Decorations in Jamestown
The further into December, the more decorated the island’s capital became.
The first decorations were put up Dec. 8 by Johnny Isaac and his team, who strung Christmas lights up between the telephone poles in Main Street and in front of the Hospital.
The Christmas tree in front of the Canister was erected and decorated Dec. 16.
Holiday markets and bazaars
The regular holiday markets and bazaars helped local vendors sell stock and island residents find gifts in the lead-up to Christmas Day.
All items were on sale for 50p at the annual New Horizons Bazaar (Dec. 7); many food and items sold out early in the day at the Plantation House Christmas Market (Dec. 8); vendors also sold out of stock early in the ESH Christmas Market (Dec. 13); and Pilling’s Christmas Bonanza (Dec. 13) was full of stalls, but also featured music and carols.
Parades are one of the most common holiday events on St Helena.
The first parade of the season was St Paul’s Primary School’s annual Christmas parade. Just before noon Friday, Dec. 13 the parade of school students, accompanied by parade floats blasting Christmas-themed music, made their way into Jamestown and performed dance routines for the crowds of people lining the streets.
The Festival of Lights parade (Dec. 20), organised by Pilling Primary School, was the next big event. The parade, as always, was one of the most popular events of the holiday season – this year made unique by dancers, lit up as butterflies, taking to Jacob’s Ladder at the end of the parade and getting the attention of all of Jamestown with a short performance.
The Christmas Eve parade was the last of the season, with parade floats travelling around the island as usual before heading into Jamestown on the afternoon of Dec. 24.