Dressed as Disney characters, (left to right) Shantel St John, Asia Lei Samlalsingh, and Selene Banseelal, who will be part of the Christmas events at the San Fernando Hill, starting December 19.

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San Fernando Hill Plans Spectacular Christmas Event

...citizens to be allowed to visit at night

By Sue-Ann Wayow

IN the week before Christmas Day, the San Fernando Hill will be transformed for the "Christmas on the Hill" event.

And for the first time in decades, the public will be able to visit the Hill at night.
Millions of dollars are being pump into the event entitled "A Christmas of Enchantment" and the organising committees are asking for as much support as possible.

At the event, citizens can admire the beauty of San Fernando Hill, shop for gifts and have a meal while being entertained.

Children can also meet with Disney characters, play in the bouncy castles, get their face painted and even receive free gifts if they meet Santa Claus in time.

The event is the brainchild of Paul Banseelal, owner of Total Chaos Productions, the company responsible for the "Life with the Ramsinghs" series.

On Wednesday night, the company officially launched the event on San Fernando Hill along with the San Fernando Hill Management Committee.

The event takes place  from December 19 to December 24 from 12 noon to 9 p.m. On December 19, the event will be officially opened to the public from 6 p.m.

Each night between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. there will be live entertainment. Free bouncy castles and face painting for children will take place from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

There will also be a prince and princess pageant for children between the ages of eight and 12.

Every night there will be a limited distribution of gifts to children from the famed Christmas character Santa Claus.

All decorations will be donated by Total Chaos Productions, Trini-Culture Promotions and Decorations Galore. Decorations would include cottages, castles and scenes from Disney movies and would cost approximately $1.2 million.

Zaid Mohammed, public relations officer for Total Chaos Production, said there will be accommodations for 60 booths of different sizes on the hill.

Booth prices range from $6000 to $11, 500 for the week. There will also be a shuttle service from the base of the hill to the top, Mohammed said, so patrons would not have to walk up the hill.

He said the event was family oriented and no alcohol was allowed.
Mohammed said the event needed a lot of  support. Anyone willing to find out more information about the event and to make donations can call 776-6848, 682-5839, 359-6571 or 340-4530.
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