Top 6 Holiday Destinations in India to Celebrate Christmas
Hey! Guess what? Did you get it? Yes or No? Okay, wait…let me give you a hint… (Jingle bells, Jingle bells, Jingle all the way). Did you get the song? Of course, YES! CHRISTMAS IS COMING! Too Excited! Right?
“Christmas isn’t a season.
It’s a feeling.”
HO HO HO! CHRISTMAS is around the corner; the time of the year when streets are glittering, houses are filled with warmth, and the holiday spirit is definitely infectious. Everyone comes together to celebrate, bake scrumptious delicacies, decorate the Christmas trees, presents, attend church, sing carols, share a glass of wine, and just be Merry. Santa Claus gets ready to hop onto his sled and paint the town red as Christmas looms upon the world.
Christmas is truly a fun-filled and joyous festival in India. The entire country is transformed into a lovely fiesta to welcome Santa and embrace the happiness he brings with him.
As the mercury dips and the merrymaking begins, it certainly calls for a vacation to a destination that is all set to charm you with its picture-perfect backdrops and joyful and beautiful Christmas celebrations. So, put on your Santa cap, as we have got you a list of the top 6 charming destinations in India that offer the chance for one of the most unforgettable Christmas holidays of a lifetime.
Here, we Go…
Top 6 Charming Destinations in India for Christmas Holidays
1. Goa – India’s Party Planet
Goa is the heart of celebrations, especially at Christmas time. During the festival, the party capital of India gets adorned with vibrant lights, poinsettia flowers, and one can actually feel the much-spoken warmth in the air. Dress your finest to attend the midnight mass in churches and also join the children as they hum melodious carol to liven up the Christmas spirit, night long beach parties at famous beaches like Anjuna, Mapusa & Candolim, or groove to the beats of the latest chart-toppers in bars and pubs. And yes, don’t miss to experience the magic of the midnight sky lit up by a splendid display of fireworks on the beaches.
You can also find yourself a homestay with a Goan family and experience a truly authentic Goan-style Christmas. Also, don’t miss out on churches like Se Cathedral, Santa Cruz Church, and Bom Jesus.
2. Mumbai – The City of Dreams
Formerly known as Bombay, the city of Mumbai is truly home to all the diverse cultures that exist in India. Here, every festivity is celebrated wholeheartedly by the city residents (fondly referred to as Mumbaikars).
Mumbai-the city of dreams, is yet another place in India where the warmth of Christmas can be greatly felt. The bakeries are replete with the season’s best desserts, and the shopping falls are decorated to give a festive feel. The western suburb of Bandra is the specific area where the spirit of Christmas can be felt the most, Catholics mostly inhabit this area, and thus one can see the houses and streets decorated with lights and Christmas trees.
Plus, there are many churches in Mumbai, such as Mount Mary’s Basilica, Saint Thomas’s Cathedral, Saint Peter’s Church, etc., where you can attend lively midnight mass. Celebrate the Christmas eve parties with your loved ones with the lights, smiles, and music all around. Without a doubt, Mumbai is the best place to spend your holidays.
3. Kerala – Best Spot for Scenic Backwaters
An Indian state with the strongest Christain population will not fail to give you a complete Christmas experience. Right from countless churches sparkling with colorful lights and homes decorated with trees and mistletoes to thousands of people celebrating with great vigor, witnessing the Christmas play, exchanging gifts, singing carols at the midnight mass, gorging on scrumptious feasts and even lighting a bonfire on the beach, you are IN for a wholesome experience!
But imagine celebrating Christmas in the backwaters of Kerala… isn’t amazing? Then, enjoy a stunning backwater ride on Christmas Eve, and also you can watch the whole city, which is covered with lights. So, don’t think twice; just head over to Kerala for an unforgettable time and memorable memories.
4. Pondicherry – The French Town
Pondicherry in December itself is a treat. What makes it even more appealing is the Christmas fever that grips the town during this time. The entire town is so beautifully decorated with lights and streamers that you will fall in love with the place almost instantly.
Enjoy a much-deserved break at the serene beaches as melodious carols from the nearby churches fill up the air. There are many cathedrals and gothic churches scattered all over Pondicherry for you to explore and pray at.
Pondicherry has also been recognized as the best place in India to celebrate Christmas, and there is no doubt that it deserves that. So, make sure to participate in all Christmas activities, like decorating the Christmas tree, exchanging gifts, and even baking cookies!
5. Kolkata – The City of Joy
The country’s capital during the British Raj, Kolkata, boasts the most vibrant Christmas celebrations. From amazing connections to a light and sound show-Kolkata is at its best during this time. The markets are bubbling with energy and lights, making the city look like a dream sequence.
During this time, you must also head over to New Market and taste some of the best plum cakes that you will ever find. One of the best areas to celebrate Christmas in Kolkata is Park Street. It changes into a literal fair as karaoke, feasts, and lights line up in this happening area!
6. Manali – Perfect for Snowy Christmas Celebrations
Are you craving for a White Christmas rather than a beach Christmas? Are the hills calling you from afar? Well then, Manali’s lovely Himalayan town is exactly where you should head to.
The awe-inspiring beauty and charm of the hills make the aura more alluring during Christmas. The exotic pine trees appear like Christmas trees; these pine trees look really beautiful when covered in snow and are adorned with lights and accessories. The whole sight is really captivating and appears so enticing at night. If you want to have a true feel of Christmas, then you can also book a log hut to live in the Christmas mood under the starry night. Moreover, you can make your Christmas holidays unforgettable by planning a Manali tour with Yashvi Tours and Travels.
Go and take a long vacation in one of these destinations during the Christmas season or gift a vacation to your loved ones; after all, Christmas is the season of giving joy. If you still need help deciding where to go for a tour in India, then allow us to help you. Contact Yashvi Tours and Travels and enjoy a glittery and Merry Vacation in December.
But, before you go, Yashvi Tours and Travels wishes you and your loved ones a HOLLY JOLLY CHRISTMAS!
Ho Ho Ho Ho to you!!!! Happy Holidays!