Every year, the residents and businesses of San Pedro Town bring a lot of festive cheer to their homes and places of work by adding decorations and lights to really celebrate Christmas. Â As a result, the annual Caribbean Christmas Colors Contest has been developed, giving people a great reason to go that extra mile. Â Now, this yearÂs winners have been revealed.
On December 14th, the judges of the contest took to the streets of San Pedro, exploring every nook and cranny to enjoy the festive treats on offer.Â This was the ninth year for the contest, and the judging panel included Enrique de Leon, Jan Brown and Melanie Paz. Â To make things even more Christmassy, the judges explored the town in golf carts that were brightly adorned with decorations, giving extra excitement to all the children who watched the small parade go by. Â There was even a brief sighting of Santa Claus as he joined the parade for a short time.
Despite the dayÂs rain, the Christmas cheer wasnÂt dampened, and the tour traveled through the center of San Pedro Town, the neighboring areas and even rode out to Boca del Rio Bridge. Â However, poor weather did result in the golf buggies being unable to visit some areas, despite the bright shows and festive lights on offer.
There were several themes for this yearÂs contest, with the judges all looking for the best and most creatively-decorated houses. Â After a brief deliberation amongst the three judges, who all came to a unanimous decision, the winners were announced. Â The best overall prize and the judges choice was given to Ricardo and Yvette Martin, while the best theme was won by Milo Paz SR. Â Meanwhile, Robbie and Dora Gonzalez walked away with the most creative decorations, and Ina and Eddie Alamilla won the Neighborhood Star. Â Mrs. ClausÂ choice went to Aldo Marin, EditorÂs Choice went to Maya House and the Best Business was won by Thomas Hotel.
The Christmas-themed contest was, once again, a huge success with large numbers of residents and businesses taking part. Â The decorations and lights have certainly brought festive spirit to those in and around San Pedro Town.Â All the people involved have been thanked for their hard work, and it is hoped that the competition will return in 2014 for its tenth year.