Christmas events: ‘Tis the season

The calendar is chockfull of events this December, guaranteed to put everyone in a merry mood.

With turkey and Christmas trees and gifts and family and friends, ‘tis the season to be full of joy. There is lots of entertainment to be enjoyed, not to mention some terrific charitable organizations trying to make the holidays a little happier for those in need.

Here are just some of the highlighted events you won’t want to miss:

December 5
EPIC bacchanal launch and toy drive fete, The Festival Green, Camana Bay

Trinidadian sensation Machel Montano HD will be heading to Grand Cayman for this live concert with a cause. Donate a child’s toy when you pick up your ticket at Star 92.7 studios in the drop-off box and receive a discount, or donate a toy at the event itself.
It’s going to be a great party!

December 6
Cayman 27’s Parade of Lights, The Crescent and The Festival Green, Camana Bay 6 to 8 p.m.

The Parade of Lights has become a Christmas Tradition in the Cayman Islands, and is a wonderful night out for young and old. Participating vessels compete for prizes, but no matter the outcome, everyone is a winner; their lights reflected in the waters of the harbor surrounding Camana Bay.

There are choirs singing, and a Christmas market to visit, featuring local foods and crafts, to really get people in the spirit.
Get there early for a good viewing spot.

December 12 to 14
Toys 4 Tots LIME, Cost-U-Less, Motorcycle Run

The Cayman Islands Motorcycle Riders Association (CIMRA) organizes Toys 4 Tots every year, encouraging the public to buy, new, unwrapped toys to ensure that no child goes without.

It all starts on Friday, Dec. 12 at LIME, where kids can get pictures with Santa. Then on Saturday, Dec. 13, members of CIMRA will be camped out at Cost-U-Less, so shoppers can add an extra toy or three to their carts to donate there and then.

Finally, on Sunday, Dec. 14, motorbike enthusiasts will ride out together across the island. You just have to donate a toy to join, and you can also participate in the raffle and lunch for a small fee.

December 14
Jingle Bell Walk/Run, Holiday Inn Resort Grand Cayman, 7 a.m.

Every year, walkers, joggers and runners show up in droves for the Jingle Bell Walk/Run, which raises money for the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre. It’s a great, social event, and is an excellent way to keep some of those seasonal calories at bay.

The course begins and ends at the Holiday Inn Resort Grand Cayman, taking participants past the picturesque golf course, before they return to the finish line and a hearty breakfast.

There are loads of random prizes to be won, including gift certificates for meals, gym memberships, hotel stays and even travel. Well worth every penny.

December 17
Santa Story Time, Regal Cinemas, Camana Bay, 10:30 a.m.

Books & Books will be presenting a special, holiday themed Story Time, featuring classic Christmas tales. Bring the children along for entertainment the old fashioned way, and they’ll be swept up in the magic of seasonal stories.
This popular store will also be offering some great deals all day, so you can get some Christmas shopping finished at the same time – how’s THAT for convenient?

December 25
Christmas Day – Brunches galore!

If you’re not the type to slave over a hot stove for your family and friends, why not consider attending one of the myriad brunches around the island? Many restaurants and resorts will be catering to those who just want to sit back and relax on the day, offering everything from the simple to the extravagant.

Eat your meal by the sea at Tukka in East End, in true, laid-back island life style, or head to The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman for a buffet feast being held in Seven and the ballroom. These and many other choices will be available for Christmas Day. Just make sure you book well in advance, or you could be caught eating JELL-O at home.

December 26
Dashing Thru The Sand; Seven Mile Beach

After all that food, drink, and more food, the odds are good you’ll want to get a jumpstart on your exercise regimen before New Year’s Eve is upon you. The annual Dashing Thru The Sand event is the perfect way to begin, as while others are freezing through winter elsewhere, the temperatures are balmy enough here for shorts and T-shirts.

The route takes participants along Seven Mile Beach, and if you don’t feel like jogging, just walk! So long as it gets the blood pumping, that’s all that matters.

December 31
New Year’s Eve, Everywhere

There will be fireworks lighting up the night sky throughout the island on New Year’s Eve, so no matter where you are, chances are you’ll witness at least one display or another. Check out our New Year’s Eve pages in this section to learn about some of the parties going on, so you can get some ideas on where to celebrate. Just buy your tickets early before they sell out.

There will also be two fireworks displays at Camana Bay at 7 p.m. and 12 a.m. so all ages can enjoy them.