We can consider India as one of the few countries where festivals belonging to several religions are celebrated by many people. Christmas is one of the festival that are celebrated by not just Christians but Hindus alike. Here, in this article, we will tell you about 5 places in India where Christmas can be celebrated the best.
Kerala is considered to be one of the best destination for celebrating Christmas in Southern India. It is also a good time to visit Kerala. As it will not only serve you with great food but also an unforgettable celebration and perfect weather at the beaches and the highlands.
Houses are decorated, and a traditional Christmas cake is mandatory with finger-licking food. This is also the time when Kochi Muziris Biennale and Cochin Carnival, the shopping festivals take place in Kochi. A visit to St. Cruz Cathedral Basilica or Holy Koonan Cross Church will surely make your night.
You can also visit the L.M.S. compound at Trivandrum for the beautiful decorations like the hanging star. People also put small oil burning clay lamps on the roof of their houses. Christmas is a very important festival in Kerala. You can also visit Munnar. The majestic green beauty of this place along with the festivities of this festival will make your stay a memorable one.
Head to one of the many beautiful beaches of Goa with a blanket, then sit back and enjoy the fireworks that take place near the beaches during Christmas. Then dance to the rhythm of the waves in the sand.
Here too carol singing takes place but it starts almost a week before Christmas eve. You will find a lot of amount of local Christmas sweets during the feast which includes the main Christmas eve with roast turkey or chicken and the traditional fruit cake. In Goa, the celebration of Epiphany which is the remembrance of the wise men visiting Jesus also takes place.
Adding to all of this, this year the famous Sunburn Music Festival is also taking place in Goa from December 27 to December 30 which will include mind-boggling music extravaganzas showcasing performances from national as well as international artists. You can also have an elaborate dinner at one of the many lavish restaurants of Goa.
Darjeeling is the most preferred destination during Christmas for the winter lovers. The magical charm of the place is due to the colonial architecture reminiscent of the olden times and the toy train moving around along with snow-covered mountains.
A true Victorian style celebration takes place with mistletoes everywhere as traditional breakfast can be found is around the city. The local band usually performs hymns at Chowrasta and Mall road to celebrate Christmas.
In all of this do not forget to taste the famous Darjeeling tea along with the plum cakes, puddings, pies, and other bakery delicacies. Furthermore, visit the Batasia Loop, a scenic junction in Darjeeling that has a troy train with open-air Gorkha memorial and the Japanese Temple. Spending Christmas in Darjeeling is one of the best traveling experiences you will ever have.
Start your day with breakfast at Cafe Des Arts and then burn your calories by exploring the White town. The colonial French architecture with peeking Bougainvilleas will take you centuries back and nothing can be better than reading a book under one of the many trees with coconut water.
Walking around the city, the faint sound of cheery carols will make you hum as you go on your way to Mission street which is decorated rather seriously during Christmas. You can also visit the Auroville Visitor’s Centre to keep you occupied with shopping.
Do not forget to visit La Pata World for dinner that serves a special Christmas dinner followed by a merry celebration with Christmas cake. For a relaxed trip, a spiritual cleanse and retro feeling with traditional french Christmas celebration visit Pondicherry during the winter.
One of the largest midnight mass gathering on Christmas eve takes place in Mumbai, a sight that cannot be missed. This takes place in Bandra at St. Peter’s as well as Mount Mary church that is beautifully decorated with Poinsettia flowers. With candles in your hand, you can walk with your family and hundreds of other smiling faces in this mass walk. After that, an enormous feast that includes delicacies from all sorts of cuisines takes place.
The choir goes around singing carols such as “Rudolph, the red-nosed Reindeer” and “We three kings of Orient”. The sound of the voices and the harp will leave you with nothing but mesmerized memories as you sing along. At the end, surrounded by large lanterns and Christmas tree, an exchange of gifts takes place among friends and family.
Also, the city’s habit of never sleep adds to the celebrations and prayers that go on till late at night. After this, you can head out and have a perfect look at the night sky. Hopefully, you will find a shooting star and a Santa Claus.
Wherever you plan to visit during Christmas, remember to book your tickets early as the holiday season always gets fully booked. Also, have loads of fun!