Barbados is a mainly Christian country and Barbadians love the festive season, so don’t worry about missing out on the celebrations when travelling to Barbados for Christmas. Just enjoy them in the sunshine instead! Here’s all you need to know about spending Christmas in Barbados.
Christmas Traditions in Barbados
Barbadian Christmas traditions are similar to those in the USA and Europe. You’ll find the island is at its most beautiful at this time of year, lit up with thousands of sparkling fairy lights. The capital of Bridgetown is always decorated in red and green, with the roundabouts displaying different Christmas themes. Tourists and residents alike flock to the capital to view these beautiful festive illuminations.
In the lead up to the big day, take in Carols by Candlelight in the stunning gardens of the Prime Minister’s residence, Ilaro Court, or attend one of the many Jazz and carol concerts that take place all over the island.
On Christmas morning locals often visit church and then head to Queen’s Park in Bridgetown for carols and seasonal favourites performed by the Royal Barbados Police Force Band.
You Can Swap Snow for Sun, Sea and Surf
There’s not much snow in Barbados in December. In fact, it’s one of our hottest times of year, but you can replace the slopes and après ski with swimming and surfing, followed by cocktails on the beach. December is the best time to catch a rolling wave on our wonderful, unspoilt beaches. If that all sounds a bit too energetic, just laze on the beach and sleep off your Christmas dinner in the sunshine.
Bring the Whole Family
Spending Christmas in Barbados is certainly a family affair, with many parties and events organised between family, friends and neighbours in the lead up to the big day.
Spending Christmas in the Caribbean shouldn’t have to mean leaving behind those you love, so why not bring the whole family and hire out the Lone Star’s exclusive beach house. A luxurious and comfortable home from home, you’ll want for nothing and have your family housed all under one roof. What’s even better is that we will handle the preparation for you, the Beach House has a beautifully decorated Christmas tree for the festive season. Find out more about this fabulous accommodation here: https://www.thelonestar.com/beach-house/
You’ll enjoy a Christmas Feast Like No Other
Barbados is the culinary capital of the Caribbean. So, as you can imagine, our Christmas dinner certainly lives up to the occasion. Traditional Barbadian Christmas lunch features a huge selection of delicious meats. Chicken, roast beef, lamb and of course turkey. We also love our unique Jug-Jug. It’s a dish inspired by the Scottish haggis made with pigeon peas, salt meat and minced pork. And for dessert, you must tuck into a slice of Great Cake. This is not unlike Christmas pudding but doused in rum instead of brandy (of course).
If you decide to stay at the Lone Star this Christmas, then relax and let us do the cooking for you. We have an amazing Christmas lunch on 25th December that sells out every year. A course menu offers the best of Barbadian festive fayre, including local line caught Mahi-Mahi, traditional roast turkey or roast ham, sweet potato pie and Jug Jug, all finished with Christmas pudding and brandy butter or tempting red velvet Yule log.
So, if you’ve been thinking about spending Christmas in Barbados, why not take the plunge this year. Visit Barbados for a festive season to remember. And don’t forget to book your accommodation at the Lone Star hotel quickly as this is one of our most popular times of year.