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 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.
Camana Bay Tree Lighting
Join Camana Bay for their 15th 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 and light up 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. Saturday 19th November 2022.
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. Monday 28th November 2022.
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. Sunday 11th December 2022.
Cayman Christmas: A Celebration of Culture & Music.
Immerse yourself in all things festive at West Bay’s Heritage Park. Guests will enjoy a mini Christmas market so you can pick up Christmas gifts, stocking fillers and delicious treats. For the kids there will be a bouncy castle, snow cones and more. To round out the day, Christmas choirs will compete to win big cash prizes! Wednesday 14th December 2022.
Anchor & Den’s Mingle All the Way
Come and mingle all the way at Anchor & Den’s Holiday Party. Greeted with a welcome cocktail they will invite you into our great room to relax, indulge, laugh, reconnect, and mingle. Enjoy a variety of culinary offerings at the food stations situated around the Den and step right up to the bar stocked with all the classics as well as some holiday-inspired cocktails from in-house mixologists. Friday 16th December 2022.
Mistletoe All White Christmas Party
Put on your best winter whites and dance the night away at the hottest party of the season at Abacus! Enjoy live music, champagne, fine vodkas, aged rums, handcrafted gins, whiskey and tequila and get into the Christmas party spirit! Friday 23rd December.
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! Sold out for 2022!
Their first Pink Christmas Party was a big hit last year, so Grand Old House are making it annual! Enjoy a three-course Christmas dinner, welcome pink bubbly cocktail and two additional drinks, musical entertainment and dancing! The money raised will go to the charity. Saturday 26th November 2022.
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. Tuesday 29th November 2022.
Get your Christmas shopping done and support local artisans.
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. Saturday 26th November 2022.
Holiday Farmers & Artisans Farmers Market, Camana Bay
Every Wednesday throughout December 2022, Camana Bay’s weekly market will be infused with Christmas cheer.
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. Saturday 19th November 2022.
Art Nest's Outdoor Holiday Makers Market
Join Art Nest for their biggest event of the year in the open air of Elizabethan's Square Courtyard. Artisans, Crafters, Makers, Potters, Poets, Musicians and every kind of creative will be there. Buy one of a kind holiday gifts while supporting local artists and small businesses. Enjoy food and drink that will be on sale from select vendors. Poetry and live painting performances will be happening throughout the evening as well as giveaways, prizes and surprises! Saturday 26th November 2022.
Join Bevvy and the Lazy Lizard for a holiday market. Shop for locally made crafts and foods! Saturday 3rd December.
Visual Arts Society Christmas Craft Market In case you haven’t started your Christmas shopping, head to the VAS’s Christmas market and browse handmade art, jewellery, crafts, ornaments fine art photography, painted canvases, textiles and more. The paseo, Camana Bay. Saturday 10th December 2022.
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. Saturday 10th December 2022.
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. Tuesday 13th December.
Brasserie Christmas Market Stock up on treats and treasures to make the jolliest time of year brighter than ever. From gifts of honeycomb, baked goods and fine wines to stocking stuffers, local plants and savoury bites – the Brasserie’s Christmas Market is sure to add Christmas spirit to your table! Friday 16th December 2022.
Sip & Shop Get merry and bright with Artisan’s featured at 3 Girls and a Kiln! From 4-8pm, shop local and check out their selection of amazing gifts for Christmas! Artisans will include Marcia from Mixcolourgy, Kara from Kara Julian Art, Dinah from DCG Designs, Plamka from silky art, Janice from Island Creations and Sarah McDougall! Friday 23rd December 2022.
Free Family Photos With Santa Claus Santa will be in Camana Bay this Christmas, visiting not one, not two, but three times! Have your photo taken with him for free! 26th November 2022: Heliconia Court, 3rd December 2022: The Island and 10th December 2022: Heliconia Court.
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. Entertainment includes a bouncy castle, face painting, bungee trampolines and music by Miss Izzy. Free refreshments will also be available. Saturday 3rd December.
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. 4th, 11th, 17th & 24th December 2022.
Scoobyluminations Come and see Santa arrive at Rackams escorted by his underwater reindeer. Have your photo taken with Santa and meet some adoptable pups. Thursday 15th December 2022.
North Pole Happy Hour Join Santa at Tillies as he takes a little time to unwind from the peak season madness. Enjoy holiday inspired cocktails and special festive treats. 16th & 23rd December 2022.
Santa at Bayshore Mall Visit Santa in his grotto at Bayshore Mall in George Town and light up your child's Christmas. There will be sweet treats, festive music, teddy bears for every child and jolly entertainment every day! Visit on Christmas Eve and you'll find face painters, balloon twisters and magicians! Monday 19th December-Friday 23rd December 2022.
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!
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. 3rd & 10th December 2022.
Festival of Christmas Praise Celebrate the Christmas Season with the First Assembly of God. Enjoy performances by Grammy award singer Reba Rambo, saxophonist Henry Gonzales, singer and song writer Jeff Ferguson, as well as a host of local singers. Sunday 4th December 2022.
Caroling at the Mission House Join the National Trust for Christmas carols and a complimentary tour of the Mission House. Light refreshments of cassava cake and swanky will be served. Saturday 10th December 2022.
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! 13th & 15th December 2022.
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! Sold out for 2022!
Carols by the Sea Join Sunrise Community Church for their annual Carols by the Sea at the Beach Deck at the Kimpton. Tuesday 20th December 2022.
Strictly Strings Christmas Join the Cayman Arts Festival for a heart-warming festive Christmas concert for all the family. Wednesday 21st December 2022.
Christmas Concert Join the Cayman Arts Festival for a family-oriented recital at the George Town Library featuring a blend of Christmas songs, both secular and sacred. Enjoy an evening full of great music! Thursday 22nd December 2022.
Santa Run Dash around Camana Bay for their annual 3k Santa Fun Run in support of Cayman Food Bank. Saturday 10th December 2022.
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. Sunday 11th December 2022.
The Ritz-Carlton’s 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. 10th, 11th, 16th, 17th & 18th December 2022.
Mistletoe’s Family Footprints
Enjoy some Festive Family Fun at Coral Beach. Entertainment includes beach games, a bouncy slide, snow cones and pictures with Mr. Grinch. There is also access to free sun loungers, showers, bathrooms, parking and more. Sunday 11th December 2022.
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. 10th, 11th and 17th-23rd December 2022.
High Tea with Santa Santa invites you to a very special High Tea for the whole family. Enjoy a selection of pastries, sandwiches, tea and much more. Saturday 17th December 2022.
Christmas Princess PJ Party
Join Cinderella’s Enchanted Parties for their very first Christmas Princess PJ Party at Lil Monkeys. Paradise Slumbers will be setting up 12 beautiful Frozen and Christmas themed tents and Elsa and Anna will be providing a full hour of fun! Activities will include: Christmas crafts, nail painting, makeovers, stories, sing-a-longs and more. There will also be hot chocolate and marshmallows to enjoy. Sunday 18th December 2022.
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 Wonka’s 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. 19th, 21st & 23rd December 2022.
Tillies Film Club Beach Special Featuring two classic holiday movies, Film Club will be held on Coconut Beach for a great night of fun on the sand for adults and kids alike. 12th & 19th December 2022.
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 Dr. Seuss' The Grinch. Tuesday 20th December 2022.
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 2022.
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 run pairing are optional. After dinner, sink into an oversized couch by the Christmas tree, and sample tasters from the Rare Rum Bar. Saturday 24th December 2022.
Caribbean Christmas Give your loved ones the gift of a Caribbean Christmas at the Beach Deck. Enjoy a selection of live food stations showcasing the vibrant cuisine of the Caribbean and festive favourites. Be enchanted by live music, a fire dancer, Christmas market showcasing local vendors and a host of family friendly entertainment. Saturday 24th December 2022.
Christmas Eve Feast Join Tillies on Christmas Eve for a feast and a magical night with piano sensation Karim Kamar. Saturday 24th December 2022.
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 as more 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!