Mumbai, India’s financial hub and home to Bollywood, celebrates Christmas with great fervour. From classic Christmas-themed parties and events to the masses held at ancient churches to an array of festive dining options, the city has a lot in store for travellers.
Enjoy a Christmas party or food event
Mumbai is always up for parties and Christmas is the time when the entire city comes together to party hard. Bandra, Juhu, Andheri, Malad, South Bombay, Lower Parel and Navi Mumbai are some of the prominent city spots where travellers can become part of most vivacious Christmas celebrations. Make way to some of the city’s best retreats such as Out of the Blue, The White Owl, Magazine Street Kitchen, The Quarter and Indigo Deli to enjoy Christmas parties, workshops, brunches and festive-themed camping events.
Attend midnight Christmas Mass
There’s no better way to spend Christmas Eve than heading to a beautiful church and attend a midnight mass while enjoying Christmas carols and celebrating the birth of Christ! The city of dreams has some wonderful looking churches including Saint Michael’s Church, Saint Thomas’ Cathedral, Holy Name Cathedral, Orlem Church, Lady of Immaculate Conception, Saint Peter’s Church and Saint Andrew’s Church.
Dance your heart out at a nightclub
The nightlife in Mumbai is among the best in the country. Christmas and New Year’s Eve are celebrated here in style across the many nightclubs. Along with shaking a leg and having a merry time, you can enjoy peppy Bollywood tracks and a wide range of festive-themed food and drinks on offer.
Have a delicious Christmas meal
Mumbai is a haven for foodies as each festival brings along an astonishing treat for them! Almost every other 5 star hotel, pub and eating joint in the city surprises patrons with their special menus around Christmas. You can enjoy amazing Christmas brunches and Christmas Eve dinners along with special cocktails at pubs and microbreweries such as Doolally and Brewbot. The traditional Christmas puddings, pies, roast and stuffed cakes and turkeys can be enjoyed as well. These places also delight their guests with carol singing, events like Christmas Parade, and several live performances.
Enjoy Sufi Celebration at Mahim Fair
Attend a Sufi event to enjoy an aspect of Christmas celebration that remains distinct to the region. The Mahim Fair is a 10-day long event celebrated every year in the month of December in the memory of Hazrat Makhdum Ali Mahimi, a Sufi saint of the 14th century. Though it is not an event celebrating particularly the Christmas, you can have a great time exploring the multicultural vibe of the city with its attractions such as Qawwalis, Sufi music and food stalls.