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The Holidays In Bermuda: Get Festive, from East to West

Throughout the holidays, festivities abound out here. Here's how to get the best of Bermuda's joyous holiday season no matter what part of the island you're on.

Note: The above video gives you a taste of what the holidays are all about in Bermuda, though events featured are subject to cancellation. Get the latest Bermuda-bound traveller info.

Christmas on the beach, pop-up performances by Gombey dancers and uniquely Bermudian dishes: the holidays in Bermuda are a blend of European traditions and island culture, all under a warm sun. And let’s face it: we could all use an extended holiday escape to a safe and welcoming place. Here's how locals from each of the island's three main regions enjoy the holidays in their own way – even in years when they have to do it a little differently.

Celebrating Christmas in the East End

With glowing lights and weekly festivities like the Holiday Shop & Stroll bringing joy to all, Town of St. George and the East End teems with holiday cheer.

Dive deeper into Bermuda’s history at Carter House, one of Bermuda’s oldest homes, constructed back in the 1640s. Its annual Carter House Family Christmas celebration on St. David’s Island offers festive food in an atmosphere decked out in fascinating period décor, with Father Christmas bringing sacks of gifts in a wheelbarrow. 

Christmas Day on Elbow Beach

Festivities in Central Bermuda

In the City of Hamilton, a socially distanced event featuring Santa Claus himself invites you and the little ones to share your holiday wish lists before getting a photo before the city’s famously illuminated holiday tree. Then thousands turn out to welcome Jolly Old St. Nick at the Santa Claus Parade. Themed floats, dancing majorettes and Gombey troupes travel through the capital before he makes his merry appearance. 

Hamilton also hosts drive-in holiday movies, featuring festive classics like Elf and Home Alone. Sing holiday karaoke from the comfort of your vehicle, do a drive-through photo booth and more. A receipt from a local Hamilton shop of $35 or more gets you in – a jolly good way to enjoy the holidays while supporting the local economy.

On Christmas morning, locals, ex-pats and visitors gather at Elbow Beach to watch the sunrise, drink Champagne and take a dip in the 68-degree waters. (You can always observe this tradition while socially distancing on one of Bermuda’s blissfully low-key beaches.)

Holiday Fun in the West End

In Royal Naval Dockyard, don’t miss holiday favourites like a tree-lighting ceremony, Mistletoe Market, a Christmas showcase and Santa Sundays at Frog & Onion.