Bermuda’s 2018 Holiday Celebration Guide

Bermuda’s 2018 Holiday Celebration Guide

Located less than two hours from most major East Coast cities, Bermuda is the perfect antidote to the holiday hustle and bustle. Throughout the season, visitors will be able to enjoy classic holiday experiences – all with a Bermuda twist.
LIGHTING OF THE TOWNE
November 24, 6:30-8:30pm
Visit the Town of St. George for dazzling light displays that will be switched on for the official kick off to the holiday season in Bermuda. There will also be shopping specials at area stores, along with live music, local food and much more.

SANTA CLAUS PARADE
November 25, 5 pm
Thousands turn out in the City of Hamilton to welcome Jolly Old St. Nick. Watch as Christmas-themed floats, majorettes, dancing Gombey troupes and more travel down the streets of Hamilton before the big man in the red suit makes his long-awaited appearance.

SANTA COMES TO TOWNE!
December 2, 6-10pm
Santa Claus himself escapes the chilly North Pole for Bermuda’s warmer temperatures during this fun and festive family friendly event. Kids will love local dance group performances, bouncy castles, and of course, getting a meet-and-greet with St. Nick. Bring your Christmas lists to King’s Square, St. George’s.

CARTER HOUSE FAMILY CHRISTMAS
December 2, 4-7pm
The Carter House on St. David’s Island is one of Bermuda’s oldest houses, first constructed back in the 1640s. For the house’s holiday celebration, it will be decked out in fascinating period décor, both inside and out. Father Christmas will be stopping by as well!

BERMUDA NATIONAL TRUST CHRISTMAS WALKABOUT
December 7, 6-9pm
During the Town of St. George’s signature holiday event, several homes in the UNESCO World Heritage Site open their doors to the public, complete with lavish seasonal décor and lights. Historical re-enactors roam the candlelit streets and the sound of classic carols can be heard on every corner.

CHRISTMAS BOAT PARADE
December 8
The holidays get a whole lot brighter when dozens of boats decorated with brilliant lights cruise into Hamilton Harbour during the biennial Christmas Boat Parade. Boats will begin their parade at 6:30pm. A few of the best vantage points are along Paget Parish’s harbour road, Hamilton’s Front Street and Pitts Bay Road.

CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICE AT ST. PETER’S CHURCH
December 24, 9pm
Experience the hushed majesty of Christmas Eve by candlelight at one of Bermuda’s most evocative houses of worship. The oldest Anglican church in the western hemisphere, St. Peter’s was originally built all the way back in 1612 (and still has its communion silver from that period). More than 400 years later, Christmas Eve is celebrated with a traditional service of lessons and carols, bathed in the light of 70 flickering candles.

CHRISTMAS MORNING SERVICE AT RICHARD ALLEN AME CHURCH
December 25, 11am-12pm
Celebrate Christmas morning with the Richard Allen AME Church family during a joyous service.

CHRISTMAS ON ELBOW BEACH
December 25, sunrise
Dreaming of a pink-sand Christmas? Hundreds of locals, ex-pats and visitors gather at Elbow Beach in Paget’s Parish every year on Christmas day to take in the sunrise, drink champagne and take a plunge in the Atlantic — it may be December, but the water’s just fine.

NEW YEAR’S EVE ON THE SQUARE
December 31, 8 pm-1am
Ring in the New Year in St. George’s! King’s Square will be filled with local food, live entertainment and of course, the famous onion drop. That’s right, New York City has the ball drop. Bermuda has the onion drop!

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