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Christmas in Curacao

As the holiday season approaches, there’s a unique and enchanting experience waiting for you in the heart of the Caribbean – Christmas in Curacao. Embracing the spirit of joy and warmth, we invite you to celebrate this magical time of the year in a tropical paradise like no other. Learn more about the Curacao holiday traditions and upcoming events.

1. Holiday traditions in Curacao

In Curacao, the holiday season is steeped in traditions that reflect the island’s cultural diversity. Experience the magic of Noche Buena, a festive Christmas Eve celebration filled with family, food, and music. Locals gather for a feast that often includes traditional dishes like Ayaka, a flavorful blend of meat, vegetables, and spices wrapped in banana leaves. Noche Buena captures the essence of togetherness and joy that defines Christmas in Curacao.

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2. Events during holiday season

The holiday spirit comes alive in Curacao with a series of vibrant events. Lace up your running shoes for the Curacao Santa Run, a jolly event where participants don Santa Claus costumes and spread cheer throughout Willemstad. It’s not just a run; it’s a celebration of unity and joy. Beyond the run, the island hosts a myriad of events, from festive parades to community gatherings, ensuring there’s something for everyone to enjoy during this special season.

3. Christmas fairs

Step into the magic of Pietermaai Christmas Fair, where historic streets transform into a festive haven. Discover unique gifts, decorations, and treats from diverse vendors, accompanied by live music. And don’t miss the Christmas Village at Landhuis Chobolobo on December 9th, featuring 50+ vendors, food stations, and joyful entertainment for all ages.

4. What to eat

The holiday season in Curacao is a culinary delight, with special dishes gracing dinner tables across the island. Dive into the flavors of Ham di Pasku, a succulent Christmas ham marinated in a tantalizing blend of spices. Many restaurants curate special holiday menus, offering a fusion of traditional and contemporary dishes.

5. New Year’s Eve in Curacao

As the clock winds down on December 31st, the island bids adieu to the year in a traditional manner with the iconic “Pagara” – a roll of fireworks unleashing resounding bursts. Throughout the day, there’s a collective raising of toasts to the year gone by, gradually transitioning into the night to welcome the new year. As Curacao is an island within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Dutch New Year is also celebrated in many locations at 7:00 PM local time. It’s a dual celebration! Revel in the dazzling firework displays in the city or on the beach, where the palms cast shadows on the sands beneath your feet.
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6. “Nieuwjaarsduik”

Dive into the New Year with a splash at the traditional “Nieuwjaarsduik” on January 1st. Imagine starting the year off “fresh” in the Caribbean Sea. On this day, you can look forward to a lively event and water at a delightful 26 degrees Celsius. Adorned with orange beanies, residents and tourists alike take the plunge into the water at Zanzibar Beach at 12:00 PM on January 1st. After the invigorating dive, warm up with some traditional pea soup and smoked sausage. . Alternatively, you can take part in the New Year’s Dive at the picturesque Blue Bay Beach, right beside our hotel. It’s a tradition that not only ushers in the new year but also symbolizes renewal, resilience, and the adventurous spirit that defines life on this enchanting island.

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As the holiday season unfolds in Curacao, Bayside Boutique Hotel invites you to be part of the magic. Whether you’re savoring festive delicacies, exploring the vibrant events, or taking a refreshing plunge into the New Year, the island’s traditions and celebrations offer a unique and unforgettable experience. Join us in embracing the warmth, joy, and tropical charm that make Christmas and New Year’s in Curacao truly extraordinary.


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