Jamaica Gleaner / Kingston’s Mayor Delroy Williams said his team this year took a strategic move to hold the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony later than usual. This year’s ceremony is set to take place tomorrow at the St William Grant Park in downtown, Kingston.
Set to get underway at 6:30 pm, the event is expected to ignite the Christmas spirit in the corporate area. Williams told The Gleaner that the lighting of the tree is taking place at a time when excitement surrounding the season peaks and persons are at their most cheerful.
“It is not just about the lighting of the tree but the entertainment part of it, and as it gets closer to Christmas itself there are more persons who are excited. Our aim was always for the event to be more than just a tree lighting and so as the enthusiasm builds more people will come out and enjoy themselves and be in the festive mood,” the mayor said.
This year’s event will take place in two segments; one the civic ceremony where the tree will be lit, and the other being a concert. The concert will feature performances from Ding Dong and Touriss, the runner up from this year’s Digicel Rising Stars as well as a host of gospel and cultural acts.
Mayor Williams is encouraging persons to turn up in their numbers pointing out that there will be giveaways and loads of activities to partake during the course of the evening.
“It’s all about the festivities. It’s the camaraderie, the giving, people enjoying themselves so people should come out expecting to feel a part of a unified crowd,” he said.
“Our aim is to ensure the people enjoy themselves and we have provided security enough to ensure that people will feel safe while they enjoy the show. We are comfortable in the package we have put together this year and hope those who turn out will be satisfied with the efforts.”