by Brigitta Wohlmuth
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, we’re happy you are near,
Bermuda is full of holiday cheer, ten ways to join in here:
1. Carol of the DolphinsCaroling is a great way to get in the Christmas spirit – add dancing dolphins and you’ve got yourself a party! Be sure to join in the merriment at the Royal Naval Dockyard on the 13th, for this annual event which is just perfect for the whole family. You are guaranteed to smile as you watch these amazing animals do flips and tricks along to the music. At the end of the night on your way home you will likely be singing: “Hark how the dolphins, sweet silver dolphins, all seem to say, throw cares away.”
2. Deck the MallsTo ensure that everyone has ample time to get all their holiday shopping done, many stores that normally close between 5pm and 6pm, will stay open until 9pm. So don ye now your gay apparel and get ready to shop till you drop! Late night shopping in December gives us all the more reason to be jolly this season
3. Twelve Meals of Christmas Christmas around the world is synonymous with good eating, and in Bermuda we take this meaning to heart. So, while you are visiting why not give your true love 12 meals for Christmas? Head down to the Hamilton Princess Hotel on the 25th for a Christmas buffet with all of the trimmings. Here you can taste the traditional dishes of the season, like our famous sweet and savory cassava pie. You can even order your meal to go and, maybe eat it in a palm tree? But you might need to find a ladder first.
4. Oh Holy LightsThe stars are brightly shining, and so are the christmas lights that adorn the island from east to west. Decorating our homes and gardens is another popular tradition that we have adopted here in Bermuda. It’s a pretty divine sight to see at night time, so keep your eyes open! Some people really go all out and there is actually an award given each year to the most festive house.
5. Saw Three BoatsThe Christmas boat parade is one of the biggest spectator events of the year. Head down to Front Street on December the 12th, to watch the boats decorated with Christmas lights circumnavigate the harbor. This event happens only every other year, so you picked the right time to come! With the America’s Cup teams living on the island, this year should be even more spectacular than usual. They have been invited to participate and trust me, you won’t miss these boats when they come sailing in!
6. Pink Christmas Welcome to a winter wonderland where you don’t need gloves, a jacket or even shoes to play outside. Who needs snow anyway? Fluffy pink sand works just as well for building men and making angels. Just head to the beach and you’ll have your friends and relatives back home dreaming of a pink Christmas with every selfie that you snap.
7. O Little Town of St. George’sThis UNESCO world heritage site, located in the East End, is a little hub of holiday magic. Every year they host the hugely popular Christmas Walkabout. The event will transport you back to “yester-year”, and as you wander through the old streets of St. George’s, don’t be surprised if you start feeling a bit nostalgic. The walkabout will be held on the 4th, and you can expect carolers, historical reenactments, candlelit homes, live music and much, much more!
8. All I want for Christmas is two front row seatsThe biggest theatrical Christmas production is no doubt the Pantomime. It’s one of those annual events that really kicks off the arts and culture season in Bermuda. Based upon a fairy tale, this traditional British musical promises a lot of laughs for the whole family. This year they’re doing Treasure Island, visit www.pix.bm for tickets but hurry, they sell out quickly!
9. We wish you a beachy ChristmasIn recent years, spending Christmas day on Elbow beach has become a popular tradition for many whose family lives overseas. Hundreds of visitors and ex-pats gather on the sand in celebration with food, champagne, music and good tidings. There is no better way to spend Christmas in Bermuda than in good company with sunshine and waves. Just remember to BYOB and your Santa hat!
10. T’was the Day After ChristmasAnd all through the island, the extra day off kept everyone smiling. In Bermuda the festivities continue until the 26th, a public holiday known as Boxing Day. Traditionally it is a day for reaching out to others, many people volunteer at charities or go to visit extended family and friends. We recommend you go and watch the Gombey’s perform, another distinct Bermudian tradition. And at the end of the night when the kids are nestled all snug in their beds they’ll be visions of Gombey’s dancing in their heads.