The Camana Bay Harbour came to life  with Christmas cheer at the annual Parade of Lights Festival on Saturday night.

Boats decorated with festive lights sailed before the judges, competing for prizes.

Sea Spirit was voted top among the large boats, and Lil Blue took first in the small boat category. The winning teams each walked away with $2,000.

The annual event, this year themed  ‘Christmas Treats’ , attracted 11 competitors, with hundreds of enthusiastic spectators lining the waterfront.

“We get excited about it. It’s a once-a-year thing,” said Tricia Thompson, one of the participants in the large boat competition.

While Thompson and her family usually just watch from ashore, “this year we are actually in it. That’s why I’m looking all Christmassy,” she said.

Thompson and her husband said they found inspiration for decorating their boat, Ausum, by throwing Christmas themes together, like Santa and chimneys and the Grinch. She added she thinks the festival helps bring the Christmas spirit to the island.

“We just did it for fun, not seriously competing,” Thompson said.

Alex and Katie Varney attended their first Parade of Lights as newlyweds, to bring in the Christmas spirit.

“We are both quite excited by it. We came to the [Christmas tree] light switching a couple of weeks ago, and it was really good,” Alex Varney said. “We have been saying how nice it is to be on the island. It is making it feel a lot more Christmassy, being on a tropical island, than being back in London.”


The Thompsons with their family ahead of joining the parade on their boat, Ausum. – Photos: Stephen Clarke


Katie and Alex Varney attend their first Parade of Lights together.



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