Royal Gazette: Christmas to kick off in Old Towne with BNT walkabout
The festive season will kick off in the East End on December 1 when the Bermuda National Trust holds its Christmas Walkabout in the Town of St George.
Historic homes at the World Heritage site will be open to the public, while musicians and dancers will provide entertainment in King’s Square.
Shops, bars and restaurants will also open their doors for the evening.
The BNT is partnering with Butterfield Bank’s “Toys for Tots” charity for the event and there will be two locations where donations can be dropped off.
A BNT spokeswoman acknowledged the support of sponsors Butterfield Bank, Belco, HSBC, Goslings, Butterfield & Vallis and the Government’s Department of Culture.
She said: “We also appreciate the co-operation of our tenants and the Corporation of St George.
“Last and not least, we are hugely grateful to the many community groups and individuals who so kindly volunteer their time to make the evening a success.”
Historic homes open for the evening include Tucker House, the Old Rectory, Bridge House, Buckingham, Reeve Court and Stewart Hall.
Many other buildings and cultural sites will also be open to the public and provide entertainment on the night, including St Peter’s Church, the St George’s Historical Society’s Mitchell House, Bermudian Heritage Museum, Stella Maris Church, Hannibal Lodge, Ebenezer Methodist Church, Pilot Gig Club, Salvation Army, and the African Diaspora Heritage Trail sites.
There will be no parking in the town on the evening, and the public are advised to park at Kindley Field, where there will be three free shuttle buses running on a loop to and from St George between 5pm and 10pm.
Prepaid parking will be available at Tiger Bay/Penno’s Wharf for $25 a car, and free parking is also available at St George’s Prep for a donation to the PTA.