Crowds throng bazaars for Christmas shopping

- SUMAN BASHYAL, Kathmandu
Crowds throng bazaars for Christmas shopping

Dec 22, 2014-

Shopping malls, variety stores and gifts shops in the Kathmandu valley have stocked their shelves with Christmas materials with shoppers thronging the markets in preparation for the celebration.

Many retail stores and restaurants have installed Christmas trees to attract customers besides offering various discounts and freebies. Gifts shops have been witnessing rising demand for Santa dresses, caps, bells, snowmen, drums, chocolate boxes and stockings, among other products.

Christmas celebrations have spread to revellers from other faiths in the last few years, and exchanging gifts and making merry with friends and relatives has become common.

Bishwo Prakash Maskey, general manager of Civil Mall, said that decorating shopping centres and restaurants had become an integral part of Christmas resulting in a sales boom. “We are also spending a huge amount of money to beautify the mall with Christmas trees and other decorative items,” he said. Civil Mall is organising various activities like musical events, circus and magic shows to increase footfall.

Similarly, United World Trade Centre is planning to host a snowfall and dance party on Christmas Eve. Vivek Mishra, business head of City Centre, said that apparel stores, food courts and theatres had been witnessing brisk sales.

“Last year, we recorded footfall of 35,000, and we expect a similar figure this year too,” he said. City Centre’s promotional activities include band performance and various prizes through a lucky draw for shoppers.

Rising Mall has been organising fashion shows displaying various products available at the mall. “Business jumps three-fold d uring the Christmas festival,” said Manchin Shakya, head of marketing.

Meanwhile, the Association for Crafts Producers (ACP) has been running a Christmas Bazaar at its retail store Dhukuti at Kupondol from last month offering a wide range of handmade gift items for Christmas like trees, glasses, Santa and snowman dolls and felt, paper and ceramic decorations.

“As the trend of celebrating Christmas by exchanging gifts has been growing, we want to tap the market by offering local handicraft products,” said Meera Bhattarai, executive director of the ACP.

Similarly, various five-star hotels have been planning programmes for its customers with special menus on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The Soaltee Crowne Plaza will be offering a four-course special menu and Gala X-Mas dinner buffet at the all-day dining restaurant, Garden Terrace. The Gala X-Mas lunch buffet will be served at the Poolside on Christmas Day.


Published: 23-12-2014 09:46

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