Come December, and India will join the world in celebrating one of the most awaited event across the globe. Though our celebration is not like it’s done in the predominantly Christian countries, we do have our own way of bending the style and get into the spirit. After all, India is one of the most secular countries in the world and we don’t like to lose any chance of celebration! Several regions across the sub-continent celebrate Christmas with amazing pomp, show and zeal. The addition of social customs to the celebration also brings out unique festivities in some places. Well, if you are looking to go all out this Christmas, here are 11 places you should be at!
#1 – Goa
Inevitably, Goa is first on the list as it constitutes a sizable catholic culture and Portuguese legacy. Goa is considered the party capital of India and during Christmas, the show just gets more beautiful. From Christmas to New Year, the whole city gets bathed in Christmas lights and poinsettia flowers. The midnight brings about songs and carols that continue till dawn. With live bands playing at every corner of the state, it’s as if there’s no sleep. Find one of the most happening beaches and you should be able to enjoy to the fullest.
#2 – Pondicherry/Pondi
Pondicherry is a place where you would get a lot of French influence all across. While this place too has a large population of Catholics, unlike Goa, Pondi offers a more zealous ambiance. During Christmas, you will be able to feel a unique exuberance that compels you to be a part of it. Do visit the mass in one of the Churches including Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, The Church of our Lady of Angels, the Church of Assumption, 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.
#3 – Kerala
Kerala too hosts to several churches and could turn out to be a great place during Christmas. Not only do the streets come alive with decorations, but you will be able to attend special events all across the state. The local touch to the celebration also adds a rich flavor to the mood of celebration.
#4 – Mumbai
The entertainment capital of India, it’s not surprising why people from across the globe flock to Mumbai during Christmas. Not only will you get to see some amazing churches but also attend special Christmas party celebrations hosted across the city. The city does hold on to its title of being the Entertainment Capital!
#5 – Daman and Diu
One of the most reclusive Union Territories in India, Daman and Diu can surprise you during Christmas. The small city state comes alive with decorations and you also get to witness the Portuguese Corrindinho. Apart from the beautiful churches, the shoreline comes alive with parties of all kinds!
#6 – Dadra Nagar and Haveli
Another lesser known destination, Dadra Nagar and Haveli is best during the Christmas celebrations. The state also holds a considerable catholic population and you cannot miss the bonfire parties on the several exotic beaches strewn across.
#7 – Kolkata
Bengalis love to have fun, in whatever way it comes. Popularly known as the ‘City of Joy’, Kolkata nights come alive with decorations, Christmas trees and Santa Clauses placed across every street. If you are in Kolkata during Christmas, the best place to be it will be the Park Street area. You can visit one of the several pubs and nightclubs hosting special events and band performances.
#8 – Shillong
Shillong gets too cold during the winters for the regular tourists but that’s also a reason why you should be heading towards it. With a sizable Christian population, you will be welcomed by rich decorations, shimmering lights, Santa Clauses, Christmas Trees and of course, a delicious cuisine.
#9 – Manali
Perfect for someone looking for the White Christmas you would get in European countries, Manali is the place where you can create snowman and expect Santa to come with a snowy beard! Enjoy skiing during the day while party hard at nights.
#10 – Bangalore
The tech capital of India, Bangalore gets richly decked up for the Christmas celebrations. Go to masses on Churches including Christian Fellowship Church, City Harvest AG Church and St. Mary’s Basilica. Several events and performances are organized across the city and you would also want to join in one of the nightclub events.
#11 – Delhi
Finally, the political capital of India too would be a great choice if you are looking forward to a Christmas that offers modern opportunities to dance till dawn and drown yourself with the spirit of the festival. Several large crowds gather in prominent cultural locations like Connaught Place for the midnight mass and Christmas carol.
If you think, we have missed out any famous Christmas celebration destination of India in above list then drop a comment. We will update soon.