What You Need to Know About Traveling to Belize for Christmas and New Year’s
Thanks to an abundance of sunshine and delightfully balmy temperatures, Belize is a very popular vacation destination for Christmas and New Year’s travelers. While cold winds, snow, and ice become ubiquitous in North America, December in Belize is a time when the rains disappear and the days are long and filled with golden sunshine, so it’s no wonder that Christmas and New Year’s are the busiest time of year for tours, lodging, and visiting in Belize.
Celebrations and Activities
The majority of people in Belize are members of the Christian faith, and celebrating Christmas with plenty of old-fashioned cheer remains a popular activity in Belize. Despite the balmy temperatures, you can easily expect to see traditional activities like caroling in the streets and well-attended church services.
Other, more uniquely Belizean activities around Christmas time include boat parades. In areas of the country on the coast like Placencia and Ambergris Caye, boat owners gather together and decorate their vessels with lights, garland, and other holiday garb before “parading” past the shoreline in a joyous celebration of Christmas. On land, urban areas like Belize City host more traditional parades where Santa and his jolly band of elves toss out goodies to the enthusiastic crowds.
In places like Hopkins and Dangriga where there is a large population of ethnic Garifuna people, look for special dances called the janku or jankunu dance. Originally used by enslaved Africans to clandestinely mock their European masters, the jankunu dance features masks, ropes of shells, and elaborate costumes.
Popular activities to enjoy in December in Belize include snorkeling and scuba diving the Belize Barrier Reef, swimming at the Inland Blue Hole, exploring the labyrinths inside the Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave (ATM Cave), and visiting ancient Maya ruins like Xunantunich, Caracol, and Lamanai.
A locally-owned and operated company, Roam Belize can arrange every detail of your perfect Christmas and New Year’s vacation in Belize. Roam Belize has a full line of modern, well-equipped vehicles for rent and also offers shuttle and private transfer service to and from anywhere in the country. Roam Belize is a licensed tour company and can book tours to all of the top destinations like Hopkins, Placencia, and Dangriga as well as arranging for accommodations at the finest resorts, hotels, and lodges in Belize.
Roam Belize also offers ground transfer service to and from Cancun, Playa del Carmen, and Tuluum in Mexico as well as to/from Tikal in Guatemala.