Christmas and New Year in the Caribbean

Christmas and New Year in the Caribbean

Celebrate Christmas and New Year in ultimate style in the Caribbean onboard a luxury yacht

Christmas and New Years is the time of year for families and friends to be together, and what better way to spend it than on a beautiful luxury yacht in the Caribbean? Whether you want to relax in quiet anchorages or check out "the scene" in hot spots like Anguilla or St Barts, the Caribbean offers everything you could want (except for snow).

Boatbookings can charter for you virtually every charter yacht in the Caribbean, be it a crewed catamaran, luxury motor yacht or bareboat monohull sailboat. We'll also help you put together an itinerary that exactly meets your needs. Booking early is important, as many of the best yachts book 6 months or more in advance, especially over New Years.

To find the charter yacht that best fits your needs this Holiday season, please click on the links below for your desired destination. Enjoy! 

Festivals, Events and fun things to do in the Caribbean during Christmas and New Years

Sailing destinations at Christmas

Christmas is a festive and joyful time in the Caribbean. Each island has its own traditions and way of celebrating the holiday season. Visitors can enjoy local festivals, meet locals and tourists in bars and restaurants or simply lie on the deck of a sailboat and gaze at a million stars. There is something for everyone…and all in the carefree, easy Caribbean style.

In Carriacou there is the famous Parang Music Festival. This annual event is one of the most beloved in the Caribbean and attracts fantastic musicians. (

In St. Vincent, there are caroling competitions and what is known as the Nine Morning Celebration. Celebrations start early every morning (4 am!) and include sea bathing, street parades, vendors selling everything imaginable, and lots of singing and dancing.

In Mustique, on New Year's Eve, there is a famous party with two bands and celebrities galore at Basil's Bar ( Right after Christmas is the famous Blues Festival at Basil's Bar.

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In Antigua, there is a Christmas Masquerade Party at the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda. On Christmas Day, there is a Champagne Celebration in Nelson's Boatyard at the Antigua Yacht Club. Locals and tourist gather to listen to live bands, quaff champagne and enjoy the colorful, festive atmosphere. Proceeds benefit the Hourglass Foundation Charity.

In St. Martin on there is the "Lighting Parade", a show of Christmas costumes in the streets of Grand-Case. On the following day, there is the Annual Christmas Lights Competition and Christmas Eve, dancing, dining, and Midnight Mass. On New Year's Eve, the Réveillon de la Saint Sylvestre, there is a festive celebration with noisemakers, balloons, and late-night dancing at hotels and restaurants.

In Guadaloupe, there is a Jazz Festival in mid-December in Pointe a Pitre, on Christmas Eve, Midnight Mass with French and Creole carols and on Dec. 28, the Young Saint's Day Parade for children carrying Christmas toys.

In Martinique, there is a Rum Festival at the St. James Museum in Sainte Marie (Rum Museum). There is also a Christmas Caroling Festival in Saint Joseph (Association Mazincouin) Tourists can join locals in celebrating Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve and festive dining and dancing at hotels and restaurants on New Year's Eve.

In St. Barth's, there are gala parties in the hotels and restaurants for New Year's Eve…and don't forget about having a Jimmy Buffet cheeseburger at the famous "Hamburger in Paradise" restaurant!

On Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands (BVI), on New Year's Eve there is the granddaddy of all New Years parties at Foxy's Bar and Restaurant where hundreds of boats lash themselves together and the harbor is turned into one large floating party. This celebration is said to be one of the three best places to be in the world on New Year's Eve, along with Times Square and Trafalgar Square!

If there are any other events that we should include in this article, please contact us.

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