Tis’ the season to be jolly and to kick off the holidays, the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) hosted their annual ‘Lighting of the Christmas Tree’ ceremony on Sunday, November 27th. Hundreds of island families and visitors crowded the Central Park to witness the ceremony, which took place shortly after 7PM.
Miss San Pedro 2016-2017, Marisha Thompson, was the hostess of the night, welcoming everyone to the celebration that was lined up with a string of cheerful performances. An all-girl group of students from La Isla Bonita opened the ceremony with a merry dance. The San Pedro Dance Academy then took the floor, entertaining the crowd with two dance performances. Moments before the tree lighting, students from Ambergris Caye Elementary School continued the entertainment performing a hip-hop skit.
Mayor Daniel Guerrero gave the official speech. He acknowledged the presence of all of the families and children lifting up the spirit of Christmas. Not only was the ceremony intended to light up the Christmas tree, but it also commemorated the 32nd Anniversary of San Pedro’s Township. “We have been getting a lot of rain these past few days. We were afraid it was going to rain today and have to post-pone this wonderful event. Thankfully, it is a beautiful night tonight to be among friends and family. It is also a special night because we are not only lighting the Christmas tree, but we are celebrating San Pedro’s 32nd Township Anniversary. I would to applaud all of our hardworking people, who work daily to build San Pedro and push it forward. We also remember those pioneers that are no longer with us, but definitely made their mark in making San Pedro what it is today. I wish you a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. May your Christmas sparkle with moments of love, laughter, and goodness, and years ahead be full of contentment and joy,” said Mayor Guerrero.
Mayor Guerrero then led the countdown that set aglow thousands of colorful sparkling lights on the Christmas tree, as people in attendance cheered and began capturing the dazzling moments. While everyone enjoyed the Christmas tree, students of Holy Cross Anglican School performed a musical act, and sung a Christmas carol.
To end the celebration, the Pandemonium Steel Band from Belize City performed harmonious instrumental Christmas songs and contemporary reggae and pop music. In addition, the SPTC treated children with cupcakes and refreshments.
The SPTC gives thanks to Lady Dixie Bowen for the wonderful Christmas tree, Guermo Rodirguez for setting up the tree and lighting, all participating schools who performed, the San Pedro Dance Academy, and the Pandemonium Steel Band. May all island residents and visitors have a happy Holiday Season!