December Calendar of Events in Puerto Rico

Christmas Madonna, San Juan, Puerto Rico
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It's Christmastime on the island, truly the most wonderful time of the year, but Santa and the Three Kings aren't the only reasons to visit Puerto Rico in December. This year, the holiday season kicks off with all kinds of entertainment, revelry and festivities. Check it out below.

Events Calendar

  • December through early January: La Feria The Park brings the carnival to Puerto Rico with rides (including four roller coasters), shows, games, and holiday lights. Awaiting details for 2017.
  • December: The Winter Sofo Culinary Fest comes to Old San Juan's Fortaleza Street, with some of San Juan's best eateries participating in a weekend-long open-air dining festival. Awaiting details for 2017.
  • December: Thousands come to Ponce's lovely cathedral at 5 a.m. to sing Las Mañanitas, the traditional Mexican Christmas song. The religious procession is led by mariachis singing in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the city's patron saint. After a morning mass, a "peoples" breakfast is held, while the Mariachi play typical mexican music. Live music, rides, food and parades continue through the weekend at the Plaza Las Delicias. Awaiting details for 2017.
  • December 15 to January 6: Christmas in Puerto Rico isn't just about one day; rather, it's three weeks of family activities, religious ceremonies, parades, parties, kings and, of course, Santa. Here's the full agenda.
  • December 28: If you like colorful folkloric celebrations, be sure to check out the Hatillo Masks Festival. Celebrated since the Spaniards founded Hatillo in 1823, the festival honors the story of King Herod ordering the death of all infant boys, attempting to kill Baby Jesus. Men donning vibrant masks and costumes represent the soldiers, and march or ride through the town in floats looking for the children.
  • December 31: Don't plan on sleeping, because all of Puerto Rico will be partying on New Year's Eve.