‘Tis the season to be jolly!
And if you weren’t already in a jolly mood for the Christmas holidays, then Sunday night’s Carols by Candlelight was enough to get you there.
Thousands of people took up any available spot on the well-manicured lawns of the Prime Minister’s official residence, Ilaro Court, sitting on blankets or folding chairs and enjoying the 2016 edition of the highly popular event now in its 21st year.
From as early as 5 p.m., many started to pack the grounds trying to get the best possible spot to enjoy the night with their families and friends. The weather, for the most part, was delightful; children were running around and singing carols and one could not escape that feeling of Christmas in the air.
And once the sun had set, what a picturesque scene those candles made! From any angle, it was simply beautiful.
The crowd sang merrily along to the sounds of G-Syndicate, Biggie Irie, Tamara Marshall, Morissa Lindsey, Ian Webster, the Mustard Seed Kids and much more.
The sing-along segment was one of the highlights of the night, however. Once the words hit the screen – not that they were needed for the avid Christmas carol lover – the kids and adults sang along word for word.
In addressing those gathered, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart spoke of his love for the event put on by the Rotary Club of Barbados, and the joy he felt seeing Barbadians spreading the Christmas cheer.