Christmas is 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 in the Cayman Islands. For event details please see the Explore Cayman Event Calendar.
Produced by the Cayman Drama Society, this staple of the Cayman holiday season offers a variety show all about Christmas. It is adored by viewers young and old thanks to its blend of high spirits and delightful production values. Audiences embark on a journey with Grizz, a grumpy housecat, and Frizz, a happy-go-lucky mouse, and along the way are treated to a host of colourful characters, settings, and songs, some returning and some new. It's recommended you buy tickets in advance to avoid disappointment. 2021 date TBC.
Delight in tradition and indulge in the magic of Christmas at the Westin Wonderland. There will be pop up shops, selfies with Santa, Christmas tree lighting, carol singing and an open air screening of the 1994 Christmas classic: "The Santa Clause". Tortuga Beach Grill and Bar will be open throughout the evening for dining and drinks, don't forget to try their festive cocktails! 2021 date TBC.
This is one of Cayman’s biggest and best events! Camana Bay is transformed into a sparkling wonderland with a majestic Christmas tree, inspiring musical performances by The Cayman National Choir, a Christmas craft market and a special visit from Santa Claus. Join in the countdown to the switching on of the lights of Camana Bay’s 40ft Christmas tree! This event does get quite busy and we recommend booking a table at one of the nearby restaurants for a great vantage point. A charming event suitable for the young and old. 2021 date TBC.
Spend the evening at Pedro St James enjoying a celebration of Christmas under the stars. Don't miss the tree lighting, carol singing, Santa visit, delicious food and drink, the Christmas market and raffle prizes. Free entry. 2021 date TBC.
Camana Bay's Parade of Lights is a wonderful Cayman tradition. Thousands watch as beautifully lit up boats of every shape and size sail into the harbour in Camana Bay all competing for the prize of the most magical boat. Wander around the Christmas market, enjoy live music and carols and watch the fantastic firework display that wraps up the night! 2021 date TBC.
Get your Christmas shopping done and support local artisans.
Girlguiding Annual Christmas Arts and Craft 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. Bazaar will be held in Loyola Hall and Courtyard, St. Ignatius Catholic School, Walkers Road. Free Admission. 2021 date TBC.
Compass Media Christmas Craft Market Held in the Compass Centre parking lot (corner of Shedden Road and North Sound Road), the market creates an opportunity for the community to ‘shop local’ while mingling with friends and family in the spirit of the season. Browse the booths and choose the perfect gift for a loved one. There will be refreshments on sale, bargains to snap up, and – of course – a visit from Jolly Old Saint Nick! 11am-3pm, 2021 date TBC.
Experience Cayman LIVE An evening of fun, food, shopping and festive cheer on Cardinall Avenue. Get a head start on Christmas shopping with stalls from over 30 vendors. 2021 date TBC.
Miracle on Market Street A festive shopping event for all in Camana Bay. With hot cocoa and an eggnog bar, crafts and an igloo photobooth, Christmas cookies and a DJ playing Christmas tunes, there will be plenty of Christmas spirit to go around. Enjoy live carolling and get those gifts wrapped for a donation to a charitable cause. 5pm-8pm, 2021 date TBC.
Pink Ladies Annual Christmas Bazaar Join the Pink Ladies for their annual charity fundraiser where you can experience delicious homemade tea, distinctive handmade crafts, a white elephant sale, a silent auction and special performances. Held in Gardenia Court, Camana Bay. 2021 date TBC.
Visual Arts Society Christmas Craft Market In case you haven’t started, enjoy this market to browse handmade art, jewellery, crafts, ornaments and more for the perfect Christmas gift with a local touch. 2021 date TBC.
Christmas Night Market Celebrate the Christmas season at Anchor & Den’s fabulous festive themed event. Enjoy a unique foodie and shopping experience which includes lives music, delicious holiday-themed street food, handcrafted cocktails and cool retail stalls full of seasonal goods. Free entry but food and drinks tickets can be purchased using tickets on the night. 2021 date TBC.
Holiday Farmers & Artisans Farmers Market, Camana Bay Every Wednesday throughout December 2021, Camana Bay’s weekly market will be infused with Christmas cheer.
There is nothing more festive then belting out Christmas carols and in Cayman there are two major events to help get you into the Christmas spirit!
The Elmsie Church hosts an annual Christmas Carol Concert. Sing along with the Cayman National Choir to all your Christmas favourites! 2021 date TBC.
The Singing Christmas Tree is a spectacular event which highlights the story of Jesus’ birth depicted through a 25 foot Christmas tree encased with over 5,000 lights and 60 local and international performers. The 90 minute show is accompanied by a superb orchestra. 2021 date TBC.
Santa Run Stay fit and give back this season by registering for the Santa Run, a jolly jog for a cause. With a two-mile loop starting and ending on the Camana Bay Crescent, the Santa Run is perfect for runners of all ages and abilities, and festive outfits are encouraged. Funds raised will benefit the Cayman Food Bank via the Camana Bay Christmas Give. 2021 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$25. 2021 date TBC.
Santa Landing Join the Kiwanis Club for a family fun day at the Airport Park. Every child can meet Santa (he is landing at 2pm!) and enjoy the gift of a new book. Refreshments and entertainment will be available. Admission in completely free. 2021 date TBC.
Photos with Santa Children in Cayman are lucky enough to have three weekly visits from Santa in Camana Bay. Every Saturday afternoon at 3pm-5pm from Saturday 5th December to Saturday 19th December 2020, little ones can have their photo taken with Santa Claus for free.
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. 2021 date TBC.
Get creative at the Ritz-Carlton’s annual 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. 2021 date TBC.
Join the National Trust for their Christmas Bus Tour! The tour includes visits to modern and traditional homes decked out in Christmas decor for the holiday season, singing of Christmas carols and a true Cayman Christmas experience. Limited spaces. 2021 date TBC.
When the joy of Christmas meets a child’s tea party, magical things can happen. Decorate your own Gingerbread Man and indulge in finger sandwiches and a tower of delectable sweets. Adults will enjoy a glass of champagne, a selection of classic and herbal teas, baked scones, finger sandwiches and tempting pastries. The Ritz-Carlton. 2021 date TBC.
Don your best winter whites and dance the night away at the hottest party of the season at Abacus in Camana Bay. Enjoy live music, Champagnes and cocktails and get into the Christmas party spirit! 2021 date TBC.
Catch a special screening of The Royal Ballet's glorious production of The Nutcracker at the Caman Bay Cinema. Tchaikovsky's glittering score, the gorgeous festive stage designs, and The Royal Ballet's captivating dancing including an exquisite pas de deux between the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Prince, make this Nutcracker the quintessential Christmas experience. 2021 date TBC.
Moonlight & Movies Grab a take-out meal from one of the Camana Bay restaurants and get cosy under the stars with your loved ones for a joyful family flick shown on a giant blow-up screen. Enjoy spot prizes and festive munchies on each of these magical evenings. 2021 date TBC.
CaymanKindl Markets & Movies Join The Westin each week to indulge in the magic of Christmas with your nearest and dearest. Enjoy a Christmas market, festive cocktails and an open air Christmas movie from 6.30pm. The restaurant will also be open. 2021 date TBC.
Christmas Village 'Twas the night before Christmas...and everyone gathered beside the ocean to enjoy a magical Christmas village, where they nibbled on holiday treats, discovered local artists, sampled their way around scrumptious food stations, delighted in the entertainers, sang along with the carolers, soaked in the live music and left, completely and utterly excited for Christmas Day. Kimpton Seafire Beach Deck. 2021 date TBC.
Holly Jolly Family Sunset Soirée Join the Ritz-Carlton for a festive evening complete with a special visit from one of Santa’s trusty representatives! Enjoy a beautiful sunset dinner with live music while kids enjoy experiences under the stars featuring s’mores and a fire pit, stargazing and more. 2021 date TBC.
Big Fat Greek Christmas Join Ave at the Kimpton Seafire as they embrace the chaos with a big, fat, festive Greek evening. Enjoy with plate smashing, live music and classic Christmas trimmings, including a visit from 'Santa-rini'. 2021 date TBC.
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 the event calendar as Christmas brunches are added.
Being a predominantly Christian country, you’ll find no shortage of church services around Christmas. Check out this list of local churches in Cayman.
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.
HAPPY CHRISTMAS FROM THE TEAM AT EXPLORE CAYMAN!