Jingle bells ring loud in the markets

Thursday, Dec 24, 2015,17:28 IST By Ashitha KR A A A

Kochi | Christmas is the biggest spending period of the entire year and this time it is shaping up to be a very good Christmas for bargain hunters. Santa Claus comes with red caps and hands full of gifts on Christmas eve. On this Christmas eve like every year, Broadway market in Kochi is fully active in Christmas sales.
The atmospheric Kochi market offers traditional handicrafts, hand-made Christmas decorations, twinkling stars, grass cages and many more other Christmas items. Markets are filled with collection of cakes, stars and Christmas gift hampers. Weeks before Christmas, the main markets like Broadway were already filled with decorative items.
Popular attractions of the Christmas markets include cribs costing from rupees 200 to 3000. Cribs made of mud and plastic are also available in the market in different sizes and shapes. Many other handmade items, toys, books, Christmas tree decorations and ornaments can be found in shops.
Another highlighting specialty of Broadway Christmas markets is stars. From small stars to big stars costing from rupees 3 to 500 are available in the market.
The presence of stars in varieties like Christmas Gold Star, Christmas Origami five Petal Star, LED stars, long tailed stars, stars with eight petals is one of the key attractions of Christmas markets. Long tailed stars and LED lights are mostly preferred by youths. Some stalls have traditional cookies, dried plum cakes.
Christmas trees this year have got taller and wider with new styles of decorations. Different type of Christmas trees, which are the centre of attraction are also available here. Artificial trees come in many shapes and sizes. Christmas trees also arrive in green and white colours.
The opportunity to bag a bargain will continue well into the new year as retailers cut prices in the clearance sales after Christmas.

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