In terms of public appeal and attraction, Christmas in the Square is the best known of the many programmes of The Royal Commonwealth Society Barbados Branch. It takes place every December and features the placement of illuminated artificial Christmas trees in Bridgetown, which are then decorated by school and college students and members of youth groups, using as their themes, the unique images and emblems of the Commonwealth countries and, using for their media, the recycled, repurposed and natural materials of Barbados.
Christmas in the Square provides a forum for the display of teamwork, research and creativity by the youth in Barbados. Embracing the Commonwealth core principles of freedom of expression and protecting the environment, the event was first conceptualized in 2014 and draws its name from the location of Independence Square, where it first took place. Over the years, the event has expanded to other locations in Bridgetown such as Heroes Square, the Fountain Gardens, Jubilee Gardens, the Inner Basin of the Careenage and the Barbados Post Office at Cheapside, with a growing number of trees on display, increasing from 19 trees in 2014 to 88 trees in 2017.
The amazing creative talent of the youth of Barbados is promoted and celebrated for the month of December by Christmas in the Square, which showcases their painting, drawing, sculpting and craft skills to reflect the history, geography, flora, fauna and cultures of the countries and peoples of the Commonwealth. The programme is enhanced by a series of free community concerts featuring and promoting the vocal and instrumental musical talent and skills of young emerging artistes, like ‘Sons of Serendip’ in 2015, as well as of the more seasoned staples of the local entertainment landscape, like the Band of the Royal Barbados Police Force in 2017.
Christmas in the Square is made possible through the kind donations of materials by corporate Barbados and select Government agencies, with voluntary logistical support from the Barbados Defence Force, the Barbados Cadet Corps and Barbados Youth Service.