December is the month of festivities with Christmas and New Year bringing joy to the whole world. Spending this time in Goa, the land of sun and sand is a dream come true for many. This time of the year Goa witnesses huge crowds from all parts of the world,
Christmas celebration is a carnival in Goa, were you can find every place filled with decorations and bright lights. You get to witness huge crowds of locals and foreigners in a bright and happy mood during Christmas week. Goan Christmas is all about scented candles, Christmas carols, gifts, church bells, fireworks and more. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself on the streets of Goa during night times that are decked up as that of a bride for the festivities.
Things that can be enjoyed during Christmas in Goa:-
Goa is home to about 400+ churches where you can witness midnight mass in all its glory. Christmas celebration without a midnight mass is unimaginable. Grab a seat in the church surrounded with carols and hymns, marking the birth of Jesus Christ. Praying at the oldest church in Goa –Basilica of Bom Jesus is a satisfied feeling. The mass starts usually by around 10 in the evening and goes up to midnight.
Every nook and corner of Goa is filled with lights and festivity. You can watch fireworks show anywhere in Goa, as the land is filled with celebrations. All the churches in Goa create a magical environment and you can soak in the fresh festive vibes. Anjuna beach is filled with huge crowds who party all night long along with the fantastic fireworks show.
Chocolate cakes are common in most places; however the lip-smacking, delightful Christmas special homemade chocolate cakes in Goa are a special treat. Coloured Marzipan is the popular mouth-watering Christmas dish in Goa, highly popular amongst food-lovers. Other delicious Goan sweets include Bebinca, Both, Dodol, Neureos which can be tasted in every eatery in Goa.
Treat yourself with a traditional, sumptuous Christmas dinner at a fancy shack or restaurant. Pamper in appetizing delights including pork sorpotel, roast turkey and a wide range of grilled fresh seafood. Goan food attracts several food lovers from all over the world for their rich flavor, aroma and taste.
A Christmas Eve Dance
Christmas Eve sets the dance floor on fire with exciting vibes, sparkling decors, techno party, trance party, rave party and others on various beaches in Goa. However, the most popular among those are the places in Anjuna and Vagator. You will find yourself swaying to the gentle tunes of the local bands, Konkani numbers, retro numbers and others. Party lovers will never miss a chance to unwind themselves in the Christmas Eve dance.
River cruising with your loved ones on a private boat during Christmas is once in a lifetime experience. The Mandovi River glistens during the evening of magical Christmas with fireworks, decors and lightings. Couples can plan their romantic candlelit dinner on the waters.
Burn the Old Man
Effigies made of hay and old clothes are burned marking the beginning of a New Year and the end of the present year. This is the most common celebration among locals who gather together to spend quality time sharing old tales and tasting the traditional Feni drink.
Star making and Crib making competition
Christmas crib is the most popular attraction in Goa during Christmas Eve. Competitions are held in various genres including interior designing, furniture, cake mixing ceremony and more. Festivities include mixing cherries, dry fruits, plums and dates with wine, whiskey or rum.