Residents of Green Turtle Cay celebrate Christmas in style thanks to the work of the Festival of Lights Committee who yearly have a series of holiday events to raise money to outfit New Plymouth in lights and decorations for the season.
According to the head of the committee, Frances McIntosh, the sixth Annual Festival of lights kicked off this year with a family night on the November 29 “where we had food and were entertained by the Sax Man Rashad Reckley; it was a great success.”
This was followed by the Torch Light Parade featuring students from Amy Roberts Primary School marching through town with lanterns singing Christmas Carols on December 13.
They had a variety of meals and deserts for sale that night, as well as persons selling crafts. They had games like Bingo and the sack race and also had a visit from Santa who gave out gifts for the children.
Mrs. McIntosh said that they chose to move the golf cart parade from this night to December 27 when they normally would have the boat parade as in recent years the boat parade had been cancelled due to strong winds. However, despite a beautiful night weather-wise, the boat parade was cancelled once again as tide was too low.
The Golf Cart Parade was small but well done with four contestants showing off their beautifully decorated carts. In the end Karen McIntosh’s M/V Santa Express decorated in pink with Flamingos and palm fronds won top prize.
While the carts were displayed and judged they once again had the Sax Man Rashad Reckley entertain the audience with a blend of Christmas and pop tunes.
The youth of Green Turtle Cay were up next delighting viewers with a fashion show featuring formal and casual ware. The festivities closed out with a dazzling fireworks display over the park at the entrance of New Plymouth’s harbour.
Many visitors and residents alike enjoyed walking around the park seeing all the Christmas decorations. Mrs. McIntosh noted that “This is the first time we have ever decorated the park.”
Each year the Festival of Lights Committee holds several fun-filled events to raise funds to decorate throughout Green Turtle Cay with lights and decorations for the Christmas holidays.