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Christmas Eve - STX  


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October 11, 2016 10:35 pm  

My wife and I are flying down again and this will be our first Christmas on STX. I have a few questions.
When does everything shut down, as we will need to stock up on food and Christmas cheer :D, I want to make sure we get there on time.

Are there any events on Christmas Eve that we may want to see.

What do you all do on Christmas day, we are usually stuck in our homes watching snow, so this will be definitely different this year.

While I'm thinking about it, what about New Years Eve? Any special events?

Thanks in advance.


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October 12, 2016 10:45 am

Most of the large grocery stores close Christmas day but I'm sure many smaller Arab owned convenience stores will remain open.

Have fun.

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October 12, 2016 10:50 am  

i can not remember when things shut down on christmas eve. i have lived here for 12 years and it just escapes me.

there are events leading up to christmas

i cant remember the website-someone on here will, im sure

there is christmas is spoken here at the botanical gardens
the gallows bay open house
the boat parade
the village

if you get here before thanksgiving there is a jump up the friday after thanksgiving

places have parties on new years eve. the local paper will have more info.

what do people do instead of watching snow-go to the beach.sail. go to buck island. cook out. or stay home and watch the sun.go for a hike.....cane bay might be the beach to go to.

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October 12, 2016 1:05 pm  

A few years ago, I had friends visiting for the holidays, and on Christmas Eve, we went kayaking with Virgin Kayak in the bioluminescent bay. I know that doesn't sound very Christmasy, and we really just did it because that's when we had time, but it ended up being a beautiful Christmas "light show" with the stars above and the lights in the water below. We then went home, made dinner, and sat on the balcony listening to the waves and enjoying the breeze.

As for Christmas Day, I agree with the above -- hiking and beaches!

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October 14, 2016 11:00 pm  

Thanks, sounds like an awesome night. I see there are 2 companies that provide tours, any feedback on Virgin Kayak or Sea Thru Kayak? I can't wait to have sand instead of snow under my feet.

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October 16, 2016 3:56 am  

Hello Dave,

If you are used to cold Christmas, snow, neighborhoods doing house decorating contests, parks all decorated, nutcracker performances, caroling etc. Big Christmas... and you enjoy all those aspects... then I think you might feel that Christmas in the islands doesn't feel very Christmassy. That said, agree with the recommendations... hang out at the beach, bbq, enjoy the warm weather.

Build a 'sand-man'... rather than a 'snow-man'.

Look up some of the island carols to add to your playlist...
"Ho,Ho, Ho how will Santa get here! There are no reindeer in my country, I guess he'll borrow my neighbors donkey..." That's a line to a popular Christmas soca song. There are some fun island Christmas carols. They are catchy.

New Year's Eve... restaurant's usually do special menus and parties.

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October 16, 2016 11:40 am  

(tu) Thanks, actually I'm looking forward to no Snow, no decorations to take down and relaxing in the sun 🙂

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October 16, 2016 12:51 pm  

Virgin Kayak in Salt River is the best!

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October 16, 2016 3:05 pm  

We came down last year right before Christmas. Went for a drive on Christmas day and nothing was open. Had to go all the way to Rainbow before we found anything open to get a cold Vice Presidente and something to eat. Not complaining - Loved it!

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