Kolkata: With the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurating the Christmas Festival on 21 December, people started visiting Park Street in large numbers from Sunday afternoon to soak in the spirit of the festival.Park Street has become the destination of Christmas revellers in the city and the area has been suitably decked up to host the grand festival. The entire stretch of Park Street has been illuminated and the Christmas Carnival has rolled out in its full glory. The event will continue till 30 December. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe festival was thrown open to the public after the Chief Minister inaugurated the festival at Allen Park on Friday. This has become an important event in the year-end calendar of Kolkata. City dwellers thronged Park Street and its adjoining areas and enjoyed the lighting and decorations. The special attraction of the Christmas Festival this year will be the performances from buskers in and around Park Street and Camac Street crossing. The programme would be held on the day of Christmas between 4 pm and 10 pm. The state Information and Cultural Affairs department will organise various cultural programmes at Allen Park during the festive days. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedPeople stood in queues outside various bakery stalls in the New Market area on Sunday to buy cakes. Various tourist attractions in the city like Alipore Zoo, Victoria Memorial, Science City and Eco Park witnessed large footfalls on Sunday. It may be mentioned that the Christmas Festival at Park Street and its festive fervour draws a large number of foreign tourists as well and the state Tourism department is hopeful that the number will increase further this year. Adequate security measures have already been taken by the city police along Park Street and other areas, which see large footfalls during Christmas and New Year. Watchtowers have been set up at various points to maintain surveillance. There will be additional police personnel deployed at various places in the city during Christmas. Additional policemen have been deployed at Park Street and its adjoining areas to avoid any untoward incident. The entire stretch of Park Street has been divided into two flanks by placing security barricades in the middle of the road. All the vehicles would be diverted through alternate routes during Christmas. On the occasion of Christmas Festival, the state for the first time is going to illuminate seven churches in the state in Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Kurseong, Jalpaiguri, Bandel, Chandannagore and Krishnanagar. There will also be a cultural programme at Chandannagore church from December 26 to 28.