December marks the arrival of not just winters, but of also festivities and new beginnings with Christmas and new years. While wondering about where to spend the last week of this month, Goa is certainly a popular choice. Right now, Goa is decked up with lights and decorations as the holiday season is on its way. Plan a trip to Goa and visit these places to enjoy Christmas and if you can extend your holiday period a little, stay there to celebrate the new year as well.
Old Goa is one of the most popular places to visit during Christmas. People from all over the world fly in and visit the Church of St. Francis of Assisi and line up to see the pope's mortal remains, making it the site of attraction. Other notable buildings that must be seen in Old Goa include the Chapel of St. Catherine, the St Cathedral from the 16th to the 17th century, and the domed Church of St. Cajetan, which was modelled after St. Peter's in Rome.
Baga beach is famous for its night parties. On Christmas and New Year's Eve, head to this beach in Goa and spread out a blanket so you can relax while watching fireworks light up the midnight sky. Baga beach is one of the most popular beaches in North Goa to see fireworks, while South Goa's Calangute, Colva, and Bogmalo beaches are where you should go too.
Goa is famous for its clubbing and party scenes. You don't have to wait until Christmas or New Year's Eve to visit the clubs there. Around the holiday season, Goa is constantly bustling with happy people who love to party and want to fully immerse themselves in the celebrations. Whenever you decide to visit Goa, don't forget to enjoy yourself fully at one of their parties.
This location, which is arguably the most lively in North Goa, is well known for its rave parties and trendy crowd. It makes sense why this is considered one of the top Goa locations to visit on Christmas Eve. Because the admittance charge rises as the night goes on, aim to arrive at the Curlies by 8 or 9 pm.
On Goa's coastline, there are innumerable shacks waiting for an occasion to dress up and celebrate. No matter which well-known beach you decide to visit, you'll find yourself surrounded by crowd bopping their heads to loud music, beach shacks illuminated up in colours and lights, and the aroma of food being cooked over an open flame. If you love to party, the amount of energy in the beach shacks in Goa around Christmas would drive you absolutely mad.
Even though Goa's food is consistently wonderful, Christmas time sees an improvement. Consider treating yourself to a classic Christmas meal in an eatery or a beach side hut. Enjoy delectable treats on the menu like roast turkey, pork sorpotel, and a variety of grilled fish. Don't forget to try Bebinca, Goa's favourite dessert. A good lunch can cost anything from Rs. 500 at a tiny restaurant to Rs. 3000 at a fancy one, depending on where you decide to eat. Thalassa and Eva Cafe near Anjuna beach is where you can go for Christmas special food and celebration.
Christmas is the best time to visit several churches in Goa because obviously, festive season. During Christmas, the churches are decked up beautifully and host thousands of visitors. Two of the prime churches here, namely The Basilica of Bom Jesus and the Immaculate Conception Church, are the best places to visit for Christmas celebrations. You can also visit some famous churches of Goa to totally indulge in the festivities of Christmas. Three Kings Church, Mae De Deus Church, Our Lady of Help Church, and several other churches you can visit.