By JEFFARAH GIBSON
Tribune Features Writer
ONE of the things that make the festive season an even more enjoyable time is attending events that spread Christmas cheer. From the Bahamas National Trust’s Jollification to Graycliff’s Heritage Village Festival held over the weekend, Bahamians wanting to get in the spirit of the season have had several opportunities to do so.
But there are still a few weeks to go until Christmas and there are still many events to attend.
This weekend, the KhanAali Media Group will pull out all the stops to present The Little Pink Party Christmas (TLPP) Village. From the decorations to the food and the music, producers are hoping to transport guests into a Christmas wonderland.
TLPP Christmas Village will be held this Saturday at John Watling’s Distillery at the historic Buena Vista Estate on Delancy Street. The event begins at 3pm and will welcome hundreds of holiday shoppers and party-goers.
As customary, the event will host over 50 exhibitors – local small businesses and locally represented brands in the industries of fashion and accessories, beauty and cosmetics, health and fitness, food and beverage, and technology and lifestyle.
Guest also can expect a collection of new products, essentials and old favourites, novelty pastries, drinks and eats, performances, fashion shows and appearances, all scattered throughout the venue.
According to KhanAali Media: “It is the best opportunity to buy Christmas gifts, place orders for holiday parties and shop small Bahamian businesses.”
“On the heels of the success of the spring/summer event, In Full Bloom, last May, the team is excited to confirm that the first 500 attendees will once again score a bag filled with full-size and sample-sized consumer products and giveaways from sponsors and exhibitors. As well throughout the event there will be opportunities to score more with complimentary beauty and cosmetic services, gifts with purchase from a variety of exhibitors, free health screenings by partnering medical facilities and prize drawings.”
Apart from the exhibitors, the organisers have also invited the Bahamas National Festival Commission and a number of Junkanoo Carnival groups to introduce their bands and costumes. Guests will have an opportunity to learn more about the festivities slated for next May.
“The colours, textures and energy of the bands are sure to invigorate the atmosphere contributing to the true Bahamian Christmas experience,” a statement released by the group said.
“Attendees should expect to experience every thing that makes The Little Pink Party the mother of experiential shopping events. With a number of exhibitors in each category all offering diverse and dynamic products – handmade accessories, costume jewellery, holiday cakes, pastries, cookies, flavoured lemonades, iced teas, juices, wines, skin care, make-up, hair care, and nail products, the event is filled to the brim with the best of the holidays.”
Although it has been quite a task to produce events of this type twice in a year, the ability to adapt has contributed to the parties being successful, the statement said.
“The fall/winter event will be a testament to the event’s firm foundation and solid structure. Attendees, exhibitors and sponsors alike will attest to the evolution of the event’s concept and adaptability to the every changing economic and social environments. The team holds research and development paramount and takes all feedback into consideration.
“Producing a world-class event twice a year, at the dawn of each shopping season, has undoubtedly been a task and learning experience, but the team has learned its product and continues to refine and enhance it to achieve longevity and relevance in the market,” organiser said.
The producers and event participants all agree that the event offers both exhibitors and guests something wholesome, entertaining, profitable and worthy of the time spent.
During the event there will also be special presentations made to representatives of the Cancer Society of the Bahamas in support of the fight against breast cancer.
The Little Pink Party Christmas Village will host the following sections and exhibitors:
Pink Poinsettia Close will feature brands and businesses in beauty and cosmetics like Creme of Nature, COTY, Neutrogena, Bio Oil
Gingerbread Gardens will host food and beverage exhibitors like: the Lemonade Stand, Super Kat Experiences, Fruit & Roots Juice Bar, John Watling’s and Red Turtle, and Tasty Teas
Cocoa Corner will host the presenting sponsor of the exhibitor marketplace, Nestle.
Manger Square will be the centre of attention with ongoing presentations, fashion shows, performances and prize drawings.
Wise Men Way will host health, wellness, and fitness exhibitors like Bay Street Medical, Club One Fitness, Advanced Medical
Jingle Bell Block will host the Eye Candy Make-up Company, Happy Hair Boutique, L’Oreal Cosmetics, Maybelline, Luster’s Pink Oil, and Kurleebelle
Trinket Trail will feature Pink Pearl Gems, Pretty Persuasions, Naughty & Nice, Always by Allia M. Dean, Origami Owls, and Bauble Lulu
Junkanoo Alley will play host to the Bahamas Festival Commission and bands like Enigma, Eden, Masqueraders, and Caribbean Sweat Road Fever Band.
Fa La La Alley will spotlight MIMI, Terrell’s Room, Everyday Island, Bloom Bahamas, and Bahamas Star Gymnastics
Candy Cane Corner will feature the best pastries with brands like Splenda, Baker’s Lane, the Cake Doctor’s Factory, Dream Box Creations, Shiver, Yoplait and General Mills