Christmas and New Year's Eve are a magical time of year in the Cayman Islands. We may not get snow but you’ll find plenty of traditional and festive activities to keep the whole family entertained throughout the holidays and to top it all off, you can enjoy plenty of Christmas cheer without having to suffer the cold weather!

Read on for a list of the main traditional Christmas events, plus a round up of the best New Year's Eve happenings in the Cayman Islands. Also check out Cayman Parent's article on celebrating Christmas in the Cayman Islands and get the low down on all the family friendly festive events happening in November and December.

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After two years off amid the pandemic, The Bahamas’ greatest art form is making its triumphant return for the holiday season. 

Junkanoo, The Bahamas’ national cultural festival, returns for its largest celebration in the heart of downtown Nassau on Boxing Day, Dec. 26 and Jan. 2, 2023. 

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It’s one of the Caribbean’s greatest Christmas celebrations: the St Croix Crucian Christmas Festival, now in its 70th year. 

This year’s event runs from Dec. 11 through Jan. 7, returning in person for the first time since the onset of the pandemic. 

The U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) is proud to be the only destination in the Caribbean to host three carnival celebrations every year – each with its own flair and flavors, while providing a unique experience friendly for both adults and children,” says Commissioner of Tourism Joseph Boschulte. “The success of St. Thomas Carnival’s official in person return this past Spring, followed by St. John this Summer, has allowed the St. Croix Crucian Christmas Festival to return, with the due recognition of being the official close of 2022 Carnival season in the Caribbean and the season opener in 2023.”

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It’s been an exemplar for the Caribbean in the post-Covid tourism world, and the US Virgin Islands continues to see outstanding tourism performance. 

But that doesn’t tell the whole story. 

The US Virgin Islands has actually seen the highest increase in visitors from 2019 to 2022 of any destination in the Caribbean, according to global hospitality consulting firm HVS. 

The data was shared by Parr’s Jodan, chairman of the HVS’s CHICOS investment conference, which was held this past week in the Dominican Republic. 

The US Virgin Islands has seen a 31.6 percent increase in visitors since September 2019, the highest rate of any destination.

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