If you happen to be in India around December and are looking for a place to celebrate Christmas, don’t despair. There are a lot of cities in India with a large population of Christian. Lo and behold, they also celebrate Christmas. Here are the top 5 cities in India where one can go for Christmas celebrations.
Goa: Goa has a huge number of Christians and they love to celebrate this festive holiday. Located in the west coast of India, many people consider this the best place for Christmas celebrations. Westerners might feel at home here, as they can see many children singing Christmas Carols on the street. Not to mention the restaurants that serve Western food, Christmas flavor emminent in it. Churches are a common sight here, as they inherit Portugal culture as well as Roman Catholic followers that live in many parts of the city. If you are looking for a great place to celebrate Christmas, Goa is the place to be.
Mumbai: Besides Goa, you might want to consider Mumbai for your end of the year celebration. If you visit the west side of the city called Bandra, you can feel the aura of Christmas around you as the place is mainly dominated by Catholics. The Hill Road in Bandra can be easily mistaken as an American neighborhood, where you can see decorative Christmas lights and Christmas trees. If you are the type of person who loves midnight masses, don’t worry about it. A lot of churches in Mumbai conduct midnight masses on Christmas Eve, as this has been their tradition for a number of years. Last but not the least, you will see Christmas decoration in the malls that will definitely make you feel at home.
Kerala: Kerala is another beautiful place to spend your Christmas in India. Located at the Malabar Coast of Southwestern India, Kerala offers amazing beaches, beautiful remote places, and majestic mountains. Apart from that, if you want to celebrate Christmas with the people of Kerala, feel free to visit Mar Thoma Church and Jacobite Church. You might feel a difference in the celebrations of Christmas here, as people love reunions and spend quality time with family members.
Bangalore: Known as the ‘IT hub of India’, people love to celebrate Christmas here. You can see Christmas decorations everywhere, from houses, restaurants, to shopping malls. If you are looking for a church, there are more than 40 churches in Bangalore. If you are hungry after offering prayers in the church, there are many restaurants that will happily serve you with special Christmas dinner.
Pondicherry: A place that used to be a French colony many years ago, this so called India’s little France offers many beautiful buildings. The church architecture is amazing, and the colonial buildings are candy-like for your eyes. The beaches are great, and there are many churches celebrating Christmas. People here love to celebrate Christmas. They make a diorama depicting Jesus’ birth place, complete with pretty lights and statues. Don’t forget to visit ‘The Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception’ and ‘The Sacred Heart of Jesus Church’ to make your trip more memorable.
So, don’t be sad when your company decides to send you to India at the end of the year. Make sure you mention Christmas tour booking to your boss, and you might have a different Christmas celebration this year.