The Cayman Islands as a territory embraces Christmas with unrestrained enthusiasm – you only need to look at the number of coloured Christmas lights that cover every building, tree and shrub, from November through to January.
The volume of lights is easily matched by a jam-packed calendar of festive events taking place throughout December – and nowhere is host to more Christmas-themed events than Camana Bay.
The huge Christmas tree is now lit, the town centre is decked out with fairy lights, the shops are overflowing with gifts … it even snows in Camana Bay – with suspicious regularity. Every Tuesday and Thursday, in fact – and again on Christmas Eve. There’s no bitter chill in the air, but there will be flurries of tropical snowflakes between 5 and 8pm.
Santa clearly feels at home in the snow as he makes an appearance on Thursdays, in his workshop in Gardenia Court, where children can have their photo taken with him between 5 and 7pm. If you miss him on Thursday, you can also find him on Saturdays enjoying some unaccustomed sunshine while he chills out on the island from 3 to 5pm.
This Saturday, 1 December is one of the biggest events in Cayman’s festive calendar. It’s Cayman 27’s annual Parade of Lights from 6 to 8pm, when crews decorate their boats with thousands of sparkling lights and drive them through Camana Bay harbour. For spectators, there’s also music, Christmas carols, local crafts, food and bevvies.
Get the whole family immersed in the spirit of Christmas with some all time classic holiday movies: free movies are shown on Tuesdays starting at 7pm in Gardenia Court. During the next three weeks, you can look forward to “Shrek the Halls”, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “It’s a Wonderful Life”.
New this year, a special pyjama party is taking place on Sunday, 23 December. Parents can take their children – in their pyjamas if they so wish – to the Crescent where there will be a special reading of that holiday favourite “Twas the Night Before Christmas”. Milk and cookies will be provided and, if the little ones behave well, there might just be a surprise appearance from a special guest.
Add to that the “Drop and Shop” service Camana Bay offers parents, so that they can shop while the children are supervised at Starfish Village, and the numerous one off markets taking place and there’s no need to go anywhere else to get ready for Christmas.