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Mark Your Calendar: Holiday Festivities & Activities

Thanksgiving Dinner at Beach Side Cafe November 22 @ 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm Sand Castle on the Beach.
Enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with Beach Side Cafe at Sand Castle by the Beach. Seatings at 2, 4:30 and 7pm. Social area on the beach after each seating. $45 per person, $22 10 years of age and under. Buffet includes: Dinner Rolls, Shrimp Cocktail, Salad served with Basalmic or Ranch, Turkey, Dressing, Gravy, Pork Shoulder, Mahi, Pea Salad, Corn on the Cob, Scalloped Potatoes, and Rice and Beans. Sweet Potato Square or Brownie for dessert. Reservations required at 340-772-1205

Jump Up! Downtown Christiansted November 23 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Jump Up is a party in the streets of Christiansted. One of St. Croix’s favorite social events among locals and visitors alike, it was originally started to boost economic growth downtown. Music, dancing, food, drinks, street vendors and the iconic Mocko Jumbies all come together and Christiansted comes alive. Don’t miss it!

Stone Tools Workshop at Mt Victory Camp November 25 @ 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Learn the ancient art of stone tool-making with Matt Corradino. Bring lunch. $25 per person. Call 340-201-7983 to register.

Tree Planting @ Southgate Coastal Reserve – Nov. 24, 9:00 AM – noon
Join the St. Croix Environmental Association for a morning of tree planting at the Southgate Coastal Reserve. The native trees will improve habitat for wildlife, provide shade along the upland trail, and increase hurricane resilience and recovery. If you have any shovels, pick-axes and wheelbarrows – bring them. SEA has some tools and will provide water and light snacks. Support for this project is provided by the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands, with funding from Cruzan’s Island Spirit Fund.

Starving Artists Day – Whim Museum Nov. 25, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Starving Artists Day invites residents and visitors alike to see, taste, hear, touch, smell and otherwise enjoy aspects of our culture at the Estate Whim Museum. Shop for locally made products and art. For more information please call 340-772-0598.

Limpricht Park Vintage & Collectibles Fair Dec. 1, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
The Christiansted Community Alliance hosts a bi-annual Christiansted Antiques and Collectibles Fair in the Spring and Fall. Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Christiansted on King Street, Limpricht Park offers a beautiful and inviting outdoor venue for this unique arts fair. Stroll around the park and shop for collectibles, antiques and vintage finds, one-of-a-kind furniture, textiles, local art and jewelry, home goods, plants, wood carvings, and much more. There are also demonstrations, storytime and arts and crafts for the kids, and a raffle. Enjoy local food and drinks from onsite vendors, or walk to one of Christiansted’s many great restaurants and grab a bite.

Christmas Spoken Here – Whim Plantation – Dec. 8, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
A day filled with food, fun, and festivities. Enjoy Christmas music, local dishes, and shopping. As you meander around the grounds of the St. George Village Botanical Garden. your senses will be delighted by the sounds of choirs singing, the delicious smell of barbecue, the taste of locally made coquito, and the sight of the spectacularly decorated Christmas trees in the Great Hall. There will be craft vendors with locally made St. Croix items, food vendors, and a craft station for children. Santa will be present so have your Christmas lists ready.

St. Croix Christmas Boat Parade Dec. 8, 6:00 – 9:00 PM
A holiday favorite event of locals and visitors alike, the St. Croix Christmas Boat Parade has been taking place each December since 1994. Businesses who operate boats as well as those who have their own pleasure crafts deck their boats with the most imaginative holiday and tropical decor. Santa and his reindeer, palm trees, lights galore, even Mocko Jumbies dancing on the boardwalk! A large crowd on the boardwalk enjoys the sight of the boats circling through Christiansted Harbor, cheering for their favorites. The night ends with a wonderful fireworks display that lights up the harbor.

Not only is it fun to watch the boats on the water, but the streets of Christiansted are abuzz with open air vendors, shops stay open late and restaurants offer parade specials on food and beverages. Prior to the parade, there are fun festivities happening on the Boardwalk starting in the afternoon. Be sure to arrive early as the boardwalk fills up fast!

Gallows Bay Holiday Festival. Dec. 12, 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Bring the family out to celebrate the holidays at Gallows Bay. The kids can get their pictures taken with Santa at Undercover Books, shop, eat, drink and be merry!

St. Croix Donkey Races. Dec. 16, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
You can’t imagine how hysterically funny this event is! Don’t miss it! It will be held at the Agricultural Fair Grounds. More details to come!

Crucian Christmas Festival Dec. 25 – Jan. 5
The Crucian Christmas Festival (or Crucian Christmas Carnival) is a month long celebration of long standing traditions. These holiday traditions date back to at least the early 1800s when enslaved Africans were allowed time off to celebrate Christmas, and they made the most of this time off by celebrating. They dressed up in costumes, paraded through the streets of town, visited other plantations, and they celebrated with dancing, music and general merrymaking. In 1952, these traditions were revived into an annual organized festival of events we’ve come to know as the Crucian Christmas Carnival.

While most of the Carnival action happens in Frederiksted, where the main Carnival Village is setup, there are events and venues that span across the island of St. Croix. Festival celebrations include displays and competitions of talented bands and musicians, pageants for Carnival royalty, cultural activities, and fairs that showcase local arts, crafts, foods, and drinks. But, the best is saved for last at the culmination of Carnival: J’Ouvert, the Children’s Parade, and the famous Adult’s Parade.

The dates for the festival each year are as follows:

  • Festival Village Opening Night & Fireworks – December 25th, 8:00 PM
  • Cultural Night – December 28th, 8:00 PM
  • J’Ouvert – January 3rd, 5:00 AM
  • Food, Arts & Crafts Fair – January 3rd, 12:00 NOON
  • Children’s Parade – January 4th, 10:00 AM
  • Adult Parade – January 5th, 10:00 AM
  • Caribbean Night & Closing Fireworks – January 5th, 8:00 PM