Christmas in the Marianas entered its second Saturday last week, drawing tourists and residents alike to the Paseo de Marianas to promenade, take pictures, or simply gawk at the many Christmas trees on display.
The Christmas tree decoration contest by elementary students highlights the return of Christmas in the Marianas every Saturday in December in Garapan, according to Marianas Visitors Authority managing director Chris Concepcion.
“The enthusiasm of students is contagious and we invite the public to come down any or every night for the festivities. We really can’t say enough about the effort of our partners PDM Promoters and Team PDI in making this a joyful holiday for the children, and especially the education tax credit donations given by local businesses for the schools,” he said.
A total of 18 schools have taken part in the Christmas tree decoration contest and the rule is that only recycled materials will be used. The participating schools for this year are Oleai, San Vicente, Gregorio T. Camacho, William S. Reyes, Garapan, Koblerville, and Kagman elementary school; Hopwood, Tanapag, Dandan, and Cha Cha Ocean View middle schools; Saipan Community School, Green Meadow School, Northern Marianas International School, Saipan International School, Agape Christian School, Grace Christian Academy, and Saipan Seventh Day Adventist School.
Aside from enjoying the display, people can choose from a variety of restaurants located at the Paseo de Marianas and the food tents available every Saturday that sells shakes, snacks, and finger foods.
On Saturday, Dec. 16, the public is invited to witness two activities: the Parade of Floats that will start at sunset from the Carolinian Affairs Office on Beach Road to the American Memorial Park and a costume show that will immediately follow.
Awards and winners for all competitions will also be announced on the same night.