Christmas in Barbados will warm your heart. The Caribbean has long since been a favourite Christmas destination for those looking to escape to warmer climates but Barbados specifically brings a special touch of magic. Breezes are cool, not frosty, and the whole island remains as vibrant as a Christmas tree. Carols sound like steel pan and ‘parang’ and people dust sand off their shoes, not snow.
Here we drink sweet sorrel at Christmas, as red as tinsel, and eat Black Cake, also known as Great Cake, that’s steeped in rum for months before it’s deemed ‘ready’. On Christmas Day, Queen’s Park resounds with the talented Barbados Police Band as families, foreigners and locals gather in appreciation. Many come from church, dressed to the nines while little ones tip-toe to see the musicians over the crowd.
Over the holidays, the capital Bridgetown becomes a hive of activity, as the old city has its charm turned on with lights and décor popping up in show windows and busy shoppers filling the streets until late.