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The BAIC Park was once again transformed into a Christmas wonderland for the 12th Annual Abaco Christmas Festival on Dec. 5. Under the theme, “A Tropical Christmas,” festivities were well underway by mid-day following the blessing of the festival.

Festival Brings “A Tropical Christmas” to Abaco Residents

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The BAIC Park was once again transformed into a Christmas wonderland for the 12th Annual Abaco Christmas Festival on Dec. 5. Under the theme, “A Tropical Christmas,” festivities were well underway by mid-day following the blessing of the festival.

The official opening featured all of Abaco’s representatives, with Senator Gary Sawyer, Central / South Abaco Member of Parliament Edison Key and North Abaco Member of Parliament Renardo Curry bringing season’s greetings to all the visitors; after which Mr. Curry declared the event “officially open.” The hard-working Festival Committee Co-Chair Brenda Sawyer brought the vote of thanks.

Vendors were out in great numbers selling products that ranged from handbags and jewelry to natural, health and homemade products and toys for the children.

Police Marching BandThe food vendors also prepared traditional Bahamian dishes and grilled food along with tasty treats like cotton candy, fudge, popcorn, nachos and cheese and freshly made smoothies and blended iced coffees.

In addition to the food and shopping, there were an assortment of games on hand for children to play as well as a selfie booth to capture the holiday’s photographic memories.

Shelly Austin was the moderator, and after making her rounds at the site, she turned the audience’s attention to the first competition of the day – the Best Decorated Christmas Card Competition.

Additionally Best Christmas Cookie, Best Tree Topper and the Best Christmas Hat were crowd-pleasing events. The creations were judged and the favorites were rewarded.

Initially, Austin called on adults to participate in the Christmas card competition, but when no one came forward, the children had the enjoyment of designing the Christmas cards. Ten-year-old Shaleon Alexander of Central Abaco Primary was the winner of the competition, and he received a gift card to Casiah’s Candy Bar for his efforts.

Additionally Best Christmas Cookie, Best Tree Topper and the Best Christmas Hat were crowd-pleasing events. The creations were judged and the favorites were rewarded.

Primary school students from Angels Academy were next up onstage as they sang and danced in a lively English and Spanish performance. The students of Every Child Counts added their special touch to the day with harmonious singing with Ronel Escarment as the lead singer. Their musical routine concluded with the beating of the goat skin drums by a few male students.

It wasn’t long before Santa Claus came to town sans his sleigh and reindeer in exchange for a golf cart. It was definitely a sight to behold the moment Santa was spotted. Children screamed out his name and scrambled behind the golf cart in hopes of collecting the candy that was tossed into the air.

As Santa made his exit, the children soon turned their attention to the Baker’s Bay tent where hundreds of gifts awaited them. The children were instructed to line up according to their age category visibly excited about what they would receive as a Christmas gift this year as Baker’s Bay staff cheerfully distributed the gifts to each child.

The evening closed with a Junkanoo Rush Out by the award-winning Forest Heights Academy group.

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About Canishka Alexander

Canishka Alexander

Canishka Alexander was born in New Providence, but spent most of her childhood years on Abaco. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Abilene Christian University.

Although she has accomplished many things in life, her greatest accomplishment is being a mother to her four children. She loves God, her country and people of all cultures.

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