While the Caribbean island is a popular holiday destination at any time of the year, Christmas in Saint Lucia is a unique travel experience your family and friends will never forget. If you’re searching for the best place to ditch the cold weather and endless family obligations this holiday season, look no further than Saint Lucia. The island’s warm weather, beautiful beaches and a tropical twist on the Christmas traditions you know and love.
Below we’ve rounded up our favorite Christmas events and activities to help you create new holiday traditions. So whether you plan to spend your St. Lucian Christmas surrounded by family, with your partner on a romantic getaway with or on a relaxing solo escape surrounded by your new island friends, Cap Maison is the place to make new Christmas memories.
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Festival of Lights
To kick off the Christmas season, St. Lucia hosts the annual Festival of Lights celebration each year on Dec. 13. Local residents and travelers alike craft colorful lanterns and turn on outdoor lights to get everyone into the holiday spirit. Artisans also present decorated lanterns for competition and the official activities end with a fireworks display. Saint Lucia is named in honor of Saint Lucy of Syracuse, the Saint of Light, consequently making this a beloved event each year.
Christmas in Saint Lucia Traditions
Bursting bamboo is a popular tradition in St. Lucia. Through New Year’s Eve, you can hear loud booms throughout the island as young people fire off makeshift cannons made from bamboo. The tradition is popular in a few other Caribbean islands, but is particularly prominent here in Saint Lucia.
Caribbean Christmas Feasts
Traditional Saint Lucian Christmas fare includes a mixture of island favorites and classic British dishes. Join us at the Cliff at Cap restaurant this Christmas for our take on local fare, created by our award-wining chef Craig Jones. For dessert, we’ll offer steamed Christmas pudding with an island rum sauce.
Aside from the local festivities, there are also plenty of other great ways to celebrate Christmas in Saint Lucia. Head down to Smuggler’s Cove and enjoy an afternoon dining beachside at The Naked Fisherman or climb Gros Piton. Most of all, you won’t miss the snow – or the mistletoe – this Christmas.