The Christmas season celebrations kicked off in San Pedro on Friday, December 2nd with the annual lighting of the Christmas tree ceremony. Witnessing the lighting of a 40-foot Christmas tree at the Central Park were many residents and visitors.

Speaking at the ceremony were Mayor Elsa Paz and wife of the Late Barry Bowen, Lady Dixie Bowen. The tree was donated by Sir Barry over three years ago.

The gathering was invited to sodas provided by the San Pedro Town Council while the Rompe Raja band provided the musical entertainment. Celebrations continued as on Saturday, December 3rd, enthusiasts prepared for the 6th annual Lighted Boat Parade. This year, the parade saw the participation of twelve vessels.

The parade started north of the beach at Boca del Rio and moved slowly south to Caribbean Villas. Hundreds of onlookers gathered at the various viewing docks with the majority converging at Central Park, where well over a thousand residents flocked to view the boat parade.

This year the holiday festivities were complete with everything from Isla Bonita Elementary Schoolís marching band to students caroling and Santa Clause. Local businesses took advantage of the opportunity to set up booths at the Park where they offered specialty drinks and delectable food items. Belize Family Life Association was also there giving away free condoms while DJ Debbie provided entertainment. There was also a Christmas caroling competition which took place and was won by Island Academy with Isla Bonita taking second place.

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