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 23rd 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.
Enjoy lunch at The Tides Restaurant in Holetown between December 10th and the 23rd with their extra special two course Christmas Lunch Menu; your choice of either a Starter and Main Course or Main Course and Dessert. Two courses US$42.50 or three courses US$59. Call 432 8356 to make reservations.
Carols by Candlelight at Illaro Court – 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 9th 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.
Available from Monday December 17th until the 22nd, as well as on Christmas Eve, The Beach House in Holetown is offering a traditional Christmas Platter, US$34 per person, to include all your Christmas favourites, a glass of sorrel and Great Cake.
It’s an extra special evening at The Tides on Christmas Eve with a 4 course menu set by Chef and Owner, Guy Beasley, and Head Chef Stuart Fawcett, with Christmas crackers and live Christmas music. US$150 per person plus tax and service charge. For reservations:
Party into Christmas at The Mews Restaurant’s annual Christmas Eve Party. From 9pm enjoy drink specials and DJ music all night. There is no cover charge. You can also enjoy a Farm to Table dinner before the party. Advanced reservations are recommended:- bit.ly/bookthemews
The Crane Resort: On December 23rd the Resort presents a Gospel Breakfast with Christmas Trimmings. There are two seatings – the first is at 9am and the second is at 10am. US$42.50 per person, inclusive of VAT and Service Charge. On Christmas Day it is a Christmas Feast at The Crane with a Buffet Lunch served in L’Azure, US$83 per person. For reservations: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 246-423-6220
It’s Christmas Eve on the Beach at La Cabane. With a live jazz band, regular menu plus Christmas specials and a complimentary egg nog on arrival. The event starts at 6pm, reservations are required, call 246 256 2131 to reserve your table.
Boxing Day at the Races! The Turf Club’s fifth and final race day is on December 26th at the Garrison Savannah, starting around 1:00 pm and finishing around 5:45 pm.
***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 Tides Restaurant: closed on Christmas Day but on Christmas Eve, December 24th, they are offering a 3 course set price menu of approximately US$150 per person plus 10% service charge. Menu to be confirmed. A non-refundable deposit of US$50 per person is required which will be taken 2 days prior to the reservation date.
Cin Cin by the Sea is closed on Christmas Day.
The Crane Resort presents its annual Buffet Breakfast with live entertainment. There are two seatings – the first is at 9am and the second is at 10am. US$47.50 per person. For lunch they are offering a Buffet Lunch with live entertainment. There are two seatings – the first is at 12:30pm and the second is at 2pm. US$82.50 per person. For dinner they are offering a Four Course A La Carte Dinner, starting at 6:30pm and includes a Chef Treat, Welcome Cocktail and Wine Parings. US$85 per person. On Boxing Day, December 23rd, enjoy their Boxing Day Breakfast Buffet from 7:30 to 11am, US$42.50 per person. All prices include VAT and service charge. Reservations are required. Call (246) 423-6220 or email email@example.com
The Cliff Restaurant: closed on Christmas Day.
The Lone Star Restaurant is fully booked for their Christmas Lunch and Dinner.
Nikki Beach will be open on Christmas Day and will be having a festive celebration throughout the day with entertainment. Details to be advised.
The Beach House: Christmas Day Buffet with soups, salads, carvery, on the grill, traditional and desserts, US$124 per person, US$39 for children under 12. There will be two seatings, one at 12:30pm and the other at 2pm. Reservations and a deposit are required. Tel: 432 1163 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Beach House is also open on Boxing Day for lunch and dinner.
Hugo’s in Speighstown is closed on Christmas Day.
The Mews in Holetown is closed on Christmas Day.
Christmas Day Lunch at The Fairmont Royal Pavilion is in the Palm Terrace Restaurant, with a Gourmet Christmas Buffet being served from 12 noon to 3pm, DJ music, US$98 per person, kids under 12 half price. Reservations (246) 422 5555 or email RPVconcierge@fairmont.com
Christmas Dinner at The Fairmont Royal Pavilion is in the Palm Terrace Restaurant, with a Christmas Seafood Buffet being served from 7pm. Live music from 7:30pm to 10:30pm. US$148 adults, kids under 12 half price. Reservations (246) 422 5555 or email email@example.com.
Carizma on the Hill in the Sugar Hill Resort is offering a 6 course Christmas Lunch menu, US$110 per person, $50 children, with a glass of Mimosa on arrival.
***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:
Nishi Restaurant: Their team of chefs have put together a fabulous 5 course menu and in the Courtyard their resident duo Lynn & Kyle will be performing all evening. US$238 per person which includes a glass of Prosecco on arrival, half price for children under 12 years of age. To secure your table for the night call 432 2112 or 432 8287. 50% deposit is required at the time of booking.
The Tides Restaurant: this special evening will include a 7 course menu that has been created by Chef and Owner, Guy Beasley and Head Chef Stuart Fawcett and includes a 37.5ml bottle of Perrier Jouet Grand Brut champagne, DJ entertainment until 2am, novelties, masks, noise makers, hats, a midnight balloon drop and a 10 minute fireworks display. US$475 per person plus 10% service charge. A 50% non- refundable deposit per person is required on December 15th 2018 to reconfirm your reservation.
Cin Cin by the Sea will be offering a five course masterpiece dinner. Enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne on arrival, with party favours and DJ music all night. US$250 per person. Book your table by calling (246) 629 4557 or book online http://bit.ly/2mfLjd0.
The Lone Star will be hosting their annual New Year’s Eve After Party, tickets for this event will be on sale on December 1st 2018, the price this year will be US$250 per person. Their Gala Dinner is sold out.
Royal Westmoreland Beach Club on Mullins Beach is offering a New Year’s Eve Dinner, US$447.50 per person which includes welcome cocktails and Prosecco on arrival from 6-8pm, complimentary house bar (house white and red) exclusive of champagne and premium wines, a-la-cart Dinner Menu and free access to the After Party. Available seating times are 7pm and 7:30pm. Admittance to the After Party (after 10pm) is US$197.50 per person which includes a Prosecco toast to ring in the New Year, complimentary house bar (house white and house red) exclusive of champagne and premium wines. The Beach Club is a private, Member’s Only Beach Club and all Members and Villa Renters will have exclusive booking option until November 15th. After this date reservations will be open to the public. Contact Ms Tabia Inniss (Assistant Beach Club Manager) 246-234 2682 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Ring in the New Year at The Mews in Holetown with a Five Course Dinner, Live Entertainment and after party. US$200 for dinner and party, or US$25 for the after party only. More details to come. To secure your tables, please contact email@example.com or 246-432-1122
The Beach House: featuring a Festive Menu in addition to their Regular Menu. Seating from 6pm and last orders is at 10pm. Free entry to Drift’s After Party next door. For reservations email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (246) 432 1163.
The Cliff Restaurant: Celebrate New Year’s Eve with The Cliff Restaurant’s Space Cowboy Evening! The gala buffet starts at 8pm and the part will continue until the morning. US$850 per person which includes party favours, fireworks, select champagnes, wines and spirits. The restaurant is no longer taking reservations for parties of 2.
Fusion Rooftop: Enjoy an Evening Under the Stars starting at 6:30pm with The Rooftop Gala that includes dinner, premium house and bar drinks including red/white wines, champagne on sale at a reduced price. US$475 per person. Entertainment by DJ Clefheart from London, live saxophonist and drummer, masks and noisemakers and a view of the fireworks. The After Party begins at 11pm with premium bar, house wines, late night nibbles, masks and party favours champagne on sale at a special price. US$150 per person.
Nikki Beach: “Tropical Glamour” is this year’s theme at Nikki Beach’s second New Year’s Eve celebration. It will be an unforgettable night, full of Nikki Beach’s finest local and international entertainment including DJs, live performances and fireworks. More details to be announced closer to the date. Click here for a copy of their NYE packages
Hilton Barbados: “Spellbound”, a Night Under the Stars from 7pm to 3am with dinner, drinks and party. Enjoy a delicious bufet and unlimited beverages while partying to Elan Trotman & Friends. Don’t miss out on one of the very best fireworks displays! US$175 per person. For more information or to reserve your tickets call (246) 426 0200 or email email@example.com
PRIMO Bar & Bistro on the bay in St Lawrence Gap is offering a gourmet 4 course dinner and DJ music for US$125 per person, which includes a glass of prosecco and party favours. Call (246) 573 7777 to make your reservations.
La Cabane, Barbados’ newest chic beach bar on Batts Rock Beach, invites you to their first Old Year’s Night on the Beach. Start with a welcome champagne on arrival (and at midnight). Dinner begins at 8pm with a Set Tasting Menu and a Vegetarian Menu. There will also be a rotisserie whole pig. US$295 per person. There is limited space so for reservations call (246) 256 2131.
Dockside at 13/59, in the Port Ferdinand marina, is offering a three course dinner that starts with a glass of Charles Heidsieck champagne on arrival, party favours, dinner and dancing. US$300 per person. Call 272-1359 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your table.
New Year’s Eve Beach BBQ at the Fairmont Royal Pavilion – US$273 per person includes a champagne cocktail party, buffet dinner and live entertainment and DJ from 8:30pm, spectacular fireworks and beach party. Reservations: (246) 422 5555 or email@example.com.
New Year’s Eve at Port St Charles Yacht Club: begin with a glass of bubbly, then enjoy a delicious buffet dinner, starting at 6:30pm to 9:30pm. Live entertainment is by Sasky Louison and Rhea Drakes from 7pm to 10pm, the DJ Dusty Payne takes over from 10pm until 2am. For reservations call (246) 419 1000 Ext 2284 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Buzo Osteria Italiana on the south coast is offering a 5 course dinner, US$125 per person. For reservations call 246 629 2896.
Ring in the New Year at NARU Restaurant and Lounge with their specially curated 3 course menu and a complimentary glass of Prosecco, US$107 per person. For reservations (246) 228 6278.
There is a New Year’s party at West Bar in the Limegrove Lifestyle Centre, Holetown, starting at 10pm with one of the island’s top DJ’s. US$50 will get you in and party favours are included.
Little Bristol Beach Bar in Speightstown presents their New Year’s Eve party, US$75 which includes house drinks, DJ music between 9-11pm and the female duo RISHAN will be on stage from 11pm to 1am. Tickets are on sale at Little Bristol Beach Bar or pay more at the door. Food will be on sale.
It’s New Year’s Eve Jazz at Art Taylor’s Lobster Alive. Enjoy your dinner with smooth jazz featuring Roger Gittens Quartet and swing in to the New Year with the Dixieland Jazz Band. Watch the spectacular Carlisle Bay fireworks. US$50 per person cover charge plus enjoy a fantastic menu priced a la carte served between 7pm and 10pm. There is limited seating so call for reservations (246) 435 0305.
Entertaining at home on Old Year’s Night? Why not order a sushi tray from Nishi Restaurant in Holetown. Each tray can hold up to 6 rolls, complete with ginger, soy sauce, seaweed salad, wasabi and chop sticks, sufficient for 8 people. The approx cost for one tray is US$200 plus VAT, plus a deposit of $100 (refundable when the tray is returned). Orders close on December 29th.
Begin 2019 with a fabulous Breakfast Buffet at The Atlantis Historic Inn on the east coast, 7:30am to 10:30am, US$32.50 adults, US$22.50 children. Plus service charge. Reservations are essential, call (246) 433 9445
There is also the New Year’s Day Lunch Buffet at The Atlantis Historic Inn, 12 noon to 3:30pm, US$50 adults, US$25 children. Plus service charge. Reservations are essential, call (246) 433 9445.
Hugo’s is open on New Year’s Day.
Updated December 28th 2018