Winter is a beautiful time in Goa, and one can feel the sense of festivity and celebration pervade the air. Due to the Portuguese influence on Goan culture and tradition, Christmas is undoubtedly a treat for both the locals as well as tourists.
Christmas in Goa is all about the enchanting tunes of the carols, the soothing scents of candles and exchanging of innumerable gifts. Plan your next vacation with us at Heritage Village Resort & Spa, Goa to experience a season of festivities in this beautiful city.
Attend the Missa de Gallo (Midnight Mass)
Missa de Gallo (Rooster’s Mass) is an important event that takes place during Christmas. This is a midnight mass that is celebrated in places that were once a colony of Spain. Spend time with your loved ones at the St. Cajetan Church situated in Assagao. This structure is a splendid example of the Corinthian Order of Greek Architecture and, is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
This is one of the most beautiful churches in Goa as it is said to be modelled after St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. Witnessing the festivities and celebrations that take place in this church at midnight is a sight that people certainly remember for years to come.
A Scrumptious Christmas Feast
Your stay in Goa is incomplete without a spread of delectable Christmas-themed feasts. Goa is the perfect place to explore an assortment of finely-crafted cocktails and local cuisine. Fisherman’s Wharf and Indah Desa are some of the most popular restaurants in South Goa.
Soak in the salt-laced air as you sit by the ocean and indulge in exquisite Goan dishes like Roast Turkey and Prawn Xacuti on Christmas Eve.
Watch the Fireworks Paint the Sky
Visit Colva Beach, wrap yourself in a blanket, and witness the skies being coloured by the fireworks at the stroke of midnight. Unrehearsed and unplanned parties will unravel before your eyes, and the crowd’s energy pulls you in.
Conclude this wonderful event by visiting a shack that provides Christmas-themed dishes that will leave you craving for more.
Take Part in Crib-Making
Crib-making is an important tradition for Goans. Everyone takes part in recreating the scene of Jesus Christ’s birth. People from all parts of this wonderful state take part in crib-making and the locals go to great lengths in recreating this.
When traversing through the town, you can listen to the enchanting tunes of carols emanating from every corner of the street. While you might have started your journey as an observer, you will invariably become a part of the Christmas celebration in Goa.
A Ride Around Town During Christmas
If you’re a person who loves to travel without a destination, then Christmas is the perfect time to explore South Goa. Rent a bike and ride around town to truly feel the Christmas spirit, as you enjoy the locals and tourists joining together to sing carols.
Refuel by stopping at the local bakeries and enjoying a wide range of cakes and chocolates. We highly recommend Bebinca and chocolate-coated Marzipan.
These are some of the most enjoyable things to do in Goa during Christmas. Our opulent rooms serve as the perfect abode for you after a long day of exploring this colourful town. What are you waiting for? Book your next stay with us and experience the essence of Goa.