Kolkatans surely know how to enjoy a festival in the grandest way possible. If you think that Bengalis only celebrate Durga Puja with pomp and glory, you surely need to be in the city during Christmas. With an extravagant carnival of vibrant lights, festivals, crowds, and festive enthusiasm in the air, the ‘City of Joy’ celebrates the festival in the most joyful way possible. If you are planning to be in Kolkata this December, make your Christmas plans already.
Extraordinary Experiences To Enjoy During Christmas In Kolkata
1. Park Street
Christmas celebrations in the ‘City of Joy’ can never be complete without visiting the iconic Park Street. With beautiful lights decorated on roads, buildings, corners, and all around, exploring this part of the city is such a wonderful experience. Thousands of visitors from the city and other places rush to Park Street at this time of the year just to witness the grandeur of lights adorning the locality. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes while exploring this place during Christmas as the crowd is insane and you will need to walk long distances to check out all the glitz and glamour.
You can continue walking from Park Street to reach Maidan or simply catch the metro. Maidan is massively famous among visitors for enjoying Christmas. The renowned Maidan ground is where thousands of people simply sit, chill, and click pictures, before starting to walk all over the city. There is Nandan, a carnival of lights, different celebrations, a church, and more to witness here.
Kolkata is home to some spectacular churches and one of the must-visit ones to visit during Christmas is St. Paul’s Cathedral. If you also wish to join thousands and explore the church on this day, make sure you have more than usual time in your hand. The footfall is crazy and you need to wait in queues before entering inside and seeing all the extravagant decorations.
4. Bow Barracks
If you have already explored the bustling Park Street and Maidan areas, you surely need to plan an evening at Bow Barracks. Home to the iconic red vintage buildings, this part of Kolkata gets decked up in a new look to enjoy Christmas. From the open-air parties to lots of food stalls to relishing yummy dishes to enjoying an evening at Bow Barracks is a splendid idea.
5. Top Restaurants To Visit On Christmas
Park Street has always been known for some of the city’s best and most renowned restaurants. From the iconic Trincas to Mocambo, Hard Rock Cafe, Flurys, Marco Polo, Peter Cat, and a lot of such popular restaurants are located on Park Street. Christmas celebrations are only complete when you have to stand outside any of these famous Kolkata restaurants and finally get a table after waiting for at least 40 minutes. The happiness and satisfaction of relishing delectable delicacies after a long wait is on just another level.
Now that you know what to enjoy and experience in Kolkata during Christmas, are you making plans already?
Cover Image Courtesy: Shreya Ghosh, Sanchita Ghosh
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