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Carols and skits at Christmas in the Marianas

(MVA) — The Christmas spirit returns to Paseo de Marianas in downtown Garapan this Saturday, Dec. 10, for another celebratory evening of caroling and holiday skits during Christmas in the Marianas.

Festivities will kick off at 5 p.m. with piped Christmas music at the pedestrian mall, followed by Christmas skits by high school students beginning at 6 p.m. and Christmas caroling by middle school students beginning at 7:15 p.m. The evening will continue until 10 p.m.

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Students of  Gregorio T.  Camacho  Elementary share  Christmas  caroling  during  the Marianas Visitors Authority’s Christmas in the Marianas at Paseo de Marianas on Dec. 3, 2016. Students of Oleai Elementary share Christmas caroling during the Marianas Visitors Authority’s Christmas in the Marianas at Paseo de Marianas on Dec. 3, 2016.
Students of San Vicente Elementary share Christmas caroling during the Marianas Visitors Authority’s Christmas in the Marianas at Paseo de Marianas on Dec. 3, 2016. Christmas trees decorated by school children adorn at Paseo de Marianas throughout the holiday season as part of the Marianas Visitors Authority’s Christmas in the Marianas.
Paseo de Marianas pedestrian mall in downtown Garapan is the venue for the Marianas Visitors Authority’s Christmas in the Marianas celebration. MVA photos

The month-long Christmas in the Marianas, organized by the Marianas Visitors Authority, PDM Promoters Inc., Team PDI, and other travel partners, offers weekly holiday entertainment for visitors and residents, alike. This year, the event is being held on the first three Saturdays of the month and then the last two Fridays.

“Opening night for Christmas in the Marianas on Dec. 3 was a great first night, including Christmas caroling and the lighting of the Christmas trees decorated by school children,” said MVA community projects specialist Ryan Calvo, lead organizer of the event. “The students have especially outdone themselves this year with the creativity put into their tree decorating using natural and recycled materials.”

Last Saturday, a giant Christmas tree installed by the MVA at Paseo de Marianas was also lit. The event also included food and beverage sales by various vendors.

Saturday’s entertainment lineup includes Christmas skits by Saipan Southern High (6 p.m.), Marianas High (6:15 p.m.), Agape Christian School (6:30 p.m.), Grace Christian Academy (6:45 p.m.) and Kagman High (7 p.m.). Festivities will continue with Christmas caroling by Grace Christian Academy (7:15 p.m.), Agape Christian School (7:30 p.m.), Green Meadows School (7:45 p.m.), and Northern Marianas International School (8 p.m.).

On Dec. 17, the Parade of Floats will be held around sunset from the Carolinian Affairs Office in Garapan along Beach Road to American Memorial Park, followed by a costume show. Awards for all competitions will also be made. Dec. 23 and 30 will have live performances at Paseo de Marianas. The Japanese Mochitsuki Festival will be held on Dec. 30, marking the pounding of rice to make “mochi,” a traditional event in preparation for the new year. The event will run from 6-10 p.m. each night.

Participating schools in all Christmas in the Marianas events are Oleai Elementary, Gregorio T. Camacho Elementary, Kagman Elementary, San Vicente Elementary, Saipan Southern High, Marianas High, Kagman High, Tanapag Middle School, Dandan Middle School, Agape Christian School, Green Meadow School, Grace Christian Academy, Northern Marianas International School, and Mt. Carmel School.

For more information, contact MVA community projects specialist Ryan Calvo at rcalvo@mymarianas.com or 664-3200/1 or visit www.mymarianas.com/.