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Lively Christmas markets ring in festival cheer in Jamshedpur


Jamshedpur, Dec 23: The markets are flooded with Christmas items with new and various kinds of showpieces, gifts and decorative items on offer. Starting from Christmas bells of various sizes to designer candles, everything comes at an affordable range at the gift shops in the city. As always Christmas trees, this time available in different colours are available at a range of Rs 1000. Apart from the traditional green, trees made up of golden, silver and glittering green have caught the eyes of customers in the city.

“We have already sold about 20 pieces of Christmas trees that start from a range of Rs 1200 depending upon the design and type. Children are buying it a lot. We expect the sales to be higher next week as there is still some time for Christmas,” said Arun Kumar, a salesperson of a gift shop in Bistupur.

The showroom has a number of gift items, the new attraction this year being the musical and moving showpieces with mother Mary and Jesus Christ. Snow balls are also available where tiny thermocol pieces have been used to create the snowy effect inside the ball with Santa Claus inside it. This costs Rs 2000. Christmas bells for decoration purposes are also available at Rs 649 per set.

“We have been selling a lot of candles this year. We have got special candles priced at a range of Rs 120 and Rs 169, which are affordable and highly in demand. This looks very attractive as showpieces because when you light them it glows even inside it. The light inside is visible because the wax is transparent,” said Puneet Kumar.

Other Christmas items in the market are soft toys like Santa Claus dresses for 10-year-olds which comes at a price of Rs 600 to Rs 850. Teddy bears are also a craze among kids along with Christmas greeting cards. Not to forget the chocolate packets that start from Rs 139 to Rs 1000. Also there are decorated glittering candles which people can offer at the Church. Silver and golden candles as well as candle stands are too in demand. Candles are priced at Rs 125 while crystal
candle stands can go up to Rs 500- Rs 800.

Decoration balls available at Rs 89 to Rs 400 a packet are also available. Santa Claus toys, considered as one of the ideal gifts every Christmas, also have a good demand. The price range starts from Rs 65 to Rs 110 for the normal ones.

“We have been witnessing a huge demand for Jesus Christ’s figure. There are various sizes which people have been asking for. We have sold about 25 such pieces,” said Vineet Sharma, proprietor of Gift Shop in Sakchi.

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