Micronesia Mall cancels light show; Hilton Christmas train also scrapped

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Traditionally, the mall kicked off the holiday season by lighting its mammoth Christmas Tree with a huge family celebration in the center court, people riding the train, and children taking pictures with Santa.

For over 20 years, the Micronesia Mall held its doors open for families and friends to come together during the holiday season.

However, the mall has now been informed by the Department of Public Health and Social Services that it should postpone its traditional lights show due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Traditionally, the mall kicked off the holiday season by lighting its mammoth Christmas Tree with a huge family celebration in the center court, people riding the train, and children taking pictures with Santa.

This has now been canceled this year because it is an indoor event and it attracts a great number of people who congregate in the establishment.

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Fred Yamon, the general manager of Micronesia Mall, tells PNC that it’s unfortunate that this happened and wishes the community can come together. But he said he also understands the circumstances we are in.

“It was a big tradition. It was a huge letdown,” Yamon said.

He added that the mall upgrades the show every year with the purchase of new gadgets to have families look forward to something new.

He urges the community to stay safe and practice social distancing when shopping at the mall.

Meanwhile, the Hilton Guam Resort and Spa management will be adhering to the Governor’s executive orders by not having their traditional Christmas train in their main lobby this year.

The hotel says it was an internal decision, but no specific reason was given.

However, the Hilton says they will keep the holiday spirit alive by having decorations up around the whole establishment.

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