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Make your Christmas celebration an amazing one this 2024 – Visit these top 15 places in India!

11 Feb 2024 08:52 AM
Make your Christmas celebration an amazing one this 2024 – Visit these top 15 places in India!

Christmas evenings are the time when all get-together and celebrate with a high festive spirit. The auspicious time of the Birth of Jesus Christ is celebrated in different ways in different places. Christmas evening is full of colors and lights. It is the night of giving and receiving gifts. India is a diverse country and celebrating Christmas in our own country in Desi style can be a fascinating thing to happen.
Well, celebrating Christmas in a different place can be joyous and a different experience altogether. We have vast destinations in India for you to explore in India on Christmas evening. We assure you, these best places to visit in India on Christmas will offer you a new and unique experience of Christmas in life. It is time to take a sneak peek of these destinations now. 

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1. Goa

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Known as the best party destinations in India, Goa is one of the happening places to celebrate Christmas. The beaches of Goa are perfect for enjoying the party. During the Christmas season, Goa offers a splendid glory of itself. The whole city is decorated with lights, aromatic flowers, and soft carols of Christmas being sung in the masses. Christmas evening parties at Mapusa, Anjuna, and Candolim Beaches on Christmas Evening will make your trip the most memorable and pleasant one for you. 

Things to do during Christmas in Goa:

  • Join the midnight mass
  • Have the special organized Christmas dinner 
  • Burn out the Old Man 
  • Fireworks at beaches with companions during Christmas 
  • Attend the most fascinating Sunburn Music Festival 

2. Manali

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Manali is one such place that you must certainly think of visiting during Christmas because of the picturesque scenes that one can spot. The blend of snow and the lovely weather makes Manali equal to a Paradise. In places to visit during Christmas, Manali will be a perfect catch for everyone. Manali almost has snowfall on Christmas evening, as it is estimated, and offers an excellent feeling to the travelers.
Things to do in Manali during Christmas:

  • Enjoy faster and enthusiastic skiing at some of the best skiing spots in Manali
  • Snowboarding in Manali can be one of the best things to do during Christmas 
  • Sledging down the slopes can remind you of your childhood days about knowing Christmas
  • Gandola Rides can be thrilling as well

3. Shimla

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Do you have Christmas plans with your partner? What are you waiting for? Shimla is the perfect destination to spend romantic and quality time with each other. If you are planning with family and kids, not an issue, still, there are many things to explore in Shimla during the Christmas festival. The soft music, the decorated houses, streets with snow makes the destination peaceful and tranquil.

You could also visit the below-mentioned destinations for an amazing Christmas when you are in Shimla.

Kufri is one of the dream destinations to a lot of people 

  • Go hiking in Narkanda
  • Shaily Peak is one of the best things to hike during winter
  • Annandale 
  • Explore the lovely Chadwick Waterfalls
  • For all those wildlife lovers experience the beauty of Kiala Forest 

4. Kerala

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Christmas celebration in Kerala is something that cannot be compared with any other cities. Kerala is one of the best places to visit in India in December and this is one of the best-suggested sites for those people who are seeking for some solitude and peace.
On Christmas evenings in Kerala, people used to add their local sparks, too, which enhance the flavor of the festival. The festival usually continues for long ten days, and it will surely make your return to home painful.

Things to do in Kerala during Christmas:

  • Watch out the international movies at IFFK 
  • Explore Guruvayur Ekadasi 
  • Join Chembai Sangeetholsavam 
  • Savour Art Kochi
  • Akkulam, the best way to get a better experience of boating 

5. Shillong

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Shillong is one of the best places in India to celebrate Christmas. Known as the rock capital of India this is one of the best places to visit during Christmas. 

Things to do in Shillong during Christmas:

  • Boating in Umiam Lake 
  • Angling at Dawki is one of the must-do things when you are in Shillong during Christmas
  • Trekking on the peaceful and tranquil trails like the Laitlum Canyon
  •  Cave exploration is yet another thing to do when you are in Shillong
  • Horse Riding is a must-try when you are in Shillong
  • There are a lot of waterfalls near Shillong and you must certainly go

6. Lansdowne

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Again the place is best for couples. If you were too busy after your marriage, even you could not take your wife on a Honeymoon. It is the best time and destination to impress your wife.

Things to do in Lansdowne during Christmas:

  • Tree Lightening on Christmas 
  • Christmas Market of Lansdowne 
  • Holiday Pottery Sale is the best things to do when you are in Lansdowne 

7. Mangalore

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One of the loveliest destinations to celebrate Christmas in India is Mangalore. The beach town offers a classic range of culinary experiences to its people generally and during the time of Christmas, the varieties in food would increase drastically.  If you have dreamt of tasting seafood then, this is the best place to go to because of the lovely beaches, massive churches and also the scenic beauty it offers.

There are a lot of things to do in this city during the time of Christmas and they are:

  • Visit the famous and the oldest churches in Mangalore, The Milagres Church at Hampankatta
  • Experience the food festivals at the beachside shacks 
  • Binge on the best seafood at the beaches and the local restaurants
  • Witness the cultural activities and the tableaus that would be organized as part of the Christmas celebrations.
  • Shopping at the local streets and also going to the beaches to build sandcastles and witness the sunset can be the best things to do during Christmas 
  • Experience the wild animals in their natural habitat at the Pilikula Wildlife sanctuary

8. Pondicherry

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Pondicherry celebrates Christmas with a touch of French tradition. The calm and soothing sound from the beach offers a generous feeling in the minds of people and provides a refreshing and positive vibe in mind. The beaches and churches of Pondicherry are built engagingly makes the destination worth visiting.

  • Explore the special organized Christmas market 
  • Join the midnight mass in Pondicherry on Christmas 
  • Culinary Pilgrimage 
  • Enjoy the parties on Beach 

9. Banglore

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Bangalore is known for its foodies. Bangalore is the best destination for Christmas holiday trips. You are sure to get a wow experience in Bangalore along with the delicious mouth-watering Christmas cuisines. Namma Bengaluru is not only known for its gigantic IT corporations, but it is also known for its lovely parks, classy restaurants, delicious food, and some great nightlife.  
Visiting the Infant Jesus Church to seek blessings is one of the best things to do. Lighting candles in the church is one of the best things to do during Christmas. Along with that, there would also be a lot of places where the cake shows would be organized. Visiting them along with your kids can also be an exciting thing to do.

Things to do in Bangalore during Christmas:

  • Church Street, Brigade Road, MG Road, and Shivajinagar would all be lit during the time of Christmas
  • Attend Christmas Ball-Desi Style parties 
  • Attend the Annual cake show exhibition at the St. Josephs Grounds and have a blast.
  • Go to snow city and experience the amazing snow in a city like Bangalore.

10. Kolkata

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No doubt, Kolkata is known for its Mata Rani functions, But Christmas is also celebrated here with full of fun and enthusiasm. Kolkata accepts everyone equally and a large number of Anglo Indians here to celebrate Christmas in their traditional style. Kolkata is best for parties as well. When you are here you can just go on a gastronomical tour and binge on sweet delicacies as much as you want to. 

Things to do in Kolkata during Christmas:

  • Take a tour to Kolkata Church 
  • Boat Ride on the Hooghly river is a must
  • Visiting St. Paul Cathedral for Midnight Mass is mandatory

11. Delhi

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You can enjoy the best Christmas party in India when you are in Delhi. On Christmas evenings, the Capital City Minstrel concert and Sacred Heart Cathedral Church are the best places to explore. One can also do the following when they are in Delhi.

Things to do in Delhi during Christmas:

  • Visit Taj city center 
  • Join RSVP NightClub 
  • Enjoy Christmas at Jazbaa Lounge 
  • The Imperial is great for Christmas Eve

12. Assam, Sikkim and Meghalaya

Assam, Sikkim and Meghalaya
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Assam in the North East can be one of the destinations to celebrate Christmas differently. Both Assam and Sikkim would be all decked up like a bride to be during the Christmas evenings. To feel the joy of a real Christmas celebration, you must certainly pack your bags and go to Assam or Sikkim.
Things to do in Northeast during Christmas:

  • Gangtok is one of the finest places to spot some amazing clubs 
  • Kaziranga National Park can also be one of the destinations to go to during Christmas
  • Dine and Wine at the rock capital of India - Shillong 
  • Taking a cruise in the Brahmaputra in Guwahati can be an exciting thing to do
  • Experience the turquoise blue water pools in Cherrapunji 
  • Attend the most happening musical festival, Ziro 
  • Wait and experience the lovely Nagaland’s tribe under one roof at the Hornbill festival

13. Dadra and Nagar Haveli

Dadra and Nagar Haveli
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Christmas festive time is the best time to visit Dadra and Nagar Haveli. To experience Christmas in tribal touch you must certainly go to this place this December. This is one of the most untouched destinations as a lot of people do not visit this place but, one can get to experience the best Christmas here.

Things to do in Dadra Nagar Haveli during Christmas:

  • Explore Vanganga Lake Garden 
  •  Visit Hirwa Van Garden 
  • Dudhni Lake can be a soothing experience 

14. Daman and Diu

Daman and Diu
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Daman and Diu Island celebrate Christmas with Portuguese flavors. On Christmas Evening, Daman and Diu have a different spark altogether, which is beyond one's expectation. Lamps, Portuguese dance forms, panoramic view of the sky, everything looks amazing and makes you just feel the vibe within moments.

Things to do during Christmas in Daman and Diu:

  • Visit the Diu Fort and get to understand the history of the place
  • Walking on the sands of the Gomtimata Beach 
  • Offering prayers and taking part in the mass at the St. Paul’s Church 
  • Paying a visit to the Naida Caves Seashells Museums 
  • Enjoying some of the best adventurous water sports at the Devka Beach 

15. Mumbai

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Mumbai Bombay is the city of a diverse culture of India. Mumbai is known for a day at night and the fashion capital of India has a lot to offer to the travelers who visit during Christmas. On Christmas evening, Mumbai offers unique and vivid experiences, as one has never seen before. 
All churches around the city would be fully decorated and organize midnight masses. No matter what your culture is Mumbai offers equal treatment to every person.
 There are a lot of things that you could do in Mumbai, temple hopping, taking a walk at the beaches and spotting celebrities. During Christmas, a lot of B-town people come out at night in this dream city and seeing them can also be one of the nicest things to do during a festival. 
Things to do in Bombay during Christmas:

  • Attend the Midnight Mass of Christmas in Bombay 
  • Go Street Shopping in Mumbai 
  • Reserve a table at the Parties in Mumbai for Christmas 
  • Attend some of the exquisite dinner Parties in Mumbai 

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