It’s that time of the year when Santa Claus comes to the town!!! Christmas days are near and we all are waiting to witness the best decor, lightnings, and celebrations around the country. Yes, we realize that India does not celebrate Christmas like the West does, however, we do have our own style of celebrating and we truly love it!!! As we celebrate the spirit of Christmas that proffers forgiveness, love, grace and most importantly the act of sharing, we also decorate the city with the traditional festive spirit.
Below is the list of the places to witness the best Christmas celebrations in India.
Best Christmas Places: Mumbai
Mumbai is a wonderful place to celebrate Christmas. This city has unconditionally embraced all the diverse cultures of India. Hill Road, Bandra, and Churchgate are popular places where Christmas is celebrated with immense enthusiasm and fervor. Almost all churches around the city organize a midnight mass. And besides that, there are raging parties in most nightclubs around the city. Mumbai is the place that can cater to your palette no matter the kind of person you are.
Best Christmas Places: GOA
Goa is the heart of India when it comes to Christmas and its celebrations. With its sizable Roman Catholic population and not to forget Portuguese legacy, Goa has the impression of celebrating Christmas with immense zeal and pomp and show. This city witnesses the best night parties during Christmas. Head to the beaches of Goa to sit back and watch fireworks lighting up in the midnight on the day of Christmas as well as New Year. Popular North Goa beaches to watch fireworks at are Baga and Calangute while Colva and Bogmalo beaches are the ones to head to in South Goa. Impromptu dancing and parties dot the sand and everyone is welcome to join the revelry! The world famous Sunburn fest is going to be held in Goa on 25th to 31st December 2017, so now you have enough reasons to celebrate Christmas and New Year in Goa.
Best Christmas Places: Daman and Diu
Christmas is celebrated in a traditional way in both Daman and Diu. If you are looking for some peaceful time to spend and relax during the vacations, then you must visit Daman. It is famous for its Church of Bom Jesus, sanctified in 1603. The other well-known churches are The Church of Our Lady of Angustias, The Chapel of Our Lady of Rosary and Church of Our Lady of Remedies. The streets and houses are decorated with colorful lights, midnight masses and carols are performed. You can also visit Asia’s largest casino, Deltin in Daman to earn some extra bucks this festive season.
Best Christmas Places: Kolkata
The City of Joy becomes brighter and livelier during the Christmas season. The aroma of fruit cake and pastries fill the air and markets become crowded. Although Christmas is not one of the major celebrations in Kolkata, the city has some affection attached to it. Park Street is one place that makes the festive mood go extravagant. You may find that the apart from Christians, people from other communities offering prayers and singing carols in the midnight mass in the churches. Also, during the festive season, heavy discounts on items in the market can be seen, which keeps the bazaars in Kolkata quite busy. The light and sound exhibition, rock music, shimmering lights and delectable food makes the ambiance of the city merrier!
Best Christmas Places: Shillong
Often known as the Scotland of India, Shillong is a pure pleasure to visit in December, especially during Christmas. It has a considerable Christian population due to which you can also see some traditional style of celebrations. As this hill town is covered with the blanket of snow and has freezing temperatures. Besides its mesmerizing waterfalls, crystal clear lakes and impressive mountains, experience decorated streets & Churches with multiple live shows and concerts during Christmas in Shillong. It is a peaceful affair in Shillong during December as it is not overcrowded due to its chilling temperatures. Cathedral Church is among the oldest churches in North East India.
Best Christmas Places: Shimla
Looking for a fairytale style white Christmas in India? Then you must visit Shimla. Known as the “Queen of Hills”, Shimla is one of the most known hill stations in India. Nothing can be better then Celebrating Christmas in the Himalayas. The snow-filled pine trees with colorful lights look magical and satisfying. The Ridge & the Mall Road are the main places where all the action is during Christmas time. One can also attend the midnight mass at the 150 years old Christ Church, which is among the best places to visit in Shimla.
Best Christmas Places: Pondicherry
Like Goa, Pondicherry also has a sizeable population of Roman Catholics due to French influence. It is one of the best cities to celebrate Christmas in India. Pondicherry has some famous churches which should not be missed during Christmas. Beautifully lit up homes, decorated Churches, holy midnight masses & carols, tranquil beaches, and the quintessential French cuisine makes this city a perfect room for Christmas holidays.
Make your holidays special with some merry memories and moments to cherish by visiting these amazing places to celebrate Christmas in India.