Kolkata, Dec 26: Amid rising COVID cases and the Omicron threat, a massive crowd of visitors was seen at the Christmas Festival in Kolkata’s Park Street on Saturday (December 25).

Photos from the festival surfaced online where a huge rush of people was seen at Park Street.

The photos showed many people flouting COVID-19 guidelines like wearing face masks and maintaining social distancing.

With the night restrictions withdrawn for celebrations, police were already bracing for a good turnout at the festival on Christmas Eve and day and deployed extra personnel for managing the crowds.

Park Street, which is considered a must-visit destination in Kolkata for every reveller, came alive with multi-hued Christmas lights, with many restaurants dishing put special menus on the occasion.

Several musical programmes were lined up at Allen Park and its vicinity. A 54-foot tall Christmas tree, placed next to a premium hotel in Park Street, grabbed eyeballs as many people were seen clicking its pictures.

Physical distancing also went for a toss in several other places in Kolkata on Christmas as people were seen thronging the city’s hotspots, such as the Alipore zoo and the Eco Park, without masks.