5 Ways to Celebrate Christmas in Pondicherry

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Tis the season to be jolly! Christmas is the best time to be in Pondicherry- there is a cold nip in the air, there are twinkling lights everywhere and a general feeling of goodwill and cheer! Here’s how to make the most of your Christmas in Pondicherry:

See the lights on Mission Street:

Fairy lights, Christmas trees, inviting shop windows and music streaming from little stores- Mission Street is easily at its merriest during Christmas. The stretch of Mission street right opposite the Immaculate Conception Cathedral is where you can pick up stars to hang from your ceiling, plenty of red and gold tinsel , special Christmas ornaments or handmade figurines for your crib (Nativity Scene).

Register for Pondylive’s Christmas Cookie Workshop here! 


Shop at the annual Christmas Market

One of the European traditions that Pondicherry embraces annually is the Christmas Market or the Marche de Noel, thanks to Amicale de Pondicherry. Designers, bakers, boutique owners, NGOs and local businesses sell Christmas themed decor, jewellery, clothes, cookies and more ! Christmas Market 2019 is on December 7 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Event details soon!


Sing carols by the sea!

Light up your candles and sing ‘Silent Night’ or swing with Santa Claus to Jingle Bells! There two beach-side concerts in mid-December and carols by candle light in churches. Check back for actual dates in December.

Sit down to a feast on Christmas

Hotels and restaurants around town host sumptuous Christmas dinners and brunches with five course meals and traditional favourites. For full list:Pondicherry Christmas: Christmas Parties and Dinners ( Check after December 15 for 2019 list)

Ring in Christmas in Pondicherry at Midnight

Join the devout before the clock strikes 12 for a special Christmas mass in any of Pondicherry’s churches, particularly the popular trio of churches inside the heritage town area. The decorations and lights at Christmas only add to the centuries-old beauty of these churches like Our Lady of Angels on Rue Dumas; Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Mission Street, and Sacred Heart Basilica, South Boulevard.


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