Christmas is a holiday in Antigua and Barbuda every 25 December. Many of the Christmas traditions in Antigua and Barbuda derive from British sources. But there are also many unique and interesting traditions here as well.
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First of all, you’ll see English Harbour packed full of a dazzling variety of boats as people crowd in from all over the world to spend the holiday season on the islands.
Stores and homes light up for Christmas as early as November, and many homes will have paper chains of red, white, and green hanging around their doorways. As Christmas day nears, you’ll notice street bands, musicians, and Christmas carollers roaming around, and on Christmas Eve, some stores stay open as late as 11pm.
Many will attend church services, enjoy a Christmas feast at home, or perhaps have a Christmas barbecue at a local beach.
Also, it’s traditional for some people to dress up like Scottish Highlander soldiers, kilts and all, and do a whirling, entertaining dance around Christmas time.
Finally, there are public parties, like the Museum Christmas Masquerade Party and the Champagne Party at Nelson’s Dockyard that all are welcome to attend.