The arrival of Santa Claus added to the celebrations.
Merry Christmas-Birthday of Jesus Christ was celebrated with religious fervour and gaiety in Jammu region on Monday. "May the festival bring happiness to our families and our shared society", President Ram Nath Kovind said on his official Twitter handle. Christmas celebrations began after 12am of Monday with carol singing before the bishops ritually offered drinks and food to baby Jesus and took the blessings of the Lord.
Kunj Bihari Satpathy, organiser of a Christmas party at a city hotel, said Xmas is the most awaited celebration of the year which continues till the onset of the New Year.
As the bells tolled, people thronged the churches - including the Cathedral Church of The Redemption and Sacred Heart Cathedral.
The air reverberated with chimes of bells.
In Kerala, which has a sizable Christian population, special prayers, midnight masses and low key festivities today marked Christmas as the state witnessed massive devastation and loss of life due to cyclone Ockhi last month.
Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church Pastor Alvin Edwards
"A member of an NGO told Rising Kashmir that they are trying to spread a global message of peace and love among all communities of the Valley".
Special cattle sheds and mangers were erected to mark the occasion at the churches depicting the birth of Jesus.
Cribs, decorated in lovely ways and displaying the birth of Lord Jesus, were seen at several houses in the state.
The midnight mass at St Joseph's Cathedral was conducted in Hindi but the morning prayer service was held in both English and Hindi. Then, everyone will welcome the New Year with warmth and boundless energy.
The prayer meetings were held in various churches including the St Mary's Garrison Church Gandhi Nagar, CNI Church Residency Road, St Peter's Church and all other churches. Special prayers were also offered for the progress and prosperity of Pakistan.
The Chief Minister recited a verse of the Bible.