Christmas in the US Virgin Islands 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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As a territory of the United States, the US Virgin Islands have largely the same holidays’ calendar as the USA. This includes, of course, Christmas Day on 25 December. It also includes Thanksgiving Day, the unofficial beginning of the Christmas season in the US Virgin Islands and in the US itself. However, the US Virgin Islands also have a holiday on 26 December called “Christmas Second Day”, which is known as Boxing Day in many other parts of the world.
There are three main islands that for the US Virgin Islands: Saint Croix, Saint Thomas, and Saint John. Each island has its own famous Christmas celebration that makes it unique.
On Saint Croix, Carnival season normally comes at the end of December and lasts into January. It is called “Saint Croix Crucian Festival” and includes food fairs, a kids’ parade, and adult parade, and more. Saint Croix is also known for its donkey-riding Christmas fundraising event.
On Saint Thomas, a big shopping and crafts event called “Miracle on Main Street” gets a lot of attention each year. And on Saint John, there is an All Island Holiday Party at Mongoose Junction that has been running for a quarter-century.
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