Thinking of trying something new this Christmas? Christmas in Barbados is always a highly anticipated time for locals as well as visitors. Here are 4 reasons why you should try a white sand Christmas.
Escape the Cold
Barbados is usually sunny year-round because of its location in the Caribbean! So, say bye-bye to winter, pack your cutest “summer” clothes and prepare to enjoy a tropical, sun-filled Christmas.
Time for the Beach
Imagine tanning on a beach chair, sipping your favourite cocktail on a picturesque beach in beautiful Barbados, while everyone fights the cold and snow back home. That is the sweet reality of a Barbados Christmas. You’ll trade the cold for heat and snow for sand and we’re sure there will be zero regrets. Barbados has many beaches with activities to suit everyone, whether you just want to relax, play water sports or surf.
Local Food & Drinks
Christmas is an exciting time for Barbadians and it is around this time that locals cook traditional Bajan (Barbadian) foods in abundance! Foods such as jug jug, sweetbread, pound cake, great cake and sorrel drink are specially made for Christmas, along with traditional Christmas foods with a Bajan twist such as baked ham prepared with beer. As you would expect, there’s also lots of rum included! On Christmas Day, many restaurants around the island offer special menus that include many local offerings, for a true Barbados Christmas experience.
Christmas Activities & Traditions
At night, you can drive around the island to take in the beautifully decorated and lit roundabouts and homes. This is a fun activity among locals who are eager to see the new displays each year. You can also attend some of the many Christmas parties and socials filled with Christmas cheer and the warmness of the locals (and lots of rum!). Other popular Christmas activities include Carols by Candlelight, hosted by the Barbados Rotary Club and Christmas Jazz, among others.
On Christmas Day, its tradition for locals to dress in their best clothes and go to church and then head straight to Queens Park after the service. In Queens Park in Bridgetown, persons stroll the park meeting friends and family and take in a live Christmas concert featuring some of the island’s most talented, artists, the Royal Barbados Police Band and other cultural entertainment. It is usually a beautiful and festive experience and sets the tone for the rest of the day.
Bonus – New Year’s Eve
In Barbados, this is commonly referred to as Old Year’s Night. There are many local and fun-filled parties which take place to ring in the new year. If you prefer something quieter, you can lie on a blanket on the beach and watch the elaborate fireworks displays as the clock strikes 12 at the beginning of the new year.
Feel free to explore our Holiday Programme filled with loads of activities and provides even more reasons why you should book your stay with us for the holidays!