Christmas in Goa

Like all other places where Christmas celebrations begin by 24th of December every year, Goa too celebrates it with much gusto and enthusiasm. It is the day when Lord Jesus blessed the earth, a day that abounds in blessings, gifts, merry making and revelry and what better place to celebrate in other than the ‘place of all parties,’ that is Goa.

Since it is a state that respects people from all communities, tourists accumulate there for the festive feel and the church celebrations accompanied with caroling that lacks in most other places in India. It is a place where both modern and the old traditions are celebrated, it is the only place where everyone, irrespective of their community, comes together as one to celebrate the birth of a God.

Travel Tips

The best way to travel around Panaji is by hiring an auto rickshaw, or by taking the help of private taxis which can be booked for half a day or for fixed rates. The best thing about the place is the availability of the two wheelers that can be booked per day. Its cheap and fast. Another thing to remember is to book the hotels from beforehand.

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Things to do

Whenever you hear the word Goa, the word beaches are synonymous to it and what better way to herald the day other than in parties held there. Loud music, clubbing and eating sumptuous meals, colorful carnivals, the beaches practically transpires itself into one big party destination.

As with all other Christmas celebrations, the day is gift exchanging and offering prayers. You will find the indigenous people to build the artifacts made of millet grass, hay and box board along with the creation of clay statues. All this are in reminisce to the birth of the God and it begins as early as 24th of December. The first step is decoration of the Christmas tree that is found in every house and hotels. Each little trinket hung holds its own significance right from a holier meaning to the one with memories. However, it is only on the eve of 25th December that the actual celebrations to the day start.

Today, the meaning of family Christmas dinners has changed and been overtaken by loud music and partying. Some of these parties are also held in the churches where carol singing and dancing takes a whole new term. Accompanying this the knoll of the bells and feasts that imparts a sense of contentedness and happiness. The feasts in Goa are no less than a small miniature party in itself because of the Goan cuisine served that simply takes even the critical gastronomic by surprise. Each food served brings alive the senses because it is the perfect mingling of spices, herbs and love.

Christmas cannot be without few things and it cannot be without eggnog, socks, candles and stars. Most of the hotels and resorts also gets in the mood of Christmas and decorate their ambience in the similar manner. Beverages are served and lavish dinners are cooked for the guests. The beaches are decorated and all in all, you have a party served on your platter.

Christmas is not always partying hard, it is also about sharing of those familial moments that we lack when we live to hard in cities. For it is this time, when the beautiful gifts were exchanged, the day also heralds by sharing gifts with people whom you love the most.

The Midnight Mass is held in the many churches of Goa and it is at this time that birth of Jesus is properly commemorated. Families and tourists alike visit the Mass and is enthralled by something so simple and yet so profound. Most Christians are overwhelmed with emotions during this time and the mass marks the day’s beginning. Once the mass and sermons are over, families rush to the decorated and hyped beaches to celebrate and revel in something they love the most- party.

Places to Stay

Luxurious hotels

Goa Marriott Resort & Spa

Miramar Beach,PO Box No 64, 403001 Panaji

Vivanta by Taj Panaji

Off D. B. Bandodkar Road, 403001 Panaji

L'Hotel Eden

Plot No 12 & 13, La Oceana Colony, Dona Paula, 403004 Panaji


Mid range hotels

Sandalwood Hotel & Retreat

Vainguinim Beach, Dona Paula, 403004 Panaji

The Hawaii Comforts

Hawaii Beach Road,Behind Donapaula Police outpost,Donapaula, 403004 Panaji

Hotel Delmon

Caetano de Albuqurque Road, Panjim, 403001 Panaji


Low range hotels

Hotel Miramar

Near Goa Science Centre,Miramar Beach, 403002 Panaji

Vivenda Rebelo

House No 157, Campal Heritage Precint, Next to Wenvell Rodricks Design Space,Campal, 403001 Panaji

Hotel Blessings

M.G. Road,Lane II,Behind Shiv Sagar Resturant,Near Rizvi Chambers, 403001 Panaji

How to Reach

  • Located at 29kms of Panaji, the Dabolim airport has different flights that operates between Dabolim to all other major cities like Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi, Chennai, Kochi and Thiruvanathapuram
  • Part of the Konkan railway network, there are different trains that operates between Panaji and major cities like Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore, and Hyderabad. The next nearest railway station at 30kms is Vasco da Gama
  • There are several buses that plies from the neighbouring states to Goa. The main bus terminal is known as Kadamba. You will also get different private operators to different destinations.

Surrounding Attractions

Since the Yuletide period ends in January 6, you can visit most of churches at the Christmas galore. If you are interested for a swim, there a beaches aplenty, and for those who wish to take a small trek, can also walk around in the nearby hills.

Other than Christmas, the carnival season is another such time when Goa comes alive and it is best to be there.

Important Numbers

Police: 100

Fire brigade: 101

Hospital: 102