Christmas vibes are in the air now. It feels great to remind ourselves that winter vacations are also around with it. And it's totally worth taking a short break and wandering around the country during this time of year with friends and family. It is the time to remind ourselves of the beautiful parody of this wonderful life and feel the paradise, connect with nature and rejuvenate your life a bit. In this article, we are going to share the 10 beautiful places to spend Christmas with your entire family and loved ones.
Goa is the party palace of India. But during Christmas Goa gets high on life. All the churches there get beautifully decorated with candles and flowers. The beaches get decorated and several parties for Christmas and New Year's Eve are organized. Many popular bands and musicians are there to make these parties blast. During this time of year, several theme parties are also organized to add a pinch of flavors to life. Goa is definitely one of the hippest places to spend Christmas.
Popular places to visit– Palolem beach, Basilica of Bom Jesus, Santa Cruz Church
This time of year is especially beautiful for a hill station like Manali for a perfect snowy Christmas. Those who are not beach people can enjoy their Christmas in Manali. It is the time when you can sit calmly and enjoy slow yet beautiful snowy days with your family, have a Christmas feast at several cafes with sweet treats from fine bakeries at the hilltop, decorate Christmas trees, and enjoy hot chocolate and munchy cookies. Manali is indeed one of the most beautiful places to spend Christmas.
Popular places to visit– Van Vihar national park, Solang valley, Jogini waterfalls, AmNew Village house
Delhi, the city that never sleeps, celebrates each and every festival with enormous enthusiasm, even if it means partying all night. There are many restaurants and cafeterias that organize theme parties, cake-mixing ceremonies, and many more to make this festival even more delightful. The sacred heart cathedral and the capital city Minstrel choir concert is the other finest way to celebrate this festival. The capital city of India is one of the delightful places to spend Christmas.
Popular places to visit – Wonder Carnival, Sacred heart cathedral church, and Crowne Plaza.
The quiet, calming beaches, the pinch of French tradition, and the weather of Pondicherry all together make a perfect blend to enjoy the coming holidays during Christmas. There are many mini french cafeterias that sell the finest French cakes and croissants. Sweet treats are always delightful and can make the festival memorable. This place is filled with french legacies that have been preserved in its french quarters, the scenic beauty, seaside colonial villas, and several heritage sites make this city the most interesting place to spend Christmas.
Popular places to visit – Basilica of the sacred heart of Jesus, Anantha Heritage
If you are up for a pleasant walking experience and like exploring the hill stations surrounded by fine pine and oak trees, then Shimla is the best place to start. During Christmas, this place gets finely decorated with handcrafted decorations and balloons. The beautiful toy train rides provide sneak a peek at the scenic snowy beauty of Shimla. There are many British Era restaurants that still offer British varieties of cuisines. People of Shimla gather together and sing beautiful hymns and local music to make this even more delightful. One must definitely enjoy this. That's why this is one of the amazing places to spend Christmas.
Popular places to visit- St. Michael's Cathedral Catholic Church, Kufri, Mashobra
Kolkata, this city is called the ‘City of joy'. This city welcomes each and every festival with joyful festivities and enthusiasm. The Park Street area of Kolkata dazzles with lights and several other decorations. There are many fanfares, parties, and many more delightful activities organized. The Anglo-Indian communities celebrate this festival in a traditional way and keep on preserving the essence of the traditional beauty that comes with it. Kolkata is a wonderful place to wander around. It has captured the grand colonial architecture, art galleries, and culture so well. This is definitely a nice place to spend Christmas and other winter vacations.
Popular places to visit- St. Philomena's Cathedral, Park Street, Victoria memorial
Dadra and Nagar Haveli
If anyone is looking for a unique experience then one must definitely visit Dadra and Nagar haveli. It is one of the most unique places that celebrate Christmas with its unique tribal touch. Indeed a beautiful way to witness and celebrate this festival. Midnight mass celebration at Church is also organized there. The local bands and tribal music is played on several places and streets symbolizing the joyous ecstasy of Christmas. So gear up and get ready to enjoy a unique blend of Christmas celebrations this year with your loved ones.
Popular places to visit- Church Silvassa, Deer park, Butterfly Park, and wildlife area.
Mumbai is a place that has witnessed every culture diversely and has accepted everyone with open arms. There are many places in Mumbai to celebrate Christmas. Several churches at hill road, Bandra, and Churchgate are the most popular places to visit during Christmas. Mumbai is the fanciest place to spend Christmas. The fancy bright illuminated big Christmas trees are most attractive on the sidewalk, malls, and markets. There are many restaurants and cafes that serve delicious Christmas cakes and traditional cookies for the sweet treats that come with this festival.
Popular places to visit- Infinity mall, Afghan Church, Phoenix mall.
Daman and Diu
For those who enjoy dance and other cultural shows, this is the perfect place where can visit during Christmas. This place offers a corridinho (a Portuguese dance) show and other cultural dance shows. At midnight, the streets of Daman and Diu light up with zillions of lamps and candles. The serene beaches never fail to cease the festival vibes. This may not be the best place but it definitely lights up one's mood to visit this place during this time of year.
Popular places to visit- St. Paul's Church, Nagoa Beach
This place is definitely the best place for those who are foodies. There are many places in Bangalore that offer delightful traditional rum and raisin cakes, traditional cookies, plum cake, eggnog, cranberry cupcakes, Ginger teas, several other beverages, and whatnot. The festival spirit and rich culinary delight make this city a spotlight for celebrating this festival. The streets of Bangalore get decorated with light candles and big Christmas trees. This festival can be a tempting experience, and I can say this is one of the most amazing places to spend Christmas.
Popular places to visit- Infant Jesus Church, Vivanta Bengaluru, Hojo Christmas Brunch at Howard Johnson- NEST.
Apoorva is a Data Analyst by profession, Data Enthusiast, and likes to work and analyze data. She is a published poet, writer, painter, art, and music lover. It's her belief that life is a series of tiny miracles and we just need to notice them, we just need to enjoy the ‘life' ride patiently. She likes to chant Vedas and loves reading books in several genres.