Traditional Christmas bazaar set

The Pink Ladies Christmas Bazaar is a firmly established tradition this time of year.

The 33rd annual Christmas Bazaar will be held this Saturday, 1 December at Arts and Recreation Centre at Camana Bay.

The bazaar runs from 2 to 5pm and packs in plenty of shopping opportunities, entertainment for all ages and tea and cakes. An ideal family-friendly event, there is plenty to keep the children busy while adults browse the stalls.

Little ones will be kept entertained with face and nail painting, games and craft making. Santa will also be present so that those who have been good this year may have their photo taken with him. Children can also head outdoors where games such as ChuckaDuck, Carnival Can Shy and Hoopdehoop will be set up.

For adults who have done the rounds of the shops this year and still not found the perfect gift, this may be your chance. Stalls will be selling a variety of items from handmade crafts such as quilts, wreaths and ornaments, to books, both used and new, and all things gold and silver. There will also be a white elephant stall selling pretty much anything at all (except for white elephants, that is.)

The plant stall, at which Pink Lady Patsy Alberga sells every kind of plant imaginable, all of which she grows herself, is always a firm favourite, as is the Country Kitchen, for which Pink Ladies bake an array of cakes, breads and cookies as well as jams, preserves and pickles.

The entry fee of $5 for adults and $3 for under 4s includes tea or fruit punch and homemade cookies, cakes or sandwiches.

The Pink Ladies have been fundraising with local businesses and have gathered a number of great prizes to be raffled and auctioned on the day. Raffle prizes include a child’s bike, small appliances, dinner cruises and gift certificates for local restaurants and shops.

For those who prefer better odds of winning, the grab bags and the balloon board table offer the chance to win a surprise prize every time. Alternatively you can bid on Christmas Brunch, Cayman Airways flights, spa memberships and hotel stays.

Throughout the afternoon there is also an entertainment programme planned with performances by the Cayman National Choir, the High School Band, Elmslie Dancers, Miss Jackie’s Dancers, Kate Allenger and Michael Lemay.

A traditional Christmas bazaar, it’s always a well-attended event and last year the bazaar alone raised $30,000 to $40,000 to support the Pink Ladies’ community projects such as the Pines Retirement Home, the National Council of Voluntary Organisations, Lighthouse School and the Special Olympics.

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