The five weeks leading up to Christmas have become a special time in Camana Bay and this year, as the Town Centre celebrates the 10-year anniversary of its opening, its holiday various events and activities will revolve around the theme “A decade of magic.”
As usual, the holiday season in Camana Bay starts with the annual tree lighting event on Saturday, Nov. 18.
With a flick of a switch that evening, the 38-foot-tall Christmas tree holding 3,000 ornaments will light up with 40,000 environmentally friendly LED lights. At the same time, more than 3,000 strands of Christmas lights — long enough if stretched out on Grand Cayman to reach from East End to West Bay — will illuminate the Town Centre. Among the many Christmas decorations throughout the Town Centre are nine reindeer.
Dart Real Estate Senior Manager Events & Experiences Kristy Rivers says the reindeer were a popular addition to the holiday decor last year.
“Children liked to go on scavenger hunts to find them all, so this year, they will be in different locations in the Town Centre,” she says. “Only Rudolph will be in the same place.” This year, the holiday decor will extend to the Rise, the pedestrian footpath that connects West Bay Road to the Paseo. Standing on top of the Rise, which is 32 feet above sea level, and looking back down the Paseo will offer an elevated view of the decorated Town Centre all the way to the Christmas tree on the Crescent.
The tree lighting, which includes the first of three special holiday craft markets, is just one of many holiday-themed events and activities in the Town Centre in the lead-up
Part of the holiday tradition for many folks includes getting photos taken with Santa Claus and the jolly fellow will make appearances in Gardenia Court every Thursday evening between Nov. 23 to Dec. 21.
For those looking for photographs with an island flair, Caribbean Santa, decked out in a tropical shirt and shorts, will be on the Camana Bay Island on Saturday afternoons between Nov. 25 and Dec. 23.
Not to leave out the four-legged family members, Santa will take photos with pets on Saturday, Nov. 25 from 10 a.m. until noon in support of the Cayman Islands Humane Society.
MUSIC AND LIGHTS
The tree lighting is just one of several events during the Yuletide season at which to hear holiday music. On Saturday, Dec. 2, boats aglow with thousands of holiday lights will parade through the Camana Bay Harbour as live Christmas music plays on the Crescent. On the following Saturday, Dec. 9, the University College of the Cayman Islands orchestra will present a free concert called “Junkanoo.”
Other annual holiday events that will take place in the Town Centre through the early part of December include the Visual Arts Society Christmas Craft Market on the Paseo on Nov. 25; Cayman HospiceCare’s “Light Up A Life” in Cassia Court on Nov. 30; and the Pink Ladies Annual Christmas Bazaar at the Arts & Recreation Centre on Dec. 2.