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Your Guide to Holidays in Jamaica

A trip to beautiful Jamaica is always worth adding to the calendar, but if you’re fortunate enough to find yourself here during a major holiday, you’re in for even more of a treat! Jamaica has a way of elevating the celebration fun when major holidays roll around each year. It’s an experience that travelers aren’t going to want to miss when they’re ready to swap out usual routines for island holiday adventures!

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New Year’s Fun in Jamaica

There’s nothing quite like a New Year’s Eve enjoyed in Jamaica. This time of year, travelers can count on enjoying grand festivities across all major cities that are paired with stunning fireworks shows too. It’s a day and evening filled with fantastic food, drinks, music, and quality time with family and friends as well.

Labour Day

Set aside as a day of rest for public service professionals, Labour Day in Jamaica is a holiday that’s now become a time when visitors and locals alike are encouraged to volunteer for good causes. On Labour Day, there are a vast number of initiatives across Jamaica designed to improve the environment or elevate a spirit of giving and community. Visitors are most definitely welcome to participate and give back to the island they’ve come to discover and enjoy!

Emancipation Day

August 1 in Jamaica is celebrated as Emancipation Day followed by Independence Day on August 6. Both celebrations are defined by weeklong festivities that include a Grand Gala at the National Stadium, dancing, costumes, fireworks, and musical performances. Many of the major holiday events this time of year happen around Montego Bay, Negril, and Ocho Rios.

National Heroes Day

If you find yourself in Jamaica in October, you’ll be right on time to enjoy the fun of celebrating National Heroes Day. This is time set aside to celebrate past national victories and celebrate Jamaicans who contributed to national development. Many children dress up as their heroes on this day and there are a variety of ceremonies held in all parishes to honor national heroes too.

Christmas Festivities

A Christmas in Jamaica is bound to delight and includes plenty of sorrel juice, fruitcake, and Junkanoo Parades! Masqueraders are abundant over Christmastime across Jamaica and eye-catching decorations abound as well just about everywhere you look.

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No matter when you arrive in Jamaica, there’s a good chance your travels will overlap with a fun holiday experience. When you know you’re going to want to elevate your trip even further with added luxury and style, the team at the Ocean Cliff Hotel can help make it happen. Reach out today to learn more about our incredible accommodations available in Negril that keep you close to the places and events you want to explore while offering up the best of world-class amenities and features as well. 

We’re happy to handle all of the details of your stay so you can simply focus on the holiday fun ahead. We can’t wait to help you make more of every single moment in Jamaica and look forward to seeing you here soon.