It's that time again in Anguilla... The time when everybody who works in Anguilla is "chasing their tail." December is the island's busiest month.
It all starts off slow. The first couple of weeks of December are quiet, as steady preparation builds in anticipation of the last two weeks of the month. If you are looking for the best off-season time to visit Anguilla, early December is it!
The Anguilla weather is perfect (no hot, sticky days, although the sea can be choppier), rates on Anguilla hotels and resorts are off-season rates, all of the Anguilla restaurants are open... And, you beat the crowds!
But come the last two weeks of December, it's a different scene...
It's bumper-to-bumper at the Anguilla airport. Private jets are all lined up as celebrities and other high rollers flock to the island. Last year, we even spotted Michael Jordan's jet in Anguilla, and saw him dining with Derek Jeter later that week!
Remember... In December, keep your eyes peeled extra wide for celebrities!
Rates on Anguilla accommodations go up this time of year, and you will need reservations for most of the top restaurants.
Delicious tapas from SandBar
Note that many high-end Anguilla restaurants take reservations, but others do not.
For example, SandBar is first come first serve.
SandBar is extremely popular, and becomes crowded in the high season of December.
An Anguilla guide to December tip?
Plan for an early dinner at SandBar! The best reward?
The gorgeous Anguilla sunset over Road Bay...
Sunset over Road Bay as seen from SandBar
Bottom line for dining in Anguilla in December? Call ahead or arrive early!
So, Why Should You Visit In December?
While the snow is coming down hard up North, Anguilla weather in December is idyllic... Not too hot, never cold. Click here to read about December Anguilla weather.
The beaches also become more active in December. Groups gather, and games ensue.
Guys Enjoying a Game of Bocce at Smokey's on Cove Bay
Shoal Bay and Cove Bay are the best beaches for games!
Smokey's sets up a Volleyball court, and many people gather to play Bocce.
Smokey's also has cornhole.
There are usually plenty of people around to build teams with!
You can read about Saturday's at Smokey's by clicking here.
There are not many "Anguilla events" in December (ex. no Anguilla Carnival or Festival Del Mar). The influx of travelers keep everybody busy enough! ;-)
Many hotels and restaurants offer live music. Click here to keep up to date with weekly Anguilla attractions.
There may not be many organized Anguilla attractions in December, but there is still plenty to do. One must-do?...
Head First Off The Little Bay Rock!
Skip the umbrella and chair-lined beaches, and check out secluded Little Bay.
Jump off the rock at Little Bay.
Note to Little Bay Lovers: Be advised that in December, you may run in to a few more anchored boats in the area but there is still room for everyone!
When the Anguilla episode of The Bachelor aired, it showed the actual bachelor and his date jumping off the rock.
If you have an adventurous side, Little Bay is the place for you.
Tip: To get to Little Bay, drive to Crocus Bay and look for Calvin. He offers round trip boat rides to and from Little Bay (from Crocus Bay) for $15 per person. Just set a time with him, and he will come back to pick you up.
Build your Little Bay day around lunch at Da'Vida Anguilla to really make the most of it.
Click here to read more about ever-exotic Little Bay.
Calvin and His Boat Depart Crocus Bay for Little Bay (that's Da'Vida in the background)
This year, right before high-season kicks off, the Anguilla Chamber of Commerce and Industry will be holding their third annual golf tournament, "Around Anguilla in '18' Holes" on December 14,2014.
The tournament is a 4-person scramble. You can also choose to enter your own team of 4 or be assigned a team.
There is a $200 entry fee per player. This includes the green fee, coffee and tea, your golf cart and a post-tournament lunch and cocktail hour held inside CuisinArt's lofty Club House.
It all begins at 9:30am with the award ceremony taking place at 2:00pm. All funds go towards ACOCI's scholarship fund. An excellent cause! For more information, visit ACOCI Golf Tournament.
Between beach days and other events in mid-December, I highly recommend taking a drive around the island to get into the holiday mood...
The Christmas spirit is alive and well in Anguilla. The Christmas season is always jam packed with so much community events.
The East End Festival De Noel starts on December 16 - Decembers 20. Fun competitions and pageants are all held at the Old East End primary school.
December 19th also has the 2nd Annual South Hill Christmas Experience. A fun filled celebration of Christmas traditions, food and stories, next to the Sotuh Hill Village Community Rock Oven.
The Anguilla Christmas lights are beautiful! Some Anguillians really get into the holiday spirit and go all out with their Christmas ornaments.
This year the christmas tree lighting service will be on December 17th. Followed by a lighting, float parade on the 18th at the Landsome Bowl Cultural Center.
Heart-Warming Anguilla Decorations
Another special place to visit, especially if you have children, is Anguilla's "Christmas Village." The Christmas Village is a collection of Christmas decorations and Christmas lights. It is magical!
Anguilla's Christmas Village
The Christmas Village is located in the Lower Valley, on the first paved road turn off to the right, after coming from the Valley round-about.
If you are celebrating Christmas in Anguilla, also note that there are many Anguilla restaurants serving tasty Christmas dinners.
My Mom loves cooking a big Christmas dinner. So, we don't normally dine out on Christmas Day.
But, back in 2008 when we first moved to Anguilla, we didn't have a kitchen for Christmas cooking.
We celebrated that evening with our good friends Mike and Joanna at Koal Keel. What a special (and delicious) Christmas celebration it was!
Stay tuned for a list of Anguilla restaurants holding special Christmas dinners.
Many people love celebrating Christmas in Anguilla. Click here to read a story by Beth from Ohio about her Christmas friends in Anguilla, and a special Christmas tradition.
On Christmas night, many people end their evenings with a visit to Pumphouse.
Celebrations don't end there! Anguilla New Year's Eve is just around the corner...
Many Anguilla restaurants and bars hold special festivities on New Year's Eve. But, in Anguilla, they don't call it New Year's Eve! They call is "Old Year's Night!" Our #1 New Year's Eve spot? daVida!
daVida's Picture-Perfect New Year's Eve Celebration Setting
It is a classic New Year's Eve celebration... From the five-course five-star meal, to the complimentary Venetian masks, to the decorations, live music and atmosphere... There is no better place than daVida to ring in the new year.
Click here to read about our Anguilla NYE celebration at daVida.
Many people choose a restaurant to ring in the New Year, then head down to Pumphouse for more celebrating (until about 3am or so). The party doesn't stop there!
Bankie Banx holds a New Year's Eve Morning celebration on the beach, with champagne and breakfast, which lasts until 5, 7 or even 10am.
Click here to read more about NYE in Anguilla.
Stay tuned for more information on New Year's Eve celebrations this year.
After Christmas, New Year's Eve, and all of the partying and celebrating... What next?
Perfect the art of doing nothing at all, just "liming"... Sink your heels into the white powder beach, rum-punch in hand!
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