holiday lantern with pinecones

While a traditional Christmas celebrated at home can be enjoyable, those who are looking to switch things up in the name of fun and adventure this year will want to be sure to set their sights on sunny Aruba. This scenic island is a great place to get away from it all when the holidays roll around. Whether you’re one for traditional lights and treats, or you’re looking to swap out snow for sand, this is the place to be. Consider this guide to spending Christmas in Aruba a welcome starting point when you can’t wait to maximize the holiday fun this year!

More to Enjoy in the Way of Holiday Fun and Celebrations

Travelers taking time to relax, unwind, and enjoy the island of Aruba over Christmas may be surprised at how the holiday is extended here! Moving beyond a single-day celebration, Christmas on Aruba tends to be celebrated from early December all the way through early January. The Sinterklaas happens on December 5th and is the Dutch traditional Santa Claus visit that’s very much infused into the island’s cultural calendar. Santa Claus’s arrival is celebrated on December 25th and the celebration of the Three Kings is held on January 6th.  Throughout this festive season, children typically receive sweets and gifts while the island also comes to life with parades, music, and holiday festivities for locals and visitors alike to enjoy. It’s a vibrant and fun time of year that travelers simply won’t want to miss!

Spend Time Admiring Holiday Lights

For many, Christmas light displays and decorations are a big part of the holiday fun. Those who are planning to head to Aruba during Christmas will be thrilled to find out that there are plenty of options for making the most of those glittering moments here as well. While individual residences across the island can often be found decorated in holiday style at this time of year, the Seroe Preto neighborhood hill is a particularly popular place for admiring holiday lights. Every year, this area picks a theme, and houses down the hill typically illuminate in spectacular style. While it can be fun to pass by at any time, a night drive is bound to provide the most mesmerizing view of this area with a reputation for turning holiday lights into an art form.

Serve Up a Traditional Christmas Dinner in Your Holiday Island Rental

While Aruba is packed with savory stops and restaurants to enjoy when you’re visiting over Christmas, those who intend to make the most of a traditional homestyle meal on this important holiday can have that as well when they book through Casiola Aruba. Many of our Christmas rentals come with fully equipped kitchens for guests to enjoy during their holiday adventure. These inspiring culinary spaces often include everything from spacious counters and high-end appliances to cooking and baking essentials inside custom cabinetry. Serving up a holiday meal is simple, and when it’s time to dine, guests will find our holiday rentals also frequently host large dining room tables to gather around in good company! If you’re the type of traveler that loves to include watching a traditional holiday movie into your experience, our property options often have large flat-screen televisions and plush furnishings, making the moment as accessible as it is enjoyable.

Take a Picture with Santa and Mrs. Claus

Those who are spending Christmas in Aruba with little ones in tow won’t want to miss the chance to grab those holiday photos that make for great memories! Head over to the Ritz-Carlton on L.G. Smith Boulevard 107 on December 24th between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm to enjoy the opportunity to take a picture with Santa and Mrs. Claus! The photography session is set up right in the hotel’s lobby, making it easy to capture the holiday spirit with just the click of a button.

Head to Hadicurari Beach

Year-round, Aruba is an amazing destination for those who have a passion for beach hopping, and a trip this way over Christmas is no exception to the rule. When you’re looking for a place to swim, enjoy wind sports, or settle into the sand, Hadicurari Beach is always an inviting option. This beach is known and loved for its stunning sand and sparklingly clear water. It’s dotted with fishing huts and is a family-friendly place to spend a sunny afternoon. Popular activities to enjoy at Hadicurari Beach include everything from snorkeling and paddleboarding to kite surfing.

Book Your Island Getaway Today

Christmas is the perfect time of year to enjoy a well-deserved getaway to Aruba. When you’re looking for amazing accommodations to match that include plenty of luxury, style, and comfort too, the team at Casiola Aruba has you covered. Browse our inviting collection of holiday rental options online today and turn your travel plans into a reality!