One of the most popular holiday destinations in India, Goa attracts millions every year with its sun, sand, history and revelry. While only small in size there are plenty of activities which take place throughout the month, but it is in December when the merrymaking which Goa is famous for is at its peak.
Christmas and New Year turn the tiny region into one giant party. We find out why you should be on Goa’s sought after guest list for this festive season.
Goa’s New Year Carnival is famous for its colour and music. Dancers, floats and bands in colourful costumes form the annual parade. Every single hotel, restaurant, club, pub has special New Year programs like live bands, fire dancers, illusionists and other features which stretch the imagination.
The New Year Carnival and parties are preceded by Christmas celebrations. Again, the festival is celebrated with lots of gusto across Goa as the population is mostly Christian, although people from other faiths partake in the festivities with zest and vigour. Great attractions are offered by all local businesses with Goa’s ancient and famous churches becoming a highlight of the season.
When is it?
Christmas celebrations begin well before December 25. New Year celebrations overwhelm Goa all through December and normally continue into the second week of January.
Where is it?
All of Goa gives in to the spirit of Christmas and New Year. The Carnival’s route covers most of Goa but Panjim is where its at its strongest.
Know Before You Go
Millions of domestic and international travellers descend on Goa in December. Rooms and flights are booked as early as October and it can be hard to find a room during the season. It’s recommended that you make sure you book your accommodation before travelling.
- The weather in Goa is mostly pleasant. The average temperature varies between 23 degrees Celsius and 32 degrees Celsius.
- Over 40 mesmerizing beaches dot the 131 km-long coastline of Goa. Some of the well known beaches include Colva, Calangute, Baga, Anjuna, Miramar, Vagator, Dona Paula, Majorda and Bambolim.
- Go is well connected by flights, trains and buses to major metros and towns. Goa has one airport at Dabolim in Vasco and most international flights arrive via Mumbai.
- For accommodation choose a homestay in Panjim, Margao or North Goa
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