Christmas in the Cayman Islands 2024

Celebrate a magical Christmas and New Year's Eve in the Cayman Islands with plenty of festive holiday events to keep the whole family entertained.

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Last updated 03 January, 2024

Christmas and New Year's Eve are a magical time of year in the Cayman Islands. We may not get snow but you’ll find plenty of traditional and festive activities to keep the whole family entertained throughout the holidays and to top it all off, you can enjoy plenty of Christmas cheer without having to suffer the cold weather!

Read on for a list of the main traditional Christmas events, plus a round up of the best New Year's Eve happenings in the Cayman Islands. Also check out Cayman Parent's article on celebrating Christmas Events for Families in the Cayman Islands and get the low down on all the family friendly festive events happening in November and December.

We constantly update this page, so check back regularly for the latest confirmed events. For event details please see the Explore Cayman Event Calendar.

Christmas Tree Lightings & Celebrations

Camana Bay Tree Lighting Join Camana Bay for their 16th holiday season and kick off event their annual Tree Lighting! Enjoy a magical night under the stars as they bring you a special holiday market featuring local artisans, live performances and DJ, plus the lighting of their famous Christmas tree. Book an outdoor table at your favourite Camana Bay restaurant to take in all the spectacular lights. The tree will be illuminated at 7pm. 2024 date TBC.

Rotary Annual Tree Lighting The Rotary Club invites you to join them in celebrating their annual Tree Lighting ceremony in George Town. Enjoy carols by local school children. 2024 date TBC.

Traditional Caboose Christmas Breakfast Enjoy a traditional Caymanian breakfast cooked on the caboose at the Mission House. Bring your friends, family and dominoes, and enjoy live music from Swanky Kitchen Band. 2024 date TBC.

Christmas at the Castle Spend the evening at Pedro St. James enjoying a celebration of Christmas under the stars! Festive entertainment includes the tree lighting, carol singing, a visit from Santa, a Christmas market and more. There will also be plenty of delicious refreshments to enjoy. 2024 date TBC.

Mistletoe All White Christmas Party Put on your best winter whites and dance the night away at the hottest party of the season! Mistletoe All White Party at Abacus is celebrating its 15th year! Enjoy live music, champagnes, fine vodkas, aged rums, handcrafted gins, whiskey and tequila and get into the Christmas party spirit! 2024 date TBC.

Light Up a Life, Jasmine

Join Jasmine for 'Light Up a Life' and remember a loved one this holiday season. For a CI$10 contribution, your loved one's name will be etched onto an ornamental star which you can place on the Jasmine Christmas tree during this celebration of life. Music performed by the Cayman National Choir and the Cayman National Orchestra. Forum Lane Waterfront Terrace, Camana Bay. 2024 date TBC.

A Playhouse Family Christmas

Join Grizz and Frizz and the rest of the gang once again at the Prospect Playhouse to see what they have in store for you this Christmas! Book your tickets early to avoid disappointment! Keep an eye on the Cayman Drama Society's Facebook page to find out when tickets will go on sale! 2024 date TBC.

Christmas Fairs, Markets & Bazaars

Get your Christmas shopping done and support local artisans.

There’s No Place Like ‘Gnome’ Join 3 Girls & a Kiln for a Christmas shopping launch events. Sip, shop and relax at the 3 Girls & a Kiln shop. 2024 date TBC.

Jingle & Shop Embrace the spirit of giving at The Mercantile at the Marriott Beach Resort. Enjoy some bubbles and relax as you shop for gifts such as candles, soft toys, jewellery, bath products and more. 2024 date TBC.

Girlguiding Annual Christmas Arts & Crafts Bazaar Shop local for all of your Holiday needs! Browse arts, crafts, handmade jewellery, henna tattoos and so much more. All proceeds go to Girlguiding Cayman Islands. The bazaar will be held in Loyola Hall and Courtyard, St. Ignatius Catholic School, Walkers Road. Free admission. 2024 date TBC.

Pink Ladies Christmas Bazaar Join the Pink Ladies for their annual charity fundraiser. This is a fantastic event for the whole family to enjoy with photos with Santa, afternoon tea, activities for children, handmade crafts and plant sale, live performances from the National Choir and much more. ARK, Camana Bay. 2024 date TBC.

Holiday Farmers & Artisans Farmers Market, Camana Bay Every Wednesday throughout December 2024, Camana Bay's weekly market will be infused with Christmas cheer.

Visual Arts Society Christmas Craft Market In case you haven't started your Christmas shopping, head to the VAS' Christmas market and browse handmade art, jewellery, crafts, ornaments fine art photography, painted canvases, textiles and more. The Paseo, Camana Bay. 2024 date TBC.

Small Business Holiday Market Come out with the whole family and enjoy the Small Business Holiday Market on Cardinall Avenue and Albert Panton Street. Don't miss live music, good food and products made by local artisans. 2024 date TBC.

NGCI Artisans Fair & Holiday Party Mix and mingle whilst browsing gifts at the National Gallery's local artisan market. There will be seasonal treats, live music and after hours exhibition viewing to get you in the festive spirit! 2024 date TBC.

Splash Christmas Shopping Night Don't miss a special evening of shopping at the Cayman Turtle Centre and take advantage of great savings just in time for Christmas. Enjoy happy hour in the courtyard and delicious food & drink specials while you shop. 2024 date TBC.

Santa Sightings

Free Family Photos With Santa Claus Santa will be in Camana Bay this Christmas, visiting not just once, but twice! Have your photo taken with him for free! 2024 date TBC.

Breakfast with Santa What better way to start your day this holiday season than with a delicious breakfast at the Turtle Centre with Christmas music, games, treats, and a special encounter with Santa Claus himself! Children will receive a gift for kids to take home and put under the tree. 2024 date TBC.

Scoobyluminations Come down to Rackams and see Santa who will be arriving around 6.30pm. Have a photo with Santa, enjoy some puppy cuddles and buy some last-minute gifts at the market stall. 2024 date TBC.

Christmas Carols & Concerts

There is nothing more festive then belting out Christmas carols and in Cayman there are several events to help get you into the Christmas spirit!

Singing Christmas Tree The Cayman Singing Christmas Tree highlights the story of Jesus birth depicted through a 25 foot Christmas tree, 5,000 lights, cast, choir and orchestra. This year's production is shaping up to be even bigger and better with many well-known performers and local artistes. Held at the First Assembly of God. 2024 date TBC.

Christmas Caroling at Camana Bay Take in the sweet sounds of carollers from the Church of God Chapel as they serenade the Town Centre and get you in the holiday spirit. 2024 date TBC.

Carols in Dart Park Join the Cayman Food Bank for Carols in Dart Park. Enjoy a singalong to traditional carols and Christmas music at this free and festive community event. Carols will be led by Miss Izzy and the band, Carpe Diem. 2024 date TBC.

Traditional Carol Concert The Elmsie Church hosts an annual Christmas Carol Concert. Sing along with the Cayman National Choir and the Cayman National Orchestra to all your Christmas favourites! 2024 date TBC.

Sparkle & Shine Christmas Show Kick off the festive season with Musicians Ltd "Sparkle & Shine" Christmas Show 2024. Featuring songs from The Polar Express, The Snowman and Nativity the Musical, expect plenty of playful fun for your little ones in a family show that is packed with interactive moments to enjoy together. 2024 date TBC.

Christmas Sing-Along Spectacular Cayman Music School and Guests present a Sing-Along Spectacular. Enjoy all of your favourite Christmas and Disney songs performed by your favourite characters and you! 2024 date TBC.

Carols by the Sea Join Sunrise Community Church for their annual Carols by the Sea at the Kimpton Beach Deck. 2024 date TBC.

Christmas Fun Runs

Santa Run Dash around Camana Bay for their annual 3k Santa Fun Run in support of the Cayman Food Bank. 2024 date TBC.

Jingle Bell Run Burn off those Christmas calories, along with hundreds of other runners, at this annual 5k and 10k Jingle Bell Run. A delicious breakfast is served after the run and spot prizes awarded. Proceeds are donated to the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre. CI$30 in advance. 2024 date TBC.

Gingerbread House Workshops

The Ritz-Carlton Gingerbread House Workshop Bring your creativity and use powdered sugar, peppermints, and candy canes to craft the perfect gingerbread house, working together as a family to create a masterpiece that you can bring home with you. You are provided one pre-assembled gingerbread house per family, frosting and candies to decorate it while children enjoy seasonally inspired sweet treats and hot cocoa. Call the Ritz-Carlton on (345) 943 9000 for information on how to book. 2024 date TBC.

Christmas Tea Parties for Kids

Gingerbread Man Tea When the joy of Christmas meets a child's tea party, magical things can happen. Indulge in finger sandwiches and a tower of delectable sweets. Adults will enjoy a selection of classic and herbal teas, baked scones, finger sandwiches and tempting pastries. Call the Ritz-Carlton on (345) 943 9000 for information on how to book. 2024 date TBC.

Charlie's Chocolate Mad Tea Anchor & Den offers a double-themed afternoon that combines the magic of sweets, treats, and creativity for children, inspired by Willy Wonkas Chocolate, and a traditional Hatter-inspired Mad Tea party for parents. Children will be invited into a world of pure imagination when they take a seat at the edible creation stations to try cookie decorating, cake pop making, and fairy bread designing. While the little ones are entertained, adults can enjoy an inspired afternoon indulging in the classic ritual of afternoon tea. 2024 date TBC.

Christmas Mad Tea Party In the spirit of the holidays, Anchor & Den is having a Mad Tea Party with a Christmas twist! Enjoy all the whimsical details of a regular Mad Tea Party but this time with indulgent, Christmas-inspired desserts and treats. 2024 date TBC.

Christmas Movies

Moonlight & Movies Grab a take-out meal from one of the Camana Bay restaurants and enjoy a joyful family flick shown on a giant blow-up screen. This Christmas catch a screening of Arthur Christmas. 2024 date TBC.

Christmas Lights

Decorating private homes with thousands of twinkling lights and creating beautiful Christmas scenes is a source of immense pride in Cayman! Take an evening drive around the Island (it gets dark around 6pm) and you will see stunning nativity scenes, plus Santa, snowmen, reindeers and a whole lot more! Top homes to check out include the Crighton family home, 389 South Sound Road, across from Sunset House and the Bodden sisters’ home at 705 South Sound Road, across from Smith Cove. Some homes will even leave their gates open so you can wander around and marvel at the magical, seasonal displays. December 2024.

Christmas Eve

Luxury Christmas Eve Upstairs Enjoy a 6-course Tasting Menu, at Upstairs at Kaibo. Six perfectly curated dishes will be served on the sea-view veranda with a Christmas theme. Wine and rum pairing are optional. After dinner, sink into an oversized couch by the Christmas tree, and sample tasters from the Rare Rum Bar. 2024 date TBC.

Christmas Day Lunch

If you love over-indulging on Christmas Day then you will not be disappointed in Cayman! From sumptuous brunches, traditional turkey lunches, sushi and Australian fare, you will be spoiled for choice on Christmas Day. Most restaurants offer bottomless champagne or sparkling wine too! But book early as restaurants do fill up quickly! Keep an eye on Cayman Good Taste for more Christmas events.

Christmas Church Services

Being a predominantly Christian country, you’ll find no shortage of church services around Christmas. Check out this list of local churches in Cayman.

New Year’s Eve

One of the biggest nights of the year in Cayman! Those looking to ring in the new year will find a huge range of party options from beach parties and black tie events to live music and gourmet dinners. Alternatively get a bunch of friends together and decamp to Seven Mile Beach to watch the magnificent fireworks displays at midnight! Keep an eye on the calendar as more New Year's Eve events are added.



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