It is that time of the year when one brings out the shiny stars, fairy lights and streamers along with the reindeer horns and white and red caps. Christmas is the season of joy and gifting and you must be thinking about what to gift your loved ones.
Be it the fancy decorations or the fairy lights, which would adorn the lonely windows, or even a giant Christmas tree, there are a number of markets in the country which would make your shopping a fun experience.
Here is a list of markets in India which would help you fill up your Christmas stockings. Tie it up with some butter-soft cakes and fragrant cookies and have an enriching experience.
Going by the name of Mumbai Christmas Fest, the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce organises a Christmas market in the city. The fest aims in bringing together both countries economically and as well culturally. The environment and display here are such that they make a perfect place for Christmas shopping.
Apart from this, there are other venues across various locations around the city like the Crawford Market, Cuffe Parade, Bandra Village and the Elphinstone College, which has a small hub where markets are organised for Christmas.
The Christmas fever here is quite strong with the presence of several carnivals and markets which pop up dedicating themselves to the Yuletide spirit. Kochi is one of the most happening places for Christmas shopping with the favourite amongst the crowd being the Broadway Market.
One would also come across many local shops cropping themselves up at the Bazaar Road and from Marine Drive to Menaka. Jew Street is also a very popular marketplace amongst the local and tourists alike, for its ambience.
Goa cannot be left out for anything that involves celebrations. A saying states that a Goan holiday is incomplete without visiting Anjuna's famous flea market held every Wednesday. The market is completely lit up before Christmas and is filled with people bargaining for the best deals.
One can shop from an array of products beginning from local handicrafts, spices, clothes, artificial jewellery and accessories, which form that perfect Christmas gift.
It is also recommended for one to visit the markets at Calangute, Arpora Night Bazaar and Margao, which sell some interesting Christmas decorations along with silk gowns, jewellery, handicrafts, wine, tuxedos and much more to complete the Christmas spirit.
Chanakyapuri is the diplomatic enclave of the capital city and is host to a fair share of Christmas markets which are organised by various embassies. The German and Australian embassies host Christmas markets every year for the merrymakers, which is attended by locals and tourists in the same spirit.
The city is also host one of the grandest Christmas carnivals in Rajouri Garden, which showcases a perfect mixture of culture, heritage, food, music and much more, making it a complete entertainment package. Old Delhi is also equally filled with a large number of markets which sell Christmas decorations at pocket-friendly prices.
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Kolkata leaves no stones unturned when it comes to Christmas celebrations. The timeless New Market is filled with different kinds of decorations and desserts for one to indulge in. Shopping in New Market is incomplete without stopping at the Nahoum and Sons, the oldest Jewish bakery in the town for its famous offering of a rich fruitcake.
Christmas in the city of joy is also symbolised with the overwhelming crowd at Park Street and the crowd which rushes towards Allen Park, which is the hub of Christmas carnival and shopping.