10 Events & Fests in India to mark for December

December is the time of year when the surroundings are inundated with moods of celebration and party making it a perfect time for an excursion. With Christmas and New Year’s Eve around the corner, here are some events to give a perfect closing to your year. 

Hornbill Festival, Nagaland

Photo by Vikramjit Kakati
Photo by Vikramjit Kakati

When: 1st-10th December

In the emerald valleys of Nagaland, various tribal groups gather together to celebrate nature and the rich cultural heritage. A weeklong fanfare of cultural programs, tribal handicraft display and rock concert will not only bring you closer to the nature, but will also provide with an extraordinary tribal experience.

International Sand Art Festival, Odisha

Sand Festival

When: 1st– 5th December

Astound yourself with the breathtaking sand art on the beaches of Konark, the city of famous Sun Temple. The beautiful sand sculptures by foreign and local artists are an alluring treat to the eyes. Moreover, the festival coincides with Konark Dance Festival.

National Street Food Festival, New Delhi


When: 11th-13th December

For all the food lovers, make sure you satiate your appetite gorging on mouthwatering street delicacies at this food fest. Relishing on hot yummy tikkis and kebabs in Delhi winter has always been a deadly combination.

Pet Fed, New Delhi

When: 13th December

It is in interest of all the pet lovers to participate in the biggest pet event dedicated to your furry friends. Dog shows, bake sale, exibitions and games for your pooches are enough reasons to make this event one of its kinds. Kind of exciting, isn’t it? Woof.

Sunburn Festival, Goa

Sunburn Festival

When:  27th-30th December

The biggest Electronic Music Festival in Asia inviting prominent DJs from all over the world is the most exhilarating event of the year. Music, food, shopping and beaches; this event has got all the elements. What better way to end your year than partying in Goa.

Mount Abu Winter Festival

When: 29th-31st December

The only hill station in North-west holds a three day festival every year with much enthusiasm and pomposity. The ceremonial procession gathers at Nakki Lake, followed by the folk dance performances and water sports. The astounding display of fireworks at the end of the day is an ultimate showstopper.

Cochin Carnival

When: 25th December- 1st January

Continuing since Portuguese Colonial era, this carnival is celebrated with all delight and enthusiasm to welcome New Year. A grand parade of elephants decorated in ornamental trappings along with folk art performances and beach activities are organized at this seven day pageant.

Hot Air Balloon Festival, Karnataka

When: December- January

Get ready to have an adrenaline rush as you soar high in colorful balloons swinging along the wind. Courtesy of Karnataka tourism, the grand balloon fest will be held in last week of December at three different regions Hampi, Mysore, & Bidar, inviting enthusiasts from India and abroad. While you’re at it, sightseeing the historical relics of Hampi and lavish gardens of Mysore is must.

Rann Utsav, Kutch

When: December to March

Set amongst the wide canvas of white desert painted by the beautiful folksy colors, this festival is a perfect amalgamation of art, music and culture. Folk dance, handicrafts village, and Para motoring are few of its major attractions. Tenting beneath the starry sky in the cool winter breeze is an experience to cherish for lifetime. Kuchh din to definitely gujaro Gujarat mei.

Festa de Diu

When: December- February

Spanning across three months, this festival boasts as Asia’s longest running beach festival. With your favorite artists performing live by the picturesque surroundings of Diu beaches, this carnival is a one stop destination for all the fun and relaxation.

One hell of a happening month, isn’t it?

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