Visit these 7 churches in Goa during Christmas!

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This Christmas, pay a holy tribute and celebrate the festival in a sacred way. Here's a list of churches you must visit in Goa during Christmas.

Goans! Christmas is here and hope you have made your plans for the same. If not, we have got you something sacred to add to your festive celebrations. Mass is of great importance on the day of Christmas. It is offered in honour of the Nativity of Jesus. If you want to attend the mass and experience the divine sight, these churches are a must-visit in Goa during Christmas.

Immaculate Conception church

Goa during Christmas


This is one of the most famous churches in Panaji. The chapel was first built in 1541, to serve the religious needs of Portuguese sailors. Later, in 1609 the small chapel was replaced by the present-day large church. The white-walled church with a magnificent structure alongside a hill is perfect for celebrating Christmas by attending mass.

Where: R. Emidio Gracia, Altinho, Panaji, Goa.

Mass timings: Weekdays - 7:00 am, 8 am, 6 pm

Weekends - 7:00 am, 8:15 am 9:30 am, 5:30 pm

They also hold online masses

Mae De Deus church

Goa during Christmas

Another architectural marvel, Mae De Deus church brings light to the Christmas celebration. The Neo-Gothic architecture style of the church attracts tourists from all over the world. It appears more beautiful during the Christmas mass and one must attend the same.

Where: Chogm Rd, Muddavaddi, Saligao, Goa.

Mass timings: Weekdays (Daily) - 7:00 am,

Wednesday and 1st Fridays - 5:00 pm

Saturday - 6.00 pm

Sunday - 7: 00 am, 8:15 am, 9:15 am

St. Diogo church


Perhaps, one of the most popular churches in North Goa. St. Diogo church is a Neo-Roman style church that is sure to impress you. If in North Goa during Christmas, you must visit this church and attend the mass.

Where: Guirim, Goa

Mass timings: Weekdays - 7 am

Weekends - 7:00 am, 9:00 am, 10:15 am

They also hold online masses

Also Read: Head to these churches in Delhi to attend the Christmas mass!

The Basilica of Bom Jesus

Goa during Christmas

The Basilica of Bom Jesus or Borea Jezuchi Bajilika is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This church is more than 408 years old. The basilica holds the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier. On your visit to Goa, you can definitely witness the heritage of this church.

Where: Old Goa Road, Bainguinim, Goa

Mass timings: Weekdays - 7:00 am, 8:00 am, 6:00 pm, 5:00 pm

Weekends - 7:00 am, 8:00 am, 9:15 am, 10:15 am, 6:00 pm

St. Anne church, Parra


St. Anne church in old Goa is a classic example of Portuguese Baroque architecture. Also called ‘The Parra church’ locally. It is considered a church as well as a religious monument. Standing strong since the 17th century it is still visited by many people. The environment around the church during Christmas is worth an experience.

Where: Parra, Goa

Mass timings: Monday to Saturday 7:00 am

Sunday - 7:00 am, 8:30 am, 10:00 am

St. Clara's church


This church is named after St. Clare of Assisi who dedicated her life to Christianity. This is a small church with greenery in the background. You'll find peace of mind in the environment around. Celebrate the festival of Christmas in this serene place this year.

Where:  Assonora, Goa

Mass timings: Monday to Saturday 6:45 am

Sunday 7:00 and 8:30 am

Se Cathedral


A part of the World Heritage Site, Se Cathedral is another church to visit during the time of Christmas. The Se Cathedral was built to commemorate the victory of the Portuguese under Afonso de Albuquerque over a Muslim army. The church also has a beautiful garden in front of it. You can enjoy the festival along with a classic view.

Where: Velha, Goa.

Mass timings: Weekdays - Monday, Wednesday, Friday - 5:30 am

Tuesday and Friday - 5:00 pm

Saturday - 5:30 am

Sunday - 7:00 am, 10:00 am, 4:00 pm

Also Read: Get ready for the best time of the year with these events around Christmas in Mumbai!

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