Christmas 2017 in a jamaican villa

If you want a break from the snow and extreme winter garb and would rather spend this special season in a warm tropical paradise with the family, the perfect choice for you would be Jamaica.

Jamaica possesses some of the best beaches, a variety of accommodation options as well as plenty of fun and exciting things to do with the family.

Below I will provide you with an insider’s guide to Christmas in Jamaica in 2017.

Christmas in Jamaica

If you want a break from the snow and extreme winter garb and would rather spend this special season in a warm tropical paradise with the family, the perfect choice for you would be Jamaica.

Jamaica possesses some of the best beaches, a variety of accommodation options as well as plenty of fun and exciting things to do with the family.

I will provide you with an insider’s guide to Christmas in Jamaica in 2017.

To truly immerse yourself in the exciting Jamaican culture and thoroughly enjoy the festivities of the season, it is recommended that you stay in a Jamaican Villa and not an all-inclusive hotel.

This will give you the freedom to explore and partake in the local happenings with your family.

One of the events that you should not miss for Christmas 2017 in Jamaica is Grand Market.

This event happens on Christmas Eve and is a celebratory event where most Jamaicans, young and old are on the streets reveling, shopping or just enjoying the night out; there is music everywhere, shops are opened all night, and there are stalls all over selling local food and wares.

You will get some of the best Jerk chicken from the stall vendors on Grand Market night in Jamaica!

You will also get the unique opportunity to mingle with regular Jamaicans in an authentic setting, which you probably not have gotten if staying in an all-inclusive hotel.

This is one of the reasons why we recommend a Jamaica Vacation rental or Jamaican Villa if you are coming to the Island for Christmas 2017.

Food! Glorious Food!

Another element of Christmas in Jamaica is the food; no Jamaican Christmas is complete without a slice of traditional Jamaican Christmas pudding, roasted chicken, gungo peas and rice and the Christmas drink sorrel.

The Christmas pudding is infused with fruits that have been soaked in rum for weeks, sometimes months before being used; this gives the Christmas pudding a rum flavor that is uniquely Jamaican.

Gungo peas and sorrel are seasonal crops that are grown specifically for the Christmas season on the Island and are incredibly tasty options.

If you are visiting Jamaica for Christmas in 2017 and staying at a Jamaican Villa, your local chef/cook will prepare a traditional Christmas dinner for you.

Your family will truly enjoy the authentic dining experience in the private, homely setting of your Villa that you will not be afforded if staying in a larger hotel.

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Christmas in Jamaica is also a fun-filled time for kids

Finally, Christmas in Jamaica is also a fun-filled time for kids. There is a host of events including Christmas fares, circuses, Santa Clause appearances and traditional Jonkonuh bands.

The Christmas fares are very popular on the island; children are entertained and provided with Christmas gifts; Santa Claus also appears at some of these fares to the delight of the children.

Also, some circuses provide family entertainment throughout the Christmas season.

The Jonkonuh bands which are traditional bands where the players are dressed in costumes deliberately designed to scare children are a mainstay of Jamaican Christmas.

These bands revel through the streets and visit the homes of locals, beating their traditional drums and other musical instruments, scaring children in their wake!

These are exciting activities to expose your kids to, to give them a perspective of Christmas outside of the United States.

To thoroughly enjoy what Jamaica has to offer for Christmas 2017, you will need to stay in a private villa or a Jamaican rental; this will provide you with the opportunity to explore and indulge in the local culture and Christmas festivities in a genuine and direct way.

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