National Trust’s St George Walkabout tonight
Thousands of people are expected to visit St George tonight for the traditional Bermuda National Trust Walkabout.
Christmas lights and music will fill the narrow streets of the town and historic BNT properties will be open for visitors until 9pm.
Alana Anderson, the BNT president, said: “It is going to be amazing.
“The weather is expected to be beautiful and we are looking forward to seeing the island tip to the east as everyone goes to St George’s.”
She added that seats were still available on a special “Walkabout Ferry” and advised anyone interested in attending to use the boat to cut down on traffic problems.
George Dowling, the Mayor of St George, said: “It is wonderful that the town and businesses can come together to promote a great event for the town.
“All the stakeholders take great pride in making the town look fantastic for the event and for the holiday season.”
Ms Anderson added that the walkabout marked the start of the holiday season.
The Old Rectory, Buckingham, Tucker House and the Globe Hotel will all open their doors and Kings Square will have a range of performances starting at 6pm.
The Menuhin Foundation, the Bermuda School of Music, the Salvation Army Band, Aerial Arts and the Christ Church Bell Choir are all set to perform, along with several of the island’s dance schools.
A spokesman for the Corporation of St George said the municipality had worked with the BNT to help make the annual event a success and that staff had made sure the town was lit up for the holidays.
He said: “It was evident with the Lighting of the Town and Boat Parade last weekend of the great job that was done.
“The corporation encourages everyone to come to the town, not just for the walkabout, but come to the various activities that will take place in the town in December.
“There will be opportunities with the Santa is Coming to Town event on December 14 and New Year’s Eve and they can come to Somers Garden to see the Winter Wonderland.”
Kevin Dallas, the CEO of the Bermuda Tourism Authority, said: “This is a beloved tradition and the hallmark kickoff to our holiday season out here.
“Islanders and visitors mingle and celebrate in the cobblestoned crown jewel of Bermuda’s Unesco World Heritage Site — a wonderful opportunity to experience festivities Bermuda-style.”
St Peter’s Church and St David’s Chapel of Ease will provide Heavenly Treats in the Clair Spencer Hall at St Peter’s with a variety of treats on offer.
Kristin White and Genelle John, St George’s businesspeople, said they looked forward to welcoming the crowds.
Ms White’s business, Long Story Short, recently joined forced with Ms John’s Salt Spray Soap Company, and the pair will launch a merged shop on Water Street at the walkabout.
The store will offer sustainable and fair-trade housewares, African-print clothing from Liberia, and Rinelle White’s UMAMI spices.
Ms John will also offer an in-store DIY activity for the walkabout.
She said: “The Bermuda National Trust Walkabout is St George’s most celebrated Christmas event. We are excited to welcome everyone to our shop and hope they fall in love with our vibrant new space.”
• Tickets for the Walkabout Ferry, which will pick up passengers at Marginal Wharf in St David’s, are available through the BNT website
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