Ambergris Caye, Belize in December & Christmas 2023 Events!

My Favorite Things About December and Holidays in Belize

Winter, in general, is a fantastic time to visit Belize.  The weather is warm and sunny during the day (think mid-80Fs) and a tad cooler at night. (Maybe a long-sleeved shirt will be needed in the evening…just in case)

Tree at Boca Del Rio Park
Tree at Boca Del Rio Park San Pedro

But put the weather to the side, I think Christmas and the holidays can be the best time of all in Belize.

I’ll pepper this post with photos from my years living on Ambergris Caye to help convince you.

Grand Caribe snowman on the beach
Grand Caribe Resort puts a snowman on the beach each year

But even pretty pictures of the Belize beach can not convince some of you. I see you shaking your heads!

Christmas tree over the water at Portofino Resort
Portofino Resorts Christmas tree in the water

Most, I think, fall into two camps when it comes to the holiday season – and Christmas in particular.  A real polarization in sentiment.  1. Those who think:  I could NEVER leave home for the holidays – it’s not Christmas without snow, extended family, gift mania, and all the foods I ate growing up – exactly the way I remember them.  And 2.  Take me away from it all!

View in town
View in the town center of San Pedro

But here is why I think Belize is a very good idea for the Christmas season.  And if you just can’t do Christmas week – I understand.  Those flights can be a bit expensive, the hotels can book up a bit early and it can be hard to tear yourself away during that time.

Here’s why December and the holidays could be a great time for you to visit San Pedro.

The Weather: Festivities in Flip-Flops

Rainy season generally tapers out in November, and the temperatures cool off, the humidity dips a bit, and the sun is out shining.  I mean…would you rather enjoy your town’s Christmas lights in your parka, scarf, and mittens (the worst for wiping a runny nose!) or in sandals and a sundress?

Lobster trap tree
Very traditional items in San Pedro – conch shells and lobster traps

Another huge bonus can be sargussum – or lack of sargassum. Fall and early winter tend to be lower months for the seaweed that’s been plaguing the Caribbean for the last 8 to 10 years.

Fun Festive Events – Celebrate with Visitors and Locals

Perhaps my favorite part of visiting San Pedro, Ambergris Caye and most spots in Belize is the mix of visitors and locals at bars and restaurants and out and about at local events.  Ambergris Caye is not an all-inclusive resort experience. 

Here are some great holiday events that are coming up this year for the Christmas season:

TREE LIGHTING AT THE Truck Stop, December 1st

Music starts at 5pm, lighting at 7 pm SHARP

Cookies, cocktails, live music – such a festive night at one of San Pedro’s most popular spots. There is a happening at Truck Stop this night. For all the deets, see their EVENTS page.

DECEMBER 2nd: San Pedro Boat Parade and Christmas Tree Lighting


Christmas Crock in the small but mighty parade
ACES boat in the 2019 boat parade

Last sight in 2019 (see the 2019 Boat Parade here) – this event is SO fun, SO Christmas-y, so simple and beautiful…I am SO grateful that the San Pedro Town Council is reviving this incredible event. AND following it with the Lighting of the Town Christmas Tree.

2023 Boat Parade and Tree Lighting announcement

The boat parade, a street party AND the tree lighting…all in one night!

Central Park

It’s a big event for the whole town – you’ll see families dressed up, the local dance club performing, live music…all in San Pedro’s Central Park.

LOVEFm Lighted Parade, Evening, Sunday, DECEMBER 17th, Sunset

Starting at Boca Del Rio Park and parading through town

Angels LoveFM Parade

Just as the sunsets. Kids, adults, businesses, town officials and lots and lots of lights.  A parade thru San Pedro town with lighted floats, bands, music, nativity scenes and the cutest kids in costume.  It’s SUCH a great event.  Here are all my pictures from the 2022 parade.

LoveFM Parade

And on other nights, enjoy the fun regular San Pedro events.  Outside movies at the Truck Stop on Wednesdays and Saturdays, at Moon Bar on Friday nights, the Chicken Drop on Thursdays and Hermit Crab Races at NautiCrab on Tuesdays.  Live music all over the place…fear not.  You can keep as busy as you want!

Attend Christmas Eve Mass

Belize is a predominantly Catholic country – though there are smaller churches in San Pedro as well.   You can attend midnight mass at the Roman Catholic church – right on the beach just next door to Central Park where The Church sets up a beautiful nativity scene.

Nativity Scene in San Pedro by the beach
Nativity Scene in Central Park , San Pedro

This is the 2022 schedule at the SPRC Church – 2023 should be the same/very similar. You can check their Facebook page for updates as time gets closer.

Schedule for Christmas Mass at San Pedro Roman Catholic Church

Instead of slaving by the stove…Eat Out at Some Fantastic Restaurants

Ambergris Caye has such great restaurants. You can enjoy your Aunt Gertrude’s mincemeat pie recipe or wonky cheeseball any time at home (or ask yourself do you REALLY like it or is it just a sentimental thing) – why not come to Belize and have your turkey with a side of lobster or conch fritters or maybe stone crab claws.  Amazing food that YOU didn’t spend the entire week preparing.

Stone crab claws at Elvis
Stone crab slaws at Elvi’s Kitchen

Christmas dinner traditionally includes turkey and ham, rice and beans and potato salad. Dessert, traditionally, is Black Cake. A spiced fruit cake that often involves lots and lots of rum and often weighs more than an anchor.

Rompopo is a favorite drink – a type of eggnog with a KICK.

How does this sound: the family heads out for snorkeling in the morning, perhaps a bit of sun and pool in the afternoon – or, if you are not ambitious, take a nap in a hammock…then jump in the golf cart to head to dinner.

See: Should I Rent a Golf Cart on Ambergris Caye, Belize? Tips, Information and Advice

How about a meal like the one I just had at Elvi’s Kitchen?  Or try the new Purple Pelican Restaurant – opening today!  There are so many amazing choices.  You can get as simple or as fancy as you like.

And if eating Chinese food is part of your holiday tradition – we have lots of choices.

The Decorations

One of my favorite things to do is to ride around town in the early evening – and in shorts, flip flops and a golf cart and enjoy the Christmas lights and decorations.

Tuto Lights
My favorite simple tree at Tuto Belize, 8 miles north Ambergris Caye

Last year we got stuck in an unexpected parade a few days before Christmas. Music and the Lions Den handing out candy to the kids. It was so fun!

Lions Den at Christmas
A small parade for the Lions Den at Christmas

If you are headed down during December, it’s fun to bring some decorations for your golf cart.

LoveFM Christmas Parade
You don’t need to go all out like these carts but a little decoration goes a long way

What Else To Expect

The Christmas holidays in Belize are often celebrated with home fireworks and firecrackers…so some neighborhoods can get a bit loud! 

You can expect everything to be open. December is the start of the busy season in Belize and tours, trips, bars and restaurants are open and very ready to welcome guests.

You can also expect to return home a bit more rested with a sun-kissed glow – ready to start the new year off right.

Truck Stop Christmas

Or…if you just can’t do it – I totally understand!  There’s always 2024 to visit Belize.  THAT is a great Xmas gift to your loved ones!

Here’s THE CUTEST ornament to put on your tree – or to gift to a San Pedro lover – that I’ve already ordered mine 🙂

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  1. I Heart Belize on October 27th, 2023 at 9:59 am

    Thanks for the update and we will be there the week before Christmas! Will you please update on the parades when the dates are announced. Also, have they stopped doing the Boat parade? One of our favorite traditions!

  2. Shonda on October 28th, 2023 at 11:25 am

    I love your blogs! One question: you mentioned Chinese food “And if eating Chinese food is part of your holiday tradition, we have lots of choices.” When I was there last year, I didn’t see any Asian restaurants on the island. Can you name a couple of good ones and locations in your next post? Thanks so much for all that you do!

    • Dan Grant on November 17th, 2023 at 7:05 am

      Hi Shonda. Most Chinese seem to be take out. There is one opposite super buy in town. There was also one either next to Neris tacos or one block south. Going south there is Anas on right just before Patz Deli, one opposite Superbuy South and one in front of the Sausage factory near Alaia. Also the restaurant opposite hidden treasures does Chinese dishes on Friday I think. There are a few more off the main roads

      • San Pedro Scoop on November 21st, 2023 at 4:53 pm

        Chinese food is the fast food of Belize but – yes…it’s alotta take out. And fried chicken. We’ve got a new spot named Bombai…

    • David Martin on November 18th, 2023 at 2:13 pm

      Asian and Sushi and Chinese
      ▪︎ Jyoto Japanese & Sushi Bar
      ▪︎ Aqua Restaurant
      ▪︎ Blue Water Grill
      ▪︎ Tsunami Sushi
      ▪︎ Red Ginger
      ▪︎ La Sirena
      ▪︎ Yan’s Fast Food
      ▪︎ Little China Fast Food
      ▪︎ Sonny’s Fast Food Asian

      …maybe next time, eh?

  3. HARPO ZANEIS on November 16th, 2023 at 4:54 pm

    I want lots of Pictures

    • San Pedro Scoop on November 21st, 2023 at 4:55 pm


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    December in Belize is magical with its warm weather and festive vibes. Christmas brings joy to the air, as the vibrant culture and beautiful landscapes create a unique holiday experience. From beach parties to cultural events, Belize offers a perfect blend of relaxation and celebration during this special season

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  5. Pace on November 18th, 2023 at 7:00 am

    This is awesome-
    thank you so much!

  6. Irias Family on November 26th, 2023 at 4:00 pm

    I was there with my wife in June and now am traveling with all my family in December again San Pedro Is a paradise La Isla Bonita

  7. Jen Brevick on December 11th, 2023 at 8:19 am

    We will be staying at Ramon’s over Christmas 12/23-27. Do we need to make any sort of arrangements for dinner on Christmas eve or day or can we just play it by ear?

    • San Pedro Scoop on December 11th, 2023 at 8:45 am

      I don’t think you need to make reservations now unless you have something special in mind…it probably wouldn’t hurt? I think you can figure it out when you get to Belize.