4 things to do in Goa at Christmas
Heading to Goa this festive season? Well, you certainly picked a great destination to join in the celebrations! Christmas in Goa is celebrated like no place else in India. Here’s our list of
Attend a Midnight Mass
Goa is home to over 200 churches, big and small, and there’s no better way to celebrate Christmas in Goa than by attending a midnight mass service. The Basilica of Bom Jesus and the Immaculate Conception Church are good options. Say a prayer, give thanks for your blessings and join others in singing hymns and carols. The Christmas Service usually starts at around 10 pm so get on time to grab a seat.
Indulge in a sumptuous Christmas dinner
The food in Goa is always good but during Christmas, it’s exceptional. Treat yourself to a traditional Christmas dinner at a fancy restaurant or a shack on the beach. Indulge in mouthwatering delights like roast turkey, pork sorpotel and an assortment of grilled seafood on the menu. Remember to leave room for Goa’s favourite dessert, Bebinca. Depending on where you choose to dine, a good meal can set you back anywhere between Rs. 500 at a small restaurant to Rs. 3000 at a fancy hotel!
Burn the Old Man
Not exactly a Christmas celebration, but the tradition of burning the old man tradition on New Year’s Eve is an age-old practice kept alive by native Goans even today. As the name suggests, several effigies resembling old men, made of hay and old clothes, are set on fire to signify the destruction of the worries and ills of the previous year. Money is usually collected by children to save for next year’s celebrations.
Watch the fireworks at the beach
Head to the beaches of Goa and set out a blanket so you can sit back and watch fireworks lighting up the midnight sky on both Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Popular North Goa beaches to watch firework on Baga and Calangute while Colva and Bogmalo beaches are the ones to head to in South Goa. Impromptu dancing and parties dot the sand and everyone is welcome to join the revelry!
This year, the famed Sunburn Music Festival will take place between December 27 and December 30 on the beaches of Vagator. Touted as Asia’s biggest music festival, this electronic music extravaganza showcases the talents of prominent international and Indian musicians. The three-day festival is filled with music, dancing and entertainment and is the place to be if you want to celebrate the holiday season by letting your hair down.
Christmas in Goa can be spent in many ways – partying it up on its beaches, indulging in sumptuous meals or simply by taking the time out to experience the heart and soul of Goa with your family. So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags for a Christmas like never before