MarketPlace Christmas Parade Traffic Advisory

December 2, 2021

[Updated] The Ministry of Public Works has issued a traffic advisory for the MarketPlace Christmas Parade, which will take place this Sunday [Dec 5] from 5:00 pm until approximately 7:30 pm, traveling from Shelly Bay to Heron Bay.

A Government spokesperson said, “The Ministry of Public Works wishes to inform motorists that the MarketPlace Ltd. will be holding a Christmas Parade from the MarketPlace in Shelly Bay on North Shore Road, Hamilton Parish to the MarketPlace in Heron Bay, Middle Road, Southampton.

“The Christmas Parade is to take place on Sunday, December 5th, 2021 from 5:00 pm until approximately 7:30 pm. It will consist of up to 20 vehicles that will travel as a procession under escort from the Bermuda Police Service. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes to avoid the Christmas Parade.

A look at last year’s Christmas Parade Motorcade in the Heron Bay area

“The Christmas Parade will commence from Shelly Bay MarketPlace parking lot on North Shore Road and head west into Flatts. From Flatts it will head west on Middle Road in Smith’s Parish through Devonshire Parish along Cavendish Road into the City of Hamilton.

“There it will head westerly on Reid Street to the junction of Court Street, south to the junction of Front Street. From Front Street it will head westerly to Queen Street then north to the Church Street junction, continuing easterly on Church Street to King Street, Spurling Hill on to East Broadway to leave the City of Hamilton.

“From the roundabout it will continue south to Trimmingham Hill and westerly to South Road to the Paget Traffic Lights. There it will merge on to Middle Road and travel westerly through Paget, Warwick and Southampton to arrive at Heron Bay MarketPlace parking lot where it will end.

“In addition, the Bermuda Police Service are hereby authorized to ‘Close off’ or ‘Open’ streets or portion of streets and restrict parking as the Commissioner of Police determines.

“The Ministry of Public Works wishes to encourage the full cooperation of the motoring public and apologizes for any inconvenience that may result.

An aerial look at last year’s Christmas Parade Motorcade in Hamilton

“Should there be any questions regarding the Christmas Parade, please direct queries to the attention of Mr. Kevin Smith, Communications Manager at MarketPlace on 292-3163 ext. 2631.”

Update 5.12pm: A MarketPlace spokesperson said, “The MarketPlace today announced details for the safe production of the MarketPlace Christmas Parade Motorcade on Sunday 5 December at 5pm.

“The health and safety of all participants and spectators is The MarketPlace’s highest priority. All parade participants will be required to present a valid SafeKey. We encourage spectators not to gather in large groups and wear a mask if within six feet from persons who are not of the same household.”

Seth Stutzman, president of The MarketPlace group of companies, said, “The MarketPlace family believes strongly in upholding traditions, particularly during the Christmas holiday period. For more than 30 years this holiday event has been the kick-off to the festive season. We are so thrilled to be back with the motorcade and see everyone on the road once again.

“Wishing everyone a very merry Christmas, and a safe and happy holiday season.”

Parade Map

The spokesperson said, “Following consultation with the Government to ensure roads are open for safe passage, parade route is as follows: start at Shelly Bay MarketPlace, travel west on Northshore Road, continue onto Middle Road, Cavendish Road, Reid Street, then left on to Court Street, right on to Front Street, right on to Queen Street, right on to King Street, continue to Spurling Hill, East Broadway, Crow Lane, Trimingham Road, right on to South Road, continue on to Middle Road until Heron Bay MarketPlace

“Additionally, viewers will be able to track the exact progress of the parade as it travels across the island from Shelly Bay MarketPlace to Heron Bay MarketPlace by visiting or The MarketPlace app [available to download in the Google Play Store and Apple App Store].”

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