Tree lightings kick off holidays

Tree lightings kick off holidays

It may not be December yet, but it’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas in the Cayman Islands. 

Thousands came out for the Christmas tree lighting at Camana Bay Saturday night, while hundreds came out for a tree lighting Thursday evening that was hosted by the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman. 

Rotary lit up Heroes Square in George Town Thursday with its 50th annual Christmas tree lighting celebration. 

The event featured performances of classic Christmas carols by local youth choirs, musical groups from the University College of the Cayman Islands and others, and Santa Claus even made an appearance. 

Jolly Old Saint Nick must have enjoyed his sunny vacation from the North Pole, because he also appeared at the 9th annual Christmas Tree lighting at Camana Bay on Saturday night. 

The popular event draws a crowd every year, and this year was no different, as Camana Bay was packed with thousands eager to get into the holiday spirit and watch as the Town Centre was transformed into a winter wonderland. 

The Cayman National Dance Company got the festivities started with a lively performance, and the Cayman National Choir also entertained the crowd. Santa had the honor of flipping the switch that lit up the tree, covered in pearly white lights and colorful ornaments. 

Event-goers who showed up early were able to browse the Holiday Craft Market, which featured a range of artisanal products made in Cayman including pottery, batik, woodwork and mosaics. 

Santa made an appearance Saturday evening for the annual Christmas tree lighting at Camana Bay. He’ll return Thursdays through Dec. 17 at Gardenia Court to take children’s wishes.

Santa made an appearance Saturday evening for the annual Christmas tree lighting at Camana Bay. He’ll return Thursdays through Dec. 17 at Gardenia Court to take children’s wishes. – PHOTO: Stephen Clarke

Rotarians, supported by Premier Alden McLaughlin and other members of the government, sing Christmas carols Thursday evening as part of Rotary’s annual Christmas tree lighting celebration.

Rotarians, supported by Premier Alden McLaughlin and other members of the government, sing Christmas carols Thursday evening as part of Rotary’s annual Christmas tree lighting celebration. – Photo: Taneos Ramsay

Rotarian Betty Baraud, right, and Kim McLaughlin, wife of Premier Alden McLaughlin, flip the switch on Rotary’s 50th annual Christmas tree lighting celebration. – photo: Taneos Ramsay

Rotarian Betty Baraud, right, and Kim McLaughlin, wife of Premier Alden McLaughlin, flip the switch on Rotary’s 50th annual Christmas tree lighting celebration. – photo: Taneos Ramsay

The Christmas decorations at Camana Bay include a scarf-wearing polar bear. – Photo: Stephen Clarke

The Christmas decorations at Camana Bay include a scarf-wearing polar bear. – Photo: Stephen Clarke
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