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National Trust’s Christmas Walkabout of St George on Friday

Elves, eggnog and Christmas carols St George has everything you need to get into the spirit of the Christmas season when the annual festive tramp around town kicks off this Friday.

For many families the Bermuda National Trust’s yearly Christmas Walkabout in St George marks the start of the holiday season.

During this event hundreds of visitors stream into the Old Town to walk through various historic buildings where goodies such as cookies and hot chocolate are offered.

Various school and church groups sing carols and artists can be found tucked away in ancient corners strumming away on guitars or demonstrating some traditional sewing technique.

“It is probably the most popular event in St George in the year,” said Valerie Lewis, pharmacy manager for Robertson’s Drugstore. “I love the Christmas carols but I often don’t get a chance to hear them because I am often working. I also like wandering around the town.”

During the Walkabout people often cram Robertsons and other stores, looking to buy unique Christmas gifts, handcrafted items, toys, books, toiletries and other things for sale.

Ms Lewis thought it was probably the second busiest day of the year for St George, second only to Christmas Eve.

Some favourites on the walk around town are usually the Old Rectory, Samaritans’ Lodge, Samaritans’ Cottages, Buckingham, Tucker House and the Globe Hotel.

This year, King’s Square will showcase the Jackson School of Performing Arts, In Motion, the Bermuda School of Music and the Salvation Army Band.

“We invite people to explore some of the oldest continually-occupied buildings in the New World which will be decorated and candlelit for the event,” said Kelly Way of the Bermuda NationalTrust. “The Christmas Walkabout is a wonderful way of touring the extraordinary living history of a United Nations Educational, Scientific Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) World Heritage Site.

“Each year the popularity of this event is evident as crowds embrace the Old Town.”

Last year, people turned out by the hundreds despite bursts of driving rain, and chilly weather.

This year, there will be entertainment throughout the town and refreshments will be served at various locations marked on a map to be distributed on the evening.

For children there are Christmas crafts at St Peter’s Church Hall (now renamed the Edith Clair Spencer Hall); and Santa and an elf will be there too.

Ms Way thanked the community, Bermuda National Trust volunteers and event sponsors such as Butterfield Bank.

The event will be held from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.

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Published November 30, 2011 at 1:00 am (Updated November 30, 2011 at 8:07 am)

National Trust’s Christmas Walkabout of St George on Friday

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