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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.

Lighting of the Towne

November 24, 6:30-8:30 pm

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, 6-10 pm

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, 4-7 pm

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!

Choir Sundays in the Clocktower Mall, Royal Naval Dockyard

December 2, 9 & 16, 11-3 pm

For three Sundays in December, Bermuda’s music students will perform holiday and choir songs in Dockyard’s festive Clocktower Mall.

Destination Dockyard

December 2, 9, 16 & 23 5-9 pm

Sundays also bring Destination Dockyard, a holiday street fair on the North Lawn with live entertainment, DJs, games, treats and local vendors. A tree-lighting ceremony, Mistletoe Market and Christmas showcase are all part of the winter edition of the West End’s popular, outdoor event.

Bermuda National Trust Christmas Walkabout

December 7, 6-9 pm

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 Carols with the Dolphins

December 9, 5-6 pm

Carollers sing the sounds of the season alongside a choreographed dolphin display at Dolphin Quest’s annual concert in the historic Keep, Royal Naval Dockyard.

Santa’s Workshop

December 16, 1-5 pm

Families will be as busy as elves, taking part in ornament painting, cookie decorating, games and much more. The Bermuda Classic Bike Club Motorcyle Show will also be on display in the Victualling Yard.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at St. Peter’s Church

December 24, 9 pm

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, 11-12 pm

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!