What’s Hot in December

It goes without saying that December is probably the hottest month of the year when it comes to events and parties. The lights, the trees and the decorations put everyone in a happy mood and ready to throw on their glad rags for festive occasions.

There are countless items on the calendar to consider when planning your season strategy; these are just a few of them.

 Cayman 27 Parade of Lights 

The Parade of Lights (page 18) is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 7 at Camana Bay, starting at 6 p.m. This annual feast for the senses is an absolute must for children and adults, as they witness boats festooned with lights and hear choirs singing Christmas songs. There will also be a Christmas market on the same evening, offering local food and crafts. It’s like witnessing an electric light parade on the water – don’t miss it.

Jingle Bell Walk/Run 

On Sunday, Dec. 8 you should set your alarm to join fellow walkers and runners at the annual Jingle Bell Walk/Run (page 76) commencing at 7 a.m. from the new Holiday Inn Resort. It’s difficult to not get into the spirit when most participants are wearing Christmas garb from merry T-shirts to Santa hats. Speaking of Santa, the jolly fat man himself will be at the start line and ready to greet participants at the finish line. Lots of prizes are up for grabs, and you’ll be giving yourself the gift of fitness. Proceeds go to the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre.

Cayman Cookoff 

Cooking shows like Iron Chef are hot, hot, hot right now, and if you’re a fan of watching culinary contestants going head-to-head, then you need to attend the Cayman Cookoff semi-finals at Bon Vivant in Camana Bay. Four cheftestants will battle it out over two nights, Dec. 11 and 12, with two winners going through to the final at the Cayman Cookout Brunch on Sunday, Jan. 19.

There are complimentary glasses of wine and hors d’oeuvres for attendees and it’s free to attend! Get there early for a good seat. 

National Trust Christmas Lights Bus Tour 

It’s hard to miss this bus tour that runs from Dec. 17 to 21 when it makes its way around Grand Cayman. It carries happy revelers through the island to view the amazing light displays on the roundabouts and at private homes. It starts and ends at the Trust’s headquarters in Dart Family Park in South Sound with a stop at the Mission House in Bodden Town. Don’t forget your Santa hat.

Dashing Through The Sand 

What better way to work off the turkey you gobbled over Christmas than to go for a walk on the beach with a similarly minded social crowd? Dash, job, sprint, amble…no matter what your speed of travel, you’ll be welcomed with open arms. Dashing Through The Sand (page 77) is an annual event, held on Boxing Day, Dec. 26 where visitors and residents meet up for a bit of exercise by the sea.

New Year’s Eve 

If you haven’t yet figured out what you’re doing on New Year’s Eve (page 48), now is definitely the time to book. Venues fill up fast, and you don’t want to be left with nothing to do on arguably the biggest night of the year. From going ritzy at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, to just sharing a glass of champagne on the beach and watching the fireworks, there are options from the inexpensive to the luxurious. All you have to do is choose.

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