Park Street gears up for Kolkata Christmas Festival

Choirs, live bands, lights, food, Christmas goodies

-Subhadrika Sen

Kolkata’s most popular and favourite Christmas destination, Park Street has been lit up in the lights of Christmas. The Kolkata Christmas Festival, which would be officially inaugurated by the Honourable Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee, on the 16th of December at 6 pm is at the heart of the festive season. This festival has been organised by the State Tourism Department in association with Apeejay Surendra Group. The Chief Minister would inaugurate it by lighting the Christmas tree at Allen Park.

The Kolkata Christmas Festival is a two week long celebration of this festive season. The food, music, local bands and different on-stage and off-stage events have been organised to keep the audience engaged and entertained. Christmas-themed lighting has being installed along Park Street and over forty food stalls serving cuisines from different communities in Kolkata are being put up on Park Street. That apart, there would be various live performances by church and school choirs and bands like Barefoot, Hip Pocket, Orient Express and Krosswindz. There would also be special performances by singers like Usha Uthup and Shayne Hyrapiet.

A Christmas pageant will be held on Sunday, Dec 18 from 3 to 5 pm. Students from about 25 schools will be participating in this event, the theme for which is: ‘The Symbols of Christmas’. An added attraction to the events this year is the photo booth inside Allen Park. Clicking selfies is the trend nowadays and what more than making memories with friends and families by clicking away!

Interestingly, special tour packages have been planned by the Dept of Tourism this year. Those interested can book a tour of various churches in Kolkata on Christmas eve or on another tour covering the colonial churches of Kolkata, Chandannagar and Bandel, including attending the midnight mass at Bandel Church. Arrangements have also been made for a fishing trip to Namkhana where there will be provisions to cook the fishes caught by the tourists.

As during previous years, Park Street is expecting a high turnout during the festive period, especially on the 25th and 31st of December. Special arrangements have been made by Kolkata Police to manage the traffic and the expected throng of people.

Here is the complete schedule of events at Allen Park during Kolkata Christmas Festival: