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The Holidays In Bermuda: From Lighted Boats to Boxing Day Gombeys

Gorgeous weather, pink-sand beaches, outdoor adventure and a welcoming island vibe. There are plenty of reasons to spend the holidays in Bermuda, when most places are experiencing their first taste of wintry weather. But that’s not all. Out Here, the holidays are as merry as they come.

A Dickensian Holiday Tradition

The Town of St. George, a UNESCO World Heritage Site lined with historic buildings, gets into the holiday spirit during the annual St. George Christmas Walkabout, organized by the Bermuda National Trust. It's a fitting start to the Holidays in Bermuda. Several homes are lavishly decorated for the season and open to the public, historical re-enactors roam the candlelit streets, and the sound of classic carols fills the air. 

Hamilton’s Sparkling Boat Parade

The holidays get a lot brighter when dozens of boats and yachts decorated with brilliant Christmas lights cruise around Hamilton Harbour during the biennial Bermuda Christmas Boat Parade. You know you're celebrating the holidays in Bermuda when the temperature is mild enough to allow for standing along the water to cheer them as they pass.

Christmas Day on the Beach

Never mind a white Christmas. Have a pink Christmas this year. Every December 25, hundreds of ex-pats and visitors gather on the pink-sand shores of Elbow Beach for a festive Bermuda holiday celebration complete with champagne, food, music and good vibes. If you’re feeling more naughty than nice, send a selfie back to your friends freezing at home!

The Boxing Day Beat

The holidays in Bermuda don't end on December 25. The day after Christmas is the British holiday Boxing Day – and in Bermuda it’s when traditional Gombey troupes hit the streets, transforming Bermuda into an island-wide dance party. Follow along as the Gombeys in their colourful costumes dance down the streets to the infectious sound of goatskin drums, beer bottle fifes and tin whistles.