Christmas 2020 may feel nothing like Christmas and NYE 2019, but things are surely looking up. But with safety measures in place, it seems like we’ll be seeing some Holiday-themed events, after all. Though there may not be as many events and options as we’re used to, but seeing some semblance of normalcy is heartwarming. Here are six special, Holiday season flea markets and festivals happening in Chennai in these coming weeks.
The Ultimate Flea Market @Forum Vijaya Mall
The Forum Vijaya Mall in Chennai is one of the cities preferred shopping and dining experience centres. This year, apart from going all out with their Christmas décor, they’ve put together the ultimate flea market to pull us out of the quarantine mood. With safety precautions in place, they’re bringing together artisanal food stores, interior vendors, tech things, and more, under one roof. Plus, most of the stores within the mall will be offering great discounts.
Dates: Dec 23, 2020 – Jan 2, 2021
Timing: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. No reservation required.
The Christmas Carnival @ Express Avenue
Express Avenue is the city’s favourite weekend hangout spot. From their experiential movie cinemas to shopping, gaming, and more, EA offers something for everybody. Finally reopened with safety measures in place, the mall is curating the best of their experiences: Gaming, fashion, food, Christmas-themed shopping, and more.
Dates: Ongoing, till Jan 3, 2020
Timings: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM. No reservation required.
The Christmas Market @ Palladium
For a high-end shopping experience, the Palladium Mall is your go-to destination in Chennai. Home to brands like Tumi, Michael Kors, Hugo Boss, and other international labels, this year, Palladium is hosting a Christmas Market filled with great discounts and enchanting holiday décor. The market will offer great prices, themed dining experiences, and chic Christmas-themed home accessories.
Dates: Ongoing, till December 27, 2020
Timings: 11:00 AM – 10:30 PM. No reservation required.
The Christmas Bonanza Flea Market @ Sheraton Grand Chennai
If you’re looking for something a little more outdoorsy, then head to the Grand Sheraton Chennai. After a long wait from the grand Rio Carnival they had in February, this is set to be another great event. The safe and socially distanced Christmas Bonanza flea market will bring together a curated selection games, food, drinks, and more from all around the city, which is great for kids and adults.
Dates: Dec 24 and 25, 2020, out on the lawn area
Timings: Call +91 81974 99547 or +91 93848 32956 for reservations
The Kalakshetra Annual Art Festival
View this post on Instagram
Every year, the Kalakshetra Foundation brings together art, music, and culture enthusiasts for a week of merriment and indulgence. They hold week-long performances at their reputed foundation space, featuring respected classical acts, like Carnatic vocals to Hindustani flute, by artists like Rakesh Chaurasia and Ramakrishnan Murthy. For classical music enthusiasts, this is one of Chennai’s richest offerings, specially around Christmas time. Aside from music, there will be special offerings at their Craft Center: Kalamkari textiles, workshops like woodblock painting, traditionally-inspired homeward, and more.
Dates: Dec 21-31, 2020
To book, head to Book My Show for the limited seats booking, or to explore other offerings, visit the Kalakshetra website.
Turning 21 Tales at ITC Grand Chola
From baking masterclasses to week-long beverage festivals, Christmas hamper shopping at great prices, brunches, and more. There’s a little something for the whole family to do at Turning 21 Tales. Plus, their eco-friendly Christmas décor is a must-see.
Dates: Ongoing, till Jan 3, 2020
Images: Courtesy Getty Images