Ambergris Caye is Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas…

Last night was the San Pedro Christmas Tree Lighting and Holiday Market in Central Park. When announced a few weeks back, the event was going to start with a Lighted Boat parade but that was cancelled at the last minute. Turn-out wasn’t high enough and they announced that they would work on a huge boat parade for Christmas 2024. The tree lighting ceremony would proceed!

Our town tree

I hardly made it. Man was I – after spending the day on two opposite sides of the island.

I woke up at Cayo Frances Farm and Fly where I’d been hanging the camp decorations (on the west side of the island about 5 miles north of Secret Beach by boat) – we then boated and golf cart bumped up to Rocky Point Permit Camp (about 18 miles north on the east side of the island) to check on all the progress at the building site. But the tree lighting was a big town event – and I wanted to see it happen. 7pm was the announced time.

Note: Tired, I was not my best, most flexible, understanding-of-“island time” self. (See How to Be a Good and Happy Expat)

I thought I’d stop along the way and take photos of other holiday decorations on the island. See the tree lighting promptly at 7pm and then head home.

First stop, the Truck Stop – they had their big lighting event the night before…and things looked gorgeous.

Christmas at the Truck Stop
The tree at the Truck Stop
The bar at the Truck Stop lit up for the holidays

And then to town…I parked the cart and walked to the park. The Front Street was closed for a Xmas market that wasn’t set up when I arrived…

The Palapa Bar glowing
The Palapa Bar is lit up 365 days a year

The beautiful Phoenix Resort (check out my stay there a few years back) from the ocean side.

The Phoenix Resort at night
The Phoenix Resort aglow

And the street side (I passed before I headed back home)

The jaguar mural at the Phoenix
The beautiful jaguar mural at the Phoenix lit up at night

Simple decor at the Conch Shell Hotel. (I overnighted there 11 years ago!)

Conch shell hote.

Lily’s Restaurant by the beach…

Lilys lit up for Christmas

And Lavish Habit (my favorite coffee in town) looks so festive.

Lavish Habit for Christmas

At 7pm, there was a good sized crowd. Kids love this event…all dresses up in their holiday finery…out at night with their friends. You can feel the kid excitement.

Christmas lighting in Central Park
Traditoinal Tree

Music playing…a very traditional and beautiful tree… baked goods for sale and the beer tent setting up. This party is going to go late-night!

Christmas baked goods

At about 7:15, Miss San Pedro arrived and I thought…phew. The arrival of our town queen means the party is about to start…

I took a picture…and little girls lined up behind me to pose with her. Super cute.

About 20 mins later…my tired was setting in hard…and I knew there would be a few speeches before the lighting and I…crapped out. YUP. I left before the tree was even lighted.

Call me old. Call me Scrooge. Or just be impressed that I went out at night at all 🙂

I’ll leave you with an official photo from the San Pedro Town Council (they take great ones of most events – you should follow their facebook page)

It’s not just the beautiful tree but giant ornaments and presents…all lit up for Christmas. As the tree glowed…this Grinch was headed home.

Christmas in Central Park

I’ll be in town over the next few weeks to enjoy it. It’s gorgeous but last night wasn’t my night.

Happy December everyone!

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  1. HARPO ZANEIS on December 4th, 2023 at 1:20 pm

    Good effort, nice pictures, finish job later

    • San Pedro Scoop on December 5th, 2023 at 8:03 am


  2. Tony R on December 5th, 2023 at 9:30 pm

    Very good effort. The Xmas photos were excellent. Tony R

    • San Pedro Scoop on December 6th, 2023 at 7:00 am

      Thanks 🙂