Park Street beckons, awash in festive lights on Monday night. Picture by Bishwarup Dutta
● Blenders Pride Music CDs presents The Telegraph Xmas Eve at Calcutta Swimming Club, starring Shankar Mahadevan
● Ballantine’s Music CDs presents The Telegraph Xmas Eve at CC&FC, featuring city boy Shayne Hyrapiet
● Blenders Pride Music CDs presents The Telegraph Xmas Eve at The Saturday Club, powered by The Big Country Band and DJs NYK and Harish
● December Dhamaka, presented by Outram Club in association with The Telegraph, featuring Bangla band Bhoomi
● The Christmas Bash at Ordnance Club, in association with The Telegraph, featuring the Bohemians
● Princeton Club presents Christmas Eve, in association with t2, with belly dancer Rupali sizzling things up
● The Park presents Leather & Lace at Tantra, in association with t2, featuring DJs V Society and Hussain and VJ Philip Gordon
● Calcutta South Club Xmas Mega Bash, partnered by t2, with multi-genre band Dhwani
● Christmas Eve celebrations at Raichak on Ganges, in association with t2
● Club Carnival at Hindusthan Club, in association with The Telegraph
● Calcutta Christmas Festival on Park Street, featuring Robi O Nobin performance at Allen Park from 7pm.
Xmas Eve is likely to be warm with the minimum temperature around 17 degrees Celsius, three notches above normal for this time of the year. Blame a high-pressure belt for the missing Christmas chill.
With the weather gods favouring the fashionista, take a cue from two of the city’s glam girls. Model Sonika Chauhan says she’ll give in to her latest fashion “obsession” — a fitted, long-sleeved dress (check out the one Alia Bhatt is sporting in picture right). “The ones that give my body super shape! Since winters are not winters at all, you don’t really need a jacket or blazer. A full-sleeved dress is enough for the Calcutta chill. And I’m not complaining because I don’t want a jacket to ruin the look of my dress!” says Sonika. She’ll either pick a half-matte sequinned and half solid-coloured dress or a high-necked, long-sleeved dress in a solid shade. “Statement earrings, shiny eyes loaded with mascara, bright lips and messy hair is the look for me,” she smiles.
For model Ushoshi Sengupta, Katrina Kaif’s Ishq shava look from Jab Tak Hai Jaan is a favourite. “When in doubt on Christmas, wear red!” she says. She will team her red leather jacket with an LBD and ankle boots. Smokey eyes and nude lips is her makeup mantra.
Beauty-pro Priscilla Corner suggests a combination of the slick and messy for your hair. “May be a slicker front and a messy top,” she says. Highlight your eyes this Christmas. And don’t restrict yourself to blacks or browns. Think blue, green, mauve.... Even if you want to play it safe with black or grey, try a charcoal grey with glitter, says Priscilla. Keep your mouth a classic glossy nude and a slight sheen for the cheeks. Guys, the goth is back. So, try a hint of kohl. Team it with a man bun. “Very royal!” says Priscilla.
Begin the day with a nostalgia-tinted visit to The Bakery, The Lalit Great Eastern, where after many years the iconic bakery will offer four classics — plum cake, fruit cake, cookies and chocolates — from 8am to 9pm. Or queue up at Nahoum & Sons for their famous fudge-and-fruit cake.
Go for sumptuous bites of Italian, Indian or Chinese delicacies at Calcutta Swimming Club or gorge on Mughlai, Lebanese and Chinese spreads at The Saturday Club Xmas Eve celebrations. The club kitchen at CC&FC will serve delicious North Indian, Mughlai, Continental and Chinese fare.
MUSIC AND MOVES
Christmas is about spreading joy and cheer. But it’s also about springing surprises on unsuspecting friends! So make this Xmas FUN and adventurous! Miley Cyrus showed the way when she twerked even Santa Claus at KIIS Jingle Ball earlier this month. So thrust those hips and squat low as you groove to Miley Cyrus’s Bangerz tracks! Then go desi and shake that tooh, Kareena Kapoor style, for on this party night, nothing is TOOH much we say! The guys can score big with the trigger-happy step from Bullett Raja. And the song? Tamanche pe disco.
|Hit the dance floor and do the thumka like
Deepika Padukone in Balam pichkari
Since Daft Punk brought in the disco renaissance this year with their summer hit Get Lucky, put on Random Access Memories, the album that everyone wants to get lucky dancing to! And then dance up a storm with the Lungi dance! Badtameez dil or the catchy Tattad tattad can follow next, and then pep it up with the dance floor scorcher of the year, Balam pichkari! Don’t forget to show off the thumka, just like Deepika!
Whisky and vodka remain party staples for most, says Sovan Mukherjee of Nocturne. Shooters and flaming cocktails (picture above) are going to be a hit with the youngsters, feels Subhabrata Dutta of Privy. “The Jagerbomb is popular too,” he adds. Subhasish Ghosh of Underground votes for wine-based cocktails. “We have Santa’s Sangria, which is red-wine-based. Then there’s Sparkling Pomegranate Punch, a champagne-based cocktail with pomegranate liqueur, which also moves fast,” says Subhasish.
Bars at hotels with four stars and above can remain open 24x7 while hotels with up to three stars can keep the booze flowing till 4am. Other bars and restaurants can serve alcohol till 2am. No restrictions on off shops.
No curbs on Christmas Eve. Park Street will be open to vehicles and cops will be deployed till 6am.
IF NOT PARTYING
Who said you have to get all sweaty and out-of-breath to enjoy your Christmas Eve? Catch Tolly boy Dev lying next to a black mamba and fighting a bunip in Chander Pahar or vroom along with Aamir Khan in Dhoom: 3. For some food for thought, drop in at Nandikar’s 30th National Theatre Festival which will stage Shaayer Shutter Down in Hindi and The Lesson by Bhagirathi in Assamese at the Academy of Fine Arts, 6.30pm onwards. And of course, head to St. Paul’s Cathedral for the Midnight Mass and then just walk down Park Street and soak in lights, sounds and joys of the Yuletide spirit.
If you wish to stay at home, rustle up a simple pasta with lemon butter sauce, open a bottle of red wine and catch Bigg Boss Saath 7 (Colors, 9pm) or Kung Fu Panda (Movies Now, 11pm) on TV.