The December Festivals, hosted by the Cultural Development Foundation, are a series of traditional and historical festivals which bring Saint Lucians together in the spirit of community through artistic creativity with the use of light – a symbol of rebirth.
Three major events make up the December Festivals – the Lantern Festival, the Festival of Carols and the Festival of Light. The traditional Lantern Festival showcases creative mastery and took place at the National Cultural Centre on Saturday December 5th, 2015.
This was followed by the Festival of Carols at the Cathedral on Sunday December 6th. The main highlight of the December Festivals is the Festival of Light which was held Friday December 11th.
The conventional “switching on of the lights” also took place 9:30 p.m. after which a celebratory fireworks display was expected. Street masqueraders accompanied by a live band paraded from the Derek Walcott Square to the Castries Harbour to participate in the releasing of goodwill lanterns.