Christmas is just a week away, and we are already swamped with the seasonal check-lists. Food, decor, drinks, parties, fashion, the to-do-lists and long and daunting. But why not take joy in the Christmas shopping experience by changing up the shopping destination. Did you know, there are many seasonal and year-round Christmas markets in India? We highly recommend these charming, well-lit hubs for your 'Secret Santa' and last-minute Christmas shopping. So grab your friends or family and surrender to the frenzied merriment of seasonal shopping at these holiday markets.
7 Must-Visit Christmas Markets In India
1. Park Street Festival, Kolkata
Park Street is one of the busiest and brightest streets during the Christmas season. This year, Park street is hosting a three day carnival from 26th December to 30th December 2022 with well-know restaurants and food stalls offering a variety of delicacies. Cuisines range from Chinese and Tibetan and bakeries will sell popular native treats. There is something for everyone at the Park Street Festival to help soak in the holiday vibe.
2. Christmas Market Marche De Noel, Pondicherry
Pondicherry is known for its French colonies with beautiful architecture, churches and serene beaches, making it an all-time favourite travel destination. But another reason to visit the city during the holiday season is the local market arranged with the choicest holiday treats like cookies, cakes and bakes, all usually of the home baked variety. After shopping you can head to Mission Street to marvel at its Christmas-themed street light decor.
3. Sunday Soul Sante, Bengaluru
Sunday Soul Sante is an annual event which takes place in Bengaluru during Christmas. The Christmas market opens up to a peculiar appearance by Kenisha Francis followed by a plethora of entertainment arrangements. This year a well-known band from Kerala, Thaikkudam Bridge, will be performing at Sunday Soul Sante. You can relish in some lip-smacking treats, while enjoying great music and soak in the cheerful holiday mood.
4. Police Bazaar, Shillong
Police Bazaar is a popular shopping area in Shillong all-year round but it turns into a Santa Town during Christmas with curio-filled pop-ups, Santa-themed gift centres, clubs, entertainment stalls and street food. There are also a handful of traditional handicraft stores selling ornaments and oxidised jewellery in regional designs.
5. Arpora Night Bazaar, Goa
This endearing flea market is open on every Saturday in Goa (barring the monsoon months). It is a very popular tourist destination in India, particularly during the festive month of December. The night bazaar features live music performances, local handicraft stalls and a collection of wares from local artists.
6. Cochin Carnival, Kochi
One of India's oldest Christmas carnival is held at Fort Kochi. The highlights of this festival include rallies and events like bike races, beach football, wrestling, boxing, cycling, kayaking, swimming and marathons. The town is meticulously decorated with colourful lights, graffiti work and Christmas ornaments. During the holidays, there is music, dance, food, art shows and a lot of cheery Christmas spirit all around.
7. German Christmas Market, Delhi
If you want a more foreign experience, you can celebrate Christmas the German way at the country's capital. This market offers a variety of Christmas-themed decorations, festive goodies, candles, cards, handicrafts, German food and delicatessen, artifacts and more. The German Christmas market is located at the Sunder Nursery, opposite the Humayun Tomb in New Delhi.
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