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Willemstad, Curaçao for From Unique to Traditional, Curacao’s Holiday Festivities Are as Diverse as The Island Itself

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Yes, the holiday season in the U.S. and Canada is a wonderfully exciting and magical time. For some folks, though, being at home for the holidays year after year becomes routine, and like any routine, it can get old. If you’re looking to switch things up this holiday season, allow us to suggest an alternative destination filled with alternative festivities to enjoy.


Consider booking a trip to the dreamy, quirky, and all-around wondrous island of Curacao. Located in the southern region of the Caribbean, Curacao is an eclectic mix of Caribbean, Dutch, African, and South American cultures. From the landscape to the cuisine, Curacao is unlike any place you’ve ever visited before and makes for the perfect holiday getaway.

Want to Spend the Holidays in Curacao? Here’s What Not-to-Miss

If you decide to fly off to this slice of paradise, here are some of the alternative holiday festivities you can get into:

Fuikdag Curacao


By far, one of the most ridiculously fun and wild ways to ring in the New Year is Fuikdag. Imagine an entire day spent in the Caribbean Sea with world-renowned DJ’s, thousands of people on boats, blow up devices, and anything else that will float. Keep in mind, though, Fuikdag is not celebrated on New Year’s, but rather the first Sunday of the new year, which is January 6th this year. You can easily enjoy some of the holidays at home, and then make your way to Curacao right after New Year’s for a week of relaxation, and on the 6th, partying!

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Curacao Santa Run

Don a Santa Suit and run alongside hundreds of other Santa’s on Saturday, December 22nd in Curacao’s city center. This year will be the third annual Santa Run, and trust us, it’s going to be a great time!

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Pagara Fireworks Display

On New Year’s Eve, crowds will converge in the beautiful capital of Curacao, Willemstad, for the delightful annual Pagara fireworks display.

Eat Pan de Jamón

The only time of year Curacao bakeries feature the delectable Pan de Jamón is in December. We’re talking sweet dough rolls filled with ham, olives, and raisins, which melt in your mouth. It’s a delectable treat usually only available during the holiday season.

Keep It Slightly More Traditional

For those of you who want a hint of traditional holiday activities even while on a Caribbean vacation, you have a few options at Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort. Nosh on all of your favorite traditional dishes, alongside a few others you may be less acquainted with, at Christmas Eve dinner, Christmas brunch, Christmas dinner, and New Year’s Eve dinner. You can find all the details and make reservations right here.

Gift yourself, and your loved ones, a getaway to Curacao for the holidays and surround yourself with awe-inspiring views and total luxury with a stay at Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort. Happy holidays!

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