If you’re thinking it’s a little too soon to start spreading the Christmas cheer, then two markets in the city will help change your mind. With Christmas bazaars, such as the German Christmas market and Oz Haat, ready to take place this weekend, the Christmas festivities can sure begin early.
From exciting shopping options, special events such as carol singing and magic shows and food options galore, the bazaars are mini carnivals in themselves. This year, the markets are going to promise a lot more than their previous editions. We bring you four such Christmas markets slated to take place in the Capital in the coming days.
German Christmas Market
With a footfall of more than 10,000 visitors each year, the market is back with a new package of events and shopping options. This year, being the 14th successive year, the highlights are a gingerbread house, a German rooftop restaurant, German Beer, traditional German Christmas cakes, German sausages and potato salad, a beautifully decorated Christmas tree and Santa Claus. The market will also see a painting competition, a magic show by a German magician, and some lucky draws. Over 95 exhibitors will participate.
Where: The German House, 2 Nyaya Marg, Chanakyapuri
When: December 3 and 4
Timings: 11am to 8pm
Christmas Market @ Citywalk
A double bonanza is on offer at Select City Walk in Saket, as this year, two markets will be organised here. The first market will see items such as plum cakes and cookies, candles and Christmas platters, fresh breads and patisserie Christmas pots and garden accessories, winter apparel, accessories and home décor and furnishings, being displayed. At the second market, called the TJ’s Bazaar, paper products, stationery items, furniture, spices and mustard oils will be sold.
Where: Select City Walk, Saket
When: First market - December 14-18; Second market - December 21-22
Timings: 11am onwards
Oz HAAT 2011
The Oz Haat, which is Australia’s popular NGO mela, exhibits the work of Indian community organisations supported by the Australian High Commission. This year, an elaborate exhibition of Christmas goods, organised by various NGOs, will be on display. This annual event will feature paper craft, soft furnishing, clothing and great gift ideas, along with a Christmas corner. The stalls will also display handicraft products. The entry to the mela is free of cost and it is scheduled to take place at the front lawns.
Where: Australian High Commission, 1/50 G Shantipath Chanakyapuri
When: December 3
Timings: 10am to 5pm
Christmas fiesta at Epicentre
The Christmas celebrations here are nothing short of a fiesta. The shopping mela will not only offer special discounts on a wide range of goods, from jewellry to apparel, electrical goods to hand woven carpets, but also offer an opportunity for visitors to win prizes. Also, there will be live shows, musicals and concerts. The celebrations will be kicked off with a Christmas eve turkey dinner.
Where: Epicentre at Apparel House, Sec-44, Gurgaon
When: December 25
Timings: 11am onwards