The Christmas decorations at Camana Bay have been noticed abroad and were featured in the Caribbean section of USA Today Travel last week.
The article, “Santa in the islands: Celebrating Christmas in the Caribbean,” which was posted online last Friday, presented a roundup of where to find the holiday spirit in various Caribbean islands. The section about the Cayman Islands included a photograph of the “adorably talented sugar plum fairies” performing at the annual Miss Jackie’s School of Dance holiday recital.
“To see the brightest lights in Grand Cayman, head to Camana Bay, where a 40-foot high Christmas tree with 400 ornaments illuminates The Crescent and its scenic views of the Harbour’s yummy restaurants,” the article said. It went on to call Camana Bay “the epicenter of jolly for Santa fans” in Grand Cayman.
Camana Bay started incorporating significant Christmas decorations in 2007, the year it began the popular tree lighting event that marks the beginning of the holiday season at the development. Over the years, it has added many other holiday-themed events, including the dance recital, the Parade of Lights and more than 150 smaller holiday events, many for children, hosted by Camana Bay or its commercial entities in the lead-up to Christmas.
Each year since the first tree lighting, the scope of the decorations has grown in keeping with the overall growth of the Town Centre’s shops, offices and restaurants, said Kristy Rivers, senior manager of events and experiences for Dart Realty (Cayman) Ltd.
“Every year we add a new element and the design changes,” she said. “For example, last year we added the four reindeer you see striking a pose down The Paseo. This year we brought a new theme to Jasmine Court – we filled it with the beloved toy soldiers and nutcrackers from years past to offer a playful entry point for the cinema … We also decorated Forum Lane for the first time.”
The decorations include the large Christmas tree on The Crescent, more than 100 palm trees with holiday lights, 19 giant baubles and 13 giant decorated gift boxes on the streets and lanes of the Town Centre.
Thousands of people come to attend the Christmas events, to see the decorations, and to dine and shop during the holiday season, Ms. Rivers said.
“It is one of the busiest times of year for our Town Centre and that hustle and bustle contributes to a vibrant and festive atmosphere,” she said. “Creating memorable experiences for visitors to Camana Bay directly ties in with our desire to encourage a vibrant Town Centre with a strong sense of community … Families love spending time admiring and playing around the décor and because we aim for the holidays to be enjoyed by all, we just ask for supervised play around the pieces you see throughout the town to ensure they last for many seasons to come.”
Ms. Rivers said Camana Bay has become synonymous with the holidays on Grand Cayman.
“That’s a reputation we take seriously,” she said. “Residents of and visitors to Grand Cayman know that from the moment we light up the Town Centre with our annual tree lighting, it is all systems go for festive fun at Camana Bay, and we strive every year to not only meet those expectations, but to surpass them.”