roll band PRISM got its start in the late ’70s and is known as a pioneer of the music genre here. While they’ve gotten a little more grey, their music is still as energetic and as electric as it was 50 years ago.
13 December, 6pm onwards, Social Cafe, Gairidhara (01) 4427370
Cultivation & Lo End
The grooves of Nepal’s premiere reggae group and Chimes’ top-notch food will leave you in the weekend mood. Limited seats available.
13 December, 6:30pm onwards, Chimes Restaurant, Sanepa (01) 5549673
Enjoy an evening of Christmas carols and mulled wine at this holiday edition of Sunday Social.
15 December, 4pm-7pm, Musicology, Maitri Marg, 9860368061
Narayan Gopal Tribute
Pratibimba Band will be playing the late Narayan Gopal’s greatest hits. Gopal is considered to be one of the greatest singers of his generation.
13 December, 7am-10am, French Creperie, Thamel, 9849566662
Sana Restaurant serves everything from gnocchi to traditional Nepali dishes like Mustang aloo. Their Thakali set is a must-try!
12pm-9:30pm, Jhamsikhel (01) 5550690
Celebrate Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at Dwarika's with an indulgent a 3-course lunch and 4-course dinner.
24 December (6pm onwards) and 25 December (12pm onwards), Dwarika's Hotel, Battisputali (01) 4479488
Akari & Koko
Vivanta Hotel’s Asian-inspired fusion restaurant and bar serves an impressive assortment of East Asian dishes with modern twists. Try their sushi and pad thai during your visit.
12pm-10:30pm, Jhamsikhel (01) 5525002
For customisable bowls of noodles, platters filled to the brim with dumplings, spicy noodles, kimbap, corn dogs, da-pow and more, along with rooms paying homage to popular animes like Tokyo Ghoul, Kyubi’s Kitchen is the place to go.
12pm-8pm, Jhamsikhel, 9810298050
Celebrate the end of the year with a Sake Variety and Temperature Tasting Party. Sample sushi, a variety of sake and kick back at the Sake Party.
16 December, 5:30pm-10:30pm, Sapporo Japanese Restaurant, Baluwatar, 9803445405
Temple Tree is a boutique hotel that promises world-class services, a relaxing atmosphere, comfortable accomodations and great food. The rooms are designed with Nepali culture and architecture in mind, with modern touches at the forefront. Lakeside, Pokhara (61) 465819