There is no snow, sleigh rides or pines waiting to be chopped down and decorated in the Virgin Islands. Yet, there is a wealth of Christmas traditions. Like many locales around the globe, these customs center on food, festivities and faith. Here’s a sampling of some of the most special.
To celebrate this most wonderful time of the year, we prepare a Christmas Eve Dinner and a traditional Christmas Day Feast. As is our customs, there’ll be entertainment, music, dancing and Holiday songs, both traditional and Caribbean.
North Sound, Virgin Gorda, BVI
Join the 11th Annual Holiday Lighted Boat Parade, starting at 5:45pm on December 24 at the head of the Bitter End Yacht Club (BEYC) channel. “Santa and his merry elves on the steel drums will be aboard Ponce de Leon leading the parade,”
says John Glynn, the BEYC’s vice president. Great prizes will be awarded ashore afterwards at the Christmas Eve Celebration for well-lit and creatively-decorated boats. This year they are adding an ‘anchored yacht’ category for large yachts. Sail, power, crewed charter boats, plus private boats all welcome.
St. John Music Festival & Children’s Parade
Celebrating its 4th anniversary, the St. John Children’s Christmas Parade has become a tradition with many of our island’s groups participating. It is truly a parade for all ages.
Starting in front of Mongoose Junction at 6pm, December 6th, Santa leads the torch lit parade through Cruz Bay, around the ferry dock and then up to Winston Wells Ball Field. Live Christmas music fills the air with our own children’s steel pan band and plenty of Reggae sounds. The parade route is filled with Christmas spirit as locals and visitors line both sides of
Upon reaching Winston Wells Ball Field, Santa will be giving every child in attendance a free Christmas gift.
A glorious night of free concerts under the stars in the heart of Cruz Bay at Winston Wells Ball Field