Christmas and New Year Celebrations in India

What are the best destinations in India for Christmas & New Year Holidays? That’s the question that spouts up into the minds of people, especially during the month of December. New Year is one of the best time to celebrate and lose yourself from a busy tight schedule. Everyone wants to enjoy this big occasion with family or friends. The short span between Christmas and New Year makes this time period the best to enjoy.


India is home to some of the most beautiful and fun places in the world. So when it’s time for New Year’s Eve, one can choose from a plethora of destinations to visit and have a great time. Christmas and New Year are certainly the most anticipated holidays of the year that infuse a sense of happiness, excitement and adventure. The beautiful lighting and decorations are very much prominent this time of the year and no doubt play an imperative role in generating a great holiday spirit. Here we presents you a list of some of the best Christmas & New Year Destinations in India.


Goa is no doubt the best place in India to celebrate Christmas & New Year with your family and friends. Goa provides all types of fun one needs at this time of the year. The place has so much to offer, from beaches and nightclubs to forts. The amazing seafood adds to the great holiday experience in Goa. The state of Goa consists of several beautiful aspects including beaches, pubs, bars, discos, guest houses, resorts etc. Each and every type of drink is available to celebrate the best.

sunburn party goa

The pristine laid-back beaches of Goa and miles of beautiful palm lined seashores allure the visitors from the various geographical locations of the world. One of the major draw of new year’s festivities in Goa is the Sunburn Festival, a musical extravaganza with some top international music performers thrilling and entertaining the crowd for 3 days.


God’s own country, Kerala is the perfect place for party at New Year’s Eve amidst natural beauty and water bodies. The beach parties are as exciting as ever. The star attractions of this place include the serene backwaters, coconut palms and tropical greenery.


You can book a houseboat and enjoy personal time in the backwaters of Alleppey. It is truly the perfect family holiday destination for Christmas & New Year.

Andaman & Nicobar Islands

The Andaman and Nicobar islands are easily one of the best Christmas and New Year destinations in India. The beautiful natural surroundings and peace makes it one of the best destination for celebrations. One can party hard on islands, beaches, resorts, yacht etc at this stunning place.  The boat riding and other water sport activities are one of the best thing to enjoy your moments. The beautiful scenery helps you to forget all the tensions and energizes for a enthusiastic new year.

Andaman & Nicobar Islands

Apart from the usual beaches and water sports activities, there are other tourist spots situated on these islands which will make your new year more fabulous. However, due to the increased popularity of this place, early reservations are definitely recommended.


Pondicherry is again one of the most desired destination to hang around with family and friends on the Christmas & eve of New Year. An electrifying performance on the streets is something to look out for. Youngsters start preparing for this day from before so that they can live every bit of it. There are several event organizers who organize events on the eve of New Year.

auroville pondicherry

The beach-side parties are the main attraction of Pondicherry at the New Year’s Eve. Fire crackers and born-fire at the beach and celebrations on the streets continue the entire night. Apart from that, special sea foods and drinks are also available to make the celebrations more special. The variety of restaurants, the steak and wine, just add to its natural alluring and create the perfect destination for a laid-back but fun New Year Celebration.


Manali is one of the most beautiful place in India. During winters, Manali becomes one of the favorite destinations in New Year because of the snow fall and various snow sporting activities. Full of pine trees, fruit orchids and hippies, it’s an ideal place to celebrate New Year in India for those who want to end their year on a high, both literally and figuratively. Plan a road trip to the nearby areas like the Solang Valley and Kufri. This will make you eve more exciting by spending time on the roads filled up with snow.


This place is full of tourists on New Year’s as people want to start a beautiful new year at a beautiful place. Bring home beautiful pictures and nice memories of New Year’s Eve in the lap of Nature.


Get in a festive mood at the serene city of Gulmarg. This hill station promises with a memorable and peaceful journey to all. Those who want to welcome New Year in the lap of nature come to this city. It is not one of those locations with loud music and crazy parties. This city is meant especially for people who like snow and silence. Love is in the air at this time and the place becomes one of the romantic destinations for the newlyweds.


Coming to the attractions, there are many which captivate you with their scenic locations and breathtaking views. Some of them are Apharwat Peak, Gulmarg Gondola, and Gulmarg Golf course. Go skiing with your friends and family and enjoy the snow here. This place is definitely a heaven for the nature lovers.


Also known as the “Queen of Hills”, Shimla is a perfect destination to visit on Christmas and the favorite destinations for snow lovers. Tourists across the nation visit this place to enjoy New Year with this amazing beauty of nature. The snowfall during New Year just gives an awesome feeling of welcoming the New Year. Walk through the tall pines and enjoy the picturesque view of the Himalayas.


Explore the beauty of the place by visiting attractions like Christ church, Jakhu temple, the ridge and George castle. This hill station is one of the best places to enjoy New Year with family and friends.


Ooty is one of the most famous hill station situated on Nilgiri hills. It is again one of the best place to celebrate New Year with nature. The place consists of some exotic natural beauty with awesome atmosphere. Beautiful mountains, calm lakes and extensive grasslands add magic to the integral beauty of this place. One can enjoy the Indian cold weather at its best in Ooty during New Year days.


Feel the magic of nature by visiting its attractions like Botanical garden, Ooty Lake and Pykara Lake. The place consist of some very beautiful and amazing resorts, hotels, guest houses only for the purpose of New Year celebrations.


Darjeeling is green hill town located in West Bengal and is one of the most beautiful place to spend Christmas & New Year. It is not only famous for its tea plantations but also for those scenic locations and wonderful views which it offers. Darjeeling celebrates Christmas with a lot of enthusiasm and thus tourists want to continue those magical moments till New Year. The high Himalayas are one of the best place to start New Year.


Don’t miss visiting its tourist spots like Tiger hill, Darjeeling ropeway, war Memorial and Darjeeling himalayan railway.


McleodGanj which lies in the lap of Himalayas generally welcomes Christmas & New Year with snow and rain. This type of beauty arises an excitement among tourists. McleodGanj boasts some amazing sightseeing places, food cafés and unique Tibetan souvenirs. A mix of cultures, McleodGanj is the residence of the 14th Dalai Lama and famous of the Bhagsunath temple.


People from all parts of India and abroad are seen out on the streets enjoying their drinks and having a gala time. There are a lot of fashionable little cafes here where you can sit and listen to the foreign visitors play guitar. Many Buddhist preachers too visits this beautiful place to start their new year from a Buddhist monastery.


The financial capital of India or “Mayanagari” is none other than Mumbai. Mumbai is the city which never sleeps and is always full of zeal for a new day. Mumbai is totally a place for party animals. No sleep and dance all night is the mantra of Mumbaikars. They love to celebrate New Year with enthusiasm and ardor. So obviously, how this city can be unprepared for a new year. The celebrations of New Year in this city is a worth watch. People from different parts of country come here to enjoy the New Year celebrations.


Be it a house party or at a beach, you will enjoy every sip of your drink when you see the city lit up with lights and crackers. The hotels and lounges in the entire city also gear up for parties where one might also spot the star celebrities of the film industry. With many beaches and historical places to explore and clubs ready to give you a dazzling start to your new year. The city is a perfect destination as it facilitates everything, one could imagine to celebrate with.



Away from the maddening crowds, Lonavala is a romantic gateway situated a few kms from Mumbai. Lonavala allures people from all over with its tranquility and attractions like Tiger point, Bhushi dam, Karla caves and Lohagarh Fort.


Delhi is a hub of party freaks and the capital of India which is no doubt one of the best place in India to celebrate New Year. The Connaught place in the Central part of Delhi is the must visit part during New Year eve. Apart from several functions, shoppers also finds it heaven due to the special New Year discount process generally followed by shopkeepers. From drinks, songs, lights and dance, there is so much to enjoy here.


With some of the most elite and expensive parties, one can enjoy their New Year’s Eve either at a private lounge or at exclusive night clubs. Delhiites enjoys New Year in their own special way. Some prefer to drink, so some prefers to dance and party. The Delhi city welcomes New Year with a tremendous zeal.


Bangalore, the IT capital of India celebrates New Year with a lot of enthusiasm. The open spaces, lush green and large gardens, huge malls and party places, Bangalore is a magnet for celebrating New Year. Several event organizers organize various events at various places across city.  The moderate climate, large green gardens and open spaces give it a positive and healthy aura all the year round. The youthful energy shows all around, especially if you are into shopping.


One can clearly witness the zeal among the youth at this time of the year. With the most rocking crowd and live DJ’s, the youngsters seen tapping their feet without any inhibitions. The awesome weather of Bangalore attracts many to enjoy New Year in this metro city.


Udaipur is one of the most beautiful city of Rajasthan. Also known as the “City of Lakes”, Udaipur is famous for its Rajputana Palaces, handicraft market and diverse wildlife. If anyone really wants to celebrate Christmas and New Year in a beautiful as well as cultured place, then Udaipur is one of the finest option to choose from.


Visit the place around New Year’s Eve if you want to be treated like royalty. The place consists of beautiful palaces, resorts, hotels, villas to stay. Take back some great memories from a place which offers you the best with a vibrant culture and delicious cuisines.


One of the most elite cities of India, Kolkata calls for the most happening crowds from all over. New Year is celebrated with utmost zeal, when people from all age groups are seen enjoying.


The nightclubs of the city get all raunchy at the New Year’s Eve and you will not want to stop taping your feet the entire night. Shed all your inhibitions and celebrate like never before in Kolkata.

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