There are already Christmas items in the shops and festive ads on the television, now that the holiday season is near.
The local calendar is filling up with events guaranteed to get people in the holiday spirit, beginning with the Christmas tree lighting at Camana Bay on Saturday.
Days are starting to look merry and bright …
- Christmas tree lighting, The Crescent, Camana Bay, 5-8 p.m.
Camana Bay transforms into a sparkling wonderland with a majestic Christmas tree, inspiring musical performances, a Christmas craft market and, of course, a special visit from Santa Claus.
Nov. 24-27/Dec. 1-4
- “A Playhouse Family Christmas.” Prospect Playhouse, 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday; 4 p.m. matinee on Sunday
Grizz and Frizz are back! Join them and a cast of characters as they bring Christmas adventure and cheer to entertain the entire family. Sing along to your favorite carols. Call 938-1998 or see www.cds.ky for tickets.
- Santa Paws, Gardenia Court, Camana Bay, 10 a.m.-noon.
Pose with Fido for a keepsake holiday photo. Pet owners may give a donation to the Cayman Islands Humane Society.
- Visual Arts Society Christmas Craft Market, The Paseo, Camana Bay, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Get a head start on holiday shopping and browse homemade art, jewelry, crafts, ornaments and more for the perfect Christmas gift with a local twist.
- Meals on Wheels Turkey Trot, Holiday Inn Resort Grand Cayman, 6:30 a.m.
A new event on the holiday running calendar is the first Meals on Wheels Turkey Trot 5K fun run/walk. There will be refreshments and prize draws following the event. Entry fee is $25 for adults and $10 for children ages 8 to 12. Register online at CaymanActive.com.
Nov. 26 and 27
The Singing Christmas Tree, First Assembly of God, Old Crewe Road, 6:30 p.m.
Enjoy this seasonal music extravaganza featuring song, dance and theater celebrating the island’s multicultural Caymanian community. The 25-foot tree accommodates more than 60 singers filling the tree from top to bottom. Free admission; an offering will be collected.
- Santa Run, The Crescent, Camana Bay, 6 a.m.
Runners decked out in red-and-white regalia race through the Town Centre to raise money for the Camana Bay Christmas Give. Cheer stations are set up along the 3K route.
- Cayman HospiceCare “Light Up a Life,” Cassia Court, Camana Bay, 5:30-7 p.m.
Honor and remember loved ones by placing a light in Cassia Court during this community memorial service.
- Cayman 27’s Parade of Lights, The Crescent, Camana Bay, 7 p.m.
Boats aglow with thousands of brightly colored lights parade through the harbor against a seasonal soundtrack in this spectacular holiday event.
- Pink Ladies Christmas Bazaar and Tea, Arts & Recreation Centre, Camana Bay, 2-5 p.m.
Enjoy an afternoon of holiday cheer at this annual charity fundraiser featuring a craft and bake sale, silent auction, children’s activities, musical performances, raffle prizes and a traditional tea with finger sandwiches. Santa also makes a special appearance.
- National Gallery members’ Christmas party, 6-8 p.m.
The National Gallery invites all members to a special after-hours viewing and celebration. Enjoy the contemporary exhibition “Speak to Me” while sipping on mulled wine and mingling with fellow members. Admission is free for all members. To become a National Gallery member email [email protected] or call 945-8111.
- Christmas Artisans Fair, National Gallery, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Shop local this holiday season and support your creative community. The National Gallery’s annual Artisans Fair takes place in the lower exhibition hall. More than 20 artisans will be on site to discuss their handcrafted products. Unique gift items for all ages. Festive refreshments will be on sale in the NGCI Art Café. Admission is free and all are welcome.
Dec. 11 and 18
- Culture at the Cinema: “The Nutcracker,” Regal Cinemas, Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. and Dec. 18 at 3 p.m.
In celebration of the festive season, guests can enjoy the family friendly production of Bolshoi Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” on the big screen as part of the Culture at the Cinema series. This screening is open to all ages. For more details, visit bigscreen.ky.
- Jingle Bell Walk/Run, Public Beach by Calico Jack’s, 7 a.m.
A long-standing favorite with the running crowd, the Jingle Bell Walk/Run raises money for the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre. It starts and ends at Public Beach by Calico Jack’s. Many participants get into the Christmas spirit by donning festive apparel. Register online at CaymanActive.com.
- St. Ignatius Christmas concert and fundraiser, St. Ignatius School, 7 p.m.
This annual concert features great seasonal music from the bands and choirs, and a $25,000 gate prize drawing. There are 25 prizes in total, and ticket holders need not be present to win. Tickets are available from parents, staff and students, at the school/church offices.
- Holiday Garden Lunch & Lecture, National Gallery, noon.
Join the National Gallery’s Assistant Curator Kerri-Anne Chisholm for a special lecture of the contemporary exhibition “Speak to Me – Understanding the Language of Art.” The 20-minute lecture is free and open to the public and will be followed by a garden lunch inspired by the holiday season. The lecture begins at noon and lunch will be served by the NGCI Art Café in the gardens between 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Reservations are recommended for groups of four or more.
- The Kiwanis Santa Landing, Airport Park
Jolly Old St. Nick makes his grand entrance at 2 p.m. at the airport park across from Foster’s Food Fair, where he and his helpers hand out books as gifts to the children. Complimentary snacks and treats will be available, and the afternoon includes games, face painting and an activity corner.
- Gingerbread Man Tea, Silver Palm Lounge, The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
See what happens when the magic of Christmas meets a child’s tea party, where youngsters get to decorate their own gingerbread man. Indulge in tiny sandwiches and a tower of sweets before succumbing to the magic of Santa and his friends around the Christmas tree. Adults will enjoy a selection of classic and herbal teas, freshly baked scones, finger sandwiches and pastries accompanied by holiday melodies. Seatings at noon and 2:30 p.m. each day.
- Late night shopping at the Nature Store, National Trust for the Cayman Islands, 5:30-9 p.m.
Shop for those last-minute gifts while helping to raise money toward preserving the environment, heritage and culture of the Cayman Islands. The National Trust’s Nature Store features eco-friendly products made by local artisans and vendors. It also carries nature-themed activity kits and adventure toys for kids of all ages. Refreshments and appetizers will be served.
- Mistletoe All-White Christmas Lounge Party, Abacus, Camana Bay, 5 p.m.-3 a.m.
Dress to impress in white at this annual fundraiser. Music by DJ TNT and DJ Smoke. Entry fee: $25. Proceeds benefit Cayman HospiceCare. VIP tables available. Call 516-1355 or 945-6600.
- Dashing Through the Sand, Seven Mile Beach, 7:30 a.m.
Work off the turkey and Christmas beef on this Boxing Day walk/run along Seven Mile Beach. The 1.5-mile trek starts on the beach near the former Hemingways Restaurant and includes breakfast and raffle prizes. Register online at CaymanActive.com.
- New Year’s Eve fireworks, The Crescent, Camana Bay, 7 p.m. and midnight
Ring in 2017 with festivities for all ages and two spectacular fireworks displays so little ones can see the show before bedtime.
Weekly holiday happenings at Camana Bay
Tuesdays, Nov. 22 to Dec. 20
- Christmas Moonlight & Movies, Gardenia Court, Camana Bay, 7 p.m.
Families can cuddle up in the festively lit courtyard to enjoy their favorite Christmas films on a giant outdoor screen.
Bring snacks, drinks and revel in the balmy outdoors.
Wednesdays, Nov. 23 to Dec. 21
- Holiday Farmers & Artisans Market
Throughout the holiday season, Camana Bay’s popular weekly market will be infused with Christmas cheer.
Stop by to browse the stalls for Christmas gifts made by local craftspeople and artisans.
Thursdays, Nov. 24 to Dec. 22
- Traditional Santa photos, Gardenia Court, 5-7 p.m.
Kids can join the jolly old elf to whisper wishes and snap memories.
Saturdays, Nov. 26 to Dec. 17
- Caribbean Santa photos, The Island, 3-5 p.m.
Father Christmas goes island-style with a tropical shirt, shorts and sun-drenched photos in the sand.
Make your friends up north green with envy.
For more information, visit CamanaBay.com or call the Visitor Centre at 640-4000.