Have you ever seen Christmas lights decorating palm trees? Does the idea of spending Christmas in a tiny church where the day is sacred, not commercial, appeal to you? What about spending Christmas Day wrapping your arms around diving equipment instead of unwrapping gifts? If this sounds great, you may wish to trade north winds for tropical breezes by spending your holiday on Ambergris Caye in Belize.
This diverse country welcomes holiday travelers with open arms and a visit to this popular island offers lots of opportunities to see how Belize’s many cultures celebrate the season. As a matter of fact, Belizeans are so enthralled with this holiday, it’s celebrated throughout entire the month of December, so whether you visit early or late in the month, those palm tree lights will still be twinkling.
Of course, before you can experience tropical holiday magic, you need lodgings and no resort celebrates Christmas like the Villas at Banyan Bay on Ambergris Caye where roomy and beautifully-appointed suites big enough to accommodate families in two and three bedroom configurations make this the place families prefer. Views from every villa are spectacular, as are onsite amenities; you won’t have to leave the grounds to enjoy gourmet dining at Rico’s Restaurant or pampering at the Seashells Spa.
In addition to spending time at the resort, staff is happy to send you off on any number of Christmas-related activities that elevate your holiday experience here amid the rainforests and jungles of Belize. Our list of recommendations? Hopefully, you’ll have time for them all!
-Be on hand for the Belize City tree lighting, a grand spectacle held at Mule Park that kicks off the holiday
-Stroll Albert Street and city center for locally-made ornaments that will remind you of Belize for years to come
-Attend the Christmas Bram: carolers roam village streets playing Brukdong music and singing in Kriol tradition
-Visit Dangriga on Christmas afternoon to watch Jankunu dancers perform in pink masks symbolizing days of slavery and freedom descendants now enjoy. Alternately, attend the post-Christmas Jankunu competition
-Witness an authentic Maya deer dance in the Santa Cruz area. The costumes and story behind this ancient performance are colorful, authentic and fascinating
-Experience Spanish Christmas traditions Belize style: Las Posadas begins on December 16th and runs nine days as the journey made by the Holy Family is joyfully recalled
-Attend a traditional midnight mass at a local church where singing and prayers welcome Christmas morning.
When you and your family have had your fill of sacred and lighthearted Christmas activities, return to Banyan Bay for holiday dinner at the resort’s award-winning restaurant and prepare to feast! While the menu may be more exotic than that of past Christmas dinners you’ve enjoyed, you’ll go back for seconds of turkey, stuffing, rice and beans and ethnic specialties like tamales and white relleno (chicken, stuffed pork and olives wrapped in tortillas), rum pop and fruit cakes.
With Banyan Bay as your accommodation, you won’t have to lift a finger to be transported to all of the aforementioned, holiday-focused activities plus other non-traditional adventures, like snorkeling, diving, boating, fishing and touring Mayan ruins in and around Ambergris Caye. After all, who says your Christmas celebration can’t include exploring the Belize Barrier Reef or diving the Big Blue Hole?Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download?