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Jingle all the way!

Here’s a lowdown on the coolest and most innovative Christmas carnivals in the capital.

entertainment Updated: Jan 03, 2011 12:46 IST
Vaishali Bhambri
Vaishali Bhambri
Hindustan Times

Planning to fly out of the city this Christmas? Hang on - there’s a lot happening around town. The capital is abuzz with the jingle and jangle that comes with the holiday season, and giant Christmas trees, Santa castles, and Xmas fests wait to be visited. Here are some reasons to shut that travel website window.

christmasJazzy bells

Those looking for a day-long outing on Christmas should consider the Christmas Carnival at the India Habitat Centre (IHC). From hair braiding and tattoo making to painting and a jazz performance by Babush Santana, the carnival has something in store for the whole family. The gala would also include a lavish Christmas brunch at the All American Diner.

Where: IHC, Lodhi Road

When: December 25, 10.30am onwards

Cost of the buffet:

Rs 590 plus taxes

Children: Rs 390 plus taxes

Disney dream

Haven't been able to take your kids to Disneyland? Treat them to a 30-feet high Disney castle. At DLF Place in Saket, kids can walk into the fairytale castle, get a Princess-style makeover, and also get clicked. There is also a Mickey and Minnie photo zone, a Pixar car zone, complete with PS3 games to play. One day before the festival, the big Christmas Cavalcade, with revelers, Santa, elves and carol singers, will keep your spirits high. The festival will conclude with a Princess Pageant, a fashion show for little girls dressed as princesses.

Where: DLF Place, Saket

When: On till December 30

Filmy fantasy

The three-day Epicentre Christmas Carnival, to be held on December 24 and 26, will include a food and flee market on all days that would offer Xmas goodies among other exciting deals, and a Jazz performance by Aditya Balani and troupe on the second day of the carnival, followed by two film screenings - A Christmas Carol and Miracle on the 34th Street, to mark the Christmas day. Carol singing and innovative games will keep you and the kids busy all day long.

Where: The Epicentre, Sector 44, Gurgaon

When: December 24-26

Cost of the buffet: Rs 650 plus taxes

Red hot

That’s the way Delhi’s party diehards like their Christmas, and Urban Pind seems to understand that well. The chic lounge is done up in lustrous reds, and the Christmas-themed tattoo sessions and glitter body art add to the spirit. And, no carols here - the action lies behind the console.Here, Santa doesn’t mind sin!

Where: Urban Pind, N Block Market, Greater Kailash

When: On till December 25, Noon to 1.00am

Cost: Rs 2000 per couple

White Christmas

So what if it doesn’t snow in Delhi - Select City Walk’s crystal-studded Christmas makes the festival a sparkling white affair. A European style set-up, a 35-feet high crystal Christmas tree with 1, 00, 000 crystals and candy sticks and a larger-than-life Santa installation with a snow sledge and reindeers this affair a spectacle. Live choirs, guitarists, fusion artistes and street dancers will also pump up the evenings.

Where: Select City Walk, Saket

When: On till December 25

Timing: Noon to 10pm

First Published: Dec 18, 2010 18:32 IST