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The year has almost come to an end, and the season of merrymaking begins. . . CHRISTMAS SEASON IS HERE!!!

Christmas is the favorite time of the year for many across the world and India is no exception to it. India celebrates Christmas with a lot of fervor and revers the festive spirit of love, togetherness and forgiveness. MUMBAI – home to a cosmopolitan mix of people offers its own flavor to this magnificent celebration making the famous adage ‘Unity in Diversity’.

The festivities bring in a whole lot of joy in the little things we do – together as a family and as an individual. One of the widely celebrated festivals around the world, we groove into the holiday mood which brings around the beautiful change in our routine life. From The Christmas trees being decked up at malls, the humming of Christmas carols, the enormous discounts on merchandise, the sweet smell of plum cakes and candy wafting out of bakeries and tempting us, the festival caters to the whims and fancies of people across all ages. Christmas celebration have tons of surprises for everyone alike as the city transforms into a magical winter wonderland during this time of the year. Let’s check out what’s happening around Mumbai city for the Holidays.

Midnight Mass

Christians celebrate Christmas Day as the anniversary of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, a spiritual leader whose teachings form the basis of their religion. There are few hotspots of Christian community when it comes to watching the traditional Christmas celebrations around the city and for those who have always been curious about what it’s like to experience Midnight Mass at the church, here are a few you can visit.

The more significant ones include St John’s church – Colaba , Wodehouse Church – Colaba, St. Thomas’s Cathedral – Fort, Gloria Church – Byculla, Our Lady of Victoria Church – Mahim, Mount Mary’s Basilica – Bandra and Holy Name Cathedral, Orlem Church Malad, Holy Trinity Church- Powai.

Christmas Decor & Gift Shopping

Shopping sprees and Christmas season go well together, and there is no better way to spend the holidays but with a handful of shopping bags or a digital bag full of goodies. Did you forget to buy a gift for everyone on your list? Or you simply spaced for time and want to get their Christmas gifts delivered on or by December 25. I’d recommend trying out amazon or flipkart which has a wide range of products to choose from.

Besides this, our Mumbai local markets are also flooded by some great buys, you can head to Crawford Market, Hill Road at Bandra, Borivali IC Colony, Alpha at Vile Parle, Andheri Lokhandwala Market for soaking in the experience of street shopping which runs into late evenings during the festive season.

Malls & More

Infamous for their lustrous Christmas celebrations, Malls are a must-visit during Christmas season. Gather your friends, families, or wander in solo, the warmth of the place will embrace you. Children can also get so excited about the festivities and Santa’s arrival, that they get a little—shall we say—restless. But don’t fret because we have the perfect solution. Keep those little elves occupied and make the season even more magical for them with our round up of Christmas activities for kids at the malls.

DRESS UP. SMILE. POSE at these most instagrammable corners around the malls which hosts a great pop-up bazaar and performances.

The malls at this time are at their sparkling best, with events, fetes, dance and musical show for the young ones and family its the place to be. So grab your friends and family and head straight for some some festive shopping and creating memories.

X’Mas Bakes & Treats

Treat yourself and family to a delicious Christmas Meal. You can indulge in some lip-smacking meals or bake them yourself. Christmas brings out the best bakes, cookies and treats shaped like a X’Mas tree, a reindeer, a candy cane, gingerbread cookies, pinwheel, brownies, cupcakes and so much more. Theobroma, Prithivi Cafe at Juhu, Nho Saigon at BKC, have some interesting X’mas menu set for the festivities.

Go all out share the treat with your loved one, after all, it’s Christmas.

Paint The Town Red . . .

Christmas celebrations in Mumbai can be as cheery as you’d want. Cosy up with the family and friends for a house party or get out and paint the town red. Just closer to the city in an ambience of wintery chills you can enjoy the fun and frolic of the amusement park at Wet ‘n Joy Amusement Park, Lonavala which has some amazing events lined up to make your Xmas memorable. For more events and info you can log onto bookmyshow.com

A Christmas Prayer for Family and Friends :

May All Those Who Need A Miracle Be Blessed!

May Whoever Is Feeling Unwell And Weak Find Strength!

And May Those Who Have Heavy Burdens, Have Their Loads Lightened!

“Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year”