Weekly planner: 22 things to do around Mumbai from 25th to 31st Dec
Check the list and plan your upcoming week accordingly
Meet The Three Wise Men
11.30 AM: If you love a good story, head to The Seventh Sense centre for a one-and-a-half-hour session that will narrate the tale of The Gift of the Magi. Both kids and parents can be part of this session which will be led through making graffiti on Christmas stories on the terrace walls of the centre.
Where: The Seventh Sense Movement and Language Centre, Chowpatty Terrace, Morvi Lane, Girgaum Chowpatty
Catch a fairytale
5.30 PM: Before you wind up with all the merrymaking, take the kids to a stage rendition of Snow White. In this twist to the original fairytale, directed by Huseini Dawawala, there’s a mad scientist who travels back to the days of yore and meets Snow White, some naughty elves and the Evil Queen.
Where: CLAP, A Wing, Solitaire II, opposite Infinity Mall, Malad (W)
ROFL time with comics
6.30 PM: Ratatouille presents
1 Seasons Evening, the Christmas edition, Where the city’s giggle-inducing stand-up comedians will end Christmas with a bang. Meet Joey Sethi, Mikhail Almeida (in pic), Navin Noronha and Agrima Joshua as they gang up for an entertaining evening.
Where: Jeff Goldberg Studio, Gazebo House, Hill Road, Bandra (W)
Get stuffed with English pub grub
12 PM onwards: The tree is up and the drinks are down this season. Head to this gastropub for a quintessentially Brit flavoured Christmas menu of food and drinks. Tuck into their signature small plates such as prawn cocktail tartlets and chicken liver pate. Or go for the more substantial lamb hot pot or roast chicken with rosemary potatoes and gravy. But, what you should certainly try are their flavoured G&Ts, some of which have elderflower, and their hot toddy with apple, cinnamon, spice and honey.
Where: Monkey Bar, junction of 14th and 33rd road, Linking Road, Bandra (W)
PRICES: R200 onwards
Go for a sundowner techno groove
5 PM: So what if we can never have a White Christmas in Mumbai? That’s what sundowners are for. Head to Winter Wonderland, featuring London’s Ministry of Sound, Shameless Mani (in pic), and more. Ladies and couples enter free Till 9 PM.
Where: Take It Easy, opposite Star Bazaar, Andheri New Link Road, Andheri (W)
Sing Jingle ‘hic’ Bells
11 AM onwards: Wake up on Christmas morning to an extravagant brunch menu at your nearest Irish House outpost. With unlimited alcohol, grab the nearest mic and get singing to the karaoke session. Indulge in their spread of salads, mains and classic Christmas fare like Yule log, pudding and walnut brownies.
Where: Irish House outlets in Lower Parel,
Kurla and Fort
PRICE: R1095 (unlimited food); R695 (unlimited alcohol)
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Rent a tent
These Christmas holidays, make a quick getaway from the city to any of these four cooler locations – Vasind, Kolad, Karnala and State Highway 92. Over here, Big Red Tent ushers in a whole lot of outdoor madness with bonfires, BBQs and its camping tents. Make the best of the camping locales with a dip in the river or with a stroll around the countryside.
When: December 25 –
Contact: Big Red Tent, Unique Industrial Estate, Prabhadevi
Entry: R2,500 per night
Make merry with board games
12 PM – 4 PM: Gather around your friends for a five-course meal over board games and karaoke. Try crepes with smoked salmon and dill cream cheese, blueberry bagels and maple candied bacon, among other picks from the menu. And, don’t forget to down those shooters.
Where: The Little Door, Shree Siddhivinayak Plaza, New Link Road, Andheri (W)
Entry: R793 onwards
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Have a ball, the Christmas way
9 PM onwards: Swish and sway to the magic of Anika and Darren Das as they get their Christmas numbers rocking with their band Sixth Sense. During the breaks between dances, sip away from the “endless” premium beverages and indulge in the lavish buffet at this romantic Bandra spot.
Where: Bungalow 9, St John Baptist Road, Bandra Reclamation
Entry: Rs 4,000
Order of the day
Jan 1 Onward, 12.30 PM –
1 AM: Weekend highs crash when Monday mornings give us a nasty case of the blues. So, distract yourself from the hangover by heading to SMAAASH, Kamala Mills, which will be offering thrilling games such as Cockpit 360, Finger Coaster and many arcade games at a price of R1,200. Guzzle unlimited alcohol at R49 only (on IMFL for 30ml). There is a special combo pack worth R1,500 Where you can play all the games, and also enjoy an extravagant buffet with a pint of beer.
Where: SMAAASH, Kamala Mills Compound, Gate No. 4, Pandurang Budhkar Marg,
Light up lives
ONGOING: Do your bit to spread festive cheer and brighten up the lives of specially-abled women this Christmas by purchasing Christmas ornaments and traditional seasonal treats from the OM Creations Trust. They are offering a wide selection of wall decorations, wreaths, ceramic artifacts, cookies, healthy snacks and scrumptious plum cakes as part of their endeavour to economiCally empower women suffering from Down’s Syndrome.
Where: Om Creations Trust, Anand Niketan, King George V Memorial Project, Dr E Moses Road, Mahalaxmi
Have fun with Spongebob Squarepants
Dec 26 – Dec 30, 9.30 am to 2.15 pm: There’s a new Nickelodeon Toontastic Workshop in town, packed with learning along with loads of fun. Attend theatre classes by Anupam Kher’s Actor Prepares and kids’ favourite Dora the Explorer and Spongebob Squarepants, dance sessions by Ashley Lobo’s The Danceworx and the awesome twosome Motu Patlu. There’s also an Art and Craft classes by Kids Club along with Dora and Spongebob.
Where: Kids Club, Khar (West) and NT-Aditya Birla Centre for Performing Arts & Research, Babulnath
Entry: R2,000 to 4,000
Learn an ancient form of painting
11 AM: Sign up for a workshop on the Srikalahasti style of kalamkari, Wherein the kalam or pen is used for free hand drawing of the subject and filling in the colours. Kalamkari is a type of hand-painted or block-printed cotton textile, produced in parts of India and Iran. This art is a twelve-step process undertaken on cotton or silk.
Where: 52 - 56, V B Gandhi Marg, Kala Ghoda, Fort
Do your bit to build India’s first cat cafe
ONGOING: Cat Café Studio, a shelter in Versova started by filmmaker Mriidu Khosla has Till date managed to get over 300 cats adopted and over 400 rescued and neutered. The plan now is to expand and create India’s first real cat café, for which they need your support. Through a crowdfunded campaign on Kickstater, they plan to build a 350 sq. ft space of cat clinic with 12 recovery cages, Where rescued and injured cats will be put in for 24-hour monitoring. They also plan to have 250 sq ft of kitten fostering room, Where healthy kittens that cannot be exposed to the main cat café area will need to be sheltered and cared for. The highlight of the new space is going to be a 800-sq- feet state-of-the-art cat café.
Have a happy holiday
11 AM – 1 PM: Make the most of your child’s Christmas vacation by signing him/her for a camp that’s starting soon after Christmas. Designed for three to eight year olds, the activities include storytelling, art and craft, cooking and lots of outdoor activities.
Where: Tree House Playgroup, Plot no 899, Damini Bungalow, Juhu Tara Road, next to New Rising Sun Society
Enjoy a Hindi comic gig
8.30 PM: Attend a two-hour special comedy show with Zakir Khan, who is one of the few comics to have over 20 million views across his social media handles. Khan won the title of India's Best Stand-Up Comedian in 2012, so this will be worth it.
Where: Canvas Laugh Club, Palladium, Lower Parel, 462, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel
Call: 90046 03115
Showcase your B-Boying skills
5 PM: FOG It UP and Brijmusic wants to give all the hip hoppers in the city a platform to perform. So show up your skills at sessions that include open mics, rap performances, rap battle, breakdancing, B-boying and BMX stunting.
Where: Annex Mall, 8th Floor, Western Express Highway
Log on to: https://www.facebook.com/events/1823873534566911/#
Sip on some mulled wine
10 AM - 12.30 AM:âÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂWith the winters looming in, Sassy Spoon has rolled out specially curated winter drinks to keep you warm. Enjoy the mulled wine and check out the Fruit n Nut vanilla vodka, shaken with creme de cassis, amaretto, hazelnut and soya cream.
Where: The Sassy Spoon, Bandra Classic Corner Building, Hill Road, Bandra (West)
Delve into monochrome art
Till DEC 31, 1 AM - 7 PM: Dive into a world of monochrome at a new exhibition by modernist Krishen Khanna at Saffronart. One of India’s last surviving modernists, Khanna focuses on the human figure, specifiCally those who are overlooked or ignored in society. Musicians in shaadi bands, waiters at roadside tea stalls.
Where: Saffronart, Mumbai, Industry Manor, Ground Floor, Appasaheb Marathe Marg, Prabhadevi
Wake up a surreal sunrise
9.42: Make your New Year’s eve a special one by camping at Vaitarna River Where adventure and nature await you. Enjoy the sizzling barbecue and music right at the waterfront. Don’t miss the opportunity to make wishes and New Year resolutions as you watch the shooting stars and wake up to a beautiful sunrise.
Where: Catch a local train to Kasara on central line (9.42 am Kasara train from CST).
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A quick verdict on what we love/hate
When we heard that the Shraddha Kapoor-Aditya Roy Kapoor (we just realised that there are too many Kapoors in this industry) movie, Ok Jaanu, was revisiting Humma Humma, we were a bit sceptical. But once we heard the song, we quite liked it. Actually, we have been listening to it on loop, maybe, it’s due to the reCall value, because we 90s kids grew up on the song from the Mani Ratnam gem, Bombay. But, it’s sTill catchy, sTill danceable and sTill very addictive. We also thought Rahman’s move of getting Baadshah involved wasn’t a bad one at all. It gives it the 2016 touch. We love!
So not lovesick
We watched a new show on Netflix and you know what, we LOVED it. Brit romantic comedy Lovesick stars our new heartthrob Johnny Flynn as the protagonist, Dylan, who after he discovers he has Chlamydia, sets out to inform his former loves of the same. Along with him on this journey are his two best friends, Luke and EvieâÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ(who has a crush on him). The story oscillates between the present and the past, and is funny and witty like only a Brit comedy can be. One thing is sure — Flynn will win your heart over with his confused, boy-next-door charm. The soundtrack is pretty great too.
Wine them all
If you’d want to sip on some fine blends from the Nashik vineyards but are also looking at giving the crowds a miss, then head to the Vinsura winery. It’s an idyllic package that not only includes a range of a wine varieties in throwaway factory prices, but also a tiny lake dotted with swans, a mountain with a waterfall, besides fully furnished tents sprawled out on a terrace. Visitors can indulge in walks through the vineyards and elaborate wine tastings. The dining area overlooks the lake, and for meals sumptuous thalis are served, made from the farm produce. This one’s #ftw — for the wine.
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