The enthusiasm and excitement that looms during the Christmas and New Year time in all over the world is best enjoyed on your holidays in Goa, the most happening place in the country. The gala events and grandeur that is presented during this time of the year has made Goa the best place to enjoy Christmas and welcome the New Year with great pomp and show. All the houses decked up with lights and Christmas tree form a very pretty picture for the onlookers.Christmas in Goa Churches
The beautiful churches of Goa gets further beautified during the Christmas festival. Holy masses, singers singing beautiful carols and prayers form the core attractions in the churches during this time. The masses held in the churches of Goa are claimed to be one of the best in the world therefore tourists drop in Goa in large numbers during the festival of Christmas.
The sooner the 25th December will approach more and more people will be seen shopping for beautiful decorative and items in order to embellish their houses in the best possible way.
Shopping is highly recommended during this time. December is the busiest month in Goa and if you are planning to enjoy the festivals in the best way possible, make sure you book yourself in much advance as all the hotels and resorts are jam packed in this season.
Beaches of Goa serve as the perfect venue for those seeking to enjoy a lavish and gala Christmas or new Year event. The city does not sleep from the night of Christmas till New Year’s eve and at midnight the New Year is welcomed with lot of crackers bursting and magnificent fireworks that light up the sky. Beaches of Goa are a popular attraction especially among those planning to book honeymoon packages in Goa.The tourist have the option of cruising at night, enjoying wonderful Goan cuisine or just singing and dancing through the night on the beaches that literally turn into a dance floor. The whole Goa comes out to the beaches at midnight and blazing music, exquisite drinks and lip smacking food is at its apex. Parties do not stop until the dawn breaks. Baga Beach, is a favored hot spot for enjoying the new year celebrations. The famous pubs on this beach are Tito’s, Zanzibar, Britos and Mambos, where the hottest parties are celebrated.
The small shacks located on the beaches also come to life during the last week of December and great food and an array of feni and Port wine are served in celebration of the new year. These shacks seems to sparkle during this time and also organise live orchestra and bands to keep the guests on their toes.
Rave Parties in Goa
Goa is popular for its rave parties and being in them during the time of Christmas and New Year is the best way to welcome the New Year. These parties are held on the beaches every midnight from Christmas day onwards and are all about wonderful music, foot tapping dance and food and drinks especially the Feni, which Goa is very popular for. Rave parties which began with an influx of hippies, toady is marked by a new kind of music called Goan Trance.
Live Orchestra parties with performances from renowned personalities are also a popular festival attractions in the popular pubs located on the beaches of Goa. Theme parties are a hit during this time.
Sun Burn Festival in Goa
Claimed to be the biggest musical fest, Sun Burn Festival is scheduled from the 27th December - 29th December 2010 at the Candolim beach in Goa. Organised by the popular television personality Nikhil Chinappa, this gala event includes performances from popular bands and singers from all over the country. Plan and book your Goa tour packages from Mumbai to enjoy this festival.Although this trend started only in 2007, but its popularity has risen multi times since then. The main highlight of this event are live performances, great music, foot tapping dance and much more. This event has gained immense popularity making it the biggest music fest in Asia. Often called as the annual conglomeration of the travelers from all parts of the world, this wild beach party invites thousands of party lovers from all over the world. One needs to book in advance and can do so buy buying tickets online (http://mtv.in.com/sunburnfestival/index.php) or from the local authorised agents in Goa. The cost of tickets is 3 Day Beach Pass – Rs 4,500, 3 VIP Pass – Rs 8,400, 1st Day Pass – Rs 2,400, 2nd Day Pass – Rs 2,900 and 3rd Day Pass – 3,400. Smoking and consumption of Narcotics is strictly not allowed here. Festivities in Goa Casinos
The famous casinos of Goa too are flooded with party seekers during this time of the year. Being the only state in the country where gambling can be enjoyed, thousands of tourists visit the off shore casinos every year. 'Treasures Casino' at Salcette is a popular casinos for enjoying excellent parties and dinners at their beautiful dining hall.
An exotic way to spend your new year is by booking yourself with the Caravela. It is a catamaran, twin-engine vessel, that takes tourists on a cruise and can accommodate 270 passengers with 30 crew members. The casinos in Goa follow a dress code so ensure that you follow it or else you wont be allowed to enter the casino.
Designed especially to sail on waters in Goa, American roulette, blackjack, Indian rummy complete with slot machines are some of the games you can enjoy here. Tourists can enjoy an out of the world experience while gambling on this cruise. The royal new year bash held at Casino Royale is one of the most sought after event highlighting, live band performance, surprise gifts, unlimited food, drink and a lucky draw. Reservations can be done at : 8806-663-672.
New Year in Wildlife Resorts
If you want to be away from the maddening crows and want to celebrate the advent of New Year only with a few important friends then the best option is to book yourself in the Bondla Wildlife Resort or Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary cottages. Arrange for a bonfire and welcome the new year by dancing around it at midnight.
Hotels and Resorts
Hotels and Resort too have their own parties and guests can be a part of them. These parties too are marked by great events and gala dinner and drinks. So if you do not want to get lost in the crowd on the beaches, then you can have a relatively private celebration in the resort or hotel you are staying in. A gala dinner held on New Year’s Eve is one of the most way to enjoy some exotic food and drinks in a peaceful ambiance.
All the five star hotels like The Taj and Leela Kempinski arrange for wonderful dinner and great parties exclusively for their guests. Most of these five star restaurants have their own casinos and guests can gamble endlessly. These casinos offer great surprises during the new year’s eve, thus luring more and more tourists to enjoy gambling.
To be in Goa during the holy Christmas and New Year is a treat in its own. Electric moods and the uber level of enthusiasm can be enjoyed during the new year and Christmas festivals in Goa. People belonging to all religion celebrate this week with great pomp and show. Sighting popular stars from Bollywood at various parties is not a unusual sight, as they all come here to party during this time of the year. Come to Goa and be a part of these festivals that not only mark the essence of Goa but also is the best time to enjoy all that Goa has to offer!