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St. Croix Christmas Festival

Carnival time is here again… on St. Croix! Starting next month the Crucian Christmas Festival is going to have visitors and residents alike jumping up, eating lots of tasty local dishes and having a great time.

If you are visiting St. Croix for the holidays and have never been to a VI Carnival, here is your chance to get in on one of the most highly anticipated events.

Carnival is a festival celebrating freedom through dancing, singing, parades, pageantry, music, drinks, food, friends and fun. It includes nightly displays of talented bands and individual musicians, pageants for Carnival royalty and fairs showcasing local crafts, food and drinks. Carnival however is much more than a large party. It is an exposition of culture and a treasured tradition.

Preparations start months before the Festival with costume making, rehearsals for the parade and competitions. In the first few days there are pageants for king and queen of the band, Carnival queen and prince and princess. The tempo picks up with numerous musical events like calypso shows and other music venues. The action intensifies with the opening of the village, food fair and j’ouvert. The Festival raps up with two days of parades.


December 4 – 6: Christiansted Mini Village. Music Nightly, Food, Fun, Entertainment!
December 6 – Old Time Night Parade in Christiansted
December 7 – Prince, Princess and Dutchess Show
December 12 –Calypso Eliminations
December 13 – Benefit Soup Cook–Off at Chenay Bay
December 14 – Miss St. Croix
December 19 – Band–O–Rama
December 20 – Old Time Traditional Pastry, Treats and Food Fair; Coney Island Rides Open
December 21 – Party Monarch Competition
December 25 – Christmas Concert in Frederiksted
December 26 – Festival Village Opens. Music Nightly, Food, Fun, Entertainment!
December 28 – Donkey Races
December 29 – Cultural Night and Quelbe Tramp
December 30 – Roast A Time (Jouvert), Food, Arts and Crafts Fair, Latin Night and Calypso Monarch Finals
January 1 – Caribbean Night and Adult and Junior King and Queen of the Band
January 2 – Children’s Parade
–Adult’s Parade

The St. Croix Festival Committee invites residents and visitors alike to immerse themselves in the unique history and culture of St. Croix as they party through the ages against the picturesque background of the island’s historic towns. Visit their website for more information:

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