Bhubaneswar: The capital city is in the Christmas mood with preparation in full swing to celebrate the splendid festival.
People in huge number are seen thronging markets for pre-Christmas shopping. Garment shops, flower shops, bakeries and special Christmas kiosks set up in the city are seen overcrowded with shoppers.
To beautify homes, a wide range of Santa masks to Christmas trees and bells are overflowing in the markets. Ribbons, mistletoe, bow, bells, stars, stockings, streamers can be found in various sizes and colours.
In addition, bakeries have an array of yummy-looking cakes and pastries to indulge gastronomes with special treats.
Churches in the capital city including Saint Vincent Catholic Church which is considered as the oldest church of the city are all set for the Christmas celebration. Illumination, carol singing and Santa Claus will be the centre of attractions at the churches during the celebration.