Best Places to Celebrate Christmas & New Year

As this year is slowly coming to its end. There is one question continuously rising in our minds, that is “How we will celebrate Christmas & New Year?”. The short span between Christmas and New Year makes this the best time period to enjoy. However, this is a fact that the atmosphere for each festival is different everywhere and that is why most of the people prefer to celebrate this grand occasion away from their homes. There are many places in India where you can have a blast and welcome the new year in a unique way.

This incredible country has it all, scenic beaches, snow-capped mountains, golden deserts and mesmerizing hill stations. Below is a list of some of the most popular places for celebrating New Year & Christmas.


No New Year bash list can complete without this beach paradise. Goa is no doubt the best place in India to celebrate New Year & Christmas with your family and friends. It’s one of the best places in the world to party. One can celebrate this festival by relaxing at serene beaches, all night clubbing, loud music, with loads of beverages and energy. If you are a serious party animal then try Arjuna, Cova and Baga beach. The Internationally acclaimed Sunburn festivals takes place during Christmas and many music lovers come here to enjoy the music festival. Goa gives you the perfect eclectic mix of a nightlife that is filled with music, booze and fun. From traditional food to Sea food, tourists can eat anything they love. One of the best ways to explore every nook and corner of Goa is through the bike.


Mumbai, the financial capital of India or “Mayanagri” is one of the most popular tourist spot during New Year & Christmas. Mumbai is a city, which never sleeps and is always filled with excitement. People from different parts of country come here to enjoy the new year celebrations. The city is a perfect destination as it offers everything that one could imagine to celebrate. The most popular spots where you can celebrate Christmas with your friends and family members are Church Gate, Bandra & Hill Road. If you are in Mumbai during the new year, must visit Marine drive to watch the fireworks on the new year eve.


If we are talking about celebrating New Year & Christmas then how can we forget the nation’s capital. Delhi is considered one of the best destinations for celebrating New Year & Christmas. It is a place which offers everything such as Historic, Religious, Party, Food, Shopping and much more. Delhiites enjoy new year in their own special way. Some prefer to drink, so some prefer to dance and party. The city welcomes new year with a tremendous excitement. The Connaught Place of Delhi is a must visit place during new year’s eve. At 12 night, the whole connaught place gets dark(without light) for one second and after that it announces the welcoming of New Year.


Celebrating Christmas without snow isn’t worth. Mcleodganj is an ideal place for those who want to celebrate their New Year & Christmas on a high, both literally and figuratively. This little town settled in the lap of Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh. A lot of hotels offer festival packages which include accomodation, parties and snow sports. It houses the headquarters of Tibetian government and also the residence of the 14th Dalai Lama. It also offers some of the scenic trek routes such as Triund trek, etc. A lot of tourists flock the place around this time, mainly to enjoy the snowfall, so it is advisable to book your hotels in advance.


If this New Year, you want to stay away from noisy cities, like Mumbai and Delhi, then drive to the land of heritage and culture that is Udaipur. It is a perfect destination for those who want some royal treatment or some diehard romance. It is also known as the “City of Lakes”, and is famous for its Rajputana Palaces, handicraft market and diverse wildlife. A romantic heaven, the climate and surroundings of Udaipur have given it the informal title of the “Kashmir of Rajasthan”. So this New Year take back some great memories from a place which offers you the best with a vibrant culture and delicious cuisines. It houses some beautiful palaces, resorts, luxurious hotels, villas, etc.


Gulmarg is for those who love chilling atmosphere. Located in the heart of Jammu and Kashmir, this hill station promises a memorable and peaceful journey to all. The place has many things to offer like scenic locations, snowcapped mountains and breathtaking views. The main attractions are Apharwat Peak, Gulmarg Gondola, Gulmarg Golf course, etc. It is an ideal place for those who don’t like rush and loud parties. It remains away from the wild city life and loud partying. It also has one of the highest and largest ropeways in Asia and also one of the finest ski resorts in the world.


If you want to have an unforgettable and unique cultural experience then Shillong is a go for you. Shillong is home to many Christians, thats why they celebrate the festival with a lot of energy. At the time of New Year the city is lit up, decorated and abuzz like no other time. The churches are decorated beautifully and you can see people celebrating on the street as well. A lot of local dance group perform during this time at certain events. The weather is simply enjoyable and offers mesmerizing views during the winter months. One can enjoy the New Year’s musical night with the rock bands and pop singers.


Puducherry, the french capital of India is one of the most desired destinations to hang around with family and friends on the eve of new year. It has a lot of French influence even today, given by its French colonial history. It is also known as “Little France of India”. The weather in Puducherry during Christmas time is pleasant. It is home to some wonderful architecture, serene beaches, traditional churches and delicious French cuisine. At the time of New Year one can enjoy the fireworks on the beach and street celebration. There are several event organizers who organize events on the eve of new year.


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  • wanderingjatin December 9, 2014 at 4:38 pm Reply

    I have picked up one from this list 😉 Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Manu Khandelwal December 9, 2014 at 4:41 pm Reply

    which one??

  • Divya Menon December 9, 2014 at 8:41 pm Reply

    Goa and Pondicherry really know how to usher in the New Year. But Gulmarg? Really?

  • Sonal Jagetia December 9, 2014 at 11:59 pm Reply

    Goa it is!!:))

  • Manu Khandelwal December 10, 2014 at 1:59 am Reply

    Gulmarg is for those who don't like parties and crowd…..and it is really a beautiful place…

  • Manu Khandelwal December 10, 2014 at 2:00 am Reply

    Nice choice 🙂

  • anjali gupta December 10, 2014 at 1:20 pm Reply

    Nice list 🙂
    Have been to Mumbai and undoubtedly there happens to be some of the best new year parties in Mumbai. I'm looking to plan a trip to Mcleodganj this time.

  • selfdrivetrips December 11, 2014 at 12:51 pm Reply

    Nice Review over the places' where anyone can go to make his/her new year eve fab

  • unshakld12 December 12, 2014 at 3:29 pm Reply

    Travel and Life | Travel Blogs | blog share – Unshakld , superb location to enjoy "Goa".

  • dimpy roy December 17, 2014 at 12:59 pm Reply

    Good one. It seems that you are all set to visit those places. great. I would like to share more on New Year eve. Check out best new year party places in Goa.

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    Thanks for the comment 🙂

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  • Revathi Mukherjee January 19, 2015 at 2:17 pm Reply

    Perfect list of places for Christmas. These are some of the most beautiful and awesome cities in India. They also seem perfect for Christmas. If you are planning a Christmas vacation with your loved ones then these places are perfect for you.

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