Bhubaneswar: With only a day left before the beginning of Christmas celebrations, preparations for the mega religious event are on full swing in the capital city.

Cathedrals, churches, commercial establishments and individual houses belonging to Christian community are seen being adorned with colorful illuminations, X-mass trees, balloons and candles.

The St Vincent’s Catholic Church in Satya Nagar here, is also seen decked up with lights, stars, bells, music and chimes.

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.