New Year Celebrations in Goa

Goa for years has been a preferred tourist attraction for its blissful New Year celebrations. Vibracious Goa gives an inimitable welcome to the New Year filled with new expectations, resolutions and promises. Goa is at its best beauty on the New Year eve party.

Celebrations and Rituals

Goa makes an ideal destination for the party-lovers where party never ends. Starting the day with outdoor sports, bike ride and adventurous sports, people dance and drink throughout the night and party till dawn. The most preferred celebration in Goa is the revelrous night parties at the beaches, where you dance on loud music and enjoy lavish foods and drinks. Goa new year celebrations are also known for their famous local brewed wine, fenny, the Port wine, its world class rave parties, performances by famous band groups, international dancers and big artists. Full of fun and frolic, Goa Carnivals present a very pleasant experience. Standing at the beaches you can experience a spell bounding fireworks covering sky with lots of dazzle and spark. Various artists and well known personalities are seen nestling the area during the new season.

Taking a bike ride through the countryside amongst lush green scenic beauty of Goa is a great joy. Wildlife resorts of Goa and exotic spa treatments a great rejuvenating experience. Water-sport activities at beaches are very refreshing. You can as well enjoy the warmth of bonfire, dancing around it.

New Year Decorations

New Year's celebrations in Goa are very pompous and sparkling. Streets, beaches, churches and markets of Goa starting from Christmas time are bathed in attractive decors. Special lavish arrangements of sizzling light effects are done with radium lights, disco balls, etc. Rave party magic, opulent hotel decors and blissful carnivals make a mesmerizing ecstasy for the coming Year. Traditional local handicrafts adoring the beaches at places make a pleasing ambience.

Goa Accommodation

Beaches, streets and hotels of Goa receive maximum footfall during this time, beginning from the Christmas. Goa being the hub of Indian tourism has a fabulous line of hotels. For the rich there are:
  • 5-star deluxe luxury hotels like Taj Exotica, Resort Rio, Park Hayat Goa, Goa, Marriott Resort, etc.
  • There are a line of Resorts in Goa ranging from adventurous Wildlife Resorts to lavish Spa resorts.
  • Boutique Hotels like Pousada Tauma Hotel, Nilaya Hermitage Resort, etc.

And for economic accommodations there are:

  • Various 3-star hotels
  • Budget hotels easing your stay at Goa.

Goa also accommodates people with cheaper budgets. But you can't bank upon last minute booking as New Year being the peak season; all hotels are full by Christmas.

Goa Churches

Opulence of the Goa churches is a beholding pleasure to pray for the New Year wishes and expectation and take firm resolutions. The Bom Jesus Basilica, St. Catherine's Cathedral, St. Cajetan's Church offer you a fabulous architectural sightseeing tour. While taking a tour to Old Goa, you can also take a trip to the museums, galleries and temples, etc. Apart from Old Goan churches, you can also drop onto beach churches like St. Anne Church, Agonda; St. Michael Church, Anjuna; St. Alex Church, Calangute; etc. Other prominent churches of Goa are:

  • Se Cathedral, Old Goa
  • St. Francis Church, Old Goa
  • St. Augustine Church, Old Goa
  • Reis Margo Church, Goa

Immaculate Church, Paroda Goa

  • St. Paul Church, Paroda Goa
  • St. Jerome Church
  • St. Andrew Church
  • St. Anthony Church, Goa

Best Beaches to Visit During New Year in Goa

Give your New Year eve a beautiful start with a drive to Calangute and Candolim at the Pine Shack. Enjoy the warmth of bonfire or a beachside barbeque organized for the tourists there. Soothing guitars and Goan folk music and dance add lots of charismatic feel to the evening. There is a lavish line of cuisines with the famous line of seafood of Goa. You can as well take a cruise ride and join the party amongst the gurgling water. Baga beach offers you the best firework view. Goa is home to a beautiful line of serene beaches and they are:
  • Agonda beach
  • Anjuna beach
  • Arambol beach
  • Baga Beach
  • Bambolim beach
  • Benaulim beach
  • Bogmaol Beach
  • Calangute beach
  • Candolim beach
  • Cavelossim beach
  • Chapora beach
  • Colva beach


Rich collection of indigenous artifacts makes Goa a shopping paradise. The composite shopping in the local Goa markets gives you an unforgettable experience. Vendor all around here shout at their full volume to attract the customers thriving around the rich rural Goa culture. Flooded with tourists, the products here are overpriced which makes bargaining and negotiations a thumb rule here. Mapusa beach Friday markets are very famous amongst all local markets. On the other hand Wednesday flea market of Anjuna beach is an international attraction. The noisy fish market scene of Goa beach markets gives foreigners an inimitable experience. Goa has a rich variety of shopping items to offer you. Following are the major shopping attractions of Goa:
  • Local handicrafts and artifacts made of brassware, terracotta, shell-work, crochet, bamboo-work, papier-mâché, etc. You will also find a fabulous collection of carved furniture.
  • Cashew nuts of different varieties, viz plain, salted, roasted and masala.
  • Goa offers you an exotic line of textile and garment shopping. As your taste and pocket you can shop it big boutiques or in the local markets.
  • Spices and dried fishes shopping in Goa also are very attractive.
  • Other famous shopping products here are old coins, curios, liquor, home decors, crockery, beachwear, souvenirs and trinkets made of stone and corals.

Exploring the goa markets you will come across a number of irresistible shopping attractions. Yes it's time to get extravagant, but it's advisable not to carry too much of cash all time around here are beware of ploys.

Cherish the arrival of new season with the blissful lively New Year celebrations of Goa.