What’s Happening? December 2019

December in Puerto Rico is a lively time, with a generally festive atmosphere. Holiday lights are everywhere, and everyone is getting in gear for Christmas and New Years.

Food is a huge part of the local holiday celebration, so make sure to try some traditional holiday dishes like lechon, morcillas, pasteles, tembleque, and coquito, among other favorites. Don’t forget about the music and dance … we can’t have a holiday without them! Shopping is always in season, with many handmade local artisans selling interesting and unusual crafts.

If you just want to chill out, relax, and not think about the holidays, our weather is great this time of year. You can beach all day, every day! Puerto Rico truly has something for everyone!

While there is always something fun happening somewhere in Puerto Rico, there are a few special events each month that deserve a mention. Here are some highlights for December 2019.

December Events

throughout December: Lighting of Holiday Decorations

Most towns decorate their town plaza and town hall for the holidays. They have “lighting” celebrations that usually include music, dancing, food kiosks, and other entertainment. This year, many towns started early! So you can go to the town plazas and get into the holiday spirit! Check our event calendar for the dates for various town celebrations across the island.

December 1 to January: La Feria – The Park

The largest amusement park in the Caribbean takes place in the parking lot of the Hiram Birthorn Stadium in San Juan every year around Christmas. Complete with typical carnival rides, games of chance, musical entertainment, and usually a circus, La Feria – The Park is fun for the whole family. Info at Facebook page

December 5 to January 5: NaviTown

Bahia Urbana is transformed into a seasonal fantasy park with music, decorations, lights, and fun that children of all ages will enjoy. NaviTown is at Bahía Urbana Pier 8 in Old San Juan. Wednesday to Friday from 6pm to 11pm. Saturday and Sunday from 3pm to 11pm. Entrance fee of $5 per person, which includes IVU. Kids under 2 years old free. More info on the NaviTown Facebook page.

December Events

December 6 to 8: Festival de Platos Tipicos

This food festival takes place in the Luquillo Town Plaza, and features typical food of the island and of our holiday season, artisans, lots of live music, and other fun stuff. From 6pm on Friday with a parade! 3:30pm on Saturday, and 1pm on Sunday. Facebook page

December 11 : Saborea Puerto Rico Winter Party

A Festive food festival, enjoy dishes prepared by local chefs, drinks, and live and DJ music. The party is at the San Juan Marriott Stellaris Resort and Casino in Condado/San Juan. More info can be found on their Facebook page.

December 12 to 15: El Cascanueces 2019 (The Nutcracker Ballet)

The traditional Christmas ballet, The Nutcracker, will be performed for just 4 performances at the Bellas Artes in San Juan. Wonderful for the whole family (well kids should be over 3 years old)! More info on their Facebook page. Tickets are available online.

December 14: Christmas Boat Parade

Every year, this boat parade lights up the San Juan Bay. Boat owners go all out and decorate their boats with lights for this floating parade. Find a spot along the water front in Bahia Urbana in Old San Juan or Pan Am Pier, and enjoy the lights and the music of the holiday season.Facebook page. Starts at 5:30pm.

December Events

December 14 & 15: Christmas Bazaar / 3er Bazar Navideño en Ballaja

The Ballaja invites you to join them for their Christmas Bazaar, featuring local artisans just in time for holiday shopping. Artisans will be on hand to demonstrate their crafts, and will have products available for purchase, along with food, drinks and music! Everything you need to get into the holiday spirit! Open 10 am to 7pm. More info on their Facebook page.

December 28: Hatillo Masks Festival

The Hatillo Masks Festival remembers the Holy Innocents. There is a big parade, and people in costume on foot and on horseback. Expect TONS of people, food kiosks, music, and lots of traffic. More info on their Facebook page.

December Events

December 31: New Year’s Eve Celebrations

Hotels and resorts across the island have New Year’s Eve parties (buffet or sit-down meal, open bar, live music, toast at midnight), typically with advance reservations required. Many of the resorts shoot off fireworks at midnight. We usually toast the New Year, sitting on our deck in our jammies, while watching the fireworks along the coast from San Juan to Río Grande. See our event calendar where we’re listing New Year’s Eve celebrations as we find out about them.

Other Events

This is just a small subset of activities occurring this month. As always, be sure to check our events calendar, Facebook page, or Twitter feed for other events happening this month and throughout the year all across the island.

December Events

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