December 21, 2018
Mamata Banerjee to inaugurate 8th Kolkata Christmas Festival today
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will inaugurate the 8th Kolkata Christmas Festival 2018 at Allen Park in Park Street today.
This year, the special attraction of the festival will be the performances by buskers in and around Park Street & at Camac Street crossing on the day of Christmas from 4 PM to 10 PM. They will be performing at designated places to spread the essence of the festival in the best possible way.
For the first time this year, the state government will illuminate and brand seven churches in the state — Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Kurseong, Jalpaiguri, Bandel, Chandannagore & Krishnanagar. There will be cultural programmes at the Chandannagore church from December 26 to 28.
The entire stretch of Park Street & Allen Park and St. Cathedral Church will be illuminated with proper branding from December 21 to 30 with the help of a luxury hotel at Park Street and Kolkata Municipal Corporation.
There will be cultural programmes and performances from noted artists, who have been roped in coordination with the state Information & Cultural Affairs department. They will be performing from December 21 to 30 at Allen Park except on December 25. On December 26, there will be performances by the band of Kolkata Police at the same venue.
There will be competition among participants dressing up as Santa Claus and Mother Mary and the best among them will be rewarded. There will also be an array of other cultural performances from December 27-30 managed by Information and Cultural Affairs department.
Kolkata is perhaps the only city in the country where Christmas is celebrated in such a grand and befitting manner. The Tourism department, Kolkata Municipal Corporation and Kolkata Police will oversee the security and everything else during the festival.