Christmas is coming and the islands are getting festive! A popular holiday on Grand Cayman, it's truly a stunning time of year complete with festive decorations, family activities, visits from Santa, worship and much more. If you're planning on enjoying Cayman's many traditions (and the warmth!) with your loved ones this year, read on for a detailed guide.
Santa is paying a few special visits to Cayman this month! Thursdays until December 17th, you can get Traditional Santa Photos taken in Camana Bay's Gardenia Court from 5 to 7pm. On Camana Bay's The Island you can also get Caribbean Santa Photos taken on Saturdays until December 19th from 3 to 5pm. Santa will be landing at the annual Kiwanis event on Saturday, December 5th from 1 to 4pm, complete with free books, great food, face painting and more.
Who doesn't love Christmas lights? To take in the holiday cheer, spend a December afternoon or evening taking a walk or drive around Grand Cayman to check out the beautifully decorated residential homes. You're guaranteed to find not only light of all sizes and colours but also intricate displays and nativity scenes.
Popular annual events include Cayman 27's Parade of Lights on December 5th at The Harbour in Camana Bay, which includes live holiday music, a Christmas market, a decorated boat parade, fireworks and a Winter Wonderland complete with Santa. The National Trust also offers a Christmas Lights Bus Tour of decorated local homes and gardens. This runs up until December 23rd.
The Cayman Islands are home to many Christian families and what better time to worship is there than Christmas? Local churches will be hosting services on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and many surrounding days that are open to the community. Churches include St. George's Anglican Church, the First Assembly of God, the Cayman International Assembly, the First Baptist Church, St. Ignatius Catholic Church, Safe Harbour Lutheran Church, Agape Family Worship Centre and more.
The holidays are also a time of charity in the Cayman Islands. An annual favourite, the Jingle Bell Walk/Run will be held at the Holiday Inn Resort on Sunday, December 13th. Raising funds for the Crisis Centre, participants will walk or run the route for pledges and also enjoy prizes, breakfast with Santa and more. The St. Ignatius Christmas Concert and Fundraiser is being held shortly after on Wednesday, December 16th and it will feature lovely holiday songs as well as a range of prizes, including a CI$25,000 grand prize. The 8th Annual Mistletoe White Party benefitting Cayman Hospice Care will take place at Abacus in Camana Bay on Friday, December 18th – for this event, prepare to dance!
What does Christmas in Cayman mean to you? Let us know in the comments or tweet us with the hashtag #YabstaCaymanChristmas!