New Year specials in Mumbai

Now that Christmas has passed and the year is coming to an end, everyone is haunted by the same question – what are we doing this New Year’s Eve?! Well, here are some of the best restaurants in the city that have organised some amazing New Year specials:

  • New Year celebrations at Grand Hyatt

Grand Hyatt brings to you extraordinary celebrations to ring in the New Year in style. It’s classic restaurants such as Fifty Five East, Soma, China House and Celini will treat you with unlimited food, spirits, majestic desserts zone and kids area, whereas the China House Lounge and Grand Courtyard Party will include an enthralling DJ experience under the stars.   

Date: Sunday, 31st December, 2017

Price:  Fifty Five East – INR 4159, Soma – INR 5274, China House – INR 5274 and Celini – INR 5274, Grand Courtyard Party – INR 4159, China House Lounge – INR 14320 (all prices inclusive of taxes)

Address: Bandra Kurla Complex Vicinity, Off Western Express Highway, Santacruz East, Mumbai

Contact Details: 02266761231 / 7045950140

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  • New Year’s Eve at Farzi Cafe, Kamala Mills & High Street Phoenix

Celebrate the New Year’s Eve at Farzi Cafe and get high on music, great food, booze, fun and energy. To set the floor rocking and welcome 2018 with a BANG, groove to some of the best tunes spinned with the cafe’s Resident & Guest DJ along with a Percussionist too. Enjoy 6 Vegetarian Appetisers, 6 Non Vegetarian Appetisers, 2 Vegetarian Main course, 2 Non Vegetarian Main Course, 2 Desserts and spirits like JW Black Label, Ciroc / Ketel One, Tanqueray, Bacardi / Captain Morgan / Old Monk and more all night!

Date: Sunday, 31st December 2017, 10 PM onwards to closing

Price: Stag: INR 4,000 (All inclusive), Couple: INR 7,000 (All inclusive)

Address: Farzi Cafe, Kamala Mills, Near Radio Mirchi Office, Lower Parel, Mumbai | Farzi Cafe, Unit C-10B, Ground floor, Courtyard, High Street Phoenix, 462, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai

Contact Details: Farzi Cafe – Kamala Mills – 8433942801, 8433942802, Farzi Cafe –  High Street Phoenix – 7400066824 7400066825

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  • New Year Eve celebrations at 145 Kalaghoda and Bandra

Bring in the New Year at 145 Kalaghoda and Bandra as they offer a special deal of INR 7,500 for couples and INR 3,950 for stag which will include unlimited drinks, food and entertainment. For this particular occasion, they have carefully curated this menu with some of their signature dishes and classic cocktails. The restaurant will stay open until well past midnight to mark the arrival of a New Year with a Toast to start 2018 with a bang! So drop by for some great food, drink and dance at 145 Kalaghoda and Bandra this New Year’s eve!

Date:  Sunday, 31st December 2017, 9pm onwards

Price: INR 7,500 for couples and INR 3,950 for stag (Unlimited food and drinks)

Address: 145 Kalaghoda – 145, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai | 145 Bandra – 1st Floor, Joe Pali Building, HSBC Building, Pali Naka, Bandra West, Mumbai

Contact Details: Kalaghoda – 022 40396638 / Bandra – 022 62339595

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  • House Party at FLYP@MTV Cafe, Kamala Mills

It’s time to brighten and lighten up as FLYP@MTV Cafe brings to you the biggest House Party to end 2017 in style. Get your best foot forward and make FLYP@MTV Cafe your home for the night. Adding to the celebrations, dance and groove with DJ SRV on the house who will ensure you don’t stop dancing your way into 2018.

Date: Sunday, 31st December 2017, 9 pm onwards

Price:  INR 6000/- plus taxes for couples | INR 4000/- plus taxes for male stag | INR 3000/- plus taxes for female stag

Address: FLYP@MTV Cafe, Unit No 6, First Floor, Kamala Mills Compound, Gate No 4, Trade View Building, Oasis Complex, Lower Parel, Mumbai

Contact Details: 022 49710144, +91 8291952273, +91 9703129704

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  • Bonobo’s New Years Eve Party: The Jungle Gathering 2018

Your favourite rooftop bar has something in store for all you party animals. Bonobo brings to you their awesome New Years Eve Party with the theme of Jungle Gathering 2018. Groove to the tunes of DJ Benedict and DJ Pradeep Maharana who are ready to set the dance floor on fire!

Date: Sunday, 31st December, 2017, 9 pm onwards

Price:  INR 2000/- (plus taxes) for stag and INR 3500/- (plus taxes) for a couple (includes free flowing appetizers and IMFL alcohol)

Address: Bonobo, 2nd Floor, Kenilworth Mall, Phase 2, Off Linking Road, Bandra West, Mumbai

Contact Details: 022 2605 5050 or +91 9619930030

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  • New Year Eve Celebration at British Brewing Company

Welcome the New Year at British Brewing Company outlets in Mumbai. Dance to foot-tapping music and savour delicious food with starters like Nutty Nut Masala, Peri Peri Chilli fries, Charred paneer tikka, Mumbaiya Chilli in vegetarian options and Non – Vegetarian options like Fiery Chicken Lollipop, Fish & Chips, Tupelo Chicken, Chicken Harissa Kebab. Mains include Non Veg selects like Chipotle Pizza, Biryani, Smokey Barbeque Pizza and veg dishes like Paneer Makhani and Jeera rice and Mix Vegetable Noodles. End the year on a sweet note with hearty desserts like Chocolate Brownie with Ice Cream, Fruit base and Chocolate base dessert.

Date: Sunday, 31st December, 2017, 9:30 PM onwards

Price: Unlimited Food & IMFL set menu = INR 3000 all inclusive per person

Address: British Brewing Company all outlets in Mumbai

Palladium, High Street Phoenix (Lower Parel), Times Square Tech Park (Andheri East), Oberoi Mall (Goregaon East) and Inorbit Mall (Vashi)

Contact Details: 02239698190

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  • Festive Buffet (Lunch) & Celebrations Special Menu (All Day) at Copper Chimney, Kalaghoda & Worli

Mumbai’s iconic restaurant Copper Chimney has come up with a special festive buffet (Lunch) and Celebrations Special Menu (a la carte) upto January 1, 2018. You can join in with your friends and family to indulge in some delicious food and potent spice infused cocktails along with an extensive bar menu. Their festive buffet includes 2 Soups, 4 Tandoor Grills (Veg & Non Veg), 4 Curries (Veg & Non Veg)  + 1 Dal. For the mains, one can choose from 2 Biryanis/Rice or try from 4 Chaats. To end the festive buffet on a sweet note, they will be serving 8 Desserts which also have live Jalebi/Malpua Counters.

Date: Until January 1, 2018, 12 PM to 4 PM & 7 PM to 12 AM

Price: Festive Buffet – (Worli – INR 895 ++/ Kala Ghoda – INR 795 ++)

Address: Copper Chimney, Kalaghoda – Ground Floor, Rampart row, 30, K Dubhash Marg, Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai | Copper Chimney Worli: 12A, Lotus Court, Dr. Annie Besant Road, Worli, Mumbai

Contact Details: Copper Chimney, Kalaghoda – 022 2202 2444, Copper Chimney, Worli – 02224925353

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  • New Years Eve at Gateway Taproom, BKC

Your table, your time, your music! Indulge in some amazing craft beer and scrumptious wholesome food while dancing to the tunes of DJ Fatbat. Your New Years bash is going to be just the way you like it!

Date: Sunday, 31st December, 2017, 10 PM onwards

Address: Godrej BKC Building, Ground Floor, Unit no. 3, G Block, Bandra Kurla Complex (E), Mumbai

Contact Details: 022 62328359

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  • New Year’s Eve at Turban Tales, Powai

Get Desi this New Year’s Eve at Turban Tales, an amazing Small Plates Bar. Enjoy 3 Mocktails, 3 Vegetarian Appetisers, 3 Non Vegetarian Appetisers, 4 Vegetarian Main course, 4 Non Vegetarian Main Course, 3 Desserts and spirits like Blenders Pride, Signature, Bacardi, White Rum, Smirnoff Vodka, Old Monk, Beer, Fratelli wine, Red & White Cocktails, shots and more all night!

Date: Sunday, 31st December, 2017, 8 pm onwards

Price: Stag: INR 4,000 (All inclusive), Couple: INR 4,500 (All inclusive)

Address: Turban Tales, Above Mini Punjab Lakeside, JVLR, Near Panch Kutir Bus Stop, Powai

Contact Details:  09321158688

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Last Minute Travel Ideas for New Year

If you don’t feel like spending your New Years in the city this year, but you still haven’t zeroed in on a place, then here are some amazing last minute travel plans that we have come up with. Have a look!

  • Goa

Goa is one of the best places to bring in the New Year as it is widely popular among the locals and foreigners as a party hotspot, a paradise of beaches, stunning blue waters and delicious seafood. With cheap booze, great food and exciting trance music, Goa is definitely a place to go to for New Years.

Attractions: Anjuna Beach, Candolim beach, Baga Beach, Fort Aguada, Calangute Beach, Scuba Diving at Grande Island, Grand Hyatt and Tito’s Club at the Cavelossim Beach are some popular New Year attractions where you can hangout with friends and enjoy this lovely destination.

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  • Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Scenic beaches, crystal clear waters, freshness in the air, serene atmosphere and beautiful aquatic life make Andaman and Nicobar Islands the best destination to ring in the New Year with your loved one. You can enjoy fun adventure activities such as snorkeling or enjoy delectable seafood while soaking in the lovely view.

Attractions: Radhanagar beach at Havelock islands, Limestone caves at Baratang Island, Cellular jail in Port Blair, Neil Island for its adventure sports, coral reefs and white shores are some of the best attractions at the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. You are sure to have a wonderful time here!

(Quick note: Foreign nationals must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months.)

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  • Manali

Could there be anything better than watching snowfall while you’re sitting in your cozy little room with a mug of hot chocolate (with marshmallows, of course)? You can experience this and much more in Manali, Himachal Pradesh. This destination is also very popular for trekkers. However, if you’re not a fan of trekking, then you can just enjoy the New Year by tucking in some delicious bakes from local bakeries like the German Bakery.  

Attractions: Solang valley, Rohtang pass, Hadimba temple, Beas Kund, Old Manali, Kullu, experiencing snowfall, engaging in some adventure sports like trekking, Zorbing, horse riding, skiing and paragliding.

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  • Jaisalmer

If you’re looking to escape from the hectic life of the city, and want to spend the new year camping under the beautiful skies, then this Golden City is the perfect place to be. Jaisalmer is home to the famous Jaisalmer fort, a UNESCO Heritage site and many more natural and manmade wonders.

Attractions: Jaisalmer fort, Sam sand dunes, luxury camping, camel safari, authentic Rajasthani cuisines at Chokhi Dhani and visiting an abandoned village of the 17th century – Kuldhara are the best ways to spend your New Year while in Jaisalmer.

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  • The One – A Mediterranean style homestay in Ganpatipule (Konkan)

A beautiful homestay in Ganpatipule, a town on the Konkan Coast of Maharashtra awaits you for a vacation. The One is a Mediterranean style rooftop apartment with the gorgeous Greek blue and white theme, lovely decor and a view of the stunning Ganpatipule beach. You are also given other facilities like beach tents, an iPod dock, a bicycle and a ton of other things to keep yourself entertained. It is the perfect place to spend your New Year with family, friends or your special one.

Attractions: Apart from this homestay, other attractions in Ganpatipule are Swayambhu Ganapati Temple that is believed to be 400 years old, Ganpatipule beach and of Jaigad lighthouse that was built in the year 1832.

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Inside Phoenix Marketcity – Part 3: Entertainment

  • Amoeba

Amoeba is an entertainment parlour which has a bowling alley, a sports bar and a restaurant. It has an interesting menu and groovy music, and is overall a great place to hangout with your friends, especially if you want to watch your favourite games on big screen.

Where:  F-33,34, First floor

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  • PVR

PVR is a multiplex theatre company at Phoenix Marketcity where people can watch movies and have a wonderful time with friends and family. They also have a lounge area within the multiplex and a cafeteria as well. Head here to watch your favourite upcoming movie!

Where: First floor

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  • Snow World

Snow World is a one of its kind Indoor ‘real snow’ based theme park which makes it easy for all families to have an exciting yet relaxing time. You can build up confidence on your board or skis or have your first crack at the jumps on skates, all in a negative temperature of -10 degrees along with living the lifestyle of an Eskimo.

Where: 58 – 61, Lower Ground floor

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  • Clue Hunt

Clue Hunt is a great place to spend your weekend doing something different and fun! It is India’s first live escape game where you can solve a 60-minute mystery game challenge (to escape from a room) in a team of 2 to 8 players. It’s a great team building, social or family event.

Where: S-28A, Second floor

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  • Other attractions at Phoenix Marketcity

Phoenix Marketcity is also very famous for its unique and artistic art installations. These installations are extremely creative and draw a large audience from across the city. The mall is also well known for its beautiful decorations during festive seasons inside the mall and outside the mall as well. The mall adds in a festive cheer with its special LED decorations installed on the exteriors. Apart from this, music concerts, flea markets, pop-up shops and exhibitions are held in the Dublin Square at Phoenix Marketcity, making it a very happening place for fun activities.  

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Christmas specials at restaurants across the city

Christmas is just around the corner and we are now beginning to feel the festive cheer, with twinkling lights and pretty decorations adorning houses, restaurants and shops all around the city. On the occasion of this special festival, we have curated a list of some of the best restaurants that will be hosting amazing Christmas feasts.

  • Christmas Party for kids at Mahek’s Atelier

Step into the winter wonderland as Mahek’s Atelier, a cooking studio announces an exciting Gingerbread House decorating party for kids this Christmas. This will be a very memorable experience for them as they will bond over decorating delicious bakes with Royal icing, candies, marshmallows, gems and many more confectionaries to choose from, and can also take their Gingerbread Houses back home. To make this experience even more exciting for the kids, Santa will come bearing presents and goodies for the children and there will also be games and music to add to the fun.

Date: 23rd December 2017, 4 PM onwards

Price: INR 1500 (inclusive of taxes) for 1 Pair (1 Adult + 1 Child)

Address: A/22, 2nd Floor Krystal Avenue, RNA Building, Above HDFC Bank, 4th Cross Lane, Lokhandwala Market, Andheri (West), Mumbai 400 053

Contact Details: +91 – 7400147000

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  • Johnnie Walker presents ‘Infusion’ at The Boston Butt

The Boston Butt has specially curated a menu infusing the finest Johnnie Walker blends in their food to give you a perfect spirit experience for your palette. They have lined a whole menu containing slow braised meats, glazed and basted with the Johnnie Walker blends. The menu will be spirit infused, ranging from the the entrees to desserts including a Christmas Bundt Cake and whiskey infused ice-creams, making it an unique experience for the guests. Moreover, they will also have specially curated cocktails by the Master of Concoctions, Jamie Walker himself.

Date: 24th December 2017, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Address: 1st-floor Rampart Row 30 K Dubash Marg Opp. Max Mueller Bhavan, Near Rhythm House and Jehangir Art Gallery, Kalaghoda, Fort, Mumbai – 400023

Contact Details: 022 – 69470000 / +9188790 24443

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  • Wild West Christmas Celebration at Old Wild West

This Christmas set aside your little black dress and buckle up your boots, put on your bows and head to Old Wild West with your gang to chug on some beers, sip on whiskey and take the bull ride and begin your year end in a Wild West style. Satiate your Tex-Mex cravings with their scrumptious delectable like Tex Mex Veg Tacos, Oriental Paneer Chilly, Texan Chicken Tenders, Mexican Chicken Wings, South Style Fish Crackers and a lot more. To compliment they have Mexican Themed Cocktails including Mexican Wave, Cowboy, Malta Whiskey, White Mexican and many more.

Date: 24th December 2017, 9 PM onwards

Price: INR 2000 /- Couple, INR 1000/- Girl Stag, INR 1500/- Guy Stag

Address: First Floor, Trade View Building Oasis Complex, Kamala Mills Compound Pandurang Budhkar Marg Lower Parel, Mumbai – 400013

Contact Details: 022 6537 6677

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  • All Day Long Drunch at Kaitlyn’s Beer Garden

Celebrations have started at Kaitlyn’s Beer Garden as they invite you to try their delicious All Day Long Drunch where you get your personal menu to choose from 2 starters,1 salad, 1 main course and a dessert along with unlimited Kingfisher Tap Beer and Raspberry Royale that is their special Christmas Cocktail, and you can also opt for unlimited Mimosas. So head to Kaitlyn’s Beer Garden with your gang to sit under mistletoe and enjoy the all day long Drunch.

Date: 24th December 2017, All day long

Price: 1500+ taxes, Christmas Drunch with Unlimited Mimosas 2200+

Address: No. 201, 202, Khan House, Hill Road, Above McDonald’s, Bandra West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400050

Contact Details: 022 2640 8666

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  • Christmas Brunch with Team Mag St

With the onset of winter, an amalgamation of cheer and gastric satiation is all what one wants. With the last feast of the year, raise a toast to good tidings, good company and good food! Join Team Magazine Street Kitchen for a very merry Mag St Christmas Brunch as they prepare to titillate your taste buds and make sure you have a great time!

Date: 25th December 2017, 1:00 PM onwards

Price: INR 5500 (inclusive of taxes),  INR 6500 (inclusive of taxes and alcohol)

Address: Gala No 13, Devidayal Compound, Near Britannia Company, Magazine Street, Gupta Mills Estate, Darukhana, Byculla East, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400010

Contact Details:  022 2372 6708

Christmas Gift Guide

Christmas is less than a week away, and this is literally the best time to go gift shopping for your friends and family if you haven’t already. In order to help you avoid your last minute stress shopping, we have curated some of our favorite gifts that your loved ones are sure to love!

  • Chai Glasses

The Haathi Howda Yatra designer chai glasses by India Circus are an innovative way of gifting your friend or family member something creative that will accessorize their table.

This gift is for: A friend who loves drinking tea or coffee.

Where to buy it: You can buy the Haathi Howda Yatra chai glasses at their stores in Fort and High Street Phoenix, Lower Parel or online.

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  • Couple T-Shirt

Couple tees couldn’t be a more romantic way to tell your other half how much they mean to you! With cute quotes like ‘to infinity and beyond’ printed on your T-shirts, it is a perfect gift this Christmas.

This gift is for: Your sweetheart as a promise to be together forever.

Where to buy it: You can buy the Bombay Trooper Couple T-Shirts here.

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  • Candle Gift Set

There is something regal about scented candles that makes it a beautiful item to gift. This Good Earth’s Glass Candles Gift Set illuminates the floral splendor of Nishaat Mughal gardens in Kashmir. Once the candle wax has melted away, the glass with delicate flowers and motifs can be filled with tea lights.

This gift is for: All your lovely female friends who will love to decorate this pretty gift set in their homes.

Where to buy it: You can buy the Glass Candles Gift Set at three stores of Good Earth in Mumbai or online.

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  • Notebook

Propshop24’s Dream Journal with beautiful quotes in gold is for those who love to jot their daily thoughts and quick doodles in a pretty looking diaries or notebooks.

This gift is for: A student, a businessman or an efficient planner.

Where to buy it: You can buy the Dream Journal here.

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  • Handmade Indian Soaps

Kama Ayurveda’s Gardens of India exquisite gift box is a luxuriant collection of handmade and fragrant soaps with the signature Indian fragrances of Khus, Tulsi and Rose.

This gift is for: Your parents, in-laws or friends whom you’d love to pamper with these luxurious soaps.

Where to buy it: You can buy the Gardens of India Gift Box at eight stores of Kama Ayurveda across the city or online.

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  • Phone Case

What is it: Kulture Shop’s Don’t Mess With Me is a super cool and quirky phone case for selected iPhone, Samsung and One Plus phones.

This gift is for: All the modern and badass women you know!

Where to buy it: You can buy the Don’t Mess With Me phone case at their stores in Fort and Bandra or online.

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Churches to visit this Christmas across the city

This Christmas, we have come up with the best churches to visit in Bandra, South Bombay, and across the city.

  • St. Michael’s Church, Mahim

St. Michael’s Church is one of the oldest Catholic churches in Mumbai, originally built by the Portuguese in 1534. Since then it was rebuilt a number of times, the present structure dating to 1973. This church is very famous for its Novenas held every Wednesday, wherein Not only Christians, but also adherents of other faiths congregate to pay their respects to the Virgin Mary and attend mass every Wednesday. Devotees believe that visiting the Church on nine consecutive Wednesdays (Novena) will grant their wishes.

Christmas special: The Christmas Eve midnight mass of St. Michael’s Church is very popular, and carol singing starts at 11 PM. The church is beautifully lit up, and a market occupying the pavement out the front has a marvellous display of starry lanterns, scented candles, Jesus and Mother Mary statues.     

Address: Lady Jamshedji Road, Mahim West, Mahim, Mumbai

For Google Map link, click here.  

Mass Timings: To know about Mass Timings in detail, click here.

Contact Number: 022 2445 4483/022 2446 8721

Website: stmichaelsmahim.com

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  • Gloria Church, Byculla

This beautiful tall Gothic-style church was inspired by the Canterbury Cathedral of England. It is one of the oldest Roman Catholic churches in Mumbai. The origin of the Gloria church can be traced to a private chapel which was built around 1548. As Byculla rose in importance and population, and as the number of Catholics increased, the private chapel naturally proved inadequate to the needs of the times. Therefore, to accommodate more people for mass prayers, church was built by Portuguese Franciscans in 1632. The modern Gloria church was built in English Gothic style in 1911 at Byculla & shaped in the form of a Latin Cross with lofty Towers – 4 Turrets which rise to a height of 160 ft. In 2013, the Church was recently renovated for the centenary year.

Christmas special: Christmas Eve at Gloria Church is absolutely magical! With its tall church towers (one of the tallest in the city), it makes for a splendid setting to ring in the Christmas festivities. This year, Christmas midnight service will begin with Carol Singing at 11.30 pm followed by midnight mass. On Christmas Day, i.e. 25th December, masses will be at 7 am, 8.15 am and 9.30 am (all in English).

Address: Sant Savata Mali Marg, Byculla East, Mazgaon, Mumbai

For Google Map link, click here.  

Mass Timings: To know about Mass Timings in detail, click here.

Contact Number: 022 2372 6630

Website: https://gloriabyculla.wordpress.com/

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  • Lady of Immaculate Conception Church, Borivali

Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church, Borivali has been a Roman Catholic Parish from 1547 to 1739 and again from 1912 onwards. The Church structure traces its origin back to the fifteenth century, a monument with an archetypal history and national significance. Adjoining the present Church building are the Mandapeshwar caves which date back to circa 750-850AD. In the 1980s and 1990s, as people from the main city and southern suburbs started moving to Borivali for its peaceful surroundings, the parish started expanding – gradually in the beginning and then with increasing speed. On the feast day at Mount Poinsur, 8 December, hundreds of thousands of people from all over Mumbai come and pay homage following a centuries’ old tradition which considers the Church of Our Lady of the Conception a centre for pilgrimage.

Christmas special: This church is decorated with holly wreaths, garlands and twinkling lights during Christmas. The mass is held on the huge church grounds. The attendance of their popular midnight mass service has increased to 12,000 people in recent years. This year, carol singing will begin at 9:30 PM, followed by the Christmas Eve mass from 10 PM.

Address: Shree Aurobindo Marg, I C Colony, Mount Poinsur, Borivali West, Mumbai

For Google Map link, click here.  

Mass Timings: To know about Mass Timings in detail, click here.

Contact Number: 022 2893 1360

Website: icchurchborivali.org

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Things to do this week in Mumbai (18 December – 24 December, 2017)

Monday, 18 December

This Monday, enjoy the amazing taste of West African and Middle Eastern cuisine grilled specialties at African Grill Specials by The Brasserie Grill located at the Hilton Mumbai International Airport. What could be better than dining beneath the stars at their al-fresco dining outlet with a live grill kitchen and beautiful view of the hotel swimming pool? For table reservations, call on +91 22 2838 0000. For more information, check out their official Facebook event page.

Tuesday, 19 December

The Consulat général de France à Bombay and Institut français India have organised an event called The Bonjour India Experience at Cross Maidan daily until 28th December. Experience this immersive journey, the first of its kind in India, that celebrates the breadth and depth of the relationship between India and France in a way it has never been told before – from technology to culture, from yesterday to tomorrow. Entry is free of cost. Visit their website for more information about the event.

Wednesday, 20 December

If you love Korean culture such as their traditional performing art forms, Taekwondo, K-Pop music and K-dramas, then you should definitely attend The 2017 Korean Cultural Festival at Shanmukhananda Hall, Sion from 7 PM to 9 PM. Free entry, first come first serve. Check their Facebook event page here.

Thursday, 21 December

This Thursday, celebrate unadulterated Indie music at Hard Rock Café, Andheri from 8:30 PM to 11:30 PM with Music UnLtd, an award-winning Indie Band that performs Progressive, Alternative, Psychedelic and Classic Rock in English & Hindi. For more information about the event, check out their official Facebook event page.

Friday, 22 December

This Friday, KRUNK presents Madame Gandhi, an artist and activist who writes her own electronic music that elevates and celebrates the female voice. Go support this great woman and listen to her fresh music at Bonobo – Bar.Love.Food. The timings are 10 PM to 1 AM. To know more about this event, check out their official Facebook event page.

Saturday, 23 December

Enjoy your Saturday night by dancing away on disco, house and techno music as Heineken presents Stalvart John, Midland Sparks and Ben Yugen at Café Zoe from 9:30 PM onwards. Don’t miss out on this one if you want to have an awesome time. Check their official Facebook event page for more details.  

Sunday, 24 December

Be a part of wonderful festive celebrations by attending the Christmas Eve masses at beautiful churches across Mumbai. Here are three of our articles – Churches in Bandra, South Bombay and other parts of the city which can make it easier for you to choose where you’d like to go.

Places to Travel to this Christmas Season

  • New York, United States

Christmas in New York is timeless and beautiful. The entire city is decked up with ornate Christmas trees, hollies and twinkling lights that makes it look like a winter wonderland! The world-famous Christmas tree of Rockefeller Center covered in 50,000 LED lights is the biggest attraction of New York during the holidays. You can also enjoy a carriage ride through Central Park which is such an amazing experience. Lovers of snow, glitter, fairy lights and everything magical will be absolutely smitten with NYC’s Dyker Heights Christmas Lights and Radio City Music Hall’s sparkling Christmas tree. You can shop for your loved ones at some of the best Christmas holiday markets in the city – namely Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park, Union Square Holiday Market and the Grand Central Holiday Fair.

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  • Vienna, Austria

Vienna is such a perfect place to celebrate Christmas the old-fashioned way. Get lost into the aroma of delicious frying sausages, the sweet tang of toffee apples and the fragrance of countless scented candles. Immerse yourself in the glittery holiday decorations covering the imperial architecture and three outdoor Christkindl Markets wherein visitors can choose from a wide range of artisan wares and ornaments, watch the amazing displays of artists, cooks and shopkeepers as well as savour some wonderfully spiced Glühwein or mulled wine. Listening to The Vienna Boys’ Choir concerts is also legendary experience that you should not miss. The best places in Vienna to experience charming Christmas lights are Kohlmarkt, Graben where you can walk beneath giant chandeliers containing around 200,000 LEDs, Stephansplatz and Kärntner Straße which has shimmering cascades of lights with around 550,000 LEDs and 48 km of crystals to create a fairytale-like feel. The traditional Christmas markets to enjoy in Vienna are Christkindlmarkt on the Rathausplatz (the biggest one), Spittelberg, Karlsplatz, Freyung and Schönbrunn (in front of the palace).

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  • Goa, India

Christmas in Goa is celebrated like no place else in India. During Christmas in Goa, all the streets are lit up and the market places are all decorated with tinsel and buntings. Christmas trees are decorated with dainty ornaments and holly wreaths adorn pretty little Goan homes. Since Goa is home to over 400 churches, the best thing to do is attending a midnight mass service on Christmas Eve, and immerse in the beautiful harmony and melody of Christmas hymns and carols that fill up the air. Church bells ringing also add in a historic charm to the ambience. You can also witness an array of beautiful fireworks on beaches such as Baga and Calangute or treat yourself to a grand traditional Goan Christmas feast.

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  • Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg is a spectacular sight to witness during Christmas as a series of themed Christmas villages transform the city into a fantastic wonderland filled with scenic delights. The old-world charm can be experienced here as this place has a rich history and culture. The famous Christkindelsmärik, the oldest Christmas market in Europe was held in Strasbourg in 1570, and the tradition has been followed ever since, thus crowning it the “Capital of Christmas” since 1992. People in Strasbourg put up Christmas trees, make a nativity scene, bake spiced bread and prepare hot wine. The vast Christmas Tree – the 28-metre-tall centrepiece at the heart of the city – is an iconic symbol of Strasbourg. Other pretty illuminated places around the city are The Porte de Lumières, Place Kléber and the façade of the Aubette building. If you are a foodie, you should definitely visit the Christmas food market and discover traditional products from Alsace.  

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  • Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland

Rovaniemi in Lapland, Finland may be the best place on earth to celebrate Christmas as Finns argue that it makes a much likelier home for Santa than even the North Pole. This place draws more than 300,000 annual visitors from all around the world. Rovaniemi received the status of the Official Hometown of Santa Claus in 2010. You can enjoy husky and reindeer rides, snowmobile tours, ice and snow constructions here. Santa Claus Main Post Office is also a must on any visit to Santa Claus Village. Santa Claus is also said to have a group of elves that can be seen here in the village, and there is also something called an Elf School! Rovaniemi is truly a traditional Christmas place.

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Inside Phoenix Marketcity – Part 2: Shopping

FASHION

  • H&M

H&M is our favorite Swedish clothing brand that has a large and double storeyed store in Phoenix Marketcity. H&M is a great place to go shopping for casual western clothes and basics. You will find a wide range of womens wear, mens wear and childrenswear – all at the same place! The pricing ranges from affordable to a little high-end.

What we love: Basics that fit exactly the way we are used to in our home country

Where:  G-14, Ground floor

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  • ZARA

Zara is a Spanish fashion brand that we love for some high-end basics and Western fashion statement pieces. Although the pricing is slightly on the higher side, it is totally okay to splurge on yourself once in awhile! Zara has a great range of Western formals as well that are sometimes difficult to find in the city.

What we love: Great Western formal clothes

Where: 53 – Ground floor

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  • Forever 21

For all youngsters, Forever 21 is literally the one-stop shop to buy western wear, footwear and accessories at a relatively cheap price. Pretty floral patterns, plaid and other amazing styles are available at Forever 21.

What we love: Fast living fashion statements

Where: 72 – Ground and First floor

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  • Lifestyle

Lifestyle is a great brand to buy fashion apparel and beauty products, all in one place. There is a wide range of mens and womens fashion, and the products are also priced moderately.

What we love: Affordable Indian wear

Where: Ground and First floor

  • Fabindia

Fabindia is one of the most loved store by foreigners. They offer authentic cotton and silk apparel, and consists of primarily traditional cloths such as kurtas, sarees, scarves, etc. Fabindia also has a great variety of ayurvedic and organic beauty and skincare products and a few food products such as biscuits.

What we love: This is the perfect place to find a gift for friends and family at home.

Where: F-55, 56, First floor

  • Global Desi

If you love Indian wear, but aren’t too sure if traditional clothes will look good on you, then you should check out Global Desi for fusion ethnic wear. Their collection is a lovely blend of western and Indian wear that will look good on everyone.  

What we love: Colorful global Indian wear

Where:  F-60, First floor

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Other famous brands are Marks & Spencer (Lower Ground floor & Ground floor), Levi’s (Lower Ground floor), Aeropostale, United Colors of Benetton, U.S. Polo Assn, Mango, Only, Promod and Vero Moda are all on the Ground floor.

BEAUTY

  • KAMA Ayurveda

KAMA Ayurveda is an Indian luxury skincare and haircare brand which recently opened a store in Phoenix Marketcity. They have a wide range of creams, lotions and shampoos that are made from natural Ayurvedic ingredients.

What we love: Natural Sun Protection (comes in a yellow packaging and has a delicious citrus smell)

Where: 53, Ground floor

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  • Sephora

There is literally no major international makeup brand that you will not find at Sephora. It is a favourite place of all the makeup junkies, and even beginners swear by this place to satisfy their beauty needs.  

What we love: The fact we can find all our beauty products in one place

Where: 80,81,82, Ground floor

  • Forest Essentials

Forest Essentials offers 100% natural & herbal skin care, hair care, body care and facial care products for both men and women. It is a highly sought-after brand, and it’s a little on the pricier end, you should definitely try it out since the products are of good quality.

What we love: Body Oil Gift Box

Where: Ground floor

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SPORTSWEAR

There is a huge range of sportswear in Phoenix Marketcity, and some of the biggest brands such as Adidas, Fila, Nike, Puma and Reebok are available here. So if you are looking for sportswear, sports footwear, fitness equipment, accessories and apparel, you should definitely head here for all your fitness wear requirements. Prices range from affordable to expensive.

Adidas, Fila, Nike, Puma and Reebok – all located on Lower Ground Floor

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KID’S FASHION AND TOYS

  • Hamleys

Hamleys is such an amazing place to keep your kids entertained. They have a wide variety of games and toys that they will surely enjoy. However, Hamleys is not just for little children. They also have a video games section and indoor games section as well.

What we love: The little activities at the entrance that keep the kids entertained while we can quickly buy a gift

Where: F-37 & S-37, First floor

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  • Mother Care

For all the new mothers and their babies, Mother Care has a beautiful range of baby clothes with Western prints, all essentials you need like milk bottles, bibs, socks and even toys for the new-born. Quality and prices are a bit more high-end compared to other baby and maternity stores.

What we love: Western printed baby clothes

Where: F 62/63, First floor

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  • Me n Moms

Me n Moms is an Indian store where you can buy baby and maternity readymade apparel, baby essentials and toys. You can find Indian style children clothes and maternity clothes that you won’t find at Mother Care.

What we love: Indian style baby clothes

Where: F-64, First floor

Churches to visit this Christmas in South Bombay

  • St Thomas Cathedral

This magnificent cathedral, that was built between 1672 and 1718, is the oldest British-era building standing in Mumbai and the city’s first Anglican church. In fact, the neighbourhood of Churchgate gets its name from this church, built by the East India Company. The erstwhile church was consecrated a cathedral in 1837. The cathedral is a splendid amalgamation of Byzantine and colonial-era architecture, and it is known for its award winning intricately designed stained glass work. The interiors of the cathedral are filled with monuments, including some to commemorate the martyrs of the battle of Srirangapatna of 1799. The memorial stones, tombstones, the tower and clock add to the monument’s charm.

Christmas special: Opened on Christmas Day in 1718, this glorious church is famous among the SoBo community for midnight mass. Carol singing starts around 9:30 PM which is then followed by a mass at 10:30 PM. Wear your finest clothes and bring in the birth of Jesus Christ at this old charming cathedral.

Address: Horniman Circle, Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai

For Google Map link, click here.

Timings: 7 AM to 6 PM

Contact Number: 022 2202 4482

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  • Afghan Church

The Church of St John the Evangelist, popularly known as Afghan Church, is a Presbyterian church built by the British to commemorate the martyrs of the First Afghan War in 1842. There are eight large bells in the bell-tower and a 60-meter-high tower and spire. Impressive stained glass windows, geometric floor patterns and distinct, wide Gothic arches are the architectural highlights of this remarkable structure. It is owned and managed by the Indian Navy.

Christmas special: Christmas Eve is celebrated with great enthusiasm at this church with a performance by the renowned Wild Voices Choir, starting from 10:30 PM, followed by Holy Communion. The church has the most amazing acoustics and its tall structure helps resound the choral music being sung in unison.

Address: Duxbury Lane, Near Navy Nagar, S.B.S Road, Colaba, Mumbai

For Google Map link, click here.

Timings: 7 AM – 6:30 PM

Contact Number: (22) 2202 0420

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  • Holy Name Cathedral

Cathedral of the Holy Name, also called the Wodehouse Church in Colaba is a Neo-Gothic stone monument well known for its frescoes and immaculate interiors. This historic cathedral stands as a reminder of the colonial era. The foundation stone of the building was laid on 9th July 1902, and it was opened for everyone on 15th January 1905 as a parish. It was consecrated as a cathedral on 28th November 1964. Since then, it was declared as the Seat of the Archbishop and the ‘Mother Church’ of the Archdiocese, and continues serving even today. The main doors of the Holy Name Cathedral were also declared ‘Holy Doors of Mercy’ in 2016,  allowing Catholics to walk though, asking for purification and forgiveness from their sins.

Christmas special: This Cathedral is a wonderful place to bring in your Christmas eve. During the midnight mass, traditional Christmas carols sung in English, Konkani and Latin resonate across the beautifully Gothic-structured cathedral. An orchestra band is also present to bring alive the carols. The Cathedral’s choir commences its carol singing 9:30 PM onwards, and the mass begins approximately 10 – 10:30 PM onwards.

Address: 19, Nathalal Parekh Marg, Scindia Society, Police Colony, Apollo Bandar, Colaba, Mumbai

For Google Map link, click here.

Mass Timings: To know about Mass Timings in detail, click here.

Contact Number: 022 2202 0121

Website: cathedraloftheholyname.org

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