Welcome Santa: The Mumbai Christmas Fest 2016
How much ever you like to holiday abroad or settle in foreign countries, staying in India has its own rewards. Being a multi-cultural country, the citizens of India celebrate most of the festivals beyond the boundaries of religion. Individual notions apart, going with popular view I too believe in- who needs a reason when it’s time for celebration!
As I entered the arena of the Turf Club at Race Course on Sunday afternoon, a trip down memory lane refreshed my senses. Studying in a Convent school gave me an unbiased outlook towards other faiths. December was the season we always looked forward to. I always adored Christmas and fondly sat near my teachers, to hear the stories around the birth of Jesus and coming of Santa Claus.
The Turf Club grounds were brought to life yet again for the 11th Christmas Fest in Mumbai which was also a part of the three-day carnival organized by Indo-German Chamber of Commerce along with the Oktoberfest. Children and parents together made great teams to play and be part of several games.
On one side there was seating arrangements for those who wanted to relish the food, while the other side had a centre stage for performances. With several stalls decorated with twinkling lights, streamers, flowers and Christmas goodies, the ground was bustling with festive spirit.
The event also supported NGOs to help showcase and sell their products.
I gazed around at the smiling kids and thought to myself- ‘Happiness shared is Happiness Doubled’. While this thought drifted on my mind, along came Santa in a perky white BMW waving at everyone. He moved swiftly to the centre of the ground to distribute gifts and click photos with the children.
Looking at them, I remembered me running for sweets thrown by Santa in the school Christmas fest. The fest was well planned for both parents and kids to be entertained and there was lot more than what words could describe. Maybe the photos can give one a better idea on what a fun day it was. It was amusing to see a different activity happening wherever I turned.
Kid’s corner was more than occupied; with fun games like- ball in the bucket, flying saucer and scoop a duck, to catch the kids’ fancy. A skating rink was available for older ones to glide and also a small jungle gym for toddlers to tumble and roll over.
With Micky Mouse and Minions on the go, I too had a Disney moment. And before I forget, the Avengers performed and everyone’s attention was glued to the stage when they came to do a summersault.
Carols by Die Kirchdorfer band got me nostalgic and I sang along too. With amazing friends, food, shopping, entertainment and of course lots of beer, the Christmas Fest was one of its kind. I wish it could have gone on for a few more days.