Christmas and the New Year period is peak season in Barbados. Visitors from around the World flock here to soak up our warm sunshine, lay on our sandy beaches and experience our friendly Bajan hospitality. If you have not yet booked your holiday villa rental contact us now at BarbadosBarbados.com so we can help you with your search.
For those of you who have chosen to swap your winter coats, mittens and snow shovels for swimsuits, sunscreen and palm trees this Christmas, we have compiled a Calendar of Events of what is happening on the island during the holiday season.
Please note that many establishments do not formalise their actual Christmas/New Year programmes until around October/November each year. We are now beginning to get some information in so this page is a “work in progress” and you should check back frequently to see the latest updates.
St Nicholas Abbey presents “Carols at the Abbey” with the Royal Barbados Police Band on Sunday December 178th from 4pm to 6pm. Admission is Bds$25 for adults and $5 for children. Carols start at 5pm. Food and refreshments will be on sale. Please bring a wrapped gift for a child stating approximate age and gender. All proceeds are donated to Children’s Charities on the island and the gifts to underprivileged children.
Carols by Candlelight – this annual event is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Barbados and is held at our Prime Minister’s official residence, Illaro Court. This year the event is on Sunday December 10th starting at 5pm. Tickets are US$20 which admits one adult and two children under the age of 12. Children are asked to bring a wrapped gift for a child (put a label with either boy or girl on it). Food will be on sale and non-alcoholic beverages are free.
***CHRISTMAS DAY ***
Many restaurants are closed on Christmas Day, with the exception of restaurants within the hotels and a select few which will be added here as soon as the information becomes available.
The Beach House in Holetown presents their Christmas Day Lunch Buffet from 12 noon until 4pm. Choose from a selection of salads, carvery, on the grill, traditionally Bajan and desserts. Adults US$117.50 and Children 12 and under US$37.50, plus 10% service charge. Reservation: (246) 432 1163 or email@example.com.
The Tides Restaurant: Closed on Christmas Day. On Christmas Eve they are offering a 3 course set price menu of approximately US$150.00 per person plus 10 % service charge (the price has not been confirmed). A non- refundable deposit of US$50.00 per person is required which will be taken 2 days prior to the reservation date.
Nishi Restaurant – once again Nishi is offering a Very Special Christmas Eve evening with G-Synidcate singing Christmas carols, mulled wine on arrival, Paul’s special mince pies, Christmas crackers and Nishi’s regular menus, sushi, Caribbean and English.
The Cliff Restaurant: Closed on Christmas Day. They are currently totally booked for Christmas Eve but have a wait list in the event of any cancellations.
The Cliff Beach Club: open for lunch on Christmas Day offering a 6 course meal priced at US$238 for adults and US$125 for children.
Carizma on the Hill – located in the Sugar Hill Resort, Carizma on the Hill is open for Christmas Day lunch. Reservations are required – view their menu here. US$98 per person for three courses and includes a glass of Prosecco.
13/59 at Port Ferdinand: The newly renovated restaurant, with a new chef and new menu, is offering a 4 course Tasting Menu on Christmas Day, starting at 6:30pm. US$125 per person or with wine pairings US$200 per person.
The Crane Resort & Residences: Buffet breakfast with live entertainment, 9am or 10am seating US$48 per person. Lunch buffet from 12 noon to 3pm with live steel pan entertainment, US$83 per person. On Boxing Day, December 26th, the breakfast buffet is from 7:30am to 11am, US$43 per person. firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.
Cin Cin by the Sea: Closed on Christmas Day.
The Mews: Closed on Christmas Day.
The Lone Star Restaurant: Fully booked for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, however there is limited space on Boxing Day, December 26th. There will also be live music by “The London Essentials”, an acoustic boy band who have performed all over the world.
The Atlantis Hotel: is having a Grand Christmas Day Buffet Lunch with live steelband music. Reservations are essential, with two seatings at either 12 noon or 2:30pm and the buffet closes at 4:30pm. Adults: US$57.50 and Children 3-12 US$27.50, plus 10% service charge.
Port St Charles Yacht Club: dine in an open air setting with a panoramic view of Port St Charles beach. The buffet menu consists of a soup station, salads, appetisers, entrees, curry, grill, carving and dessert stations. US$113 per person (US$65 for children 12 and under). Entertainment by Adrian Ward on steel pan plus a few Christmas surprises!
Champers Restaurant: Closed on Christmas Day. On Christmas Eve they are offering their regular dinner menu with a few featured dishes.
***NEW YEAR’S EVE ***
Old Year’s Night as it’s known in Barbados, is a special evening for locals. Typically the celebration lasts until dawn with the brave and hearty heading to the East Coast for sunrise. Here’s what we’ve found going on that night:
Mullins Beach Bar & Grill: Mullins has been booked for a private function on New Year’s Eve this year so they are not taking any reservations. However, their live rock band “Mootown” are playing on Saturday December 30th from 5pm and they are open on New Year’s day.
Champers Restaurant: start off with a welcome glass of champagne following by a set 4 course dinner along with party favours. The cost last year was US$194 per person, this includes VAT then a service charge of 10% is added, all other drinks are charged on consumption. There will be a DJ for dancing. At this time all of their waterfront tables are already booked. Champers is closed on New Year’s Day.
The Tides Restaurant: will be offering a 7 course dinner set by Chef and Owner Guy Beasley and Head Chef Stuart Fawcett, with DJ entertainment until 2.00am, novelties (masks, noise makers, hats etc), and a balloon drop at midnight along with a 10 minute fireworks display. The cost is US$425 per person plus 10% service charge. A 50% non-refundable deposit per person is required on December 15th 2017 to reconfirm your reservation.
13/59 at Port Ferdinand: The newly renovated restaurant, with a new chef and new menu, is offering a 5 course Tasting Menu, from 6:30pm. US$175 per person or with wine pairings US$260 per person. Included is New Year’s Eve party favours and live entertainment by JJ Poulter.
The Cliff Beach Club: presents their traditional themed evening and this year is Pirates of the West Coast with a selection of gourmet canapes. US$400 per person which includes food, drinks, party favours and DJ music.
The Cliff Restaurant invites you to their Pirates of the West Coast party with a gala buffet starting at 8pm and continuing with a DJ and dancing until the morning. There will be party favours and fireworks to bring in the New Year. Select champagnes, wines and spirits are included. US$850 per person. Note that all the waterside tables are already booked for the evening and dining can only be confirmed on the upper terrace at this time.
Cin Cin by the Sea: presents their Old Year’s Night Gala Dinner with an amazing Larry Rogers signature five course menu, wine pairings from around the world and exciting cocktails from the bar. Dinner tunes will be provided by the most talented man in Barbados and his band – Kevan Sahai. Three packages are available: Cin Cin Gala Package US$445 for the 5 course gala dinner, theme decoration, live entertainment, fireworks, party favours; US$85 for the optional Wine Pairings to include a welcome glass of champagne and one glass of the premium sommelier selection with each of the five courses. The After Party Package (from 11pm to 3am) is US$115 which includes finger food from 11pm until 1am, party favours, fireworks, live entertainment, house liquor and prosecco. Prices presented are “early bird” offers until November 2017 and are inclusive of VAT and service charge.
Jumas Restaurant in Speightstown presents their first Old Year’s Night beach party from 6pm with live music by Red Plastic Bag, Buggy Nhakante Fully Loaded, Ecstasy and one more (to be announced). DJ music by Radar Sounds please three more (to be announced). For package information and pricing please call 432 0287.
Nishi – Nishi Restaurant in Holetown invites you to their New Year’s Eve 2018 party. Enjoy a glass of bubbly on arrival, followed by a 5 course menu including lobster tail with a “Bajan twist”, a fabulous New York Tenderloin, not forgetting their fabulous sushi, finishing with a trio of delicious desserts. There is live entertainment in the courtyard from 8:30pm until…..by the talented duo Lynn & Kyle. There will be hats, tiaras, noise makers, beads and a balloon drop at midnight. US$288 per person.
The Lone Star Restaurant: is fully booked for their New Year’s Eve dinner. Tickets for their After Party go on sale the morning of December 1st and the cost this year will be US$250 which includes standard bar drinks, live music and a DJ.
Harbour Lights New Year’s Eve party will be held at Indian Pond again this year. Tickets go on sale on November 9th at 8:30am, US$118 for the first 400 tickets. Champagne and shots will be on sale. Private booths available. Two dance floors: the main stage will feature DJ Rebel and Lurbz and a back in time stage will feature Alan Sheppard. At midnight will be a fireworks display.
Fusion Rooftop presents A Venetian Night, beginning at 6:30pm with gala stations including cold bar, sushi bar, hot and live, dessert display. Premium bar is included with a special pricing for champagne. Music by DJ Clefheart from London, England. US$400 per person includes masks, noisemakers, rooftop fireworks. Or just come for the After Party, US$175 per person includes masks, party favours, fireworks, premium bar, late night nibbles.
Port St Charles Yacht Club: dine in an open air setting with a panoramic view of Port St Charles beach. The buffet menu consists of a hot soup and appetiser station, salad station, a selection of sushi, seafood station, live pasta, curry and carving stations, a grill station and a dessert station. US$248 per person (US$113 for children 12 and under). Dinner is from 7pm to 10pm. There will be a Bajan Extravaganza Floor Show, DJ entertainment, party favours, complimentary glass of bubbly. Entertainment from 7pm to 2am.
Beach Barbeque at Taboras at the Fairmont Royal Pavilion: Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Taboras with a beach barbeque buffet including a soup and salad bar, sushi and sashimi selections, roast suckling pig, seafood and steak grill, fish fry, pizza station for the kids, S’mores station on the beach, gelato cart and a chocolate bar. The evening stars with a welcome champagne cocktail party with live entertainment and a DJ from 7:30pm. There will be a spectacular fireworks display and an incredible beach party to bring 2018 in style. US$245 per person. Tel: (246) 422 5555 Ext 2520 or email@example.com
Naru Restaurant and Lounge: Ring in the New Year with an exceptional dining experience at Naru on the south coast. Three course menu US$118 per person.
The Mews: ring in the New Year at The Mews in Second Street, Holetown, with a five course dinner, live entertainment, champagne specials and DJ’s to keep the party going. US$200 per person. firstname.lastname@example.org
The Beach House: Their New Year menu will be served from 12 noon until 11pm featuring all your favourites and several seasonal specials. There is no cover charge and the two evening seatings will be strictly adhered to: The Sunset Seating from 5pm until 8:30pm and the New Year Seating from 9pm. Then perhaps Drift and party until 3am with the UK!OK! Roadshow, back in time music with all your favourite No. 1’s through the years. US$38 deposit to confirm which will be credited to your dinner bill, special arrangements for “all night seating” are available. Reservation: (246) 432 1163 or email@example.com.
Updated December 14th 2017