It’s beginning to look at lot like Christmas at Camana Bay and it all kicks off with the Annual Tree Lighting on Saturday, 17 November. Come out and watch the Town Centre transform into a sparkling wonderland while listening to holiday tunes and watching inspiring performances – and, of course, see Santa! Holiday Moonlight & Movies is back every Tuesday until 18 December. For the final showing, the public will be given the opportunity to vote on their favourite holiday-themed film – voting will be opened on the Camana Bay Facebook page from 19 November.
Santa Claus is coming to town to take photos and to listen to your wish list every Thursday, from 29 November until 20 December. Every Saturday from 1 to 22 December, Santa will go island style in a tropical shirt and shorts, and photos will take place on the Island overlooking the harbour.
On Saturday, 1 December, Cayman 27’s Parade of Lights is back at Camana Bay. Take in the showcase of beautifully lit boats at Grand Cayman’s largest festive gathering.
If you are looking for an ‘all about local’ Christmas and wish to show support to local artists, then stop by the Visual Arts Society’s Christmas Craft Market on Saturday, 8 September to browse homemade art, jewellery, crafts, and ornaments. On Saturday, 15 December, come out to the Junior Achievement Market on the Paseo and show your support to young enterprising achievers in support of their handmade products. If you want to continue supporting worthy causes throughout the season, give back by taking part in the Santa Run on Sunday, 16 December, where all proceeds raised will benefit the Camana Bay Christmas Give.
The holiday season is all about tradition, so why not stop by Abacus on Friday, 21 December, for the 11th Annual Mistletoe Party! This is the event of the year to be seen at. Don your best winter whites and dance the night away while also supporting the Lions Club of Cayman.
If you still need to get more off your shopping list don’t forget to stop by Camana Bay, every Thursday for Thursday Late-Night Shopping where participating shops will stay open until 8 p.m. to allow more time to complete your Christmas shopping!
Start your New Year’s Eve by dining at one of Camana Bay’s signature restaurants with your loved ones and enjoying a fireworks display at 8 p.m.
This holiday season, whether you come to Camana Bay to shop, dine or play, there is something for everyone to enjoy!
For more real-time updates and what’s happening at Camana Bay, visit Camanabay.com/events.
Wednesdays, 14 November through 19 December (except 5 December, see note below), 12-7 p.m., the Paseo
Throughout the holiday season, Camana Bay’s popular weekly Farmers & Artisans Market will return, infused with Christmas cheer. The final market of the year will take place on Wednesday, 19 December.
Please note: there will not be a market on Wednesday, 5 December due to set up for the NKY Fashion Week event.
Thursday Late-Night Shopping
Thursdays through 20 December.
Participating shops will stay open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays throughout the holiday season to allow for more time to complete your Christmas shopping and enjoy the vibrant Town Centre well into the evening hours. Shopping works up an appetite, so stay for dinner and enjoy special menus from the restaurants at Camana Bay. For a list of participating shops visit camanabay.com/latenightshopping.
Annual Tree Lighting
Saturday, 17 November, 4-11 p.m., the Crescent
It’s the start of the holiday season! Camana Bay will transform into a sparkling wonderland with holiday tunes, inspiring performances, an appearance by Santa and the lighting of our majestic Christmas tree starting at 6 p.m. Come out early for a holiday-themed craft market from 4 p.m. and performances starting at 5 p.m. Stay for the after-party and dance the night away with music under the stars from 9-11 p.m. with DJ Derrek.
Pink Ladies Christmas Bazaar
Saturday, 24 November, 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.
Sewing Class: Christmas Light Garland
Saturday, 24 November, 2-4 p.m., 3 Girls & A Kiln
Deck the halls with boughs of holly… and a hand-sewn string of lights! The team of 3 Girls & A Kiln will walk you through sewing together your very own string of lights perfect for holiday décor. The cost is CI$40 per person and includes materials and light refreshments. Pre-registration is required-email [email protected].
Ceramics Class: Christmas Tree Server
Saturday, 24 November, 7-9 p.m., 3 Girls & A Kiln
Join Aimee and Debs from 3 Girls & A Kiln as they lead you through tree glazing techniques to come out with a perfect platter for the holiday season! The cost is CI$50 per person and includes materials and light refreshments. Pre-registration is required-email [email protected].
Holiday Moonlight & Movies
Tuesdays, 27 November – 18 December, 7 p.m., the Crescent
Snuggle up under the stars for a festive family flick shown on our giant blow-up screen on the Crescent, happening every Tuesday until the end of the holiday season. We are letting the public choose what movie they want to see at the final Holiday Moonlight & Movies showing on 18 December! Check our Facebook page on Monday, 19 November when the poll will begin, and make your voice heard by choosing either Elf, Home Alone, or A Christmas Story as the film you’d most like to see.
*27 November: Dr. Suess’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (PG)
*4 December: Fred Claus (PG)
*11 December: Miracle on 34th Street (PG)
*18 December: Stay tuned to see which movie wins the public vote!
*Movies subject to change
Traditional Santa Photos brought to you by Picture This Studios
Thursdays, 29 November – 20 December, 5-7 p.m., Gardenia Court
Children can enjoy the jolly old elf in his full red-and-white regalia to whisper wishes and snap memories every Thursday until the end of the holiday season. This year, photo sessions must be purchased when meeting Santa. Sessions cost CI$35 per family and include a set of digital photos. You can purchase prints for an additional fee. For more information, contact Picture This Studios at +1.345.943.3686.
Cayman HospiceCare’s Light Up a Life
Thursday, 29 November, 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. There will be a choir performance by the Cayman National Choir.
Caribbean Santa Photos brought to you by Picture This Studios
Saturdays, 1-22 December, 3-5 p.m., the Island
Father Christmas goes island style with a tropical shirt, shorts and sun-drenched photos in the sand. Photo sessions start at CI$35. This year, photo sessions must be purchased when meeting Santa. Sessions cost CI$35 per family and include a set of digital photos. You can purchase prints for an additional fee. For more information, contact Picture This Studios at +1.345.943.3686.
Cayman 27’s Parade of Lights
Saturday, 1 December, 6-10 p.m., Camana Bay Harbour
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.
Classics at the Cinema
Tuesdays throughout December, 7 p.m., Camana Bay Cinema
Camana Bay Cinema features a classic movie every Tuesday as part of its Classics at the Cinema series. Shown in the VIP theatre, tickets are CI$20 per person and include a small popcorn. For more details, visit bigscreen.ky/classics.
*4 December: Cape Fear (1962, R)
*11 December: Pretty in Pink (PG-13)
*18 December: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (PG-13)
*Movies are subject to change.
Camana Bay Cinema’s Kids Club
Saturdays throughout December, 10 a.m., Camana Bay Cinema
Kids and adults can take in classic family-friendly movies with brighter lights and softer sounds every Saturday. Tickets are CI$5 per person. For more details, visit bigscreen.ky/kids-club.
*1 December: Moana (PG)
*8 December: The Muppets (PG)
*15 December: Home Alone (PG)
*22 December: A Christmas Story (PG)
*29 December: The Polar Express (G)
*Movies are subject to change.
Book Reading: The Joy in Business by Joy Baldrige
Wednesday, 5 December, 5:30-16:15 p.m., Books & Books
Joy Baldridge will be at Books & Books reading from her new book, The Joy in Business. Books will be available for pre-order. The book will be released on January 2019 and pre-orders will be available at Books & Books.
Joy Baldridge is a world-class trainer and keynote speaker who helps people become better at communication, team building, priority management, leadership and positive change that gets results. Joy shares an abundance of useful and immediately applicable new tips and tools that can make a significant difference in transforming your work and life.
NKY Celebrates 10 Years of Fashion
Saturday, 6 December, 6 p.m., the Paseo
Luxury retailer NKY celebrates ten years of fashion at Camana Bay. Headlining the event will be global fashion brand BCBGMAXAZRIA, New York-based men’s luxury brand Robert Graham, women’s designer Hale Bob, and California lifestyle brand Trina Turk, who are among the top designers showcasing their luxury styles at the fashion show. The evening will also feature local celebrities, a raffle and silent auction, cocktails and entertainment. Proceeds will benefit the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Cayman Islands. Tickets are currently on sale. For more information, email [email protected].
Visual Arts Society Christmas Craft Market
Saturday, 8 December, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., the Paseo
Get started on holiday shopping and browse homemade art, jewellery, crafts, ornaments and more for the perfect Christmas gift with a local twist.
Junior Achievement Market
Saturday, 15 December, 4-7 p.m.
Support young enterprising achievers, while browsing their array of locally handmade products. Purchase holiday gifts hand crafted by Junior Achievement teams from across the island at this market on the Paseo.
Sunday, 16 December, 6-9 a.m., the Crescent
Join a parade of Santas for a jolly jog around Camana Bay for some festive, family-friendly fun. Proceeds raised will benefit the Camana Bay Christmas Give. For more details and to register stop by the Visitor Centre at Camana Bay.
11th Annual Mistletoe Party
Friday, 21 December, 7 p.m.-2 a.m., Abacus
Don your best winter whites and dance the night away at the hottest party of the season. Tickets are CI$30 per person and proceeds will benefit the Lions Club of Cayman. For tickets and more details call +1.345.623.8282.
New Year’s Eve Fireworks
Monday, 31 December, 8 p.m., the Crescent
Watch the firework display while dining at one of Camana Bay’s restaurants on New Year’s Eve. To make your dinner reservation at one of the Town Centre’s restaurants visit camanabay.com/dine.