The Christmas holiday is celebrated in The Bahamas with many carnivals and festivals. We also have adopted many of the same traditions and customs of other countries. These include gift-giving, feasting and sending Christmas cards.
Nassau & Paradise Island
This holiday marks the end of the Easter cycle and the beginning of public witness of the Christian church. It is the Monday after Whit Sunday, The Feast of Pentecost, which comes 50 days after Easter.
This is a fundraising event, in support of the annual Acklins Regatta, to be held July 29-August 1, 2016.
Goombay Jamboree By The Sea is a cultural event which features authentic Bahamian arts and crafts, music, dance, food, drinks, souvenirs, kiddies corner and water sports. This event is held every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon to 8:00 p.m.
A tradition since 1958, the Changing of the Guard ceremony features the world-renowned Royal Bahamas Police Force Marching Band and the Royal Bahamas Defense Force Guards. The groups march from the police force headquarters on East Street to Government House, with the Police Band playing along the way. They perform a marching display and precision drills on arrival just before a member of the new guard replaces a member of the old guard. When this is done, the old guard marches back to the police headquarters leaving the new guard in position.
Games are played every Saturday and Sunday from March to November
The Music, Model and Talent Showcase of the Islands (Island MMTS) is an exclusive event where international agents and industry executives journey to The Bahamas to scout entertainment, acting and modeling talent from the Caribbean region.
Island MMTS brings together top industry professionals from across the globe, whose business is to identify and develop future stars!
This weekend features the ninth annual running of the marathon, half marathon, and 4-person relay, in addition to its eighth running and partnership with the 5K Susan G. Komen Bahamas Race for the Cure®. There will be an event for every fitness level, so come out and join us.
The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism sponsors a complimentary tea party at historic Government House in Nassau on the last Friday of each month, January through May and October and November. Hosted by various prominent Bahamian women, you can enjoy local 'bush' teas, live music, view a fashion show by Bahamian designers, and sample locally-made sandwiches and pastries. A courtesy shuttle is provided from all hotels for visitors wanting to attend.