In a few days from now starts one of the biggest Christmas festivals in India. Kolkata Christmas Festival, Kolkata’s very own Christmas festival on Park Street, with Christmas carols, live music, shimmering lights, delectable food and the works is right at our doorsteps.
It commences from December 16 and would continue till January 2.
The Kolkata Christmas Festival has become an annual attraction in the city’s calendar. The idea behind organising it is to spread the warmth of the celebration to one and all, by creating an atmosphere of festivity. It would be inaugurated by the Chief Minister at Allen Park on Park Street (Mother Teresa Sarani) in the presence of Archbishop Thomas D’Souza, Bishop Ashok Biswas and representatives from all Christian denominations, and members of all communities.
Like every year, this year too Park Street will come alive with beautiful lighting, Christmas carols, special choir performances (on the first few days of the festival), live music by popular city bands (at Allen Garden) and stalls (as many as 40) selling delectable food and Christmas goodies. The Kolkata Police and Army bands will also perform. This year too, vehicular traffic on Park Street will be closed on the big day, December 25, to enable free-flowing movement of people.
This year’s festival will see some new features. Lights will go beyond the conventional Park Street, stretching all the way from St Paul’s Cathedral to the Mullick Bazaar end of Park Street. A Christmas parade would be held on Sunday, December 20 on Park Street from 10 am to 12 pm by representatives from various schools. Only pedestrian movement would be allowed during these two hours.
Kolkata Christmas Festival is going the whole hog on social media too, with presence on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. There will be special contests as well on these platforms.
This unique celebration of the joy of Christmas by people of all faiths is being organised by the Department of Tourism, Government of West Bengal, in association with members of the Christian community and the Apeejay Surrendra Group.
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