Kolkata: In lieu of its increasing popularity among locals and tourists here, celebrations at the upscale Park Street Christmas carnival may be extended till New Year.
"We have received a huge response from the people. Foreign tourists have also participated. The crowd is definitely much more than what it was last year. So, we may extend the dates up to January 1," state Tourism minister Krishnendu Narayan Choudhury said.
Dance and musical performances, Christmas carols singing, cooking competitions and vintage car rally were planned for December 16, 18, 21, 23 and 25.
The programme is being held at the Allen Park on Park Street which has been illuminated in its entirety from Chowringee to Mullickbazar with Santa Claus in lights at intervals along the road.
On December 25, noted singer Usha Uthup will lead an anthem at the carnival.
The carnival also features bands like Orient Express, Krosswindz as well as carols by the Calcutta School of Music.
Kolkata airport and some churches have also been illuminated for the festive season.
The West Bengal government has spent about Rs 50 lakh this year on the carnival, with contributions from the Apeejay Surendra Group and others, Choudhury said.
Adding to the cheer, most pubs and night clubs in the metropolis will remains open till the wee hours. The Park, which houses `Tantra` and `Someplace Else`, will be open till 4:00 AM.
"The extended closing during this period will enhance the spirits and will make Park Street the destination of choice for both international and domestic travellers in South East Asia. We thank the Departments of Tourism and Excise and the Kolkata Police for making this a reality," an official spokesperson for The Park said.