Offbeat things to do in Goa in December
Goa in December is popular for it’s Christmas and New Year’s eve celebrations which are full of vibrant decors, lip-smacking treats, fireworks and festive lights which add a vibrancy to the city life. Thousands of people visit Goa in December all looking forward to beach parties and weddings. Goa is definitely one of the higher ranked locations where people consider bidding farewell to the last year while looking forward to the next.
Here are a few things you ought to know before flying to Goa this season.
Weather in Goa during December:
December is known to be full of snow and frost around the world but Goa doesn’t get added to that list. The nights in Goa are a little bit foggy and can get quite cold but the days are quite warm as in summer. All the same, don’t forget to get some warm clothes along with your beachwear for those cold evenings. On a positive note, you will still enjoy some amazing beach views thanks to its tropical weather during the day.
Tourism in Goa during December:
Goa receives maximum footfall in the month of December as it is the start of a dry season in most parts of the world. Many choose Goa as a destination for their winter vacation due to its warmer conditions and lively atmosphere. That being the case, it would be better to book your accommodation well in advance.
Here’s a list of offbeat things to do in Goa during December:
Witness a traditional Goan Catholic wedding
The wedding season in Goa peaks in December. People from different parts of the country plan their nuptials well in advance to get a venue within the tiny state. A traditional Goan wedding is very different from the rituals followed elsewhere. One such interesting ritual is called the ‘Ros’, where the friends and cousins of the bride and groom gather and douse the to be married couple in coconut milk.
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Take part in the Panjim feast and fair
Following the famous St.Xavier’s feast at Old Goa, the feast of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception at Panjim is next in line. It takes place every year on the 8th of December. According to the Catholic faith, the feast celebrates the conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is preceded by novenas for nine days. The huge church that towers over the city is lit up beautifully in the evenings of the feast. There’s a street fair surrounding the Church with stalls selling garments, household items, crockery, handicrafts, sweets all in one place.
Catch a glimpse of Olive Ridleys at the beaches of Canacona
December is the perfect time for nature lovers to catch a glimpse of the olive Ridley turtles hatchlings on the shores of Agonda and Galgibaga in the Canacona Taluka of Goa. Turtle conservation on Galgibaga beach, began in 1999, due to the efforts of the then parish priest of Galgibaga church to protect these little ones. With the help of some locals, he had succeeded in locating about 33 turtle nests, the highest since 1999 till date. Participating in such a cause is something every environmentalist should be interested in.
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It’s Party Time at Anjuna
If you thought the recent ban on two of the largest EDM festivals in the state would stop people in Goa from partying, you have another thing coming. Anjunadeep, a renowned music label from London, have taken their famous parties across the globe in recent years. It is coming to India for the first time on the 29th of December. The music fest will take over Waters in Vagator Beach in Goa for a special 12-hour long day & night party. Apart from this, there’s the upcoming Club Nyex at Anjuna, whose Goa Sunrise Party from Dec 28-30 & New Year’s Eve parties are a cut above the rest.
Know more about Anjunadeep fest over here : www.submerge.in/anjunadeepgoa
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Shake a leg at Christmas Ballrooms
One of the many attractions in Goa during the season of Santa are the Christmas Ballroom dances that take place throughout the state. Some noteworthy spots to get your groove on and bogey are the Emerald Lawns and Alva Mar in Parra or the Woodburne Hall in Nuvem. If dancing isn’t your thing, fear not! Goa also has an array of week-long dance workshops by different dance groups to get you out there and dance your heart out.
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Attend the colorful Art festivals in Panjim
This month Goa is getting you, not one but two art festivals, so if you’re an art lover, you are in for a treat. The Goa Art and Literary festival brings together various writers and artists for a span of 4 days from the 8th to the 11th of December. Despite being just five years in the running, it has rapidly emerged as one of the premier cultural showcases of India.
Another much-awaited event is the Serendipity Arts Festival which is coming to Goa for the first time. This one will be a melange of visual, performing and culinary arts curated by the industry experts around the world.
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Go Crib hopping around Goa
When you think of Christmas preparations, making a crib is definitely on the to-do list. Families have their traditional cribs displayed for all to see, many others some up with novel ideas and themes to showcase their creativity. Look out for the State level Crib making Competition that the Department of Art & Culture Govt. of Goa organizes every Christmas, you will find the most creative ones competing with each other.
Pic Credits: Joe Goa UK
Shop and Hop at Pop It Up’s Winter Flea
Two young ladies based in Panjim conceptualized this interactive and casual pop-up bazaar event to add some charm to the monotonous city life. It encourages young and old artists, entrepreneurs, food critics and food lovers, fashion & beauty enthusiasts, music lovers, photographers to be a part of the flea market. After a successful edition during the monsoons, they are back with a Winter Flea. Head to the Marriotts on the 11th of December to shop for some artistic additions to your home at very reasonable prices.
Pic Credits: POP-IT-UP facebook
Observe the Liberation Day Parade at Campal Ground
55 years since Goa’s liberation, December 19th is celebrated to honour the efforts of several freedom fighters from Goa along with the Indian Navy, which brought an end to the Portuguese colonial rule in 1961. The celebration features a torch light procession from three different locations of Goa and ultimately meeting at the Campal Ground, in Panjim. The participants of the procession then pay their tribute to the Martyrs with a spectacular parade display.
Found these interesting? Let us know what you’re doing this month with a comment below. We might be able to add your inputs to our list for 2017. We are all ears! 😉