Make the most of Bermuda’s jolly festivities this month with our list of holiday musts.

Sunday Shopping in St. George’s: There is something special about taking that yearly journey across the causeway in the pursuit of festive fun. Traditionally, the journey begins on a crisp winter evening when Bermudian families usually take a long way out to see homes’ twinkling with lights and decorations while blasting a scratched Bublé CD. Similar to last year, St. George’s has opened its doors for holiday shoppers, every Sunday afternoon from 12 pm to 4 pm until Christmas. We recommend catching an early lunch at Wahoo’s Bistro on their open-air patio, then stroll the cobbled street, taking in the window displays and picking up some local gifts.

MarketPlace Christmas Parade: Get into the holiday spirit with the MarketPlace’s annual Christmas Parade! Spectators can watch as the festively decorated motorcade processes across the island on Sunday, December 5th at 5pm.

Watch the Pantomime: There is no better way to kick off the festive season than with a trip to Earl Cameron Theatre for the beloved pantomime. BMDS is back after a two-year hiatus with a creative adaptation of the traditional pantomime, Sleeping Beauty.  Set in Bermuda with beautifully created backdrops of Castle Island, this production has plenty of local humour to amuse the adults whilst all the usual madcap mayhem associated with pantomimes for the kids. To purchase tickets, click here.

Visit Front Street After Dark: The Cooperation of Hamilton has gone all out this year, and the minute the sun goes down, nearly every tree and lamp post on Front Street explodes into a kaleidoscope of light and colour. Most of us leave town before the lights go on and miss the show, or it becomes a blur in your periphery as you whizz past the traffic lights. Why not slow down, take to the streets, and savour the fabulous glittering décor? Start at The Supermarket and stroll to the birdcage. Treat yourself to a cheeky Christmas cocktail on Front Street while you look out over the harbour and make a night of it.

Forage for Bermuda Foliage Decorations: Tinsel and Christmas lights rarely last more than one or two seasons without taking a beating, especially in Bermuda’s humidity and salty air. Instead of running to Gorham’s for replacements, take to the Rail Way trail or the beach and forage for foliage that can be dried and painted to create sustainable and uniquely Bermudian Christmas decorations and ornaments. Check out our other articles on how to DIY wrapping paper and wreaths using the beauty of nature’s local bounty.

Watch the Christmas Boat Parade
Bring your chairs and holiday cheer for a festive night in the City on December 10th! This biennial event has been a crowd-favourite since its conception in 1998, and this year, its made even brighter with the highly anticipated return of fireworks! Watch as over 30 boats will line up along Hamilton Harbour to showcase the best Christmas-themed creations. The Viewing Village and Kids Zone will be located at Number 1 Car Park, where you can visit food vendors, vote for your favourite boat, and will have the best view of the grand finale: fireworks!

Photo-Op by the Gingerbread House: Hamilton Princess never disappoints in decorating for the holidays, and this year is no different. Their talented team of chefs and engineers have kept the tradition going strong with their larger-than-life Gingerbread House display.  Consisting of 400 bricks made from 572 pounds of gingerbread, 540 eggs and 40 pounds of icing sugar, this festive and traditional gingerbread house greets guests upon their first steps into the stunning lobby. With festive decor complementing the house, a glamorously decorated Christmas tree and the hotel’s stunning art collection, it truly is a sight to see!