December is here and so are the signs of Christmas in Bay Roberts. Our preparations are into full swing, Our Christmas Pavilion is decorated (thanks Lois, Bill, Sandra and Agnes!!) The Light Park is up and running with 5 new additions, the largest nativity collection east of Montreal is on display, and as of December 7th ,the Road to Yesterday Museum will open with all the splendor of Christmas past to explore. Bay Roberts is a community full of pride and enthusiasm especially during Christmas.
Santa Claus Parade
Last Saturday we had an amazing Santa Claus Parade, the number of floats, dancers, mummers, and musical groups keep growing. Thousands line the route of the parade , all of them in the Christmas mood and anxiously awaiting a glimpse of the big fellow, Santa himself!!.
For those of you who will be in the vicinity of Bay Roberts, plan to take the time to come see our community, visit with Lois at our Christmas Pavilion. She can help plan a tour of our community or inform you of all the activities that will be taking place this year. You could also go to www.bayroberts.com and click our calendar or listen to 88.5 our tourism radio station (will be launched for the season next week).
When first designing the Festival of Lights the main focus for the project was to promote all the events in Bay Roberts into a concise package. We all know it difficult to schedule our time everyday, but for some this intensifies during the holidays. We also wanted to ensure everyone in the community knew when religious events took place, this proved useful for the residents but as well for those new to the community or just visiting.
Reason for the Season
The real reason for the season plays a major roll in our planning the Festival. We have formed many wonderful relationships with our religious community , one of which I am very proud of is our national award winning Christmas Nativity Set display. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter -day Saints have been wonderful partners in promoting the true meaning of Christmas. Please take the time to visit their church on Central Street and see this display, you will not be disappointed.
This year we are pleased to have the Salvation Army present a “Live Nativity” for two evenings, (December 21-22). These two events will certainly get us in the mood to celebrate the coming of the Christ child. Captain Morgan Hillier was very excited about the evening and informed me that there will even be live animals in the stable to greet baby Jesus. It all starts 6 pm at the Salvation Army Citadel on Water Street.
Christmas sites you will not want to miss
Here are some of the events you will not want to miss this Christmas!!
Nativity Set collection , nightly 6-9 until December 11
“Victorian Christmas Tea” , Road to yesterday Museum December 14th 2:30pm
“The Nutcracker” (2 shows!!) Amalgamated Academy Dec 17, 7pm and Dec 18 3pm
Live Nativity, Salvation Army Citadel Dec 21 and 22 , 6pm
Community Carol Sing, Christmas Pavilion Dec 19, 7pm
These are just a few of the events going on in Bay Roberts this season, I would be remiss if I did not mention our friends in Port de Grave. Their annual boat lighting is beautiful and so unique to Newfoundland and Labrador. Good luck to the residents and organizers of Harbour Grace as they start a tradition of boat lighting this Christmas, I will be visiting!!!
My last promotion comment is more of a thank you to the Bay Roberts Cultural Foundation. This week we presented ‘A Grand Ole Christmas Time” , it was a evening based on a old time Christmas concert with stories, songs, mummers and tea. I was proud to be apart of this evening and from all accounts those who went had a wonderful time.
Ok it is time for me to stop this tourism promotion as it is a private blog, but I can’t help being proud of the accomplishments of the people of Bay Roberts and surrounding areas, we have a great deal to be thankful for.
A number of clips from the Grand Old Christmas Time are on YouTube. I was very happy to sing “Scarlet Ribbons.” Glenn Roach accompanied me on guitar.