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Outdoor spots for Xmas fun
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Christmas and New Year celebrations have found new venues in Ranchi.

The year-end parties, which were earlier organised in posh hotels, are gradually shifting to open spaces, including public parks.

At least three such green lungs, earlier visited by citizens only for strolls, are gearing up for the upcoming extravaganza.

Doranda-based Sri Krishna Singh Park will host musical evenings from Christmas night to January 5, said Satish Kumar, promoter of Kuber Infrastructure, the agency that managed the green lung.

“We have a grand musical night on December 25 and a DJ performance on December 31. This apart, artistes will mesmerise visitors with musical performances every evening from December 25 to January 5,” said Kumar.

He added that they were decorating the green lung with colourful lights to create the perfect ambience.

“We hope visitors will enjoy the extravaganza under open sky,” he said.

If Sri Krishna Singh Park will be the place-to-be for music lovers during year-end fiesta, its counterpart in Harmu Sector VII will be the food connoisseur’s paradise.

Capital-based food chain Blue Berry will organise a food festival at the park from December 28 to January 7.

“Our food festival will be one-of-its-kind in the capital. Ranging from Indian to continental, we will be offering nearly 250 lip-smacking delicacies for visitors to choose from,” said Amit Kumar Sinha, promoter of Blue Berry.

Sinha added that items from South Indian, Hyderabadi, Bengali, Rajasthani and Gujarati cuisine and delectable tribal dishes would be in the offing. “We will have both vegetarian and non-vegetarian delicacies,” he said.

Aqua World, a small park near Raj Bhawan, is also gearing up for year-end extravaganza. Young businessman Pratul Nath Shahdeo manages the green lung.

“Our events will start from December 28 and continue till January 2. We will host lots of fun games and programmes for small children as well as their parents every evening,” said Shahdeo.

Sri Krishna Singh Park had received a much-needed facelift last year when it was revamped by forest department with an investment of Rs 1.75crore. Harmu Sector VII park, on the other hand, was set up by Ranchi Municipal Corporation at the cost of Rs 37 lakh earlier this year.