Belizeans love Christmas so much they celebrate it all of December. The weather is nearly always sunny and warm and Belize has world-famous beaches. The island’s festivities combine many Christian and Mayan traditions.
Join the Christmas Tree Lighting in San Pedro, which marks the opening of the holiday season, or check out the Christmas Bram. Here, carolers walk through the streets and play traditional brukdong music while dancing from house to house to spread the good mood. It’s an older tradition and won’t be found in modern Belize City, but smaller villages like Gales Point Manatee will be happy to let you join the festivities.
Afterward, head over to Santa Cruz to see an authentic Maya deer dance and learn about Ancient Maya folklore. You’ll also be interested in the Spanish-inspired holiday Las Posadas that runs from December 16 until Christmas Day, where villagers reenact the travels of Joseph and Mary.
While in Belize, it’s also a great time to plan excursions to visit the Mayan pyramids and ruins, or go surfing, snorkeling and scuba diving in Belize’s massive Barrier Reef. If you’re not sure where to stay, consider Chabil Mar Placencia—it’s a top choice among travelers!