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Christmas Events in Bermuda

As if mild weather, special deals and tasty holiday food and drink aren't enough to lure you to Bermuda, the holiday festivities out here bring about island-style warmth and cheer. From a stroll through a decked-out colonial-era town to a Boxing Day spent dancing to the Gombey beat, here are Bermuda's top holiday season events in 2019.

Christmas Walkabout, Town of St. George

Christmas Walkabout in the Town of St. George

Bermudians love their holiday celebrations. With this round-up of all the island's holiday festivities, you, too, can get in on the merriment.

St. George's Christmas Boat Parade

November 30
Town of St. George

The holidays get merry and a lot brighter when dozens of boats decorated with brilliant lights cruise around St. George's Harbour.

Christmas Parade

December 1, 5 pm
City of Hamilton (Central)

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.

Royal Naval Dockyard's Official Tree-Lighting Ceremony

December 8, 6-9 pm

Kick off the holiday season in Dockyard with the 2nd Annual Tree-Lighting Ceremony and enjoy erformances by local musicians and dancers, in addition to great food, games and so much more.

Sundays at the Frog

December 1, 8, 15 & 22, 5-9 pm
Dockyard (West End)

This weekly holiday street fair on the North Lawn features 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 Destination Dockyard, the West End’s popular, outdoor event.

Bermuda National Trust Christmas Walkabout

December 6, 6-9 pm
St. George's (East End)

During the Town of St. George’s signature holiday event, several homes in the UNESCO World Heritage Site invite the public into their homes, which are 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’s Workshop

December 8, 1-5 pm
Dockyard (West End)

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.

Carols with the Dolphins

December 8, 5-6 pm
Dockyard (West End)

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.

St. Peter's Church, Their Majesties Chappell, St. George Bermuda

St. Peter's Church

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at St. Peter’s Church

December 24, 9 pm
St. George's (East End)

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 Day on Elbow Beach

Christmas on Elbow Beach

December 25, sunrise
Paget's Parish (Central)

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-1 am
St. George's (East End)

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!