Christmas is a celebrated around the world with pomp and fun. There are several ways people love to spend their time in the last week of the year. People in Kolkata love to go out and have the best of their days. Here are 10 tips on how to spend Christmas in kolkata.
1. Visit Park Street
Park Street Christmas Carnival is most famous in Kolkata. The festival is inaugurated on the 18th of December and will go on till the 2nd of January every year. More than 35 Food Stalls offering a variety of delicacies will be put up inside Allan Park and on the stretch of pavement between Flurys and Allan Park this arrangement is done on both the lanes. For the first time ever, the lighting on Park Street will be extended. The Lights which used to be lit up from Mullick Bazaar end till the Chowringhee earlier will now extend all the way to St. Paul’s Cathedral church. During this carnival, the streets will be closed from afternoon onward so it is preferable to have a short walk to the carnival. Make the most of this as its a once in a year experience, be it an infant or a child or a teen or a grown up everyone enjoys the carnival.
2. Make Different Types of Cakes
It’s a very common trend to bake and gift cakes during Christmas. You can buy them, or bake some cakes at your home. The aroma that comes from the oven during baking a cake is just too good and attracts the passersby. You can make different kinds of cakes such as Wine cake, Fruitcake, Plum cake etc. These particular cakes are representative of Christmas and look great on the dinner table or at a picnic too.
3. Get A Christmas Tree
The Christmas tree is probably one of the most significant symbols of Christmas. You get all sizes of Christmas trees in New Market from 6 inches to several feet tall. Nowadays, your local grocery store may be stocking them as well. You can swipe golden ribbons across the tree that twinkle with the lights or use some snow dust to bring the snowy feel of winter, and you can also decorate the tree with various colourful lights and small sparkling balls. and on one branch hang a sock on the tree. the whole experience would be a real connect with the true Christmas spirit.
4. Dine At A Good Restaurant
There are several restaurants in the Park Street area such as Barbeque Nation, Marco Polo, Shiraz Golden Restaurant, Khandani Rajdhani, Arsalan, Oly pub, Flavours of China, The Bridge, The Park Pavilion, Carpe Diem and many more and each and every one of them are buzzing with activity and excitement on Christmas. you can go there with your friends and family and enjoy a fabulous and delicious meals on Christmas.
5. Visit The New Market Christmas Section
The December month always has a combination of festive and holiday mood. As we all know, festivals are incomplete without shopping. New Market witness a huge number of shoppers all year round especially if there is a festival coming up. No matter how rich or poor you are, New Market has all you need under one roof! It is actually pocket-friendly. and in the Christmas season, they have so many different kinds of Christmas decoration accessories, Christmas trees and also dresses, shoes and gifts. You can simply find whatever you want from here.
6. Visit Bow Barracks
If you ever visit Bow Barracks in late December, then you definitely know that it is not less than Park Street Christmas Carnival. On Christmas, this street fills with lights and decorations and looks most beautiful. Bow Barracks is a locality in central Kolkata region, just behind the Bowbazar police station, off Central Avenue. Here, you will find a small hub of mostly Anglo-Indian people who have lived here for generations. The striking red buildings of bow barracks are home to more than a hundred families. This place is usually silent but in the week leading upto Christmas, it fills up with huge number of people and their joyful activities.
7. Attend A Christmas Party
You can go to any Pub or Club on Christmas. If you do not want to go out, you can just throw a party at your place and invite some friends and family. Decorate your place with lights and a Christmas tree, along with some delicious foods and drinks to enjoy your evening. So, party on dudes!
8. Give Gifts To Near & Dear Ones
For the kids, the best thing on Christmas is receiving gifts from Santa Clause. You can simply be your kid’s Santa gift them their dream toys. Or you can also give gifts to your near and dear ones. Your gift will definitely make their Christmas special and by seeing their happiness you will feel special too.
9. Midnight Mass At St Paul’s Cathedral
Midnight mass is one of the most dramatic services as a procession moves from darkness to light. Words and music focus on the Advent theme of ‘Light in the Darkness’, hope in despair, and a new relationship with God in Christ. St Paul’s Cathedral is a must-visit for those who seek enriching historical, architectural, cultural and of course spiritual pleasure. Right in the middle of the busy buzzing metro city, this colossal structure reminds you of the colonial times and takes you down the lane of history, while giving you inner peace at the ceremony.
10. Drive On The Parama Island Flyover (Maa Flyover)
The Maa flyover is a 4.5 km long flyover, the total streach of the flyover including the ramps is close to 9.2 km. It is built along the Park Circus connector and connects E.M. Bypass with Park Circus 7 point crossing. This flyover is beautifully decorated with blue and white lights and well maintained by KMC. Taking a drive through this flyover at night will make you feel like you are travelling in some foreign country.
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