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 Combustion Music Hope Town Music Fest welcomed 10 hit songwriters to Hope Town on December 5 for four days of music, sun and fundraising. With over 60 #1 hits under their belts, the performers wowed the Hope Town crowds at four different venues around the island.
The official opening ceremony for the Tenth Annual Christmas Bazaar was held at 4pm under the theme ‘A Junkanoo Christmas’ with addresses coming from both the Members of Parliament for North and for Central and South Abaco.
The Official Opening Ceremony for the 9th Annual Christmas Festival began on Dec.8 with the vocally talented Ashanti Duncanson, who sang the National Anthem before Wynsome Ferguson, manager of the Abaco Tourist Office, brought remarks. Ferguson noted the festival’s theme of “Christmas in The Bahamas” as she reflected on how it began. In the aftermath of Hurricane Jean and Francis, she and Brenda Sawyer were approached by JoAnn Bradley to do something to lift the spirits of the people of Abaco.
Crowds of people gathered in anticipation of yet another pinnacle event of the year on December 8 browsing through the myriad crafts and wares and the fantastic variety of foods at the Ninth Annual Christmas Festival. Along with the variety of goods and treats were a number of events and entertainment; from fun competitions, to live singing as well as a visit from Old Saint Nick himself, there was something for everyone to enjoy or take part in.
“Christmas in the Bahamas” is this year’s theme for the very popular Abaco Christmas Festival that is slated for Saturday, December 8 from 11:00am – 10:00pm at BAIC Park in Marsh Harbour, Abaco. For the past eight years, the festival committee and the Abaco Tourist Office have brought great enthusiasm and holiday cheer to the Abaco community during the yuletide season by presenting this annual event.
As Bahamians celebrated independence on July 10 this year, we remembered as a people an event that united us all in love and service. And, of course, as with any important event in Bahamian history, it would not have been acceptable to let it pass over us without proper celebrations …