This year the capital’s much awaited and fun filled event – the German Christmas Market (GCM) moved closer to nature and its 22nd edition was held on the 30th November & 1st of December, 2019, at the sprawling lawns of the Sunder Nursery- Delhi’s Heritage Park.
Over 90 exhibitors showcased choicest collection of Christmas decorations, festive goodies, German food products, home accessories, Cosmetics, Handicrafts, garments, plants, stationery, gift articles and much more.
The trend of GCM 2019 was sustainability. Reduce, reuse and recycle. One could witness Christmas trees made from recycled paper, furniture from plastic waste, Men’s accessories from old watches etc. this year.
A “Make it sustainable” workshop was conducted for children to create awareness on reducing wastage and to make best out of waste products. Children also enjoyed the waffles, German Stollen, painting competition, juggling clown, ice-cream and of course Santa Claus!
Another noteworthy trend was the inclusion of a dedicated section for men- with accessories, clothing, grooming products and gadgets. They were seen shopping happily with their friends and families and enjoying the winter sun at the food court, which served multi-cuisine delectable dishes from across the world.
Amongst the main attractions at this event were the display of German auto giants and its merchandise, a beautifully decorated Christmas tree, German chocolates, Christmas goodies and more. NGO’s like the Salaam Baalak Trust, Hope Project, German Speaking Churches, Svatanya etc. displayed the good work done by them and raised funds for charity through sale of their eco-friendly products.
From the past couple of years, GCM is stressing on the need for environment protection. This time too it was evident with a wide array of air purifier brands and exhibitors displaying beautiful indoor and outdoor plantation ideas, encouraging visitors to buy more and more plants.
There was an overwhelming response from both the expat and Indian community. “We are glad to see that the city really looks forward to the German Christmas Market. Every year we try to add something new and exciting, keeping the traditional spirit intact says Sonia Prashar, Deputy Director General, (Indo- German Chamber of Commerce), IGCC.
The highlight of the event were the Christmas carols sung by the Kindergarten students of the German Embassy school adding to the festive cheer! The German Ambassador H.E Mr. Walter J. Linder and his wife graced the occasion and spent quality time with the kids, exhibitors and visitors.
Mr. Alexander Stedtfeld, Economic Counsellor of the German Embassy along with IGCC committee members inaugurated the GCM 2019.
The event is organised by the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce (IGCC) under the aegis of the German Embassy and is supported by the German Embassy School & Federation of Indo-German Societies in India.