NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (November 25, 2019) — Hon. Eric Evelyn, Minister of Social Development in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA), is urging communities on Nevis who are planning on hosting Christmas tree lighting activities in their area to notify the Department of Community Development of their plans for addition to the department’s official list.
The minister made the call at a recent sitting of the Nevis Island Assembly, moments after announcing the date for the celebrated Christmas tree lighting ceremony at the Memorial Square in Charlestown, dubbed this year “Christmas in the Capital.”
“We are getting close to the Christmas season and I am sure those of us who would have been passing through Charlestown would realise that in the heart of the city, right there at the Memorial Square is a buzz of activity and we are getting prepared for what I call our national tree lighting and that will be taking place on Wednesday 4th December…
“I would also like to encourage the communities that are doing their respective lightings to kindly, if you haven’t done so yet, to inform the Department of Community Development as they compile their list, and at least know what is taking place across the island,” he said.
Mr. Evelyn applauded the department for organising the event, and used the opportunity to invite persons to the December 4th event in Charlestown which will be followed by smaller ones across the island.
“I want to applaud the efforts of the Department of Community Development for organising this activity… So I want to take this opportunity now to invite all of Nevis to Charlestown on the evening of Wednesday 4th December when we will have a spectacle in town once again.
“Last year was spectacular and we expect it to be even better this year and so we are inviting folks out on the 4th December to start off the Christmas season with a bang with our national tree lighting,” he said.
So far the department’s list of tree lighting activities stands at 27, which is comparable to the list in 2018. However, they are open to receiving additional notifications throughout the month of December.
Members of the community wishing to register their tree lighting activities with the department can visit the office upstairs the Henville Building on Main Street in Charlestown between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. or call 469-5521 ex. 2185 and ask for Ms. Shaniqua Tyrell.