Come December and the air of celebrations is in the air, and Gurgaon is not an exception!Being a city with a multicultural, multilingual community, it is not surprising to see how well the shopping centres and malls are decorated. Many Christian families begin preparations for Christmas from the first week of December itself. The visit to Khari Baoli in Chandni Chowk is a must if you have to buy the Choicest of peels and stuff to be put in the Christmas cakes. The peels, cherry, and ginger are then soaked in Rum. This is so that the peels in the cake don’t go bad. The best shop in Khari Baoli is the BEADS shop, and the gentleman who runs the shop will guide you about the amount of peels required. But then to come back to Gurgaon, we can find all the ready made eatables from the bakeries in Gurgaon. I saw ready made plum cakes at the Sugar and Spice outlet in the Galleria outlet in Gurgaon.
This time when we visited the Ambience Mall for our Christmas shopping, we saw the tall Christmas tree attracting the glances of all the shoppers. At the base of the the tree, people were pasting colourful post-its with wishes to Santa.
The atrium at Sahara Mall at MG.Road hosted a winter scene with lots of snow.
And of course who could forget Mr. Snow Man?
Christmas shopping generally starts quite early, but then the week before Christmas Day is when some of the best offers can be had in terms of garments. Shoppers flock to their favourite outlets looking for last minute discounts and gift options. This year as always, the city has been decorated with Christmas trees, wreaths and bells. Plum cakes can be bought from Harish Bakery, Samrat Bakery and the Sugar and Spice outlets.
Those who wish to attend Mid-Night Mass can visit the Church of the Epiphany at Civil Lines Gurgaon. This is a one hour service which starts at 11:00 p.m. and ends at 12:00 a.m. (just ensure that you are properly wrapped up for the weather, and yes, the likely fog). The more enterprising can go to the Cathedral Church of Redemption, Church Lane, New Delhi which is close to the Rashtrapati Bhawan.
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