Town lights display brings Christmas spirit

By Bethel Peato Ale 18 December 2021, 10:11PM

It looks a lot more like Christmas as the Samoa Tourism Authority (S.T.A.) and a church-partner turned on the switches of a festive season lights display in front of the Government Building at Eleele-fou on Friday night.

The other partner of the S.T.A. is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (L.D.S.) which sponsored the lights display next to the S.T.A. Fale which is visible to motorists using the Beach Road in town. 

The Minister for Natural Resources and Environment, Toeolesulusulu Cedric Schuster also switched on the lights at the official launching. 

Spearheaded by the S.T.A. in partnership with the L.D.S. the festive season lights lit up the town area to compliment the Christmas decorations of assorted types and kinds.

Elder Sapele Fa'alogo of the L.D.S. said during the opening ceremony that the theme for the event this year is “light up the world with love.”

“Three stakes of the Church of the Latter Day Saints here in the Apia town area collaborated in putting together the waterfront lights display," he said.

“This is part of our assistance to the Government in celebrating Christmas this year, and to commemorate the birth of our Lord Savior who came and died to wash away our sins."

Toeolesulusulu said in his address that the Government asked the L.D.S. if they could put together the lights display outside the Government Building.

“Since Monday till now (Friday night), I have witnessed members of the Church work tirelessly to put together this wonderful lights display which will host some of S.T.A’s various Christmas events which start next week," he said.

The Minister also advised members of the public to refrain from damaging or vandalising the waterfront lights as a lot of effort went into making the display possible.

About 100 or so members of the public converged on the Government Building once the lights were switched on by Toeolesulusulu on Friday night. 

A member of the public who was there for the official launching, Junior Fiu, told the Samoa Observer that that he visits the lights display every year.

“I am disappointed that we’re not having the Lights Festival this year because I always look forward to it every year, but nevertheless I am still thankful though that S.T.A and the L.D.S. have gone through with this initiative,” he said.

The S.T.A. have also announced some of their programs scheduled for the coming week to celebrate this year's festive season.

Festive Season in Beautiful Samoa

20th December – 1st January

Monday 20th Dec


7pm

 

 

 

Christmas Movies on the Waterfront 

 

 

VNTV

 

 

Event Space, FMFMII Bldg

Tuesday 21st Dec

 

3pm – 10pm

7:00pm

 

 

Waterfront Christmas Night market

Christmas on the Waterfront 

  • Caroling 
  • Dance Groups
  • Solo Artists
  • Live Bands

 

 

SHA and STA

STA

 

 

Samoa Cultural Village

Event Space, FMFMII Bldg

Wednesday 22nd Dec

 

3pm – 10pm

5:30pm

 

7:00pm

 

 

Waterfront Christmas Night market

Christmas Parade with Santa

Santa Photo Booth

Christmas on the Waterfront 

  • Caroling 
  • Dance Groups
  • Solo Artists
  • Live Bands

 

 

SHA and STA

STA

 

STA

 

 

Samoa Cultural Village

Event Space, FMFMII Bldg

 

Event Space, FMFMII Bldg

Thursday 23rd Dec

All Day

7pm

 

Christmas in Beautiful Savaii

Christmas Movies on the Waterfront 

 

Savaii Organising Committee

VNTV

 

 

Don Bosco, Salelologa

Event Space, FMFMII Bldg

Friday 31st Dec

7.00pm

11:45pm

 

11:59pm

 

Countdown to New Years

Prime Ministers Address

 

Countdown to New Years

 

STA

MPMC

 

STA

 

Event Space, FMFMII Bldg Broadcasted on local television stations

 

Saturday 1st Jan

12am

TBC

 

New Year’s Fireworks Display

Taumeasina Island Resort Fireworks Display

 

Fireworks Committee

Taumeasina Island Resort

 

Mt Vaea, Palisi

Taumeasina Island Resort 


By Bethel Peato Ale 18 December 2021, 10:11PM

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