There’s something so special about bundling up and embarking on a family drive across the island in search of the most prolific Christmas light displays. So, from Somerset to St. George and everywhere in-between, here’s our list of the best and most beautiful holiday scenes you really should see.
Each year Somers Garden is transformed into a holiday wonderland with inflatable characters, glittering decor and festive cheer. From now until December 31, you can visit this Christmas wonderland from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Admission is $5 for those over 16 and $2 for those 15 and younger.
In addition to Somers Garden, the St. George’s Square and Ordinance Island are both adorned in festive decorations and definitely worth the visit.
Hamilton Princess & Beach Club
Those looking to make a night of it look no further than Hamilton Princess! With thousands of lights, a beautiful tree and gingerbread house for the children, the Hamilton hotel is an epicenter of holiday cheer. BONUS: The Princess has a whole host of events happening between now and New Year’s Eve, all of which locals are invited to partake in.
You’ll want to drive slowly through Flatts Village because there’s a lot to take in. First, check out the Aquarium it’s colorful peacock, flamingos and parrots that adorn the cedar veranda. Whilst there, you’ll also want to take in St. James’ Court located across the inlet. Further along, you’ll enjoy a very large and elaborate scene complete with nativity and inflatable characters at the bottom of Flatts Hill. And lastly, heading out of Flatts along North Shore, you’ll want to take in a bright and colorful home right before Gibbetts Bay.
City of Hamilton
The Corporation of Hamilton has been hard at work since November setting the city alight for the holiday season. Your best bet is to park the car and take a walking tour the city, that way you’ll be able to take in the lights, as well as the Christmas windows. This year’s entries into the City of Hamilton’s Christmas Window Display Competition include:
- One Communications
- Waterfront Man
- Mr Chicken
- Vineyard Vines
- Exclusive Home
- Marks and Spencer
- Glaze Cafe and Bakery
- Gibbons Company
- Discovery Wines
- Goslings Limited
- Bermuda National Library
Before you head home, take a drive through Court Street where you’ll find another Christmas tree (at the corner or Court and Dundonald) as well as lots of festive cheer.
The folks who decorate Somers Garden in St. George have brought holiday cheer to the West End! For the first time ever Willowbank Resort will host its own Christmas Wonderland. You can either drive through the festive light display (every Monday through Thursday from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.) or you can join on December 16 and 17 for a Christmas Walk About and enjoy entertainment, vendors, a fun castle, snow machines and food. The Walk About will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children and $10 for unlimited play.