Christmas Events & Parties in Delhi (2017): By Insider
'tis the season of good cheer! And Insider has a ton of things lined up for you: Events, parties, and a curated list of things to in Delhi!
Christmas in Delhi is the closest we come to the magical ideal of a white Christmas that has been drilled into our head by a heady combination of Bing Crosby, Enid Blyton and Hollywood. Who wants to bring in the festive season in shorts? No, Christmas is the season for indulgences of the heart and the appetite - and Insider's found the perfect ones for you to partake in.
Curated Christmas events in & around Delhi
Insider's got some terrific events for you - from parties, to music, from Christmas feasts to camping. And hey, it's a long weekend, so look forward to several trips away from the city as well.
Other curated things to do in Delhi on Christmas Day
Midnight Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral
This one’s for anyone who grew up in Delhi and remembers sleepily heading to midnight mass in the back of the family car in the freezing cold winter. Crank up the nostalgia to usher in Christmas this year when you bundle up in your festive best to revisit midnight mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Don’t forget your gloves and hat!
When: Sunday, December 14, midnight (but we recommend showing up earlier to avoid crowding)
Where: 1, Ashok Place, Near Gole Dakkhana
German Christmas Mela
Hosted by the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce, the German Christmas Mela is where Delhi-ites have been heading to for years to check off the storybook-inspired must-dos for Christmas. Get your plum cake, build a gingerbread house, stock up on Christmas baubles, and enjoy some carolling leading up to the big day. This usually takes place early December, so keep an eye out for the announcement of the dates
When: TBA, check on Facebook for dates
Where: German House, Chanakyapuri
Cost: INR 350 for entrance (in 2016), plus whatever you buy
Dastkar Winter Mela
From woollens to weaves for the home, Dastkar Winter Mela is for anyone who wants to soak up some winter sun while supporting local artisans from pretty much all over northern India and beyond. Cap off some intense shopping with treats from the food and drink stalls at the Mela while you watch performers show off their art. We promise it makes for an indulgent weekend well spent leading up to the holiday.
When: December, 14 - 25
Where: TBA, follow their Facebook for details
Cost: Free entry, plus whatever you buy
Christmas Carols Capital
City Minstrels Choir has been serenading audiences with classic choral music or more popular carols since the early 90s. With singers from all across the world, they really set the tone for the festive season. Warble along (or just sit back and enjoy the pros) with multiple shows across Delhi leading up to Christmas Day.
When: Multiple shows starting December
Where: Check out their upcoming events on Facebook
Cost: Varies according to event
Christmas Eve Marathon
Whether you’re getting a headstart on next year’s resolutions or just keeping the one from earlier this year (congratulations!), a Christmas Eve Half Marathon sounds like the most wholesome way one could end the year. Plus, there’s a run for everyone - from serious runners to children who are athletes in the making. Grab that final running t-shirt and finisher medal of the year!
When: Sunday, December 24, 5:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Where: Noida Sports Stadium, Sector 21, Noida
Cost: INR 650 - 1200
If all you want to do on Christmas is sit back and overindulge (or you just want to reward yourself for running a marathon on a holiday) head to The Imperial for their famous Christmas Brunch. It has all the trimmings - from reindeers that lead the way to the feasting to a Santa who is sure to set the standard for all future Santas for the kids in the family. We’d recommend skipping breakfast to take advantage of this one.
When: Monday. December 25, 12:30 pm
Where: The Imperial, Janpath, CP
Cost: INR 2000 - 3750 (plus taxes, as of 2016)
Things to do in Delhi on New Year's Eve
For New Year Celebrations a week later, check out Insider's recommendations of things to do in Delhi on New Year's Eve.
Things to do near Delhi on New Year's Eve
If you'd rather not stay in the city, though, check out places to visit near Delhi on New Year's Day.
Happy New Year and have an incredible 2018. As always, stay tuned to Insider for awesome things to do in your city!
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