Twinkling lights, decorated trees and tables groaning with food—Christmas around the world is synonymous with merrymaking. Some of the best ways to get a sense of local festivities and traditions include strolling through lit-up streets, taking part in wacky celebrations, and soaking in the bonhomie at a Christmas market.
In India, Christmas-themed markets pop up around the end of November to sell decorations, toys, and the season’s sweets and dishes. For a traditional German celebration, try the German Christmas Market (December 3-4) in Delhi that’s hosted by the embassy. Its counterpart in Mumbai is the Mumbai Christmas Fest Racing Carnival (December 3-4) at the Turf Club, Mahalaxmi. Listen to carols while shopping for gifts and Christmas sweets at the Bandra Gymkhana’s Christmas Bazaar (December 16 and 17). In Bengaluru, head to the United Charities Bazaar (December 10) for homemade wine, handicrafts and other goodies. In Kolkata, parts of Park Street shut down for the Christmas Festival, organised by West Bengal Tourism around Christmas (dates to be announced).
Here’s our list of Christmas markets around the world. Check websites for entry fees and other details.
With inputs from Amrita Bose and Ritika Basu.
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