If the same old routines at home are wearing you out, Christmas in the islands might be just what you need in order to lift your spirits. Christmas in Turks & Caicos is a delight for all of your senses. By getting away from home and taking a relaxing vacation at our hotel, The Regent Grand, you can leave the stress and chaos behind. At our hotel, you can enjoy the spectacular views, relaxing swimming pools, comfortable beds and convenient room service. Close to our hotel, there are many fun and engaging activities to appeal to your sense of beauty, adventure and style. When you are ready to celebrate Christmas in Turks & Caicos, keep these great attractions and activities in mind.
Join the Annual Maskanoo Celebrations
Maskanoo is an annual street festival, and it takes place each year on December 26. It is a part of the Boxing Day celebration, and it features a parade of costumed locals, along with musicians who march along or play along the sidelines. Great food is also an important part of the Maskanoo festivities when celebrating Christmas in the islands. Food trucks are popular along the parade route, and you could try some of the seasonal fresh lobster that is caught off the coast of the Caicos. Some tasty options include lobster curry, fish tacos, lobster macaroni and cheese and seafood stir-fries. The celebrations take place around the Saltmills Plaza and Regent Grand shopping area, and people of all ages are welcome. The festivities last late into the night, so be sure to enjoy sleeping in at our hotel the next day.
Attend the Post-Christmas Beach Party
On the weekend following Christmas, the annual post-Christmas beach party is a must-see event. Local bands, native foods, kayak racing, handmade crafts and model sailboat races will keep you busy all day long. In the evenings, fireworks are shot off from multiple locations on Grace Bay Beach. Many of the restaurants offer dining specials. People get dressed up in colorful and fanciful costumes for this party, or you could simply purchase a shirt, fun hat or bright woven scarf from one of the many vendors. The post-Christmas party also involves plenty of music, which includes blues, jazz, reggae and more. When you celebrate Christmas in Turks & Caicos, plan on the celebrations extending for several days, up to and including New Year's day.
Revel at the Junkanoo Parade
The Junkanoo parade takes place each year on New Year's Eve. It is located in downtown Provo, and it begins at midnight. This traditional parade involves wearing masks and costumes. The costumes and music celebrate a day off from slavery for the early residents of the islands. The size and scope of the parade, along with its revelry, adult beverages and food make it the Turks and Caicos equivalent to Mardi Gras. The celebration is one of the oldest events on the islands, and it dates back to the 16th century.
If you are looking for some action, visit the Provo Golf Club and try its 18 holes of beautifully landscaped grounds. Flocks of flamingos dot the course, which is well-groomed. Your day on the greens can be capped off with a relaxing drink or meal in the clubhouse, which sports a variety of festive holiday decorations. Special Christmas and holiday deals are offered, but you may need to reserve your tee time well in advance.
Enjoy the Lights on the Grace Bay Strip
One of the most visually stunning aspects of Christmas in Turks & Caicos is the holiday lights display on Grace Bay Strip. You might see a lighted Santa Claus climbing up a palm tree, or an entire sleigh on the beach. Wreaths are bejeweled with light emitting diodes, and palm trees are decorated with the colorful lights, too. Bring a blanket, stretch out on the sand and take in the lights and how they reflect on the water.
Visit the Turks & Caicos National Museum
The Turks & Caicos National Museum offers exhibits about the islands' history, culture, food, geography and more. There are expansive displays about the lives of former slaves and shipwrecks. The premises is decorated for the holidays with an understated elegance. It goes in-depth about the Molasses Reef Wreck and the slave ship Trouvadore. The two-floor museum also gets into the holidays. In the gift shop, you could select a souvenir Christmas ornament to take home and hang on your tree in remembrance of your vacation. The museum is located in a historic facility in Cockburn town on Grand Turk Island. The museum's hours vary based on cruise ship schedules, so be sure to check the website before your visit. Tickets are $7, and tours are available.
Explore the Cheshire Hall Plantation
Explore the Cheshire Hall Plantation during your holidays in Turks & Caicos. The plantation provides visitors with a 30-minute tour of the limestone and masonry buildings that were built in the 1700s and 1800s. The plantation explores the history of slavery on the islands. Cotton trees still stand on the grounds, which are located next to St. Monica's Anglican Church. The plantation tours also examine how the holidays used to be celebrated during the early days of the towns on the islands.
Gather Together at Old Year’s Night
If you extend your vacation past Christmas, consider joining the locals in their long-standing tradition for bringing good luck in the upcoming new year. This event features an extended night service in the island's many churches. Each person sings and rings out old year. Just after midnight, everyone comes together to ring in New Year with bells, church gatherings and community greeting. Of course, plenty of food and live music is offered at Old Year's Night.