Ho! Ho! Ho! ‘Tis the season to be jolly.
Christmas brings along the spirit of joy and happiness all around. The coming of Santa Claus and giving away gifts, colorful decorations, delightful feasts and get-togethers’; all make for a grand pomp and show during the celebrations. Not only that, Christmas is also that time of the year when people go on lavish holidays to spend some leisure time with their loved ones. Though, the festival is not rooted in India, but at some places in the country it is celebrated with same fervor, zeal, and enthusiasm.
So, if you are planning a Christmas vacation with your family and loved ones, then here is a sneak-peak into some of the best places you can visit in India.
Let’s start with the “Tourist Paradise” Goa. The place is known for its amazing beaches, grand parties, cultural festivals, and memorable celebrations. And not to forget, you can meet and greet many Christians at Goa, so it has the impression of celebrating Christmas with the true festive spirit and excitement. You will feel the spoken warmth of the festival here, with the entire city decorated and in the midnight, masses sing carols and this goes on till wee hours in the morning. Adding to that, beach shacks and restaurants serve Christmas lunches and dinners with live bands playing. To enjoy all night long parties, you can visit beaches like Anjuna, Mapusa and Candolim.
The next destination is India’s Little France and certainly makes for a beautiful place to enjoy traditional Christmas places. The must visit places are the Church of our Lady of Immaculate Conception and Basilica of the Scared Heart of Jesus. They also have Christmas decorations and lights and the Mass is held in Tamil. So, you can join the locals there who are high on energy during Christmas in this seaside town with excitement in the air.
The naturally beautiful place is known as the “God’s own Country” and is home to many Christmas. Every street in Kerala is decked up with beautiful and stunning Christmas decorations that uplifts the spirit of the festival. Adding to the excitement, are the Churches, which organize midnight masses that also includes an enactment of Lord Jesus’s birth scene, carol singing and more. And if you are looking for a space apart from the crowd, then the houseboats infused with the festive air is ideal for Christmas Holidays.
With deep rooted in the tales of history of many cultures and traditions “The City of Dreams” calls every Christmas lover. The warmth of the festival can be felt greatly with so many Churches to visit including Holy Name Cathedral, Saint Thomas’s Cathedral, Gloria Church, Saint Michael’s Church Mount Mary’s Basilica, Saint Peter’s Church, Saint Andrew’s Church and Lady of Immaculate Conception where you can attend midnight masses.
“The Abode of Clouds” – Shillong calls for a beautiful Christmas celebration. The beauty of this place cannot be expressed in words and is a must visit place during winters. You also get to be a part of the pre-Christmas celebrations at All Saints Cathedral in which the century old fir tree is illuminated and the priest talks about the joys of Christmas.
If you wish to celebrate white Christmas in India, then the “Valley of Gods” – Manali is the place to be. This breathtaking destination is covered amidst snow and is the perfect place if you dream of celebrating a snowy Christmas. As it is snowing in Manali during this time of the year, so you can enjoy skiing, making snowman or simply throw snowball at each other. You can also get to experience to live in log huts, but make sure you book in Hotels too.
So, where are you heading to this Christmas? Celebrate the season of joy and giving with your family and loved ones at a place where Christmas brings love, happiness, and warmth!