It’s time for carols and hymns

The all illuminated St. Patric church on Christmas eve, at Shanthala Nagar, in Bengaluru on Monday. DH Photo/ B H Shivakumar

The air in the city will be rent with melodious tunes of carols and hymns, quintessential of Christmas atmosphere.

Several churches across Bengaluru, besides the mid-night mass, have organised prayer services in multiple languages through the day. A few churches are organising theme-based celebrations.

The St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral Church has adopted the theme “spreading the love of god to the entire world” and held a series of prayer meetings since Monday evening in different languages followed by morning prayers commencing at 6.15 am.

St Patrick’s Church, besides holding a prayer service, has introduced ‘Soup Kitchen’ for the poor and expects about 5,000 people to attend the service.

The city’s oldest church, the St Mary’s Basilica in Shivajinagar, has made elaborate plans for the midnight mass. The St Andrew Chruch on Cubbon Road has a theme centred around the concept — “Peace on Earth” — this year.

Wonderla beckons

Wonderla amusement park has announced several special programmes to ensure a never–before year-end experience. Between December 22 and January 1, 2019, a grand procession, Mangaluru doll dance and food festival will be held. The Nasik Band will perform at the amusement park to ensure that visitors have a wholesome experience.

Customers will also get a 10% discount on entry tickets when they book online 10 days in advance.

In addition to the Christmas celebration, Wonderla is offering a special New Year’s Eve package at the Resort, inclusive of a one-night stay, cocktail dinner, fun games, fireworks and complimentary entry to the park.

There are specific dress codes to enjoy the thrill rides. Only 100% nylon or synthetic costumes are allowed for water rides and high thrill rides. Visitors can buy costumes at the park.

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