As Christmas comes to the city it is the season of lights and joy. The city gets dressed in a renewed happiness of both the advent of the cold season and festivities that mark the end of a year. As Christmas approaches, here is a to-do list of the things you can indulge in and places you can visit for Christmas:
Visit Bow Barracks
Tucked away in Central Calcutta, this historical locality is the residence of the Anglo Indian community of Kolkata. A cluster of red brick buildings greets your sight as the area gets beautifully decorated in dreamy fairy lights and other Christmas thrifts. Probably the only place where you can see Santa Claus arrive in a Rickshaw. Bow Barracks gets a life of its own during Christmas. If you wish to get carried away to a different realm of time, get a whiff of one of the many different kinds of lives and cultures within the same city, head straight to Bow Barracks. Let the spirit of Christmas enthrall and overwhelm you completely.
Dear Old Park Street
From childhood, this has been the one go to place for all people of Calcutta. And why not? The entire area starting from Park Street to Esplanade including New Market and Sudder Street become the most vibrant part during this time of the year. Since this area bears witness in the largest quantum to the colonial legacy of the city, the vibe is completely different here during Christmas. In recent years, the Christmas celebrations and decorations have been amped up and the place simply looks beautiful. Besides, there is a plethora of pubs and restaurants to choose from for partying or simply bonding over food and drinks.
Music and Gigs all over the City
Christmas or rather a winter is the time for music and gigs all over the city. Be it rooftop events or musical nights at Someplace Else, the city of Joy reverberates with independent music scenes all around. This is the best time to catch your favourite artist and get the artsy vibes Calcutta is so popular for. Calcutta in December is a sight to behold and also a symphony to cherish.
St. Paul’s Cathedral
The time of the year for best fostering the spirit of communal harmony and cheer in the city is on and around Christmas when people flock to the cathedral irrespective of religion to pray or experience the calm inside. The Cathedral is not only a place of worship but is located in one of the most scenic locations of the city flanked by the Victoria Memorial and Maidan a little further away. People often go early in the morning to breathe in the early morning chill or to sit in the bright winter sunlight for a day’s picnic. St. Paul’s is one of the other prime locations for a Christmas visit.
A house party with family and friends
This is perhaps the best way to celebrate the festival in a homely and cosy way. A few drinks and a delicious creamy homemade cake can do wonders. Call in the best of friends or the closest of family and spend a Christmas with mistletoes and a decorated tree inside the home. Order several varieties of sweets and desserts to brighten the day and your mood. You can also play Secret Santa with your close ones and have a whole hoard of gifts showered upon you and your guests. A quiet and merry Christmas, the best way perhaps of all, to celebrate the festival of joy and happiness.