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The Corporate Area is expected to be abuzz over the Christmas season, with a slate of activities being organised by the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC).
Mayor of Kingston, Councillor Desmond McKenzie, said that these activities include the renewal of the ‘Shop ’til You Drop’ extravaganza; the Mayor’s annual fundraising Christmas dinners; and the municipal Christmas tree lighting.
Speaking at last week’s KSAC monthly meeting at the Council’s offices, Church Street, downtown Kingston, Councillor McKenzie announced that the Shop ’til You Drop extravaganza, scheduled for December 15, will see the downtown Kingston commercial district being transformed into an exciting Yuletide shopping experience.
Distribution company, Wisynco, is the major sponsor for the event, which will include an exciting entertainment package. “We will be having the official launch of it (and) we anticipate that this year is going to be bigger than last year. The entertainment package includes some of the biggest names in Jamaica’s entertainment industry,” Mayor McKenzie informed, adding that further details will be announced shortly.
As it relates to the annual fundraising Christmas dinners, he said that five will be held this year up from four in 2009. The proceeds generated from the dinners will go to the various charities and fund other activities within the municipality. Mayor McKenzie informed that corporate entities have committed more than $700,000 in support so far.
In the meantime, the municipal Christmas tree will be erected at St. William Grant Park, downtown, with the ceremonial lighting scheduled for December 9. Telecommunications firm, LIME is the main sponsor.
As it relates to logistics for vending during the Christmas season, Councillor McKenzie advised that discussions involving the police, vendors and the Council are being held on the matter.
He urged the Councillors to ensure the timely submission of detailed activities, which they will undertake in their divisions, to the KSAC Secretariat.

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