Christmas is a magnificent and amusing festival which is celebrated worldwide. Although the Wild West celebrates in a grand way, India has its own style of celebrating Christmas. During this time, people indulge themselves in grace, love, forgiveness and in the act of sharing. In some parts of the country, it is celebrated in an elegant and distinct style compared to the other parts of the country. Different traditions and customs are highlighted during this time. If you are planning for a Christmas trip to India, you should definitely consider visiting these place. It is sure you would experience a lovely and enjoyable festival celebration while visiting these destinations in India.
Amazing Places to Celebrate Christmas in India
Goa is the highly decorated place in India during the time of Christmas. Goa has its own Portuguese legacy as well as the Roman Catholic population, which makes this place completely worth visiting during Christmas. People residing in Goa celebrate Christmas with a lot of zeal and show. It becomes even livelier during the Advent Season. It is entirely decorated with poinsettia flowers and with a different variety of lights. Anjuna, Candolim, and Mapusa are the best spots to enjoy lavish Christmas parties in Goa.
Puducherry has a different kind of Christmas celebration, which is zealous as well as peaceful at the same time. The main reason behind this is, it has a huge Roman Catholic population. The entire city becomes brighter and creates an exuberant ambiance. The popular church services you should consider visiting are Church of the Assumption, Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, The Church of Our Lady of Good Health and The Church of Our Lady of Lourdes.
Kerala has several churches and is one of the popular places in India that celebrates Christmas in a very grand way. It is one of the best places where the churches remain open all throughout the night. Almost all the restaurants remain open all throughout the night and they even give heavy discounts during this time. Celebrating Christmas amidst the backwaters and the beaches provides a completely different approach to everything. It is a high spirit festival with lots of festivity and fun.
The warmth of Christmas can also be felt in Mumbai. The bakeries here serves some of the best desserts and cakes over here. The shopping malls in Mumbai are also decorated with loads and loads of Christmas decorations. All the streets and houses are also decorated here with various lights and Christmas trees. One can even attend the lively midnight mass too that are organized. Various Christmas parties are also held during this time. Churches like St. Peter’s Church and St. Andrew’s Church also hold Christmas services.
5. Daman and Diu
This union territory has a huge Portuguese connection. They celebrate Christmas in a very lively and bright manner. Various cultural shows are organized during this time. Vibrant lamps are lighted in the night sky. Mass is organized in churches like Se Cathedral, Saint Paul’s Church and in the Church of Our Lady of Rosary. Various dance forms are also organized over here, like Corrindinho.
6. Dadra Nagar and Haveli
December is the best time to visit this place. The tribal touch present in their culture is clearly seen in the way they celebrate Christmas. It means the residents celebrated in a very traditional way in Haveli. The churches are decorated beautifully with colorful lights during this time. Mass services are very popular during this time. There are various exotic beaches too where you can spend some quality time amidst all the festivities with your loved ones.
Kolkata is brighter and livelier during the time of Christmas. Pastries, cakes and the aroma of delicious dishes prepared in bakeries and restaurants attract the common people. Park Street is one of the most popular places in Kolkata which is decorated in a very grand manner during Christmas. There is an extravagant festive mood all over the city. Midnight mass with Christmas carols is held in various places. Rock music, light and sound exhibition and a wide variety of food make Kolkata a merry ambiance.
Shillong holds a very joyful and yet very peaceful Christmas every year. A lot of tourists are not seen here in Shillong during the winters, so the people over here celebrate it in a very warm manner. They celebrate it with a lot of enthusiasm and zeal. The houses, churches and the streets are decorated nicely during Christmas. Traditional cuisine is prepared during this time. Carols and hymn singing is done in the evenings. Even in some places, local bands play music.
It gives you the opportunity to see the beautiful White Christmas in India. This gorgeous Himachal destination is the perfect place where you can get snow during Christmas. You can enjoy making snowman, skiing or can even enjoy throwing snow at one another. The log huts covered with snow looks even more Christmassy.
The entire city comes together during the time of Christmas. The city will be completed decked up in a very beautiful manner. Markets, malls, and restaurants have Christmas decorations during this time. Special menus or heavy discounts are provided during this time. As a lot of Christians reside in Hyderabad, various Christmas activities or events are also organized during this time. Churches even arranges for masses.
Christmas themed parties are thrown all over the city. Malls are decorated, localities are filled with varieties of lights. Various clubs and malls throw various types of themed parties. People come together irrespective of their religion. It is worth to visit Delhi during the Christmas season. Sacred Heart Church would also organize midnight mass on the night of Christmas especially in Connaught Place. The chilly weather would not diminish the spirit and warmth of Christmas in Delhi.
Bangalore has its own Christian legacy. There are many beautiful churches in the central part of the city. They have both British and French influences on their culture and they celebrate Christmas in their own traditional style. St. Patrick’s Church and the All Saints Church are the major highlights here. There are various famous eateries and bakeries who will let you indulge in the magic of Christmas in a charming way.
Sikkim have a small Christian population. In spite of being a popular Hindu state, Christmas is celebrated here with exuberant vibrancy and color. It is one of the best winter destinations in India where one can celebrate Christmas amidst all the snow. All the houses will be decorated with Christmas trees and stars. The aroma of roasted meat and cakes fills up the air. The festivities take place throughout the night. Streets are decorated and various Christmas based activities also takes place.
Chennai has great Christian history and it celebrates Christmas with a lot of eminence and spirit. Various prominent churches organize Christmas masses all throughout the night. Almost six thousand visitors come to visit the churches during Christmas. The Velankanni Church is the most popular one. Christmas partying, spirituality and festivities are done here with a lot of elegance and celebration. Small groups of people even visit houses with lots of pomp and music to welcome the birth of Christ. Wild parties are even hosted in various places.
It is an unspoiled and untouched hill station which will offer you a very peaceful Christmas that will give you a break from your monotonous life. Lansdowne is a perfect destination where you can spend some time with your friends and family during Christmas. The streets and the restaurants will be seen with gorgeous Christmas decorations. It has a serene aura of its own with a huge choice of delectable delicacies and lots of music. Apart from regular celebrations, bonfires are organized in resorts and restaurants.
Bhubaneshwar is an iconic city in India. During Christmas, commercial establishments, churches, cathedrals and individual houses of the Christian community are decorated with candles, balloons, x-mas trees and illuminations. One of the popular churches in the city- St. Vincent Catholic Church located in Satya Nagar will be beautifully decorated with chimes, music, bells, stars and lights. Christmas mass is also organized here. You can huge crowds in shopping malls, bakeries, flower shops, and garment shops. The entire city remains lively and crowded for Christmas celebration.
Madurai is a beautiful city in the southern state Tamil Nadu. During Christmas, various Christmas festivities are organized. Beautifully decorated Christmas trees will be kept in the streets to remark the birth of Jesus Christ. Special prayers are organized in popular churches like Sacred Heart (Railway Colony), St. Joseph’s Church (Gnanaolivupuram), Rosary Church (Town Hall Road) and Lourdu Church (K.Pudur). Madurai is an iconic Indian destination where this celebration is done in a grand manner. The Christmas occasion is a very popular festival here. Educational institutions, bakeries, shops and various commercial outlets in Madurai will be decorated with crib and Christmas trees.
Mangalore is a warm and peaceful city where numerous arrangements are done during Christmas. Streets, malls, and parks are decorated nicely with lights, stars and Christmas trees. Christmas trees and Christmas carols are organized during this time. Even Christmas fairs are organized in various places during Christmas. Convents, homes, churches and several Christian institutions lay out cribs mentioning the arrival of Jesus Christ. It is worth to see the cribs displayed at Rosario Church, St. Sabastian Church Bendoor, Derebail Church, Urva Church, Milagres Church, St. Joseph’s Seminary (Jeppu) and all throughout the Dakshina Kannada district as well as Mangalore.
Christmas is celebrated with gaiety and enthusiasm in North Andhra region covering Vishakapatnam, Srikakulam and Vizianagaram districts. The streets will be elegantly decorated with sparkling stars and lights and Santa Claus visits homes to give gifts. They are actually men dressed as Santa Claus. People give gifts to their friends and relatives and make some special moments celebrating the festival together. The malls will host various games and events to entertain the guests. The main attraction in the mall would be Christmas tree decoration and crib portraying the arrival of Lord Jesus Christ.