Camana Bay is celebrating a decade of magic this holiday season! Over the past 10 years, Camana Bay has become synonymous with Christmas, with beautiful decorations, seasonal shopping, tasty holiday treats and a robust schedule of festive events that keep the town full of spirit. From the lighting of our magnificent tree and continuing with enchanting visits from Santa, festive holiday markets, merry films under the stars and so much more, we invite you to experience the magic of Christmas with Camana Bay.
Annual Tree Lighting
Saturday, Nov. 18, 5-9 p.m., the Crescent
Camana Bay celebrates a decade of magic as the town transforms into a sparkling wonderland with holiday tunes, inspiring performances, an appearance by Santa and, of course, the lighting of our majestic Christmas tree! Come early for a special craft market from 4-8 p.m.
Visual Arts Society Christmas Craft Market
Saturday, Nov. 25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., the Crescent
Find Christmas gifts with a local twist, including homemade art, jewellery, crafts and more.
Pink Ladies Annual Christmas Bazaar
Saturday, Dec. 2, 2-5 p.m., the Arts & Recreation Centre
This annual charity fundraiser features delicious homemade tea, distinctive handmade crafts, a white elephant sale, a silent auction and special performances.
Capella Music Festival
Friday, Dec. 8, gates open at 5 p.m., the Festival Green
Featuring live performances by renowned musicians, including headliner Beres Hammond, this music festival is presented by Mogul Entertainment. For tickets and more details, visit capellamusicfestival.com.
Budding Chef Cooking Class: Holiday Desserts
Saturday, Dec. 9, 12-1 p.m., Bon Vivant
Little chefs can get ready for Christmas by learning how to make peppermint Oreo truffles and cupcakes from scratch in this cooking class led by chef Maureen Cubbon. The cost is CI$35 per child for children ages four to 12 years old. Pre-registration required; contact Bon Vivant to register at 345.623.2665.
Budding Chef Cooking Class: Mommy & Me Holiday Baking
Saturday, Dec. 16, 2-3 p.m., Bon Vivant
Enjoy a class whipping up classic holiday treats, including gingerbread loaf, sugar cookies and time spent decorating! The cost is CI$50 for one mom and child pair or $85 for Mom with two children. Pre-registration required; contact Bon Vivant to register at 345.623.2665.
Sunday, Dec. 17, 6:30 a.m., the Paseo
Join a parade of Santas for a jolly jog around Camana Bay for some festive, family-friendly fun. For more details and to register, visit camanabay.com. Proceeds raised will benefit the Camana Bay Christmas Give. Tins of food will be accepted from 6 a.m. to also benefit the Give.
Santa Story Times
Tuesday, Dec. 19, 11 a.m. and 11:45 a.m., Camana Bay Cinema
Don’t miss two special Story Times featuring classic Christmas tales read by the Jolly Old Elf himself.
10th Annual Mistletoe
Friday, Dec. 22, 7 p.m.-3 a.m., Abacus
Don your best winter whites and dance the night away at the hottest party of the season.
Culture at the Cinema: The Nutcracker
Sunday, Dec. 24, 3 p.m., Camana Bay Cinema
Come out for seasonal showings as part of the cinema’s Culture at the Cinema series with The Nutcracker. Tickets are available at the cinema’s box office.
Saturday, Nov. 25, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Gardenia Court
Pets and their owners are invited to take holiday photos with Santa. The generous dog lovers from Picture This Studios will be on site taking professional photos with prints for purchase and there will be holiday gift sales from the Cayman Islands Humane Society and Must Love Dogs. All donations will support the Cayman Islands Humane Society.
Cayman HospiceCare’s Light Up a Life
Thursday, Nov. 30, 5:30-9 p.m., Cassia Court
Celebrate the lives of loved ones who are with us only in spirit this holiday season by adding lights to a memorial tree during this community gathering.
Cayman 27’s Parade of Lights
Saturday, Dec. 2, 4 p.m. Craft Market, 6 p.m. Parade, the Crescent
Boats aglow with thousands of brightly coloured lights parade through the harbour against a soundtrack of choirs while a Christmas market charms with local food and crafts, live music and a special visit from Santa.
Camana Bay Cinema’s Kids Club: A Christmas Story
Saturday, Dec. 9, 10 a.m., Camana Bay Cinema
Enjoy family favourites with brighter lights and softer sounds every other Saturday at Camana Bay Cinema. This holiday season, watch A Christmas Story (1983, PG).
Tuesday, Dec. 12, 4-7 p.m., Gardenia Court
Come out for this festive Chanukah fair hosted by Chabad Cayman Jewish Community. Enjoy activities including crafts, face painting, a Judah Maccabee photobooth, the lighting of the Menorah and a performance by the Cayman Hebrew School. Traditional Chanukah refreshments will be served.
Culture at the Cinema: Follies
Saturday, Dec. 16, 8 p.m., Camana Bay Cinema
Come out for seasonal showings as part of the cinema’s Culture at the Cinema series with Follies. Tickets are available at the cinema’s box office.
Culture at the Cinema: Peter Pan
Sunday, Dec. 17, 3 p.m., Camana Bay Cinema
Come out for seasonal showings as part of the cinema’s Culture at the Cinema series with Peter Pan. Tickets are available at the cinema’s box office.
A Christmas Recital
Thursday, Dec. 21, 6:30 p.m., the Crescent
Dancers from Centre Pointe Dance Studio twirl under the stars to holiday tunes for the ultimate merry and magical show.
Camana Bay Cinema’s Kids Club: Home Alone
Saturday, Dec. 23, 10 a.m., Camana Bay Cinema
Enjoy family favourites with brighter lights and softer sounds every other Saturday at Camana Bay Cinema. This holiday season, watch Home Alone (1990, PG). *Movie titles subject to change.
New Year’s Eve Celebration
Sunday, Dec. 31, 7 p.m. and midnight, the Crescent
With two spectacular fireworks displays at 7 p.m. and midnight and a rockin’ New Year’s Eve party, Camana Bay is ringing in 2018 with festivities for all ages.
Nov. 21 through Dec. 19
Moonlight & Movies Christmas Series
Snuggle up under the stars for festive family flicks shown on our giant blow-up screen on the Crescent. Enjoy themed activities including crafts before the movie and snacks. Come dressed up in your Santa kit for photos on Nov. 28, when a special guest will make an appearance, and enjoy a special Christmas dinner treat on Tuesday, Dec. 19!
6 p.m. crafts, 7 p.m. movie, the Crescent
Nov. 23 through Dec. 21
Traditional Santa Photos
Kids can join the jolly old elf in his full red-and-white regalia to whisper wishes and snap memories. Families have the option to purchase professional photo packages from Picture This Studios.
5-7 p.m., Gardenia Court
Nov. 22 through Dec. 20
Throughout the holiday season, Camana Bay’s popular weekly Farmers & Artisans Market will be infused with Christmas cheer.
12-7 p.m., the Paseo
Nov. 25 through Dec. 23
Caribbean Santa Photos
Father Christmas goes island style with a tropical shirt, shorts and sun-drenched photos in the sand. Families have the option to purchase professional photo packages from Picture This Studios.
3-5 p.m., the Island
WAYS TO GIVE:
Bring canned food and non-perishable food items to the Camana Bay Visitor Centre for the Good Samaritan Food Bank to distribute to those in need.
Purchase a CI$1 North Pole stamp at Mail Boxes Etc. for your child to mail a letter to Santa Claus in Santa’s Mailbox outside. Proceeds will benefit Feed our Future.
Purchase a photo package with Camana Bay’s Traditional or Caribbean Santa photo sessions and Picture This Studios will donate CI$1 to the general Give fund.
Donate funds by using the cascading coin stand at Camana Bay Cinema, or put bills in the collection box for the general Give fund.
Have your pet take a photo with Santa with Picture This Studios at Santa Paws on Saturday, Nov. 25 to benefit the Cayman Islands Humane Society.
WAYS TO GIVE:
Participate in the Santa Run on Sunday, Dec. 17 and dash around the Town Centre to raise funds for the general Give fund. Come at 6 a.m. with a tin of food to donate to the food bank!
Bring a gift certificate from a local grocery store to the Camana Bay Visitor Centre. ARK will distribute certificates to families in need this holiday season.
All of the general funds will be donated to the Good Samaritan Food Bank, a new organisation committed to providing a solution to hunger. In appreciation for your generosity, Dart will match contributions up to CI$10,000.
For more information on how you can lend your support over the holidays, visit the Camana Bay Visitor Centre.
Tuesdays Nov. 21 to Dec. 19, 7 p.m., the Crescent
Snuggle up under the stars for festive family flicks shown on our giant blow-up screen on the Crescent. Enjoy themed activities, including crafts, and snacks at 6 p.m. before the film. Come dressed up in your Santa kit for photos on Nov. 28, when a special guest will make an appearance, and enjoy a special Christmas dinner treat on Tuesday, Dec. 19!
Tues., Nov. 21
A young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express. During his adventure he learns about friendship, bravery and the spirit of Christmas.
Tues., Nov. 28
When a man inadvertently kills Santa on Christmas Eve, he finds himself magically recruited to take his place.
Tues., Dec. 5
When the newly crowned Queen Elsa accidentally uses her power to turn things to ice to curse her home in infinite winter, her sister Anna teams up with a mountain man, his playful reindeer and a snowman to change the weather conditions.
Tues., Dec. 12
When the unthinkable happens, and Santa misses one child out of hundreds of millions on his gift delivery on Christmas Eve, it’s up to Arthur – Santa’s youngest son – to deliver a present to the forgotten child before Christmas morning dawns.
Tues., Dec. 19
On the outskirts of Whoville, there lives a green, revenge-seeking Grinch who plans on ruining the Christmas holiday for all of the citizens of the town.