Christmas, with its twinkling lights and joyful melodies, casts a spell of warmth and togetherness. The air resonates with laughter, kindness, and the spirit of giving. Homes adorned with decorations glow with festive cheer, creating a magical ambiance that brings people closer, fostering love, and celebrating the joy of the season. India is a vibrant country that celebrates Christmas with great enthusiasm in various regions.
Here are six places to feel the magic of Christmas in India:
Goa certainly tops the best destinations list when it comes to celebrating Christmas, because of its Portuguese influence. The city is filled with lights, joy, laughter, happiness, and charm of the festival making it the best destination to celebrate Christmas. Embark on a day of exploration in Goa, immersing yourself in the beauty of scenic beaches, historic forts, bustling malls, and vibrant local streets. Before the night falls and beautifully decorated churches come alive, book your self-drive rental car from Myles, indulge in delectable treats from local bakeries, dance the night away in the best clubs, or try your luck at the casinos.
Kerala is well-known for its churches and thus the city holds a lot of enthusiasm for Christmas every year. Experience the unique charm of Christmas in Kerala, where local traditions blend seamlessly with the festive spirit. Adorned with lights and stars, the churches and streets create a picturesque setting. Immerse yourself in the nativity scenes, join the midnight mass, and sing carols. Indulge in local delicacies and enjoy beach bonfires for a joyous and serene celebration. For a cultural glimpse, attend the Cochin Carnival at Fort Kochi starting on Christmas day. Kerala offers a delightful and culturally rich Christmas experience.
Being one of the metropolitan cities, Mumbai has wholeheartedly embraced all the mixed cultures of India where people celebrate different religions equally. With lights, smiles, and music all around, Christmas in Mumbai is a treat to experience. As the sun sets, you will get to see the enhanced beauty of popular churches and get to attend the midnight masses at St.Mary’s Basilica and Gloria Church, where St. Thomas Cathedral and Afghan Church are a must-visit as well. Enjoy celebrations in the city of dreams while shopping at many street fairs, going to Christmas parties in local pubs, and dining out at well-lit cafes and restaurants.
Manali is surely one of the best places to visit in India during Christmas where you can play in the snow, go skiing and snowboarding, seek blessings at famous churches, hang out at the chic cafes, decorate Christmas trees, shop at Mall Road, and sit by the fireplace in your snug little hut sipping on hot chocolate and waiting for Santa to arrive. if you like snow, Manali is one of the best places to visit during Christmas in India. At this time of the year, it snows here and amidst the snow, the locals have a great celebration going on each year for Christmas. One of the easiest ways to reach there is by booking your self-drive rental car at Myles and embarking on your hassle-free journey.
The country’s heart resides in Delhi and so are the festivals of all the religions. Delhi embraces Christmas with vibrant enthusiasm just like Holi and Diwali, securing its spot among the top Christmas getaways in India. Malls, chic streets, and clubs are exquisitely decorated for the occasion. Massive festive fests are held with celebrity singers as the Chief guest, theme parties are thrown, special menus in cafes and restaurants come up with great deals, and a festive atmosphere prevails all around. With an abundance of lively spots, Delhi stands out as the ultimate destination for Christmas celebrations, making it the best place to experience the festive spirit in India.
Kolkata, famed for its lively Dussehra festivities, also hosts a spectacular Christmas celebration. Visit Park Street which gets transformed into a dazzling hub, adorned with bright lights, musical festivals, and glittery decorations, giving all sorts of Christmas vibes. It is a must to attend midnight mass at St. Paul’s Cathedral, St. Philomena’s Cathedral, and Basilica of Bom Jesus which revel in all-night live music performances, and savor delectable cakes from the renowned ‘Flurys.’ Regardless of religious affiliation, Kolkata embraces the Christmas spirit with fervor, offering a festive blend of light displays, rock performances, and festive discounts, making it a must-visit destination during the holiday season.