Christmas in the Caribbean

by Travelbag on 17 November 2016, 12:11PM

Celebrating Christmas in the sun is becoming more and more common in the UK, thanks to the fact that we have a lot of miserable weather in December.

 Many people are choosing to switch the festivities up and celebrate them somewhere that has the complete opposite December weather to the UK. The Caribbean is a great choice for this. The region always conjures up images of beach paradises and is well known as a place that puts on a fun and welcoming party. Here are a few of our favourite Caribbean countries to spend the festive period in:


Puerto Rico

Caribbean holidays

Puerto Rico, or ‘Rich Port’ in Spanish is an archipelago in the Caribbean sea that is the largest insular territory of the United States. The region experiences temperatures between 19 and 23°C in December, perfect for celebrating Christmas on the beach!

Christmas time in Puerto Rico is all about the lights, the food and the shopping. The lights have been developed over decades to effectively illuminate the 500 year old Colonial architecture of the capital San Juan.

Shoppers can spend their time looking at the local markets and picking up traditional hand carved figures known as ‘Santos.’ Santos are made to resemble The Three Wise Kings, or Los Reyes Magos as they known in Spanish.

Puerto Ricans do not usually partake in the European tradition of roast turkey for Christmas Dinner. Instead they eat the traditional Lechón Asado, which is a roast suckling pig. The large pig is cooked with many local flavours and ones that have been left behind from the region’s colonial past.




Antigua is the perfect place for those who like to party during the Christmas period. The traditional Antiguan Christmas is full of local drinks and festivities and the average temperature of 25°C allows you to revel into the night without catching a chill!

Christmas in Antigua revolves around the traditional festival that takes place during December. The festival features carolers, fire jugglers and various masquerades. A lot of drinking takes place over the month, usually traditional Caribbean beverages such as Falernum, a type of alcoholic, almond and ginger syrup used in cocktails, and Rich Ruby, a type of cocktail made from sorrel and ginger beer that can be served as an alcoholic or non alcoholic beverage.

The Christmas meal in Antigua is also much more cultural to the island than a roast turkey. The meal includes a pork stew that has been left to season overnight and slow cooked with cloves, cucumber and others for flavor over a fire. Pigeon pie is a very common side dish to go along with the stew.



Grenada is a collection of islands in the southeastern Caribbean Sea. The island enjoys a unique version of the usual tropical island Christmas celebrations, involving beaches, rum and sing alongs, all topped off with 27°C weather!

Grenada is one of the happiest and most sociable places on Earth and Christmas time is no different. The locals love to celebrate together on the beach, drinking rum and singing parang, which are local songs that mix history, politics and gossip into a song with a danceable beat. It is not unusual to see people dancing and laughing together throughout the night.

Traditional Grenadian food at this time of year includes black cake, a traditional fruit cake that is soaked in rum instead of brandy. Instead of turkey, Grenadians prefer to eat boiled, salted ham that is prepared overnight. Grenada even has punch-a-cream, which is their own take on eggnog!




Tobago may even be more sociable than Grenada during Christmas time. People call from door to door to wish everyone else a happy Christmas, where they will usually receive food and drink. This friendliness is extended to tourists, who will be greeted as though they were members of the community during the festivities.

Tobago has a tradition during the early hours of Christmas that goes against the usual fun loving atmosphere. They take advantage of the 27°C weather to paint and repair their houses, in preparation to spend the day with their families. This makes Tobago a great place to spend Christmas on the beach as they are usually very quiet.

Christmas dinner is a huge affair in Tobago. The meal is prepared from mid way through the month and is enjoyed a large feast. The feat includes apples, grapes, sorrel, turkey, ham, homemade bread and local wine. Desert is usually a traditional fruit cake that is soaked in cherry wine, rum and sherry for months before Christmas day!


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