Mumbai is a potpourri of cultures, showing off its heritage sites. Churches are a religious symbol but with that, they are also a symbol of the beautiful architecture Mumbai has to offer. Churches in Mumbai or for that matter anywhere in the world welcome everyone regardless of their religion to share the eternal sense of joy and hope. This Christmas if you have decided to explore the calmer and more peaceful side of the festival by experiencing the Midnight Mass, choir performances and beautiful decoration.
Here’s a list of Churches in Mumbai that you should visit to enjoy the true essence of Christmas.
1. Afghan Church, Colaba
The church is named to honor the sacrifice of those who died in the First Afghan War. It is well known for its gothic architecture, beautiful stained glasses, and geometric tiles. Officially named as the church of St John the Evangelist. The mass begins at 10:30 pm by singing classic Christmas carols with people flaunting their best attire. This is the season to be merry!
Location: The Afghan Church, Opp. Electric House
2. Wodehouse Church, Colaba
The joyous season is here! This church is one of the most famous Catholic church in Mumbai. The architecture of this church is neo-gothic. It has some intriguing artwork displayed to people since 1905. On Christmas, the church has a footfall of 3,000 people to be a part of the mass and the Catholic Carol singing will begin at 9:30 pm.
Location: Wodehouse Church, Opp. YMCA
3. St. Andrew’s Bandra
One of the most popular and prettiest made churches in Mumbai. It is adorned with lights and decoration on Christmas. Located on the outskirts of Chhimbai Village, the 400-year-old Church is the most famous to visit for Christmas Eve and the day of Christmas. On Christmas eve, the mass begins at 9:00 pm and on Christmas, it takes place at 7:00 am, 8:00 am, and 9:30 am. Do not forget to read up the quotes on boards outside!
4. Gloria Church, Byculla
Looking for the most magical place to welcome Christmas? Head to this alluring Gothic-style church. It stands the tallest in the area and is the best place to welcome Christmas with 1000 other people who join the midnight mass.
5. St. Thomas’s Cathedral, Fort
This beautiful church has a very simple mass yet it’s the favorite of SoBo. Wear your merriest outfit and ring in Christmas at St. Thomas singing carols. The mass begins at 10:30 pm. ‘Tis the season to be jolly!
6. Mount Mary Basilica, Bandra
Not to skip on Christmas, this iconic sea-facing church, atop a hill is the most prominent church in Mumbai. Carol singing with the chiming of bells commences at 11:00 pm.
7. St. Peter’s, Bandra
The church is prettified in lights, Christmas tree, decorations and more. It’s the most picturesque church on Christmas. If in Bandra on Christmas eve, head to this divine church of Mumbai.
Location: St. Peter’s, Hill Road, Bandra
8. St. John, Andheri
The church has a well-decorated huge Christmas tree. With almost 7000 people coming in for Christmas eve, it talks for itself about its prominence. Along with midnight mass the church also houses early mass at 7:00 am, 8:00 am and 9:00 am.
9. St. Michael’s, Mahim
Standing elegantly tall for the last 450 years it has the most wonderful mass with the artistic interior and beautiful decor. The mass is unique as compared to all the other churches because here carols will be sung in English as well as one regional language.
10. Church Of Immaculate Conception, Borivali
For people living in and around Borivali, the IC church is their go-to for midnight mass. The carols will begin at 9:30 am in the morning followed by the mass at night at the church ground. They have masses in regional languages. Marathi mass happens at 6:00 am, Konkani mass at 7:00 am and English mass at 8:00, 9:00 and 11:00 am.
11. Orlem Church, Malad
The Orlem community comes together and enjoys the joyousness Christmas spreads. The church sees 15,000 coming in to join the mass.
Location: Orlem Church, Kanchpada, Malad
12. Holy Trinity Church, Powai
Holy Trinity Church is a simple and little church near IIT Mumbai with a breathtaking view. If you live nearby and want to be a part of the mass on Christmas, visit this church.
Location: Holy Trinity Church, IIT Market, Powai
We are in the most magical time of the year. Head to these churches in Mumbai to enjoy the beauty of Christmas.