Staff of the Port Lucaya Marketplace are busy decorating the Count Basie Square to host the Night of Christmas Music which be held on Friday, December 17th starting at 8:00 p.m. Hundreds of Grand Bahamians and visitors are expected to attend this grand event.
Freeport, Grand Bahama - The Christmas tree has already been lit in Count Basie Square as pine wreaths with colorful ornaments, mark each corner. Silver chandelier balls cascade across the walkways, to join a cluster of red and gold pieces, all intended to invoke the feeling of Christmas at the Port Lucaya Marketplace.
The wondrous sound of Christmas music fills the air from speakers nearby but, by Friday evening, the recorded musical numbers will fade, replaced by the sounds of live entertainment, as the Port Lucaya Marketplace hosts “A Night of Christmas Music”.
The concert will be held on Friday, December 17th at 8:00 p.m. featuring the popular crooner Wilfred Solomon and The Magnetics Band, and a special guest performance by songbird, Georgina Rigby-Ward. They will perform a variety of Christmas carols and traditional tunes made popular by the late greats: Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby and Mahalia Jackson.
Concert organizer and Entertainment and Marketing Coordinator for the Marketplace Ms. Karen Ferguson-Bain, shared, “Whenever the Christmas season comes around and you hear the music of those old time singers, it puts you in that holiday mood; it puts you in the mood of giving and sharing. As such, the owners, management, directors and staff of the Port Lucaya Marketplace wanted to give back. On Friday, the Square and the entire Port Lucaya Marketplace will be totally decked out with the lights and decorations for the concert,” she stated.
The event will climax with a Junkanoo Rush Out by the students and staff of the Beacon School.
This year, a 20 ft spruce Christmas tree was erected and Port Lucaya has gone green with the use of LED lights on the tree to conserve energy.