Midnight masses, special masses and messages of love and compassion marked the birth of Jesus Christ. All the churches were lit up with stars, Christmas trees and cribs. A few days before Christmas, boys and girls dressed up as Santa Claus and visited various areas to distribute gifts to children.
A lot of churches distributed clothes, cakes and provisions for the poor. Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and other leaders of political parties greeted the people on the eve of Christmas. Carol singing was held by various church groups to usher in the spirit of Christmas. At Vailankanni, Shrine in Nagapattinam district, thousands of pilgrims from various parts of the country participated in special prayer services held to mark the birth of Jesus Christ.