I usually do not write a blog about my day job, but I think this year it would be nice to share what some do not know about our wonderful little town. Our community has embraced the Christmas season in a huge way, we have the Largest Christmas Festival in the province highlighting many events that were already existing but not promoted collectively. The concept of the “Festival of Lights” is simple, celebrate and promote all things Christmas. We ensure that we present a five week event that ensures every facet of the season is available for residents and visitors to our community. Please take a moment to read , watch and listen as to why we are one of the most progressive Christmas Communities in Canada. (We have the national Awards to back up my statement*s*).
In an effort to show you a taste of all things Christmas in Bay Roberts I will be give some descriptions as to ongoing events but will let the links do their work. Within the links it will be evident a great deal of time was taken to design the events, take the pictures and videos and present to the public, I would like to thank the hundreds of volunteers who help make it all possible, especially Margaret Ayad of Baccalieu Consulting for her dedication to our community.
Bay Roberts Santa Clause Parade:
Since moving to Bay Roberts 16 years ago I have always marveled at the Christmas parade, the volunteers involved, the work gone into the floats, the rehearsals for the dancers and cadets and the extreme dedication of the Bay Roberts Lions Club. It is a top notch parade that brings over ten thousand people to our community the first Saturday in December. For a sample follow the link to the 2009 Bay Roberts Lions Club Santa Clause Parade. The Parade starts 10 am this Saturday morning; I hope to see you there!!
Opening Ceremonies and Night Time Parade:
December 6th will be a huge night in Bay Roberts and Surrounding area. What was once modest but quaint tree lighting has blossomed into one of the Largest Christmas light – ups in the province. The evening consists of a Illumination parade, sing-a-long, tree lighting, illumination Park light-up and family fireworks, all washed down with some wonderful hot chocolate supplied by the Bay Roberts Town Councillors.
This link has some great shots of last year’s Illumination Parade and our Christmas Park.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Nativity:
If you have never been to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Nativity display on Central Street Bay Roberts you are missing out!! It is simple amazing, if you like to stay in touch from the real meaning for Christmas and would like to escape all the commercialism; this is the place to visit. Most of us in our homes have some sort of nativity display, but to see over 100+ displays from all over the world helps put the meaning of Christmas into perspective. The 2010 display starts tonight, December 2 ending December 9th, 6pm – 9pm.
The Bay Roberts Visitors Pavilion
In December, the Bay Roberts Visitors Pavilion turns into a Christmas wonderland!! December is a magical time at the Pavilion, the main room is adorned with decorations, wonderful aromas , music and the glowing disposition of Tourism Officer Lois Dawe to greet you. Please feel free to visit, take your camera and have your family picture taken or even get married during visiting hours!!!
Here is the schedule for “Christmas at the Pavilion 2010” I hope you have an opportunity to take in some of the events!!
Bay Roberts Pavilion link, have a look
Christmas at the Bay Roberts Pavilion
Saturday December 4th
2:00 pm Pictures with Santa sponsored by the Bay Roberts Tourism Committee at the Visitors’
Decorated Visitor Information Centre
Sunday December 12th and 19th
3 pm – Children’s Christmas Story Time
Join our tourism staff and special guests for an afternoon for Christmas stories and fun.
Wednesday December 15th
10 am and 2 pm – Pre-school Christmas cookie decorating at the Pavilion!!
Bring your children for of socialization and cookie decorating.
Thursday December 16th
7: 00 Bay Roberts Christmas Sing-a-Long
An annual event celebrating the sounds of the season, refreshments served.
50+ Bus Tour stop at the Pavilion
The Bay Roberts 50+ Light Tour makes a stop for some music and refreshments during the annual Sing-a-Long!!
Friday December 17th
6:30 pm Pre-Teen PJ and Movie evening at the Pavilion!! (Ages 9-12)
Friday night, relaxing by the fireplace, sipping hot chocolate, eating popcorn while watching a Christmas movie in your PJ’s, what a Friday evening!!!! There is only a limited number of tickets available for this event, ($2. 00) . Tickets will be available at the pavilion and town council office during regular business hours. FYI 683 6377
Thursday December 30th
7:00-10pm all ages Kitchen Party at the Pavilion
Come to the Pavilion for an evening of music, dance and refreshments. Wear your mummers costume for a chance to win a prize!!! This is a family event.
On December 9th, the Town of Bay Roberts will re- launch Radio Bay Robert 88.5 fm as a Christmas radio station. The station will list all the events in detail with musical interludes and greetings. From December 24 – December 30th we will be broadcasting a Christmas Special “A Newfoundland Christmas”. Please note: the radio range will be very short as this is not intended to take the place of our local radio station.
Well there ya go, a taste of that is going on in Bay Roberts this Christmas, don’t forget to visit our illumination Park or our friends in Port de Grave, their Harbour is a sight to behold.