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The Annual Christmas Tree Lighting
by Wellesley Gayle

christmas_tree_with_lights_in_sam_sharpe_squareChristmas Tree In Sam Sharpe Square, Montego Bay

Thousands converged at the historic Sam Sharpe Square in Montego Bay on Sunday for the highly anticipated Annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony.

Read Also: 14 Frequently Asked Questions About Jamaican Christmas Traditions.

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And they were not to be disappointed. After the formalities, the special moment arrived, and at 8:40pm, the symbolic Christmas tree was lit to the delight of the patrons.

But it also meant time for the live performances which everyone came to see!

jamaican_christmas_tree_lighting_programThe Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Program | Montego Bay

Yes, Jamaica's song bird Alaine was the guest performer, but the lineup featured some of the best artistes and performers in the city, both upcoming a experienced.

These include:

  • 2019 JCDC Gospel Festival Winner, Joanna Walker,
  • Local singing sensation, Anique Morris
  • The veteran and cultural icon, Mackie Conscious
  • As well as gospel artiste Yvonne Cohen

Several other local and church groups also performed, including:

  • Men Of Valour
  • The St. James Lay Magistrates Choir
  • Family Church On The Rock, and 
  • The Lilliput Praise Team.

The Ceremony

As usual, the ceremony, earlier, featured speeches, wishes and pledges from esteemed members of the municipality, government as well as private sector interests, representing the sponsors.

Representatives of New Fortress Energy (the main sponsor), Digicel and JPS gave greetings. Other sponsors include FosRich, Kris An Charles and Tyre Warehouse.

By the way, three years ago, the New Fortress Energy build a state of the art liquefied natural gas terminal in Bogue Montego Bay.

According to their VP of Public Affairs, Verona Carter, 1,000 gifts were donated to Children of the parish this year at Christmas. 

Of note though were His Worship, The Mayor Of Montego Bay, Homer Davis, and Member Of Parliament, Desmond Mckenzie, who both gave their charges, commitments and wishes for the parish and city.

Mr. Mckenzie, for example, challenge the gathering...

"Christmas is not about you and you alone, remember those on the streets in the parish, remember the reason why we celebrate Christmas"

The Performance Highlights?

All the performers did well, renewing and reminding us of the essence of Christmas In Jamaica, in songs.

Perhaps the standout though was the 2019 JCDC Gospel Winner, Joanna Walker, with melodious singing in a energetic performance.

Just before her new single at the end, she had the crowd dancing to the old favourite, Feliz Navidad!

I was particularly impressed with the Lay Migratates choir as well... I didn't even knew they had one. That lead singer has a powerful voice.

Of course, Anique Morris, showed why she is one of the best in the parish, with her powerful renditions of Joy To The World and Oh Holy Night.

Yvonne Cohen's new song, "Members Of Parliament" resonated well with the crowd and had them singing all along.

And yes, I have the highlights in pictures and video, starting, right now...

Montego Bay's Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony In Pictures

The Civic Center At Sam Sharpe Square Where Christmas Tree Lighting Is Taking Place
christmas_tree_lighting_crowd_montego_bayCrowd Gathered For Christmas Tree Lighting In Sam Sharpe Square, Montego Bay
christmas_tree_lighting_children_with_giftsA Boy Child Enjoying The Proceedings At Christmas Tree Lighting 2019
Christmas_tree_lighting_kids_with_giftsChristmas Toy| Boy examines his truck

The Performers

lay_magistrates_2019_Christmas_tree_lighting_performanceSt. James Lay Magistrates Choir
men_of_valor_2019_Christmas_tree_lighting_performanceMen Of Valour Choir
Joanna_walker_Christmas_tree_lighting_performanceJoanna Walker In Performance
christmas_tree_lighting_performance_yvonne_cohenYvonne Cohen Performing at 2019 Montego Bay Christmas Light Ceremony
Christmas_tree_lighting_performance_mackie_conscious_2019The Conscious - Mackie Conscious Performing
anique_morris_2019_christmas_tree_lighting_performanceAnique Morris In Performance
alaine_2019_christmas_tree_lighting_montego_bay_performanceAlaine In Performance
christmas_tree_lighting_montego_bay_municipal_corporationJust Lit| Christmas Tree In Sam Sharpe Square


...others were busy 'peddling their wares'.


Like all parishes in Jamaica, the Christmas Tree Lighting is an annual event that takes place in each parish capital. 

It is put on by each parish's Municipal Corporation, formerly the Parish Council.

I Should Tell You...

Christmas tree lighting is just one of several exciting fun activities in Jamaica.

Be sure to read and learn more about our Christmas traditions and culture in my article on Christmas in Jamaica.

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