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Christmas tree recycling program extended

The Department of Environmental Health is collecting Christmas trees for recycling, through Thursday Jan. 17. Only live and natural trees without decorations are accepted.

Arrest made in fatal Christmas Day shooting

Police arrested a 21-year-old suspect in the shooting death of Darrington Ebanks, which occurred in the early morning hours on Christmas Day.

32 car crashes reported in 3-day Christmas period

Between Christmas Eve and Thursday afternoon, police received reports of 32 motor vehicle collisions across all three islands, with 20 of these occurring in the district of George Town.

‘Christmas for Kids’ celebrated

Cayman 27 and the Department of Children and Family Services teamed up again this month for the 24th Christmas for Kids event, bringing together more than 100 children who are within the social service program.

Man shot dead early on Christmas day

Darrington Ebanks, a 29-year-old West Bay resident, was the victim of a fatal shooting incident in Boatswains Bay Road in West Bay shortly in the early hours of Christmas Day.

Dozens dash through the sand on Boxing Day

A group of Cayman’s heartiest and healthiest runners came out to hit the beach and work off their holiday indulgences on Wednesday for the 22nd running of Dashing Thru the Sand.

High seas batter Grand Cayman’s west coast

Cayman waterfront businesses were working Sunday to clean up and repair their premises after winds and high waves battered George Town, Seven Mile Beach and West Bay over the weekend.

Cayman ablaze with festive lights

Throughout all the districts of Grand Cayman, Christmas scenes and sparkling festive lights abound.

EDITORIAL – Have a wonderful and joyful Cayman Christmas

During the final few hours of that bustling pre-Christmas period, try to slow down and enjoy the moment. As mere mortals, there is only so much we can accomplish.

Premier’s Christmas message

As we go through the year, the days and weeks can sometimes seem to stretch on forever, but by year’s end we often reflect that though the days and weeks may seem long, the years are indeed short.

Opposition leader’s Christmas message

From my family to yours, and from all the Members of the Opposition and their families, a merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year.

Legal department donates gifts

Staff at the Portfolio of Legal Affairs donated some 70 Christmas presents to the Special Needs Foundation last week.

Writing a Christmas song: the gift that keeps on giving

As a professional songwriter, I have a suggestion for you: Chill up the eggnog, light up a tree and write a Christmas song – a HIT Christmas song.

Remembrances of Christmases past: Wild fowl, weeping willow and Junkanoo

Trees cut fresh from the beach and decorated with shells. The sweet aromas of turtle or wild fowl cooking in the kitchen caboose. The glow of heavy cakes baking on an open fire. The sights and sounds of a Cayman Christmas have changed dramatically over the decades. From fearsome Junkanoo masks to the gruesome spectacle of draining and butchering the cow for Christmas beef, some of the island’s favorite traditions are being kept alive this festive season.

Police ramping up holiday activities

Police have made 32 DUI arrests, including one in which the driver was three times over the legal and six which were twice over the limit, since the beginning of December.

Christmas boost for thousands of government workers

Thousands of workers are effectively getting a Christmas bonus with the news that government has sanctioned cost of living salary adjustments for the majority of statutory authorities and government companies.

Red Bay carolers take to the road this weekend

The Red Bay Church of God Holiness caroling trailer will be on the road on Friday and Saturday this weekend.

Garden Club spreads festive cheer at Botanic Park

Members of the Cayman Garden Club decorated the gardens of the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park and spread some festive cheer on Tuesday.

Seniors celebrate Christmas at The Pines

There is nothing like celebrating Christmas with the ones you love.

Christmas miracle for George Town family

A year ago, Treasan Myles was contemplating a bleak Christmas in the ramshackle timber home she shares with her young daughter Kelana. The roof leaked, the walls were coming apart, there was mold throughout the property and sewage was spilling from a backed-up pipe. The building was literally falling to pieces.

Seniors enjoy Christmas at Pedro

It was a festive night for Cayman seniors enjoying the Savannah Newlands annual Christmas party at Pedro playing field Monday night.

Students run ‘Smile in a Box’ gift drive

Students at Cayman Prep and High School organized a holiday gift drive, called “Smile in a Box,” to benefit families of the Department of Children and Family Services.
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Annual DCFS toy drive under way

The Department of Children and Family Services is currently accepting gifts, gift certificates and check donations from the public for its annual Christmas Toy Drive.

In Focus: Gingerbread Westin

The Westin Grand Cayman Resort pastry team, led by executive pastry chef Baranidharan Thirunavukkarasu, has created a gingerbread scale model of the resort.

Christmas comes early to Cardinall Avenue

Hundreds of people turned out to the George Town waterfront Saturday to get in the holiday spirit and enjoy Kirk Freeport Christmas on Cardinall Avenue.

EDITORIAL – Volunteers embody the true meaning of Christmas

The doors were thrown open at Miss Lassie’s house last Friday, as volunteers painted, swept, mopped and tidied the national landmark in a pre-Christmas cleanup that has deep roots in tradition.

Miss Lassie’s house gets spruced up for the holidays

Cayman National Cultural Foundation hopes sprucing up Miss Lassie’s old house will get people in the spirit of Christmas and keep Cayman traditions alive.

In Focus: Festive parade of Santas

A festive parade of Santas made its way around Camana Bay Sunday morning, bringing some charitable holiday spirit to the town center.

Christmas on Cardinall highlights shopping season

It is difficult to remember a time when Camana Bay did not exist and George Town was the only location on the island where shoppers could walk from one boutique to the next, stocking everything from clothing to makeup and jewelry.

Five ways to simplify your holiday decorating

It’s here; the season of go, go, go! The time of year when there is so much to do, especially if you are knee-deep in festivities.

Easy tips to keep Christmas pounds at bay

Come January many of our waistbands may be digging in that little bit more due to seasonal over-indulgence.

Recycling bins added for expected holiday increase

Anticipating higher holiday volume, the Department of Environmental Health has added a combined total of three new recycling containers to two of its supermarket recycling depots.

Public reminded about rules for drones, fireworks, other holiday celebrations

As the holidays approach, the Civil Aviation Authority has released a reminder for those who want to celebrate by flying drones, putting on fireworks and light displays, and releasing sky lanterns.

Christmas crime warning after burglary spree

Police are warning homeowners not to leave Christmas presents under the tree until the last minute amid concerns over a spree of burglaries in the run up to the festive holiday.

Academy students spread Christmas joy

Cayman Academy school is bringing the magic of Christmas to the Cayman community as part of its Christian outreach ministry.

Festive runners take part in Jingle Bell Run

Donning elf outfits, Santa hats and gingerbread man T-shirts, walkers and runners descended on the Holiday Inn at SafeHaven Sunday morning to take part in the ever-colorful annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk.

Toys for Tots hits the road

Every year, for one day in December, the roar of engines can be heard down the roads of Grand Cayman as motorcycle riders participate in the Toys for Tots Drive.

Tips for hosting a party with minimum stress

The days leading up to the holidays tend to be among the busiest of the year, with lots of celebrations taking place over a few short weeks.

Concert to feature international opera singer

St. Ignatius on Walkers Road is hosting a number of events this Christmas season, including a market, a night of music provided by its bands and singers, and a Christmas concert on Dec. 8 headlined by soprano Georgina Gatto Deosaran.

Comedy Road Show takes performances mobile

The Cayman Islands International Storytelling Festival, Gimistory, is being revamped to return in 2019/20 but in its place this year, the Cayman National Cultural Foundation will present the traveling Cayman Christmas Comedy Show.

Scubaluminations brings Santa in by water

Films, books and poems always have Santa in his sleigh, flying through the air while being pulled by a team of magical reindeer. They also talk about him entering homes via chimneys in the night.

Ritz-Carlton unveils sweet Christmas display

The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman officially unveiled its Christmas gingerbread and chocolate display Wednesday to the delight of some of its young guests and other visitors.

Parade of Lights dazzles

A dozen boats festooned with festive bulbs sailed past thousands of spectators at the harborfront in Camana Bay on Saturday night for the annual Parade of Lights spectacle.

Santa Landing on Saturday

Santa is on his way, Cayman! On Saturday, Jolly Old Saint Nick will be coming in to land at the airport park. Forget the classic sleigh – this is the Caribbean! He is expected to arrive by open-top jeep this year.

St. Ignatius prepares for Christmas concert

The St. Ignatius school bands and choirs are preparing for their Christmas concert next month.

Postal Service issues Christmas stamps

This year’s Christmas stamps, which went on sale Friday, are based on popular carols and feature island-themed scenes.

‘Playhouse Family Christmas’ already a smash hit

You do not have to be a Broadway show to be a huge success, as proven by the upcoming production of “A Playhouse Family Christmas,” which is already sold out.

National Gallery gala explores Extreme Fashion

The National Gallery is holding its much anticipated annual fundraising gala on Nov. 30 in its gardens.

Pink Ladies Bazaar has tea and treats

Of all the joys of the season, surely the Pink Ladies Christmas Bazaar is one of the most popular events loved by young and old.

Bazaar brings crafts to Cayman shoppers

Remember the old-time bazaars where you could stock up on unique one-of-a-kind holiday gifts and treats? Here’s your chance to relive the experience.

Light Up a Life remembrance event

Since 1992, Light Up a Life has been organized by hospices all around the world. It raises hundreds of thousands of dollars every year to fund higher quality hospice care for those seeking comfort in their final days.

Singing Christmas tree at Lions Centre this weekend

The family-friendly event, free to the public, takes place Saturday, Nov. 24, and Sunday, Nov. 25.

First Christmas trees arrive on island

Hurley’s market will be bathed in the scent of pine as Christmas trees arrive at the store this weekend, after the trees are inspected for bugs and cleared.

Postal Service launches Christmas postal boxes

This year, people sending parcels overseas, or locally, via the Cayman Postal Service can give the parcel recipients a little taste of CaymanKind.

EDITORIAL – Yes, the season of joy and light is upon us …

We encourage all our readers to get in the spirit, to share the goodwill that is beginning to make its annual appearance on these little islands, and to take the time to enjoy this most joyous time of the year.

Prisoners to help collect garbage

Serving prisoners will be used as temporary garbage collectors in a new scheme to deal with continued delays in roadside trash collections.

Let the festivities begin …

With the touch of a button, Camana Bay turned into a festive wonderland Saturday as thousands gathered at the Crescent for the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

EDITORIAL – Red tape strangles Cayman’s supply of Christmas trees

Christmas trees are supposed to be wrapped in colorful lights and garlands – not bureaucratic red tape.

Christmas tree shortage expected this year

Citing difficulties in dealing with regulatory requirements, most of the vendors that usually provide Christmas trees have said they will not be doing so this year.
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Grinch premiere supports Food Bank

A special premiere of the new movie “The Grinch” will kick off Camana Bay’s annual holiday charitable initiative, the Christmas Give.

Schoolgirls design Christmas cards for fundraiser

Santa Claus arrived a little early this year for Chloe Connolly, 9, and Bella Grieff, 15. On Tuesday, the two girls were announced as winners of a Christmas card design contest, which is part of a fundraising drive for Hannah’s Heroes.

‘The Grinch’ premiere to support families

Camana Bay is hosting a special showing of “The Grinch” to support local families in need over the holiday season as part of its annual Christmas Give. The community is invited to be first to see the new movie and participate in other activities while supporting the cause.

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