Cinnamon-scented air, red everywhere, and faint echoes of chimes: Christmas envelops you in warmth even in the harshest of winters. You can’t help but get caught up in childish glee. This is not only true in European countries, where in November, the lights come on and festive fever grips many. Many cities in India are also known for celebrating on a grand scale. If you’re planning a holiday getaway, give these destinations a chance for a magical adventure:
Visit the hill station at any other time of the year and you will get your peace. But during Christmas, he takes on a completely different avatar. With lights going on days before, bakeries announcing their Christmas specials well in advance, and churches decked out in fairy lights of all colors – Shillong knows how to get drunk in the Christmas spirit.
Head to the popular and central shopping areas like the Police Bazaar and Laitumkhrah Street to see the lights and enjoy delicious cakes from the old bakeries. The best way to spend an evening before heading to Mary’s Cathedral or Laitumkhrah Presbyterian for midnight mass would be to enjoy live concerts at popular cafes like Dylan’s Cafe, Swish Cafe, and Cafe Shillong.
Since Christmas in Shillong is big, we recommend that you make reservations and reservations in advance. The best way to explore how the hill station enjoys this festival would be by walking as much as possible.
The City of Joy knows how to celebrate a festival. If you thought that Durga Puja was the best, then Christmas in this city would prove you wrong. It is celebrated with just as much fervor, if not more. Park Street’s decor could compete with London’s Regent Street.
The best way to experience it would be to walk the entire stretch, since the street is filled with swarms of amazed people, driving is not a good idea. After seeing the lights, enjoy hot pies from Flurys and a delicious holiday dinner at gourmet institutions like Mocambo’s and Peter Cat.
Then, after dinner, head to St. Paul’s Cathedral on the Maidan for the moving midnight mass. Since it is the largest church in Kolkata, people from all over the city and the outskirts visit it to witness the magic of midnight.
If you haven’t had enough of the Christmas fever the city is in, find your way to Bow Barracks to feast until the sun comes up – it’s a street party that lasts until the wee hours of the morning.
As the party capital of India, there’s no way Goa can be left behind when it comes to celebrating a festival. There are so many things you can do here – if you want to immerse yourself and experience Christmas in an authentic way, tour the churches spread across the state. The midnight mass at the Basilica of Bom Jesus or at the Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception should definitely feature in your Christmas Eve plans.
Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception in Panjim
If you want to add more sparkle to your celebrations, head to famous beaches like Baga and Anjuna, where you can relax, party for as long as you can, and also watch some lovely fireworks.
Although Pondicherry is a serene getaway during other months, it comes alive during Christmas week and how. Home to a significant Christian population, the coastal city wears the Christmas celebrations on its sleeve.
You can start your day with a hearty Christmas brunch in the cafes of White Town, then head to the Marche de Noel or the Christmas market held at the Lycee Francais; Here you can shop for cute curios, try amazing cakes and cookies made by home bakers in the midst of other things.
Once you’re done shopping, you need to head over to Mission Street to see the lights, followed by a midnight mass at Our Lady Lourde or Sacred Heart of Jesus Church.