Dominican Republic Holiday Traditions
The Holidays in the Dominican Republic are a festive and special time, bringing magic to be shared and enjoyed in this lovely tropical paradise.
A Sea Horse Ranch concierge is available to arrange a private chef to prepare a traditional meal for you and your loved ones during the holiday season, along with visits to local events and markets. The Beach Club at Sea Horse Ranch celebrates with holiday festivities, join us to make your holiday season special and memorable. Please contact us for more details about villa rentals at Sea Horse Ranch.
Caribbean Christmas and New Year’s Eve
Christmas is a major holiday and is celebrated with traditions similar to Europe and the United States. Decorations with lights, Christmas trees, and nativity scenes are prevalent, with homages to the Three Kings and Santa Claus. Elaborate light displays in outdoor parks in major cities like Santiago provide a gathering place to enjoy time together.
New Year’s Eve is celebrated with festive parties and a countdown to midnight. Gathering with friends and family to watch the sunrise on New Year’s Day along the Malecon (boardwalk) is common in coastal cities like Santo Domingo and Puerto Plata.
Reunion feasts and large meals with friends and family for Christmas and New Years are the main activities for the holidays. Food such as roast chicken and pork are often served, along with traditional holiday items such as Pasteles en Hoja. Rum, wine and spicy brews like Anis del Mono are served with dinner, followed by pan de fruita, eggnog and sweets like cookies and cakes for dessert.
Bonus: Holiday Recipe for Sancocho
Sancocho is a traditional soup from the island of Hispañola, one of the Dominican Republic’s best national dishes. Try this recipe over the holidays by Pulitzer Prize-winning Dominican American writer Junot Díaz, compliments of Epicurious.