Everything in India is unique, and the same goes for Christmas. December brings the curtain down every year for a refreshed and rejuvenated holiday before the start of the new year. As Christmas and New Year are the center of attraction this month and the weather is quite pleasant across India, we recommend planning your holiday in December.

The Christmas trees decorated in the malls, the huge discounts in the grocery stores, the sweet smell of plum cakes and candies floating in the bakeries is all that make a holiday more fun. We understand that this year has been too much for us, and we need to get away from all the hassle. So, to bring out the zeal in you, Custom Tours India has come up with customized tours for this Christmas vacation.

Read on to know the best 10 places to visit in India during Christmas Vacation.

#1. Goa: Celebration at “Pearl of the Orient”

Goa is a dream destination, not only for the people in India but also for travelers. This place is the home to the most scenic beaches in India, due to which thousands of tourists across the world visit the “Pearl of the Orient.” But in December, Goa comes alive with the grand celebration of Christmas and New Year.

You will never run out of options in Goa for fun, and the lights and decorations are a must-watch. So, book your customized tour package for a gala of a time.

Places to visit in Goa: Se Cathedral, Santa Cruz Church, Aguada Beach, Baga Beach, Bom Jesus Basilica, Aguada Fort, Chapora Fort.

Things to do in Goa: Participate in ball dances, enjoy a cruise on Mandovi River, be a part of Goa Art & Literature and Mando Festivals

#2. Shillong: Celebration at “Scotland of the East”

Beauty in India exists everywhere, and when it comes to any cultural celebration, the Northeast has its unique way. The “Scotland of the East” consists of considerable Catholics and is among the best Christmas getaways in India. Shillong celebrates Christmas in a grand fashion and with as much zeal, and enthusiasm as any other city in India celebrates.

You will find local people celebrating and especially in the evening; you will hear guitar music, carol singers, Santa Claus visits, and so on. So, make your trip unforgettable with tailor-made tours.

Places to visit in Shillong: All Saints’ Cathedral, Mary Help of Christians Cathedral

Things to do in Shillong: Attend the midnight mass, enjoy the lighting of the century-old fir tree

#3. Pondicherry: Celebration at “Little France of India”

Pondicherry is also known as Little France in India. If you happen to visit this place at Christmas, you should enjoy your stay in the tent. According to the Holy Bible, Jesus was born in a small tent or shelter where goats were kept. In honor of God, people make small tents that are hatched and spend the night there as intents. Baked rice cake and wine can be found in almost every church. Experience the best Christmas with pre-booked customized tours.

Places to visit in Pondicherry: Domus Dei Cathedral, Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Immaculate Conception Cathedral

Things to do in Pondicherry: Relax at Promenade Beach and Paradise Beach, attend midnight mass and Christmas markets, hangout at Goubert Avenue beach road

#4. Kerala: Celebration at God’s Own Country

The country’s large population rushes to Goa, leaving almost no room for Christmas. If you are looking for a peaceful atmosphere away from the hustle and bustle of your Christmas celebrations, head straight to Kerala. Kerala’s Christmas festivities are full of people singing songs at midnight, witnessing Christmas plays, enjoying a local feast, and enjoying a fire on their loved ones’ pristine beaches. Book your tailor-made tours offered by Custom Tours India!

Places to visit in Kerala: Basilica of our Lady of Dolores Church, St. Francis Church, Fort Kochi, Kovalam Beach, Periyar National Park, and Lighthouse Beach

Things to do in Kerala: Nilgiri Tahr at the Eravikulam National Park, a visit to Munnar, book a houseboat in Alleppey, and stay in a well-lit treehouse

#5. Kolkata: Celebration at “City of Joy”

Catholics or not, but the people of Kolkata celebrate the birth of Christ as powerfully as the people of the South, making it one of the best places to visit in India at Christmas. Light and sound exhibitions, performances by rock bands, glittering interior design, and significant discounts. Christmas Kolkata has it all and knows that, book your customized tour package to check one hassle from the list.

Places to visit in Kolkata: St. Paul’s Cathedral, St. Philomena’s Cathedral, Basilica of Bom Jesus, St Thomas’ Middleton Row

Things to do in Kolkata: Visit the grandeur of Park Street and churches, become a part of the Christmas Carnival

#6. Bangalore: Celebration at “Silicon Valley of India”

If Christmas means to you more than the exotic cuisines and sweets, then Bangalore is one of the best places. Rich in an overflowing festive spirit and culinary delights, the city is spoiled for choice. On Christmas Eve, head to Koshy for a plum cake and ginger tea, a rum-soaked cake at Thomsons Bakery, or a tempting turkey dinner at Caperberry. You can check out Bangalore’s Christmas events with pre-planned tailor-made tours to make them exciting and eventful.

Places to visit in Bangalore: St. Francis Xavier’s Cathedral, Infant Jesus Church

Things to do in Bangalore: Attend Christmas balls, witness Christmas nights extravaganza

#7. Manali: Celebration at “Queen of Hills”

The Christmas spirit in Manali is different from other places. Nature plays its part in pouring out the snow, giving away a real white Christmas. You will find pine trees, wooden houses decorated with classic Christmas ornaments, and so on. You will enjoy exciting Santa Claus visits, amazing singers, a conventional Kullu dance performance, Himachali dances, and more. Stop waiting, book a customized tour package.

Places to visit in Manali: Gilgal Prayer House church, Arcot Lutheran Church, Nehru Kund, Vashisht Hot Water Springs, Solang Valley, Arjun Gufa, and Museum of Himachal Culture and Folk Art

Things to do in Manali: Visit churches, shop from Manali Mall Road, enjoy Jogini Falls and Raha Falls, trek to Beas Kund, explore the Manali Sanctuary

#8. Jaisalmer: Celebration at “The Golden City”

Christmas and New Year celebrations are the most exciting festivals that are celebrated in Jaisalmer and many other parts of Rajasthan. Morning chills, cloudy days, trampled leaves – all remind of last year’s celebrations when the family was able to reunite with loved ones, there was the exchange of gifts, new decisions were made, and much more. Enjoy the peace in the Golden City with pre-planned, tailor-made tours.

Places to visit in Jaisalmer: Jaisalmer Fort, Jaisalmer City, Gadisar Lake

Things to do in Jaisalmer: Enjoy shopping at the local Bazaar, witness an amazing sunset at Vyas Chhatri

#9. Shimla: Celebration at “Queen of Hills”

For white Christmas dreams, there is more than one Christmas destination. Go to the snow-capped hills of Shimla in December, which will become Shimla’s best Christmas paradise. There you can take a toy train to see the snow-capped mountains from your cabin and dine at a variety of British-era cafés and restaurants on Mall Road. You can quickly get custom travel tours from Custom Tours India for Shimla.

Places to visit in Shimla: Christ Church, St. Michael’s Catholic Cathedral, Summer Hills, The Shimla State Museum, Viceregal Lodge, and Johnnie’s Wax Museum.

Things to do in Shimla: Enjoy the ride of Toy Train to reach Shimla from Kalka, attend prayers, listen to carols, trek to Chadwick Falls and Jakhoo Hill

#10. Udaipur: Celebration at “City of Lakes”

Do you want to spend Christmas with a royal touch? Visit the city of lakes and castles in Udaipur. We are sure that your Christmas holiday in the West part of the country would be the most enriching. The castles here offer a complete package of fun and luxury, and the sights of the lakes are truly the best way to complete your trip. You can also enhance your historical and cultural knowledge of India by visiting the famous City Palace. Experience the best Christmas tourism in India in Udaipur.

Places to visit in Udaipur: Vintage Car Museum, City Palace, Fateh Sagar Lake

Things to do in Udaipur: Enjoy a trek to Tiger Lake, Heritage Walk, Helicopter joy ride


India amazes you everywhere you go; every city has so much to offer. During Christmas, the cities light up with excitement, joy, and Christmas decorations. We hope this list will help you find your perfect destination for Christmas. For a fantastic experience, book yourself a customized tour package by contacting Custom Tours India, and you have one less thing to worry about until you leave for your Christmas holiday; happy reading!