In case you were wondering where to go and what to do this month, here is all the information you need to keep you busy over the holidays.
Saturday, Dec. 10
Christmas Artisans Fair, National Gallery, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Shop local this holiday season and support your creative community. The National Gallery’s annual Artisans Fair takes place in the lower exhibition hall. More than 20 artisans will be on site to discuss their handcrafted products. Unique gift items for all ages. Festive refreshments will be on sale in the NGCI Art Café. Admission is free and all are welcome.
Sunday, Dec. 11
Jingle Bell Walk/Run, Public Beach by Calico Jack’s, 7 a.m.
A long-standing favorite with the running crowd, the Jingle Bell Walk/Run raises funds for the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre. It starts and ends at Public Beach by Calico Jack’s. Many participants get into the Christmas spirit by donning festive apparel. Register online at CaymanActive.com.
Saturday, Dec. 17
The Kiwanis Annual Santa Landing, Airport Park
Jolly Old St. Nick makes his grand entrance at 2 p.m. at the airport park across from Foster’s Food Fair, where he and his helpers hand out books as gifts to the children. Complimentary snacks and treats will be available and the afternoon includes games, face painting and an activity corner.
Mon. to Sat., Dec. 19 to 24
Gingerbread Man Tea, Silver Palm Lounge, Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
See what happens when the magic of Christmas meets a child’s tea party, where youngsters get to decorate their own gingerbread man. Indulge in tiny sandwiches and a tower of sweets before succumbing to the magic of Santa and his friends around the Christmas tree. Adults will enjoy a selection of classic and herbal teas, freshly baked scones, finger sandwiches and tempting pastries accompanied by holiday melodies. Seatings at noon and 2:30 p.m. each day.
Friday, Dec. 23
Mistletoe All White Christmas Lounge Party, Abacus, Camana Bay, 8 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Dress to impress in white at this 9th annual fundraiser. Music by DJ TNT and DJ Smoke. This year, rather than charging an entry fee and having customers run tabs, there is one all-inclusive price to pay: $125. It includes top shelf brands and French Champagne as well as two food buffets. Proceeds benefit Cayman HospiceCare. VIP tables available. Call 516-1355 or 945-6600.
Friday, Dec. 23
Late Night Shopping at the Nature Store, National Trust for the Cayman Islands, 5:30 to 9 p.m.
Shop for those last-minute gifts while helping to raise funds towards preserving the environment, heritage and culture of the Cayman Islands. The National Trust’s Nature Store features eco-friendly products made by local artisans and vendors. It also carries nature-themed activity kits and adventure toys for kids of all ages. Refreshments and appetizers will be served.
Saturday, Dec. 24
Drive around to see the extraordinary Christmas light displays. A number of the private homes open their gardens to the public.
We recommend the Crighton property and Dr. Steve Tomlinson’s home on Shamrock Road, and the Boddens’ residence opposite Sunset House. You’ll see the lights well in advance due to the sheer wattage emanating from thousands of bulbs.
The roundabouts are also worth a look.
Sunday, Dec. 25
Attend one of the many brunches scheduled at resorts and restaurants, or enjoy a turkey dinner at home with friends and family.
Monday, Dec. 26
Dashing Through the Sand, Seven Mile Beach, 7:30 a.m.
Work off the turkey and Christmas beef on this Boxing Day walk/run along Seven Mile Beach. The 1.5-mile trek starts on the beach near the former Hemingway’s Restaurant and includes breakfast and raffle prizes. Register online at CaymanActive.com.
Saturday, Dec. 31
New Year’s Eve parties and fireworks, various locations around the island
Ring in 2017, either at one of the myriad parties being offered by resorts and restaurants, or gather with friends at home.