Santa sightings

Published: Monday | December 30, 2013 Comments 0
Christmas 2013 Sandals/Beaches Negril style: It seems Beaches Negril's watersports team members were quite content playing Santa's reindeers as they carried Santa Clause - General Manager Adrian Whitehead - from his boat, after he made a stunning appearance via parasail on Christmas Day. - Contributed
Christmas 2013 Sandals/Beaches Negril style: It seems Beaches Negril's watersports team members were quite content playing Santa's reindeers as they carried Santa Clause - General Manager Adrian Whitehead - from his boat, after he made a stunning appearance via parasail on Christmas Day. - Contributed
Christmas 2013 Sandals/Beaches Negril style: It's a bird, it's a plane, it's Santa Clause! A parasail was the transport of choice for the Santa Clause at both Sandals and Beaches Negril on Christmas Day, much to the delight of the resort's staff and guests. - Contributed
Christmas 2013 Sandals/Beaches Negril style: It's a bird, it's a plane, it's Santa Clause! A parasail was the transport of choice for the Santa Clause at both Sandals and Beaches Negril on Christmas Day, much to the delight of the resort's staff and guests. - Contributed
Exclusive Holidays' Courtney Dixon (Santa Claus) shares some love with three children from Spot Valley in St James. From left: Bionca Davieson, Lea-Kai Campbell and Jody-Ann Welds, during a Christmas treat by Montego Bay businessman Fred Smith at Burger King in the Second City on Christmas Day. - Janet Silvera Photo
Exclusive Holidays' Courtney Dixon (Santa Claus) shares some love with three children from Spot Valley in St James. From left: Bionca Davieson, Lea-Kai Campbell and Jody-Ann Welds, during a Christmas treat by Montego Bay businessman Fred Smith at Burger King in the Second City on Christmas Day. - Janet Silvera Photo

WESTERN BUREAU:

While thousands of cruise-ship passengers lined Montego Bay's Hip Strip on Christmas Day, 100 local children from the neighbouring Spot Valley District in St James played tourists for a day.

The strip, located on the popular Gloucester Avenue, had an excellent mix of locals and tourists, and the Jamaicans present were not only workers.

Children, ranging in ages from two to 14 years old, were recipients of gifts and goodies, courtesy of Exclusive Holidays' Fred Smith, his sister Kareen and his staff.

The event, Smith's annual Christmas treat, was held at Burger King in the tourism capital.

Smith, who was born in the community and now chairs the Spot Valley High, spoke with The Flair while vacationing with his family overseas. "I look forward to giving back to the community annually, it is our way of saying thanks, while reminding the children in the area that they are loved."

The youngsters were treated to lunch at Burger King, while Exclusive Holidays driver Courtney Dixon played the role of Santa Claus.

"You cannot imagine what it feels like to dress up and serve these children, who are the future of this country. Just the look of satisfaction on their faces makes my day," Dixon said.

Dixon has held the position of Santa Claus for the last five years, a role he carries out with pride.

janet.silvera@gleanerjm.com
 

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