Christmas Holiday Destinations in India

Frosted windows, chilly breeze and a plummeting mercury level – all signs of approaching winters are here. The cold climate invites a holiday season as well as many tourists love travelling in the chilly weather. The winter holiday season is also highlighted by two of the most celebrated occasions – Christmas and New Year. Have a look at some of the places you can consider during this holiday season.



Nothing can be said against the timeless appeal of Shimla. Hailed as one of the most visited hill stations in the country, the hill station turns into a snowy expanse in December and it is best experienced during Christmas. It is a hotspot for honeymooners and winters are the best time to snuggle up with your loved one, next to a fireplace. Visit the churches here that are decorated with dazzling lights, roses and gifts. The Ice Skating Carnival is another attraction here during this time. An interesting observation here is the fact that the people decorate banana and mango trees instead of pine. Be it a walk on the snow-covered Mall Road or a hearing at the famous Christ Church, Shimla’s Christmas festivities will surely leave you spellbound.

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A much-loved haunt for tourists throughout the year, Goa becomes alive with effervescent activity during the Christmas holiday season. The Portuguese influence and culture adds a very authentic feel to the Christmas festivities. Though you will not see any snow here, Goa’s party life and Roman Catholic population invites thousands of tourists every year from around the world. Beaches like Baga and Anjuna become huge celebration grounds where you can let your hair down in the parties. The festivities are held till the wee hours. During the day, you can visit the churches here where gospel choirs sing soulful renditions of Christmas carols. Another highlight is the midnight mass session that should not be missed.

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Marked by pleasant weather, French colonial influence and a peaceful and charming vibe, Pondicherry is another magnificent place to experience Christmas. The gothic churches like Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges (The Church of Our Lady of Angels), The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception and Church of Assumption are great places to visit during the Christmas season. Treat your taste buds to some of the most authentic French cuisine found in India.

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The capital of Meghalaya, Christmas is a huge affair in Shillong as most of its population is Christian. Shillong’s people and culture have a very optimistic vibe and during winters, you will see many activities held here to welcome the festival. Celebrating for almost the entire month of December, Shillong residents hold many stage performances during this time. Locals dress up and go shopping in the famous Police Bazaar. The Garo and Khasi tribes also add their bits of culture into the celebrations. Do not miss out on the Khasi dishes served at Trattoria.

So make the most of this holiday season at these tourist hotspots and enjoy.

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