The Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) will host its annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, virtually, on Television Jamaica on Sunday, December 20, beginning at 5:05 p.m.
Mayor of Kingston, Senator Councillor Delroy Williams, told JIS News that due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, this year’s ceremony could not be staged in the customary manner, with patrons in attendance.
“We decided [however] that we did not want to take this away from the residents and those who look forward to it,” Mayor Williams said, hence the decision to stage a virtual ceremony.
He said the event will be a shortened version of what normally takes place at the St. William Grant Park in downtown Kingston.
The proceedings will commence with a civic ceremony followed by a concert featuring several performers, including dancehall artistes Ding Dong and Shenseea, as well as the Tivoli Dance Troupe.
“It’s a little Sunday evening entertainment to entertain the residents of the municipality and, I dare say, the wider Jamaica [while] at the same time continuing our tradition of the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in the City of Kingston,” Mayor Williams said.
He pointed out that the ceremony has been a major fixture on Kingston’s annual calendar of events.
“It’s something that, as a city, we look forward to, and based on the turnout we have been receiving for some time now, the residents also look forward to it, in particular [persons] in the downtown area,” Senator Williams said.