The Best Places to Spend Christmas

From New Mexico to New Zealand, a world of amazing Christmas celebrations awaits.

Goa, India

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Why Go: Portuguese influences in seaside India, whitewashed Catholic churches, and firecrackers, bells, and carolers will make your holiday perfect as a scene from a Bollywood film.

Where to Stay: Spread over 88 acres, the Fort Aguada Beach Resort was built on the remains of a 16th-century Portuguese fortress. The hotel's holiday extravaganza includes jazz and Goan food.

Holiday Dinner: Feast at the sophisticated Casa Portuguesa, in a converted villa with gardens and verandas a short walk from the Arabian Sea.

—Aneer Walwica

The Best Places to Spend Christmas

Goa, India

Why Go: Portuguese influences in seaside India, whitewashed Catholic churches, and firecrackers, bells, and carolers will make your holiday perfect as a scene from a Bollywood film.

Where to Stay: Spread over 88 acres, the Fort Aguada Beach Resort was built on the remains of a 16th-century Portuguese fortress. The hotel's holiday extravaganza includes jazz and Goan food.

Holiday Dinner: Feast at the sophisticated Casa Portuguesa, in a converted villa with gardens and verandas a short walk from the Arabian Sea.

—Aneer Walwica

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