Christmas 2018 Events & Parties in Mumbai: By Insider
The season of cheer is almost here. Check out events Insider has in store - parties, pub crawls, Xmas menus, karaoke, brunch, workshops and several curated things you can do on your own.
1] Head to a Christmas party or food event in Mumbai
Look forward to amazing Christmas parties, brunches, workshops and even camping events themed on the festive season at venues such as Out Of The Blue, TILT, The White Owl, Magazine Street Kitchen, Indigo Deli, United Sports Bar & Grill, Palladium, Doolally, The Sassy Spoon, The Quarter, True Tramm Trunk. Expect parties all over Mumbai - Bandra, Lower Parel, Juhu, Andheri, Malad, South Bombay, Navi Mumbai and more. Events coming soon: But if we've whetted up your appetite, how about checking out Insider's excellent curation of food experiences and food festivals here?
2] Attend midnight Christmas Mass at one of Mumbai's many churches
Probably the best way to spend Christmas Eve is to attend a midnight mass, amidst the sea of faithful singing carols and celebrating birth of Christ. You can attend the mass at any of the numerous churches in Mumbai. In town you can go to Afghan Church & Holy Name Cathedral (Colaba), Saint Michael's Church (Mahim). Saint Thomas' Cathedral (Fort), or Gloria Church (Byculla). In the suburbs, you can attend the mass at Saint Peter's Church & Saint Andrew's Church (Bandra), Orlem Church (Malad), Lady of Immaculate Conception (Borivali). The most popular mass in the city, though, happens at Bandra's famous Mount Mary's Basilica. where one can spot celebrities attending the holy congregation.
Cost: There are some things money can't buy.
3] Ho Ho Ho! Gorge on Christmas Menus at a restaurant near you
Gorge at Christmas brunches and Christmas Eve dinners. There are feasts and Christmas special menus happening at almost any other five star hotel, pub, or eating joint during the Christmas week. Pubs and microbreweries such as Brewbot and Doolally have Christmas parties with special cocktails and festive items on the food menu just for this season (who knows, some might even have a few special brews). Along with the traditional Christmas pies, puddings, roast and stuffed turkeys and cakes, they offer events such as Santa Claus distributing gifts, Christmas Parade, carol singing and games as well. Expect several live artist performances as well. For instance, if you like dance music, make sure to drop in at AER, Tryst, Summer House Cafe and the likes. You just might hear Jingle Bells remixed!
If we've whetted up your appetite, check out Insider's dining experiences here.
Cost: INR 500 onwards, your appetite's the limit.
4] Indulge your sweet tooth with Christmas special desserts
Nothing says Christmas like a good old-fashioned cake. Not just any cake but a delicious aromatic Christmas cake full of soaked fruits and drenched in rum. Bandra is a neighbourhood that embraces Christmas like no other. Every street is lit up and almost every house is decorated. It is also home to some incredible bakeries like American Express Bakery, Hearsch Bakery, A-1 Bakery, Rejoyce which are some of the oldest bakeries in Mumbai. Townies can enjoy old world charm at Irani bakeries/cafes like Yazdani Bakery, B. Merwan & Co., Kyani & Co., Jimmy Boy. Apart from plum cakes one can satiate their taste buds with mawa cakes and other savoury items like rolls, puffs, patties etc. The chic millennials can try Theobroma, The Rolling Pin, Le 15 Patisserie, Love Sugar & Dough.
American Express Bakery: Multiple
Cost: As much as your appetite permits
5] Groove to some awesome acts at nightclubs
Mumbai's known for its nightlife, and things are taken up a notch on New Year's Eve and Christmas. Many of the city’s bars and nightclubs host parties, with celebrity DJs spinning the hippest tracks, plenty of festive-themed food and drinks plus energetic crowds, you are certain to have a good time. Bring out your party animal and add cheer to the festive mood. Look forward to several parties being listed on Insider soon!
Several of these will come up on Insider as well - you can check out the music gigs in the city here.
Cost: Rs.1000-5000 cover charge or entry passes.
6] Explore the Gaothans - Villages within the Megapolis
Gaothans are old East Indian villages that are now designated as heritage sites. One can take a walking tour of these villages with old world charm that are decked up in fineries and lights and show off welcoming Christmas trees. The quaint bungalows with Portuguese and British architecture, lanterns, tiny balconies, roofs and stained glass windows are tastefully lit and decorated. You can go by yourself, or take a curated walk with several operators who can give you more insights into heritage and history of these places and its people. Some of these gaothans are Khotachiwadi (Girgaon), Ranwar and Chuim (Bandra). Some of these events will be listed on Insider too, towards Christmas season.
Cost: INR 500-1000 (or free, if you'd like to explore on your own)
7] Get your shopping fix - in and outside a mall
Mumbai’s markets transform around this time of year to cater to all of your Christmas shopping needs – from Christmas trees and decorative ornaments to Santa costumes. Hit the markets at Hill Road in Bandra, which remains the best place for Christmas shopping. Here, you will find streetside stalls selling decoration items, festive sweets, and treats at very affordable prices. Those down south can head to Colaba Causeway and Crawford Market to get their festive fills. Prefer something more comfortable and sans haggling? No problem - all the city's malls will be decked up! This is the time of the year when shops feel generous and you can refill your wardrobe! Hit up some of the most popular malls in the city: Oberoi Mall (Goregaon) R-City (Ghatkopar), Viviana Mall (Thane) and Inorbit (Malad) in particular are known for their fabulous celebrations.
Hill Road, Bandra
Cost: INR 100 onwards - there is no upper limit!
8] Something different now! A Sufi celebation at Mahim Fair
What better way to celebrate secularism than celebrate a sufi event during Christmas? The Mahim Fair is celebrated in the memory of Hazrat Makhdum Ali Mahimi, a Sufi saint of the 14th century. This is a 12 day-long festival event that starts every December at around 20th to 25th with festive attractions like Qawwalis, Fun and Fair, Sufi music and food stalls. Though this is not related to Christmas, but hey aren’t we celebrating our vibrant multi-culture?
Cost: Chadar and sandal for exchange of “Dua”.
Here's hoping you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
As always, stay tuned to Insider for awesome things to do in your city!
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