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Joy To The World: Twelve Glorious Churches You'll Love On Christmas Eve

Jayati posted on 19 December

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Santa Claus may not be coming to the town this year, but this city has no regrets. Mumbai is full blown preparing for Christmas 2016 with festive decor cropping up on streets and in restaurants. For anyone who wants to get in with the celebration, here’s the lowdown on the best churches in Mumbai to hit up this Christmas eve. Joy to the world, Christmas is almost here.

Saint John's Church, Colaba

Fondly known to the locals as the Afghan Church, this beautiful Colaba Church that was built by the British has a really charming Christmas eve mass with hundreds of people flocking to it dressed in their best attire.

The mass springs live 10.30pm onwards, with a performance by the Wild Voices Choir singing their classic Christmas carols. Get there early to experience the beauty and magic of Christmas as tis the season to be merry and joyous.

Religious Establishments

62, Opp. Electric House, SBS Road, Navy Nagar, Colaba, Mumbai

    Wodehouse Church, Colaba

    Holy Name Cathedral in Colaba is another church to hit up for a Christmas midnight mass. It opened to the public way back in 1905 and has some fantastic and intriguing artwork displayed inside it.

    Go here on 24 December, and be a part of the 3,000-plus crowd that gathers here for the mass {which is also broadcast live}. The Cathedral’s choir will commence its carol singing 9.30pm onwards, and the mass begins approximately 10 – 10.30pm onwards.

    Religious Establishments

    19, Opp. YMCA, Nathalal Parekh Road, Colaba, Mumbai

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    Saint Thomas's Cathedral, Fort

    Though it’s a pretty church with a simple mass, it’s definitely a favourite among the SoBo community during Christmas time. Situated near Horniman’s circle and Flora Fountain, this church was the first Anglican Church in Mumbai.

    Get there early to grab the best seats, as the carol singing would start around 9.30pm which will be followed by a mass at 10.30pm. Wear your finest, and ring in the Christmas Day at this old charming British Church.

    Religious Establishments

    Horniman Circle, Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai

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    Gloria Church, Byculla

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    This beautiful tall Gothic-style church was inspired by the Canterbury Cathedral of England. Present at its current location since 1910, Gloria Church is as magical as its gets on Christmas eve. With its tall church towers {which are one of the tallest in the city}, it makes for a splendid setting to ring in the Christmas festivities.

    At least 1,000 people from the area join in for the midnight mass, including the Muslim residents,  to be a part of this joyous celebration {truly embracing unity in diversity}. Go here for their wonderful Christmas tree and a beautiful midnight mass at this Glorious Gloria Church.

    Religious Establishments

    Sant Savata Mali Marg, Byculla East, Mumbai

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    St. Andrews, Bandra

    Possibly one of the prettiest and wittiest Churches in Mumbai {the board outside puts out some well thought-out quotes}, this Bandra church is a popular one to hit up during the Christmas Eve. Nestled on the outskirts of Chimbai village, this 400-year old church goes all festive with bright lights, red and white buntings put up nicely around the church and in the grounds.

    For Christmas eve, head there around 9pm onwards to enjoy carols, which will be followed by a mass 10pm onwards. We’ve been informed by regular church-goers, the mass will be held on St Andrew school ground owing to the expected massive turn up. However, if you can’t make it on the eve, don’t fret. Head there on Christmas day when the masses will be held at 7am, 8am and 9.30am.

    Religious Establishments

    27 Cubbon Road, Shivaji Nagar, Bengaluru

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    Basilica Of Our Lady Of The Mount, Bandra

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    This iconic landmark in Bandra {also knows as Mount Mary Church} overlooking the blue calm Arabian sea atop the hill is the one to not skip this year, or any year for that matter. Bring in the Christmas festivity on the eve of Christmas wherein the crowd gathers here until late. Wait for the wonderful chiming of the Northern Tower bells and sing along all the classics with your fellow attendees, and even light an Xmas candle.

    The service commences here 11pm onwards with carols singing that starts immediately. People are rather joyous here, joining in the singing and stay back till late.

    #LBBTip: It gets chilly at midnight so we suggest carrying a soft sweater or a coat to keep yourself warm this Xmas.

    Religious Establishments

    Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount, Bandra West, Mumbai

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    St. Peters, Bandra

    One of the most beautiful churches in the city, this old-charm church is possibly the most festive one. With a tall Christmas tree out in the front resplendent with lights, decorations and more, it’s a highly popular one with residents of Bandra and beyond.

    The service starts around 10pm, with carols taking the stage first. The church is also known for its beautiful decoration inside, with its high ceilings and bright lamps that’ll cover the outside ground.

    Religious Establishments

    Hill Road, Ranwar, Bandra West, Mumbai

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    Our Lady Of Victoria Church, Mahim

    From nativity play setting to a big Christmas tree and the ever-so-delightful midnight mass on the Christmas eve, Victoria Church has a history of almost of 450 years hidden inside its beautiful interiors.

    This year around, catch the choir of Our Lady Of Victoria Church, that’ll be carol singing at the midnight mass for everyone. They have a special carol night at the Church on 21st December, apart from the regular singing at the midnight mass. This year expect classics like ‘Hark! The Herald Angels Sing‘ to the not-so-popular ‘While shepherds watched their flocks by night‘. Karen Vaswani, the conductor of the Choir tells us the carols will be sung in English and at least one regional language; that is, Konkani, Hindi or Marathi.

    Religious Establishments

    Lady Jamshedji Road, Mahim West, Mumbai

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    St John The Evangelist, Marol

    Wit almost 7,000 parishioners joining in on the Christmas eve every year, St John The Evangelist in Marol is one of the few simpler Churches in Mumbai {also attached to a school} to have the ‘Late Baroque’ aka ‘rococo’ style beautiful intricate altar. Built in a Portuguese style, this Church will house a big Christmas tree and organise the midnight mass on Christmas eve. Out in the front stands the four-foot long statue of Our Lady of Amparo. Before this Church came into existence in 1840, just next to it stands the original Church, Condita, now a body of ruins.

    For the late night parishers, the carol singing and the midnight mass in the Church ground will begin at 9pm for you to enjoy the Christmas eve. However, if you’d rather go in for an early mass in the morning on the Christmas day, the masses will be held at 7am, 8am and 9am.

    Religious Establishments

    Marol Church Road, Marol, Andheri East, Mumbai

      Holy Trinity Church, Powai

      The tiny and not-so-huge Holy Trinity Church at Powai is a humble-looking church from its exteriors. Set atop a hillock near sprawling IIT Mumbai campus, this Church is frequented by the residents in and around the area.

      It’s a simple affair on the Christmas eve beginning at 10.30pm with residents spilling in huge numbers to celebrate this age-old celebration.

      Religious Establishments

      Near IIT Market, Powai, Mumbai

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      Church of Immaculate Conception, Borivali

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      Something for the people living in and around Borivali, the IC Church is a popular one to go to for their famous midnight mass every Christmas eve. This church dates back to almost 1547 and adds to this city’s ancient history.

      This year, the midnight mass will be held at the church grounds to accommodate the large crowd that’ll be pouring to join in the merriment. The carols are expected to begin at 9.30pm, followed by the mass and the celebrations that run late into the night. For the Christmas Day, they have masses in three languages, Marathi mass at 6am, Konkani mass at 7am and the English mass that’ll happen at 8am, 9am and 11am in the church.

      Religious Establishments

      Shree Aurobindo Marg, IC Colony, Mount Poinsur, Borivali West, Mumbai

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      Orlem Church, Malad

      The Orlem community in Malad West is a close-knit community. During Christmas, we are told, they all come together and join in the merriness that Christmas spreads. A regular church-goer tells us Orlem is one of the most popular Churches in and around Malad with more than 15,000 people turning up for the midnight mass that begins at 11pm with carols.

      Religious Establishments

      Kanchpada, Malad West, Mumbai

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