14 Best Places to Celebrate Christmas in India

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It is that time of the year when everyone in India is gearing up for the happiest festival so as to beat the winter season. Christmas trees are being planted in malls, huge discounts on merchandise in stores, the sound of tingling all around, and the sweet smell of cakes and candies from plum popping out of the bakery for all of us to turn this festive season into an evening Are tempted. Case of merger. Christmas celebrations in India have a particularly great connection at these places. Let’s check out some of the best places to travel in India during Christmas to merge your festive season more than ever!

14 Best Places to Celebrate Christmas in India

S. No. Best Places to Celebrate Christmas in India
1 Goa
2 Daman and Diu
3 Kerala
4 Mumbai
5 Dadra and Nagar Haveli
6 Bangalore
7 Delhi
8 Kolkata
9 Shimla
10 Pondicherry
11 Manali
12 Shillong
13 Sikkim
14 Chennai

1- Goa

Known for its excellent beaches and legendary nightlife, Goa is probably the best place to celebrate Christmas in India. Christmas, with its Portuguese heritage and Catholic population, is celebrated here with a fervent enthusiasm. Churches and homes are decorated with beautiful lights and pointed flowers, while children sing Christmas carols late at night. People of all ages attend churches to participate in the midnight gathering. Christmas is very famous in Goa which attracts thousands of tourists from different parts of the country and abroad who come to see this festival in all its colors.

2- Daman and Diu

daman-diu
daman-diu

This is the place for those who want a beach full of Christmas. Every inch of this place will be filled with colorful lamps and hymns. This is the place to enjoy some Portuguese-styled Christmas. The famous element of this place is music. You can find a lot of musical performances during this time of the year.

3- Kerala

Kerala (Kerala)
Kerala (Kerala)

A holiday in Kerala during Christmas can be a complete experience. The state has a very strong Christian population with countless churches in the state. The famous holiday is celebrated with great enthusiasm throughout the state as people decorate their homes, churches and street with lighters and other materials. Churches, whether big or small, should be open overnight and thousands of people gather in churches across the state for mass singing at midnight. Apart from being a part of festivals, a lot can be done from visiting the backwaters of Kerala to its lovely beaches, from spice shopping to exploring the Western Ghats. This is the perfect time to visit Kerala.

4- Mumbai

Mumbai Maharashtra
Mumbai Maharashtra

Mumbai is a port area with many Christian communities of different culture. This gives rise to a diverse style of Christmas celebrations. For a traditional Christmas celebration, arrive in the western suburb of Bandra. You can find many Catholic churches, midnight masses on Christmas Eve. The most beautiful destination to enjoy this festival is St. Thomas Cathedral, which has grown to 300 in 2018. The 300th Christmas celebration will definitely be top notch. Visit Hill Road in Bandra, enjoy delicacies at home bakeries, Christmas decorations. If you are looking for a different Christmas style, try Matharpadi Village, an East Indian Style Christmas to enjoy Heritage Walk, Christmas feast, parties and more.

5- Dadra and Nagar Haveli

Dadra and Nagar Haveli, India
Damanganga river in Silvassa, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, India Sharada Prasad CS from Berkeley, India – CSP_6490.JPG

The union territories of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, unfortunately, are not registered as a possible Christmas location, but have the actual potential to become a prime location for the same. A visit to the place in December will show you how Christmas is celebrated in this union territory. The exciting part of its celebrations is that it has a mixture of tribal celebrations that are very intriguing. There are also some beautiful churches, which are meticulously decorated, and in the evening one can attend the sacred mass services which are celebrated with great festive spirit.

6- Bangalore

Bangalore Attraction
Bangalore Attraction

This is where you can find lots of old churches and many traditional services. You can participate in many celebrations to enjoy Christmas in the style of India. There are several old (can also be marked as ancient) bakeries to enjoy traditional plum cakes with rum. The top places to hit in Bangalore are Commercial Street, Johnson Market and Cox Town. Almost all malls and other entertainment centers will have a snow house where you can enjoy snow if you miss badly in India.

7- Delhi

Red-fort-Delhi
Red-fort-Delhi

Delhi is the land where you can find people from all communities and regions. If you are looking for a midnight gathering and other religious activities, visit Sacred Heart Cathedral near Connaught Place. In addition, the markets will be filled with souvenirs, recipes and Christmas discounts. For a traditional style of Christmas celebration, go to the Capital City Minstrel Choir Concert. To celebrate Christmas at other places, visit St. Alphonsa’s Church, St. James’s Church, and others. Make the best of Delhi’s luxury hotels and restaurants and try new Christmas wines, which are launched in India in time for Christmas celebrations.

8- Kolkata

Howrah-Bridge-Kolkata
Howrah-Bridge-Kolkata

A colonial stronghold by day, Kolkata has a very strange relationship with Christmas. Even though there are not many Christians in the city leaving the Anglo-Indian community, Kolkata is a place in India where the celebration of Christmas is like its own festival. Churches are decorated, streets are lit and people of all ages go out for shopping. For many people, however, Christmas means delicious cakes and bakeries in the city usually overflow with customers during Christmas.

9- Shimla

Shimla
Shimla

Also known as the “Queen of Hills”, Shimla is an ideal place to visit on Christmas. Walk through tall pines and enjoy a panoramic view of the Himalayas. Explore the beauty of the place by visiting attractions such as Christ Church, Jakhu Temple, Ridge and George Mahal.

10- Pondicherry

pondicherry-india
pondicherry-india

Tamil Nadu is a small union territory just off the coast. “Little France”, as it is known in those parts of the country, is gifted with some amazing architecture, beautiful beaches and delightful French cuisine. After a French dynasty, there are many Christians here who celebrate Christmas with great enthusiasm after all traditional rituals and merry-making.

Churches, especially the Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception and the Sacred Heart of Jesus, are wonderfully decorated and are some of the most beautifully decorated churches in India during the celebration of Christmas, which is a collective at midnight Present the whole city that gathers in these churches. Celebrating Christmas here is a great option as one can relax on the beach, enjoy the stunning sea life and experience the festivities.

11- Manali

Manali
Manali

Manali state is witnessing an increase in visitor numbers every year, especially during the Christmas months. A line of vehicles in the highways of Manali can be seen slowly making their way to the beauty of Manali. Along the city nestled in layers of snow tourists from various places and the surrounding areas celebrate the way of Manali, the White Christmas. Looking at the landscape of Manali, the celebration continues after the new year. Santa Claus stands at the entrance of the hotel and restaurant and invites and presents gifts to festival goers for Christmas, especially with a mix of Himachal cuisine. To add a blend of local flavor to the mood of the festival, visitors are entertained with Himachal Kullu folk music. The heavy snowfall in the region gives it an extra romantic grandeur that brings a smile to the faces of recently married couples. They sit in the comfort of their hotel, sipping a sip of hot chocolate, listening to soft carol music. The bonfire is lit on the outside, and people sit down to sing and enjoy the chill and watch children’s projectiles snowball at each other. Despite the cold winter, the festivities that go around bring a certain level of cheer and warmth.

12- Shillong

Shillong is a hill station in northeast India and capital of the state of Meghalaya
Shillong

This wonderful north-eastern city of Meghalaya is heavily populated by Christians, who celebrate Christ’s birth anniversary with some pomp, making it a captivating place to celebrate Christmas in north-eastern India. The streets, churches and houses are decorated with beautiful lights and one can feel the excitement in the air. In the midnight mass, huge crowds are seen playing intimate gospel music in the city’s churches. The beauty of the area, its food and general enthusiasm for Christmas is a memorable experience here.

13- Sikkim

Sikkim tour
Sikkim tour

The state of Sikkim has a small Christian population and although the predominantly Hindu state Christmas is a reason for the indigenous population to celebrate. The festival adds more color to the otherwise vibrant and small northeastern state of India. Sikkim has always been a favorite choice for travelers and tourists alike, capped in snow and pristine waters over its vast Himalayan peaks that drain through its ravines. It is therefore very suitable as the best winter destination for travel. In December and January, the state will freeze under a veil of snow, which enhances the beauty of the land. Each house of the land glows with stars and adorned trees, and the air smells delightful with roast beef and baked cakes. With festivals restaurants and pubs are open till late at night. This is the best time for honeymooners in Sikkim to provide the venue with festive excitement and romantic aura.

14- Chennai

Chennai Attractions
Chennai Attractions

When it comes to South Christmas, there is still a reason to celebrate, and the city of Chennai promises to be an upbeat celebration and remains true to its word. Chennai is the capital of Tamil Nadu state and one of his disciples has been allegedly murdered here in Christian history. There are several major churches in the state including Velankanni Church which attracts more than six thousand visitors every Christmas season. Does the state not have snow, it makes for other options to make your Christmas something of an epic experience. Located on the Coromandel belt, the city has the perfect blend of Christmas party and spirituality. During the evening the festivities enter a whole new dimension with pubs hosting club parties and wild parties and tastes of Tamil cuisine with Christmas flavors. On the streets, small groups of people visit neighboring houses with music, conveying the birth of Christ. A person shakes hands with goodness in Santa Claus costume. The beaches, away from the hustle bustle of the city, also host many beautiful Christmas parties. In short, Chennai is one of the best places to celebrate Christmas if you are not into snow and white Christmas.

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