With Christmas almost around the corner, it certainly is the time to be jolly and why wouldn’t you be? Markets and malls are lit up, there’s that delicious waft of rum-soaked Christmas cake in the air and strains of Christmas carols can be heard everywhere you go. If you happen to be in Delhi for Christmas here are the top 5 experiences for you to make the most out of this holiday season:
Enjoy at the Delhi Drum Circle Jam: A group of musicians and percussionists are getting together to jam on the Christmas eve. You can’t miss them, wherever they are the place comes alive with the sound of music. They welcome any and everyone with an instrument, either to jam with them, or just simply to enjoy their sound. They usually start with a few freestyle tunes, and go on to improv.
- Where: Oxford Book Store
- When: 24th Dec, 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm.
- Entry : Entry is free.
Attend a Christmas Eve Mass at the Vatican Embassy Chapel – Traditional Christmas mass is celebrated at midnight, since it is believed that Christ was born at night. Christian or not, join the celebrations at the beautiful Vatican Embassy chapel. Constructed in traditional Roman style, the chapel has a beautiful nativity scene and a giant Christmas tree. You can even join the carol singers for a song or two! After service, don’t forget to stay back and enjoy the Christmas bonfire, accompanied by fruit cake and piping hot coffee.
Tip: Try and reach the chapel by 8 pm if you want to secure a good place to sit. Also, parking is a challenge so it will be a better idea to take a cab instead of driving.
- Where: 50-C Niti Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, Delhi 110021| Ph No: 011-4249 2300
- When: Christmas carol singing followed by midnight mass begins at 8:30 pm on 24th December
- Entry: Entry is free.
Go out for a picnic : Plan an outdoor picnic with friends and/ or family to the nearest park. Do it a pot luck brunch or lunch and don’t forget to carry frizebee, badmintion or may be UNO. You can play some christmas trivia too.
- Where: Lodhi Garden, Garden of five senses, India Gate , Qutab Minar and Nehru Park
- When : 24 or 25 December 2017, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Hog on to the traditional Christmas cakes and pasteries at Delhi’s oldest surviving cake shop – Christmas particularly is the time for overindulgence! Visit the Delhi’s oldest surviving original establishment, their cakes and pasteries are literally to die for, but make sure you visit them well in time because they get sold out super soon.
- Where : Wenger’s Deli, A-18, Radial Road, Connaught Place, New Delhi
- When : 11:00 AM – 7:45 PM
- Price : INR 400 (for two)
Extend the warmth by donating your winter clothes: You can donate to either people on roadside, or a charity you support or you can even donate clothes at the Indian Oil Petrol Pump in Gurgaon, right near the Delhi Gurgaon border. You could also make your donations to the Uday India Foundation that works for the welfare of children and with survivors of disasters. They accept donations in kind, so in case you have extra warm clothes, blankets, shoes and the like, you can donate it to the Uday Foundation. All you have to do is drop it off at their office between 9am to 5pm and they can also assist if you’re looking to organise a donation drive in your office/neighbourhood.
Content sources: LBB , MMT and LiveMint
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