Why You Should Spend Your Christmas Vacation in Belize
December in Belize
While you definitely won’t see any snow falling during Christmas in Belize, this small Caribbean country is one of the best places to enjoy the holidays.
Although December and January are quintessential winter months in North America, in Belize, they are when the weather is at its finest. The Christmas period in Belize is full of warm, delicious sunshine and delightful temperatures that average in the mid-80’s, making it perfect T-shirt and sandals time. For many visitors, getting away from the cold and misery of winter is one of the best reasons to visit Belize during the Christmas holidays.
Belize is also the only country in Central America where English is the official language, making it very easy to communicate with locals and join in on all the festivities. Belize is a conservative country where the “reason for the season” is still very much remembered. Locals love to decorate their homes, enjoy seasonal goodies, and go from home to home singing old-fashioned carols (called Bram in the local Creole dialect).
Another great reason to visit Belize at Christmas time is for the unique cultural events. In towns and villages across Belize with a Garifuna (an Afro-Caribbean people) population, the locals dress up in masks and elaborate costumes and perform Jankunu dances in the street. In traditional Maya communities, local dance troupes re-enact the ancient Charikanari dance that tells the story of a deer hunter who is mocked by a comedic figure known as “Two Foot Cow.”
If food is important to you, Christmas is a great time to visit Belize. Locals love feasting on many familiar traditional foods, including turkey. But they also love local dishes like fruitcake, pork-stuffed chicken and raisins, roasted pork and gravy, coconut rice and beans with stew chicken, as well as rumpopo, the local version of eggnog made with Belizean rum. And because Belize was once a British colony, you can also find English classic Christmas treats like hot cross buns.
For visitors who celebrate Kwanzaa, Belize is a multicultural society that celebrates all faith, including Kwanzaa on December 26. Catholics in Belize also attend midnight Mass the night before, known as “Misa de Gallo” in some locations.
Adventures in Belize (AIB) is the market leader for travel services in the country. AIB will work with you to create an unforgettable Christmas vacation, including transportation, lodging, and organized adventure tours to the best attractions in the country.
If you want to enjoy your next Christmas in a warm and sunny paradise, contact AIB today.