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Barbados

Christmas 2021, 2022 and 2023 in Barbados

Christmas in Barbados 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.

YearDateDayHoliday
202125 DecSatChristmas Day
202225 DecSunChristmas Day
27 DecTueChristmas Holiday
202325 DecMonChristmas Day
202425 DecWedChristmas Day
Please scroll down to end of page for previous years' dates.

In Barbados, Christmas is celebrated like in most of the rest of the world. But Barbados also has a number of special traditions all its own.

First of all, food is central to all holiday celebrations in Barbados. For Christmas, a traditional dish is baked ham cured with cloves and smothered in a pineapple-sorrel glaze for the main dish. People may also feast on jug-jug, which consists of peas, cornmeal, herbs, and salty meat. And for dessert, “great cake”, made with fruits, nuts, spices, and tasty icing, is traditional.

Traditionally, most attend church either on Christmas Eve or Day, and everyone gets together with family for fellowship and food. Loud public Christmas music, lights on almost every building, and fashion shows in Queen’s Park in Bridgetown are also common elements of the season.

Previous Years

YearDateDayHoliday
202025 DecFriChristmas Day
201925 DecWedChristmas Day
201825 DecTueChristmas Day
201725 DecMonChristmas Day