December is a very special time in Bermuda and the Island is getting festive! A popular holiday, it's a gorgeous time of year complete with stunning decorations, events, Santa visits, church services and more. If you're planning on enjoying Bermuda's Christmas traditions and events with friends and family this year, read on for what's coming up starting today.
Bermuda is known for the Christmas Boat Parade, which is taking place this year on Saturday, December 12th in Hamilton Harbour. The Island's largest single spectactor event, it begins at 6pm and the best places to watch include along Front Street and the Hamilton waterfront. Fireworks and prizes are to follow and arriving early guarantees a great spot. It's a truly beautiful procession of boats adorned with holiday lights that can't be missed.
Christmas in Dockyard is tons of fun in the West End, running from 12 to 4pm on Sunday, December 13th and Sunday, December 20th at the Royal Naval Dockyard. This event has it all, from kids' activities to a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus, caroling, hot drinks for sale, live music, vendors and more. For the younger crowd, Elbow Beach is the place to be on Christmas day. Once a celebration geared towards expats, it has evolved into a fun community event for all.
'Tis the season to be charitable. Throughout December, Bermuda hosts a wide range of events to benefit many different charities. MAAC's annual Jingle Bell 5K Walk/Run is being held on Sunday, December 13th at 845am in support of the Bermuda Red Cross, starting and finishing at Bermuda Air Conditioning (BAC) in Pembroke. Registration costs $30. The following day, the Bermuda Society for the Blind is hosting their December Holiday Social at Beacon House. Running from 530 to 830pm, old and new friends are welcome to enjoy a light meal, music, games and more and bring a donation for the Lions Club of Bermuda Share The Christmas Spirit food hamper programme.
To support Bermuda's companion animals in need, the SPCA is running a supply and food drive on Friday, December 11th and Saturday, December 12th from 11am to 4pm. Drop by with donations of toys, food and other essentials and stop to enjoy a hot beverage and browse the gift shop.
Finding the perfect presents for your friends and loved ones is one of the most exciting things about Christmas. Bermudians love to shop and the holidays are a great motivator. Perhaps the Island's most beloved yearly outlet for gift seekers is Late Night Shopping in Hamilton. Running from 530 to 930pm Fridays through December 18th, stores will be offering great deals amidst holiday lights, decorations, seasonal food and drink and more. Also Fridays until December 18th, Bermuda Rocks Jewellery and Dolly Pop Vintage are hosting Sip 'n' Shop events at their Front Street location from 5 to 7pm. Discount jewellery, free wine, music...need we say more?
For budget buys, St. Anthony's Church is hosting a Car Boot Sale on Saturday, December 12th. Running from 9am to 3pm in Warwick, a wide range of vendors will be selling clothing, shoes, books, household goods, toys and more at a bargain.
You can't go wrong with an Island Christmas party! The Mariners RFC's Ugly Christmas Sweater Party is being held on Saturday, December 12th in Hamilton aboard the MV Longtail. Beginning at 6pm, islanders are encouraged to come on out in their best ugly holiday sweaters for fun that includes a DJ, black lights, drinks and more. Tickets cost $65 and include open bar. InterNations Bermuda is hosting their Expat Christmas Get-Together on Friday, December 17th at Thyme Restaurant in Paget. Drinks will begin at 6pm followed by dinner at 8pm – all are welcome.