10 Best Places To Celebrate Christmas in India

Everything about India is unique starting from its diverse natural resources to culture. The same goes with Christmas too. Are you looking for a destination to enjoy some unusual and unique Christmas celebration?

Here are a few Best Places to Celebrate Christmas in India.

1. Delhi

Delhi is the land where you can find people of all communities and regions. If you are looking for midnight masses and other religious activities, visit Sacred Heart Cathedral near Connaught Place. In addition, the markets will be filled with souvenirs, delicacies and Christmas discounts. For a traditional style of Christmas celebration, visit the Capital City Minstrel Choir concert. Other spots to visit for a Christmas celebration, visit St. Alphonsa’s Church, St. James’ Church and others. Make the best out of the luxury hotels and restaurants in Delhi and try the new Christmas liquors that are launched just in time for Christmas celebration in India.

Christmas Celebration at Delhi

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2. Kerala

If you are looking for a devotional celebration, there are a lot of Indian and European styled churches with wonderful architectural touch. Apart from this, you can enjoy a mind-blowing backwater ride on Christmas Eve to watch the whole city covered in lights and celebrations in Kerala. With winter on the calendar, the backwaters and mountains would be the best places to enjoy a family picnic during Christmas. Top spots to hit are Pulimkunnu backwaters on a country boat, Parambikulam on an early morning and Nelliyampathy hills.

Christmas Celebration in Kerala

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3. Goa

Can you beat Christmas in Goa? You can find a lot of different types of people celebrating Christmas in their own style. You can find carols, exhibitions, spree and other celebrations. Santa would be found in almost all streets. The top activity is a ride through the streets of Goa during Christmas Eve to watch the lights and other decorations. There would a lot of hotels which serve traditional Christmas fest in Goa style. Beaches would be free for you to enjoy a family beach Christmas if you wish to do something unique. Liquor and booze would be flowing through the street here.

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4. Bangalore

This is the place where you can find a lot of age old churches and many traditional services. You can attend many ceremonies to enjoy Christmas in India style. There are many old (can be tagged as ancient too) bakeries to enjoy traditional plum cake made with rum. The top spots to hit in Bangalore are Commercial Street, Johnson Market and Cox Town. Almost all the malls and other entertainment centre would have an ice house where you can enjoy snow if you miss it badly in India.

Christmas in Bangalore

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5. Kolkata

If you are visiting Kolkata during Christmas, you ought to enjoy the festival celebration, music festival and food festival that happen in Park Street. There are a lot of spots where you can find grand celebration in open arena. Starting from huge Christmas tree to enormous number of Santa Claus, you can find almost every element here. This is the spot to hit if you are planning to spend Christmas with food and food and only food. You can also find the unique banana Christmas tree here. Unlike many western countries, snowfall is bare minimum here and you cannot find a lot of pine trees. Thus, people sometimes decorate banana tree.

Christmas Celebration at Kolkata

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6. Daman and Diu

This is the place for those who want a beach filled Christmas. Colourful lamps and psalms would be filled in every inch of this place. This is the place for enjoy some Portuguese styled Christmas. The famous element of this place is the music. You can find a lot of musical performances during this time of the year.

Daman and Diu
Daman and Diu

7. Mumbai

Mumbai is a port area with numerous Christian communities of varying culture. This give rise to a diverse style of Christmas celebration. For a traditional Christmas celebration, reach the western suburbs region of Bandra. You can find numerous catholic churches, midnight masses on Christmas eve and so on. The most beautiful destination to enjoy this festival is Saint Thomas’s Cathedral, which has turned 300 in 2018.

The 300th Christmas celebration would be top-notch, for sure. Visit the Hill Road of Bandras to enjoy delicacies in the bakeries, Christmas decorations in houses and so on. If you are looking for a different style of Christmas, try Matharpacady village, to enjoy an East Indian styled Christmas with heritage walk, Christmas feast, parties and much more.

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8. Pondicherry

Pondicherry is considered to be a little France in India. If you happen to visit this place during Christmas, you ought to enjoy tent stay. According to Bible, Jesus was born in a small hatched tent or shelter where goats were kept. To honor thy God, people make small hatched tents and spend the night there like camping. You can find baked rice cake and wine in almost all churches. There would be a lot of celebration performances here and there in this city. If you are looking for a traditional celebration, there are a lot of churches like The Church of Our Lady, Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ and many others.

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9. Manali

What would happen when you combine Christmas with snow? You would get an authentic Western styled Christmas celebration. This is the spirit of Christmas in Manali. The nature plays its part by pouring out snow, giving the authentic white Christmas. You can find pine trees, wooden houses decorated with classic Christmas ornaments, cultural activities, simple Christmas feast and so on.

If you are interested in an eventful Christmas, choose to stay in any popular hotels. You will enjoy Santa visits, carol singers, traditional Kullu dance performance, Himachali dances and much more. If you are looking for a silent Christmas celebration in the most mesmerizing way possible, book a log on the slopes for the festival. In addition, you would be right in time for all kinds of snow activities, thus, it is a double treat.

Manali Christmas Celebration

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10. Shillong

When it comes to any cultural celebration, the Northeast always has a unique way. It is same with that of Christmas too. It all starts quite similar with bakeries filling up with delicacies, houses being decorated, shops filled with customers and so on. Later, as the festival approaches, you can find local people celebrating with music and dance on the streets.

You can always hear guitar music, carol singers, Santa Claus visits and so on throughout the evenings. The best place to enjoy Christmas decorations is the Police Bazar. You can find midnight masses in the churches and many cultural activities including feast. Other Northeastern destinations to enjoy a beautiful Christmas as Nagaland, Mizoram and others.

Police Bazaar Christmas Celebration in Shillong
Police Bazaar Christmas Celebration in Shillong

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11. Ooty

Ooty is a popular romantic and cliché hill station destination in Southern India. When it comes to culture, it is quite a remarkable destination. This is why; it is a beautiful spot to spend your Christmas. The climate makes the place more alluring to visit during Christmas. You can find all the traditional Christmas activities like the midnight masses, Santa Claus visit along with carol singers, Christmas feasts, traditional ornament decoration, cultural activities and much more. The farmers of the region visit Churches to deliver the cream of their harvest for the feast and for the deity. Thus, the large feast would turn into a great meal to enjoy the diverse cuisine of the land.

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No matter which state or city you are planning to visit, you ought to take a few delicacies that Indians make during Christmas. It is not just pudding and wine here. You can find Guava cheese, Kulkuls, coconut barfi, cheeslings, nankaties and many others.

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