In the spirit of staying on the Nice List, i.e., keeping your community safe and sound, we have rounded up the best events and activities that will have you feeling Christmas-y in no time, focusing mostly on outdoor and open-air venues.

Sunday Shopping in St. George’s: Although the annual Christmas Walkabout in St. George’s is canceled, you can still take 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. However, this year, like many things, it will look a little different. 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! Similar to last year, spectators can watch as the festively decorated motorcade processes across the island on Sunday, December 5th at 5pm.

Watch Christmas Movies Under the Stars: The City of Hamilton is hosting “Pajama Jam,” a three-night open air film event atop Bull’s Head Car Park through the weekend of December 10-12. Guests can enjoy this event from the comfort of their own cars, enjoying snacks from local vendors and even stopping by the drive-through photo booth. Kicking off the first night will be crowd-favourites, Home Alone 2 followed by Love Actually. Night two features The Grinch followed by Four Christmases, closing out the festivities with a matinee showing of Elf at 3:00pm on Sunday followed by This Christmas. To enter, simply show a receipt from a City retailer valued at $35.00 or more. This is a great opportunity to support local businesses during the holiday season, as well as enjoy a night out with family or friends under the stars, getting into the holiday spirit! Click here for more information.

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.

Photo-Op Under the Gingerbread Moongate: 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 Moongate display. Standing at 10 feet tall, this festive arch greets guests upon their first steps into the stunning lobby. With smaller gingerbread statues complementing the gateway, a glamorously decorated Christmas tree and the hotel’s stunning art collection, it truly is a sight to see!

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 Christmas Boat Parade
The long-awaited Christmas Boat Parade has returned, and UberVida will be the host of this year’s festivites on December 18th! This biennial event has been a crowd-favourite since its conception in 1998, and one that has been greatly missed in the past few years due to the pandemic. This year, folks are invited to watch as a fleet of 20 or so festively decorated boats light up Hamilton Harbour in their procession.