Ho ho ho! It is the last month of the year and what can be a better way to bid adieu to 2016 than to indulge in festivities in the Capital. Delicious baked goodies, Christmas decorations, on-the-spot competitions, live music and shopping — the various Christmas melas in Delhi-NCR are a fun way to spend time with your loved ones and soak up the festive cheer. HT City gives you the deets on a few melas that you can visit.
German Christmas Market
The German Christmas market, hosted by the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce, is a must-visit affair for those who want to experience a German Christmas in the Capital. Shows by German magicians, an on-the-spot painting competition for kids, Christmas choirs, and Santa Claus, of course – there is much to see as you sip on German beverages and enjoy a German sausage. Visitors can also indulge in shopping as jewellery, art, handicrafts, innovative paper products, designer wear and much more are available at the two-day event.
- What: German Christmas Market
- Where: Indo-German Chamber of Commerce (IGCC), German House, 2 Nyaya Marg, Chanakyapuri
- When: December 3 and 4
- Timings: 11am to 7pm
- Entry: Rs 350, free for children below 12
Oz Haat Charity Mela
The 16th edition of the Oz Haat Charity Mela, organised by the Australian High Commission, will feature a wide range of handmade products made by NGOs from across the country, and all proceeds will go to the charities. Enjoy magic shows, drumming workshops, Australian barbecue and wine, bouncing castle and more. For those who want to shop, you could take your pick from tribal art, pottery, jewellery, accessories and more.
- What: Oz Haat Charity Mela
- Where: Australian High Commission. Gate 5, 1/50G, Shantipath, Chanakyapuri
- When: December 3
- Timings: 11am to 5pm
- Entry: Free, carry a photo ID.
DEORA Christmas Carnival
Hosted by Diplomatic Enclave Owners and Residents Association (DEORA), the carnival will be an absolute delight for foodies, with multiple food trucks present at the event. A kids’ hangout stall will keep the young ones entertained as you enjoy live band performances and shop till you drop.
- What: DEORA Christmas Carnival
- Where: Malcha Marg Community Centre, Malcha Marg, Chanakyapuri
- When: December 11
- Timings: 11am to 8pm
- Entry: Rs 150
Great Grand Winter Carnival
The carnival at Dilli Haat Pitampura has much to offer with fun activities like camel rides, bouncing castle, on-the-spot painting and food eating competitions, cultural performances by students, shopping stalls that offer Christmas deco; apparel, and innumerable food stalls offering cuisines from various parts of the country.
- What: Great Grand Winter Carnival
- Where: Dilli Haat, Pitampura
- When: December 24-25
- Timings: 11am to 9pm
- Entry: Rs 20