Christmas in Delhi: 10 Things to Do During the Festive Season

Posted by Grigory Egorov • Wednesday, December 5. 2012 • Category: People and Places

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1. Get the feeling of a traditional Christmas and visit the Sacred Heart Cathedral, which is decorated with bright lights and shining stars at least a week before Christmas. It is one of the oldest and most significant churches in Delhi. The main events here are the Feast of the Holy Family of Nazareth, the Christmas Vigil Service an hour before midnight on 24th December and of course the Morning Mass on Christmas day (25 December).

Where: Sacret House Cathedral, 1 Ashok Place, Connaught Place.

2. Celebrate Christmas the Indo-German way at the German Christmas Mela at the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce on 8th and 9th December (11am - 8pm). This event attracts more than 10,000 visitors each year and hosts 95 exhibition stalls. The fair has it all: Christmas cakes, carols, live music, a gingerbread house, Glühwein... and of course a beautifully decorated Christmas tree.

Where: German House, 2 Nyaya Marg, Chanakyapuri.

3. Get Christmas cards from Anand Stationers in Khan Market, which is always beautifully decorated in green and red for Christmas. Here you can get delightfully hand-made paper, printed with stunning Indian designs. Send Christmas cards to your loved ones all around the world. Archies in Defence Colony Market also has some nice designs to choose from.

Where: Anand Stationers, 25-B, Khan Market. Archies, No. 16, Defence Colony Market.

4. Bake some of your favourite Christmas cakes and cookies that you haven’t yet tried to make in India and share the results on the Knowledge Must Facebook page. If you happen to be unfamiliar with any of the recipes, ask your baking enthusiastic friends for help. If you are gluten intolerant, you could also experiment with some local ingredients and see what baking wonders you can produce. For advice on sourcing gluten-free ingredients in Delhi, check out this article on our blog.

5. Enjoy an evening of traditional Christmas carols with the Capital City Minstrels Choir concert ‘Ye Olde Christmas’. CCM is Delhi’s best known choir, which comprises of French, German, South American, African, Chinese, Korean, Australian and Indian singers.

Where and When: Check the Capital City Minstrels' Facebook page for the latest updates on events.

Santa Claus at Connaught Place, New Delhi
(c) by Tahir Hasmi

6. Enjoy Indian Winter Carnival for children and their parents at Dilli Haat on 21st December. This place offers rides, swings, puppet and magic shows and a tall Christmas tree, plus the whole range of Indian handicrafts and traditional goods and foods from all over the country.

Where: Dilli Haat, opposite INA market.

7. Enjoy the Knowledge Must Advent calender from 1 to 24 December for a choice of beautiful Christmas songs from all over the world. Each day a new one!

8. If you are into the real feasting experience, try some of the many Christmas Buffets in the central Delhi. We suggest visiting Pind Balluchi on 24-25 December for an unforgettable mix of North Indian, Mughal, Panjabi and of course traditional Christmas delicacies. Be sure to book in advance - Indian Christmas Buffets are very popular and get booked out early!

Where: Pund Baluchi 103/104 A, Goverdhan House, Behind Satyam Cinema, Nehru Place.

9. Visit the heart of the Indian capital - Connaught Place - around Christmas Day - 20-25 December. This area buzzes with activity during the Christmas period. It is decked up with Christmas lights, decoration, seasonal sales stalls and street food vendors. We recommend trying out Peanut and Jaggery Chikki (traditional Indian stick-jaw candy) that you can get from the street food stalls.

Where: Connaught Place (officially known as Rajiv Chowk). Rajiv Chowk Metro station.

10. Celebrate Festivus - a "secular holiday celebrated on December 23 as a way to commemorate the holiday season without participating in its normative pressures" at TLR Cafe in Hauz Khas Village. On 23 December, TLR offers a special Festivus menu, theater, skits, spoken word and live performances. American folk duo Mud Stuffing will be the guest star.

Where: TLR Cafe, 31 Hauz Khas Village.

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