Christmas Walkabout To Take Place On Friday

November 29, 2016

The charming old town of St. George’s will once again turn on the magic at the annual Christmas Walkabout hosted by the Bermuda National Trust this coming Friday, December 2nd.

Now in its 38th year, the Walkabout has grown exponentially in size and popularity in this past decade, and the BNT said it is the most profitable day of the year for St. George’s merchants.

This year, the National Trust is introducing a ferry which will bring participants from Albouys Point in Hamilton to St George’s so they can enjoy the Walkabout without spending time in traffic.

“In recent years, as the popularity of the Walkabout has grown, we have had attendees spending too much time in traffic and looking for parking spaces,” said National Trust Development Director Kelly Way. “Traffic restrictions at the Longtail Bridge will exacerbate this.

“Therefore, with the cooperation of the Department of Marine and Ports, we are introducing a ferry from Hamilton to St. George’s,” she said. “The ferry will take a maximum of 350 people at 5:30pm from Hamilton to St. George’s and will leave St George’s after the fireworks at 9.15pm.

“In addition, the ferry will shuttle people from Marginal Wharf in St David’s to St George’s. In each case, a maximum of 350 tickets will be sold in advance and only people with tickets will be able to board the ferry.”

Slideshow of last year’s Christmas Walkabout


The BNT said, “The excitement and romantic “yester year” elegance that the Trust brings to St. George’s should not be missed.

“Musicians, dancers and carolers will entertain the crowds and refreshments will be available throughout the old town and marked on map that will be distributed on the evening. Children can meet Santa and make Christmas crafts at the Edith Clair Spencer Hall.

“We invite everyone to head east to explore some of the oldest continually occupied buildings in the New World which will be decorated and candle-lit for the event.

“Old Rectory, Bridge House, Buckingham, Tucker House, Reeve Court and the Globe Hotel will be festively decorated with each offering its own yesteryear experience. One of the Samaritans’ Cottages will also be open for the first time in decades following a careful restoration.

“The Bermuda National Trust could not hold this event without a huge amount of community support, our Trust volunteers and our generous sponsor, Butterfield Bank. This year marks our 10th anniversary with Butterfield as our sponsor and we are celebrating with a fireworks display at 9pm. We look forward to seeing you there and sharing the true spirit of Christmas!”


  • Tiger Bay/Penno’s Wharf, St. George’s Prep and St. George’s Club Golf Course


  • Take ferry service from Hamilton to St. George’s or a shuttle ferry service between Marginal Wharf and Penno’s Wharf.

Ferry Schedule & Pricing

  • Leaves Hamilton Ferry terminal at 5:30pm and returns leaving St. George’s at 9:15pm
  • Adult Hamilton to St. George’s Return $10
  • Child Hamilton to St. George’s Return $5
  • Shuttles from Marginal Wharf to Penno’s Wharf
  • Depart every half hour starting at 6:45pm.
  • Last shuttle back to Marginal Wharf 8:45pm
  • Adult Shuttle Marginal Wharf to Penno’s Wharf $4
  • Child Shuttle Marginal Wharf to Penno’s Wharf $2


  • Check to buy tickets. Availability is limited.

Evening Highlights: Historic St Peter’s Church

  • 6:00–6:30pm Christ Church Bell Choir
  • 6:40 – 7:00 Clearwater Middle School Choir and Strings
  • 6:35–7:05pm Their Majesties Choristers
  • 7:10 pm–Chas Arnold Recorder Group

Evening Highlights: Butterfield Bank, who is sponsoring the event

  • Truffles and mulled wine in their festively decorated banking hall.

Evening Highlights: King’s Square

  • Master of Ceremonies – Town Crier David Frith
  • 6:00–6:35pm Bermuda School of Music
  • 7:00–7:30pm DanceSations
  • 7:30-8:00pm In Motion School of Dance
  • 8:00–8:30pm Jackson School of Performing Arts
  • 8:30pm Band & Corps of Drum of the Bermuda Regiment & the Bermuda Islands Pipe Band

Evening Highlights: The Globe Hotel [built in 1699] and Trustworthy Gift Shop

  • BHS Choir
  • Ambassadors

Evening Highlights: Tucker House

  • John Cox signing his books

Evening Highlights: Ebenezer Church

  • Leviticus Band

Evening Highlights: Ordnance Island

  • Deliverance Replica

Evening Highlights: Water Street Menuhin Foundation

  • Cello Ensemble 6.00-6.45pm
  • Adult String Ensemble 6.45-7.15pm

Evening Highlights: Fireworks

  • The fireworks display will be at 9pm

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  1. sonso says:

    The organizers might want to keep an eye on the weather forecast !

    As of today, Friday evening is supposed to be rainy with winds up around 20kts, gusts to 30kts.

    • BermyCulture says:

      So what happens in the event of foul weather? Cancelled or postponed?