Christmas in Aruba is celebrated with a public holiday every 25 December, as it is in a majority of countries around the world. This Christian festivity commemorates the birth of Jesus, and is part of a 22-28 day season in the Christian calendar known as Advent.
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In Aruba, the end of the year is a hugely busy time when it comes to holidays and celebrations. Christmas is the centre and apex of all this festivity.
Right after Halloween in October, Carnival season opens up in November. Then, Santa arrives on 5 December to give presents to good little boys and girls. He comes again on 25 December to leave gifts under the Christmas tree, and the three kings show up on 6 January to dole out yet more presents, which they leave in the family nativity scene. Lucky kids!
On Christmas Eve, many in Aruba attend church services to celebrate Christ’s birth. They then head home, wishing everyone a “Bon Pasco!” on the way.
Christmas dinner and present opening is next on the agenda. One popular public event in Aruba for Christmas is the decorating of the hill Seroe Preto with an abundance of lights. Students do the work, and the rest of the community comes out to see the glorious results as the hill shines bright in the dead of night.