The city is decked up with lights, the aroma of freshly baked cakes fills the air, the chilly December evenings soak up your everyday stress and at the end of the day, you feel elated. It is that time of the year when joy takes center-stage and we can’t keep calm because it’s Christmas! However, if you are done with clichéd Christmas parties and are looking for a celebration with a difference, take your pick from these out-of-the-box events and activities that should have you jingling all the way…

All about feasting

The celebration planner: How to make the most of your Christmas celebrations

Going out for a dinner with family on Christmas is a common affair but feasting on traditional Christmas recipe is a magical experience. Banjara Restaurant in Andheri is your one-stop destination where you can gorge on gourmet delicacies from all around the globe. X’mas Fiesta organised by Banjara Restaurant offers you the perfect buffet for your true blue Christmas menu that features roasted turkey, shepherd’s pie and chicken. Love seafood? Here’s your chance to stuff yourself with prawns, squids and surmai, specially curated for Christmas. To end your feast on a happy note, you can dig into Yule log cake, Christmas pudding with brandy sauce, chocolate fountain, crepes, premium ice-creams and so much more!
What: X’mas Fiesta, When: Ongoing till December 25, Where: Banjara Restaurant, Goldfinch Hotel, Andheri East

Different strokes

The celebration planner: How to make the most of your Christmas celebrations

Did you know that painting is one of the best ways to get rid of your stress and anxiety? The colours can cheer up your mood. The fluid art painting workshop offers you the chance to master this art technique. It is a fun-filled activity for all age groups where you can explore your creative side and decorate the canvas as per your imagination. Create a masterpiece for your home or gift it to someone special on Christmas Eve.
What: Fluid Art Workshop, When: Today, 6:30 pm onwards, Where: Club Aquaria, Devidas lane, Borivali — West

Sew green

The celebration planner: How to make the most of your Christmas celebrations

This Christmas ignore the old repetitive gifting ideas and make your own gifts, by adding a personal touch. Take the DIY route and create customised gifts that both your loved ones, and the environment will appreciate. The Hab at Mumbai offers you a whole range of ‘green’ DIY options – from creating your personal Fabric Flower Pot Holder that dresses up your indoor plants and adds instant cheer, to glow-ribbon pocket tote bags, and Christmas ornaments.
What: Fun Christmas DIY Workshop, When: Ongoing till December 25, Where: The Hab by USHA, G-1, 444 Corporate Lounge, Opp. Sahib Khatwara Darbar, Rd. No 7, Khar –West

Party like royalty

The celebration planner: How to make the most of your Christmas celebrations

Game for all the Rajwadi royalty that Rajasthan offers? Alila Fort Bishangarh is the right place to ring in Christmas madness like a royal. Celebrate your Christmas dinner at Nazaara overlooking the stunning beauty of nature. Relish the extravagant menu of Rajasthani offerings featuring hunter cuisine paired with red or white wine while experiencing a live band. On December 25, feast at the poolside restaurant that offers a taste of Mediterranean with fresh, seasonal, local ingredients and pickings from the haveli’s garden. Sip on assorted cocktails on the roof-top of the haveli with the captivating sound of the flute and surround yourself with the mesmerizing 360-degree view of the Rajasthani landscape.
What: Celebrate Christmas at Alila Bishangarh, When: December 24, 7 pm onwards & December 25, 12 noon to 3:30 pm, Where: Alila Fort Bishangarh, Off NH-8 at Manoharpur, Bishangarh, Rajasthan

Out and alive!
Take a break from the everyday city hustle and have a good time with your gang in the middle of nature. BandCamp season 5 gives you a chance to celebrate the festival in nature’s abode under the open sky with a bonfire. To make the mood livelier you have bands laying your all-time favourite songs. Right from Rock, Pop, Jazz and Blues, you can enjoy every gig in the hilly Christmas Eve air with lip-smacking food. The ampsite, which is located off Gorai Beach, is an ideal place to spend quality moments in nature’s abode. part from camping in tents and sundown barbeque, you can go around for a walk, chill in a hammock or read books inside your lovely tent. And the best part, you can also bring your pets along!

What: BandCamp Christmas Eve, When: December 24, 4 pm onwards, Where: BandCamp, White Collar Hippie Camping Ground, Dongri, Uttan, Mira Bhayandar

Baubles bright

The celebration planner: How to make the most of your Christmas celebrations

Grab some gorgeous bling for yourself or your loved ones from Labels of Love, a multi-brand jewelry store now open in Mumbai. The store offers a selection of over 21 brands (and counting!) from across the country and more. Follow them on Instagram @labelsofloveofficial to check out their gorgeous baubles. Or visit Labels of Love, 1, Apsara Building, S V Road, Santacruz – West. Why should only Christmas trees be decked out this season?

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