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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.

Santa Claus Parade

November 26, 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.

Lighting of the Towne

November 24, 6:30-8:30pm

Visit the the Town of St. George for dazzling light displays that will be switched on for the first time which is the official kick off  to the holiday season in Bermuda. There will also be shopping specials area stores, along with live music, local food and much more.

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.

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.

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 and the night will culminate with a brilliant fireworks display at 8pm from White’s Island. A few of the best vantage points are along Paget Parish's harbour road, Hamilton's Front Street and Pitts Bay Road.  

Carter House Family Christmas

December 10, 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!

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 Even 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 apple drop. Bermuda has the onion drop!