With the festive spirit approaching fast, stories of Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, Olive, and Rudolph are already being narrated to children with great conviction. Christmas wish-lists are being prepared; cookie recipes are being looked up, and most importantly, elaborate holiday plans for the Christmas break are being made.
Be a part of the Christmas magic, witness the true spirit of the holiday, and understand what Christmas is all about at any of these destinations in India, where Christmas is the flavour of the season. And to get to these places without making a hole in your pocket, do make use of Paytm flight offers.
Although Goa is a year-round tourist destination, the state looks lovely during Christmas. With its rich Portuguese history, Goa is the main attraction of Christmas celebrations. A walk in Old Goa with the aroma of homemade cakes and cookies flowing in the air along with a beautiful view of historic churches enveloped with Christmas decorations is what a Christmas in Goa is all about.
If you wish to extend the holidays beyond Christmas Day, stay back for the Sunburn Fest, and celebrate New Year’s on the beaches of Goa.
Must visit: Basilica of Bom Jesus, Church of St. Francis of Assisi, Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception.
A melting pot of different cultures and religions, Mumbai celebrates all festivals with equal zest. A stroll down the streets of Bandra during Christmas week is all one needs to get into the festive mood; wreaths gracing every shop, brightly lit pavements, shoppers hurrying around with multiple bags, kids wearing Santa hats are a common sight in this metropolitan city’s famous shopping areas.
Massive Christmas trees find a home in many of Mumbai’s malls so that your Christmas shopping also includes some delightful visuals!
Must visit: Mount Mary Church, Bandra for Midnight Mass
Culture, cuisine, and Christmas – the festive holidays in Kerala can be easily described in these three words. Head to any of the Midnight Masses at any of the beautifully decorated churches of Kerala to experience the avidity of the crowd, or gorge on Acchapam, beef curry, and sweets. Not to forget the gorgeous backwaters of Kerala, where you could rent a houseboat for some quality time with your loved ones.
Must visit: Ah, just too many to name! Cochin Carnival and Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica in Kochi; L.M.S. Compound, St. Mary’s Cathedral in Trivandrum; beach carnivals in Kovalam.
Truly a French legacy, Pondicherry is a stunning place to be in during Christmas. The tiny little cafes go all out to make the patrons feel Christmassy, decorating the premises with lights, wreath, and maybe mistletoe! Tourists, both domestic and foreign, embody the festive spirit as they go around Christmas shopping, attending Midnight Mass, and making merry on the beaches.
Must visit: Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Church of the Assumption, and Church of Our Lady of Good Health for their church service on Christmas Day.
Northerners and Easterners can head to this beautiful city, part of the Seven Sister States, for a magical Christmas. A visit to the All Saints Cathedral will leave you amazed as the hundred-year-old Fir tree is lit up in true Christmas spirit. Catch local bands & their gospel music, or maybe the local dance troupe as they celebrate the Christmas fervour.
Must visit: Cathedral Church, one of the oldest in the region.
Always wanted to spend Christmas how they show in Hollywood films? Making a snowman, drinking eggnog by the fireplace, hearing the Christmas jingles through the cold air… isn’t that what every child dreams of around the Christmas time? Head to the snow-ridden town of Manali during Christmas time and indulge in your childhood Christmas fantasy!
You may not spot Santa and his sleigh, but you will certainly witness some elaborate Christmas decorations in the marketplace!
Must visit: Mall Road, local Churches
Lift your spirits and make your New Year resolutions, all at the same time at any of these dazzling Christmas destinations across India.