By Kurt Campbell
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Guyanese can once again experience the true feeling of ‘Christmas in the city’ with the opening of the second annual Christmas Village by the Ministry of Tourism on Friday evening (December 6) on Main Street, Georgetown.
Main Street between Lamaha and Church Streets has been transformed into a miniature Christmas Village with all the goodies of the season, including lights, Christmas trees, food and music and will remain open until December 29.
The opening saw performances from masqueraders, the Police Force Band, singing by students of the Bishops High School and dances by students of the National Dance School.
Timeout was taken to pay tribute by observing a moment of silence for the late Former South African President Nelson Mandela.
As the spectacular evening unfolded, children also got a chance to meet Santa and Mrs. Clause along with several other famous cartoon characters with none of them leaving empty handed.
Delivering remarks at the opening, Tourism Minister Irfaan Ali said it was his ministry’s plan to create an environment that was both safe and magical for all Guyanese and visitors.
He explained that the recent flooding had damaged the groundwork that was previously done but expressed the hope that as families and strangers converged during the season, the atmosphere inspires them to work together as a people.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Samuel Hinds recalled his childhood days which according to him are full of fond memories, especially at Christmas time.
He also urged that Guyanese use the spirit of the season to work in more collaboration for the benefit of the country.