Decorated Xmas trees and shops, delicious cakes and pudding, colourful candles, beautifully packed gifts and white-bearded Santa Claus! Christmas is round the corner, my friends! Are you still thinking where to spend this year’s extended Christmas weekend? Fret not, we have handpicked 7 best destinations in India to celebrate Christmas 2015. Take a look:
Christmas in Goa
Loud music, dance, fireworks and sumptuous dishes mark the festivities of Christmas in Goa. With its gothic churches, midnight mass, beautifully decorated homes, glittering Christmas trees and mouth-watering Goan cuisine, Goa is irresistible. Some of the popular beaches like Anjuna and Candolim host parties with live music concert. Other than beaches, various restaurants, bars and hotels throw parties where one can combine celebration with good food and drink. For traditional celebration, head straight to Goa’s churches and take part in Midnight Mass.
Attractions: Christmas trees decorated with candles, sparkling stars, tinkling bells, gifts, colourful socks and small figurines of birds, lambs and squirrels.
Christmas in Bangalore
The ‘Garden City of India’, Bangalore is home to around 40 churches including famous churches like St. Mary’s Basilica, Christian Fellowship Church and City Harvest AG Church. The midnight Christmas mass held at these churches drawsa large number of people to attend the ceremony making it one of the top Indian destinations to celebrate Christmas 2015. On the eve of Christmas, the whole city gets decked up with a festive look. There are several restaurants which offer special menus and entertaining parties that will surely make your Christmas a special one. Take a bite of delicious plum cakes from the city’s age-old bakeries like Thom’s Bakery, All Saint’s Bakery and Fatima Bakery.
Attractions: Commercial Street, Cox Town and Johnson Market where one can buy Christmas trees and other decorative items.
Christmas in Chennai
Tamil Nadu’s capital city Chennai is the biggest commercial and industrial centre in South India. It is one of the best holiday destinations of India and this is the reason we have listed this city on number three position. On the eve of Christmas, people sing carols and rhymes to celebrate the birth of Lord Jesus. Along with the churches, all hotels, shopping malls and houses are decorated with colourful lights and Christmas trees. Several hotels offer special dinner and many nightclubs organise Christmas parties.
Attraction: Located in Velachery, Phoenix Market City (Chennai’s largest shopping mall) is decorated with enormous lighting and organises various fun-filled activities.
Christmas in New Delhi
The cosmopolitan people of Delhi celebrate each and every festival with great enthusiasm. Come December and the city’s markets overflow with Christmas goodies, souvenirs, Santa hats, Santa themed costumes, etc. Get the feeling of a traditional Christmas by visiting one of the oldest churches in Delhi, the Sacred Heart Cathedral located near Connaught Place. It is decorated with bright lights and shining stars at least a week before Christmas.
Attraction: Pind Balluchi restaurant, Connaught Place offers traditional Christmas delicacies on 24th and 25th December.
Christmas in Kolkata
Though Kolkata is known for ‘Durga Festival’, one will find this city of joy nothing less when it comes to celebrating Christmas. Every shop and restaurant of Kolkata’s famous hotspot Park Street are decorated with models of Santa Claus, Christmas trees and colourful ribbons and lights. One must visit the city’s largest cathedral St. Paul’s Cathedral which organises midnight mass on a grand scale.
Attraction: Annual Kolkata Christmas Festival celebration at Park Street featuring rock music and delectable food.
Christmas in Mizoram
One of the most important festivals of Mizoram, Christmas is celebrated for three days from 24th to 26th December. As the majority of the population comprises Christians, the festival is celebrated with much fanfare. One can visit popular churches like The Presbyterian Church, Mizoram Baptist, Salvation Army and Roman Catholic.
Attraction: Women Market, a hotspot for buying Christmas souvenirs among locals as well as visitors.
Christmas in Shillong
This beautiful hill station is the capital town of Meghalaya and is home to a sizable population of Christians. People of Shillong celebrate Christmas on a grand scale by decorating houses, streets and churches with sparkling lights, preparing traditional cuisines and singing carols in the evening. One should not miss the special musical programme of individual artistes and gospel bands who perform on traditional Christmas songs like ‘Jingle Bells’, ‘Oh Holy Night’ and ‘Santa Claus Is Coming to Town’.
Attraction: Midnight Mass in Cathedral Church, one of the oldest in Northeast India.