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Christmas & New Year in Jolly Harbour

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Christmas & New Year in Jolly Harbour

I have been reading this forum with great interest. We are a family of four (two teenage boys aged 17 & 14) and are spending Christmas & New Year in the self-catering Suites at Jolly Beach arriving on 19th Dec.

I have read some very positive reviews of some of the restaurants away from JBR, both around the harbour area and Cocos. Am looking for suggestions for Christmas Day - are all the restaurants open and would we need to book prior to arrival? We are keeping an open mind about the AI day passes for JBR, but would like to consider alternatives. We do not want to be left with no choice because everywhere is booked up!

Thanks

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1. Re: Christmas & New Year in Jolly Harbour

I hope you receive some responses. We will be there with our family (three girls: 14; 12 & 4 and boy 10) and were wondering the same thing. If there is nothing to do, which I doubt, perhaps we'll have our own party!

I'll be checking back. Thanks.

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Hi,

As no one has taken a shot at this one, thought I would throw in a couple thoughts.

I can't think of any island-wide celebration for new years or x-mas. Restaurants, however, will be open and depending on where you wish to dine, reservations may be in order (they can't hurt, anyways).

Abracadabra Restaurant and Disco in English Harbour will be the place to be on New Years Eve. The food is good and they have an open-air bar/dance floor that will get packed around 11pm until dawn. Most of the island's expats will be there. Definitely make reservations if you plan to go.

English Harbour in general will be pretty crowded on New Years Eve and then on New Years Day a lot of people congregate there (many are party-goers who haven't "crashed" yet). I have never been, but my friends say people walk around the docks and check out the huge yachts that are docked. I believe there is some champaign involved, too.

Christmas is pretty relaxed on the island. Can't think of anything specific to do, but restaurants will be open. It sounds like you are looking around the southwest side of the island. I would also reccommend taking a look at Russell's on Fort James Bay as the food is great (pricey, but good) and the views are spectacular. Trapas in English Harbour also has a nice settings. More relaxed/casual than Russell's.

Anyways, hope this helps.

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Sorry, after I posted I read that you have kids! Probably don't want to take them to Abras on New Years Eve...but they may get a kick out of seeing the multimillion dollar yachts in Falmouth.

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Thanks for your suggestions, pcvantigua. We are there for 2 weeks, so will have plenty of time to try the restaurants you mentioned. We are planning to go to English Harbour one day, tho' probably not NYE. Will certainly look forward to a lazy Christmas - will be the first time we have been away anywhere warm at Christmas - am looking forward to it - weather in UK very miserable at the moment!

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Hi mrsrDerbyshire - do please post an update or a review when you get back. We are booked for the same place for next Xmas (2 bed jacuzzi suite) and have similar aged teenage boys going with us (17 and 18)so would love to know how it goes for you.

You'll love being away for Xmas - we do it ever year and each year we try and beat the previous year's Xmas dinner (think Xmas dinner of lobster on the beach in the Maldives watching the reef sharks swimming past beats them all so far!). It's so relaxing and stress-free and for us, solves all the present problems as we don't buy any for each other - we go away instead. A week on Friday and we're (all 7 of us) off to Kenya for this Xmas and New Year!

Have a great break!

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Amen MrsrDerbyshire! Leaving a week from Saturday (December 20) staying a Jolly Beach Resort in a beachfront cottage. My husband and I and our 3 kids, 23, 20 and 13. Meeting my parents there as well. First time away from cold snowy Michigan at Christmas. It is kind of weird thinking of spending Christmas on the beach in 80 degree weather. But it is time we try something different and I agree..........no presents.....boy does that relieve the stress! Maybe we'll see you there!

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If you want Christmas dinner you could travel around, but I am thinking you want close by to Jolly. so, I'd look at the restaurants like Castaways/Mellinis at Jolly Harbour. I would book, and I would call to see if they are having a special menu or offer their normal al la carte. I like Dennis' at Ffryes beach but don't know if he will be open?

Farther away I'd look at Harmony house maybe.

New years, the casino/restaurant might have something going on. And the sports bar (used to be JBR might have something too.

Never been at Christmas, always Feb for us. Let us know what you find. My 14-17 yr olds love Dogwatch tavern.

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I think amanx meant Harmony Hall rather than "house"...I would definitely recommend it as well. I would choose to have lunch there rather than dinner as the views over nonsuch bay are well worth the pricey menu (very good italian inspired food, but pricey).

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Thanks - we have plenty of options now - will probably stick close to Jolly beach/Harbour for Christmas/New Years, but are planning a trip to St Johns, so will certainly look at Harmony then.

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The Casino as closed down in Jolly Harbour and Saffron's restaurant which is inside the casino couldn't open because the electric had been cut off. Sorry Amanx Dogwatch tavern also closed down on our 2nd week but the pub is still open. Mrs Derbyshire I agree with amanx we also ate at Castaway, Mellini's and Dennis's which were all good but personally we preferred Mellini's and would advise booking, when we were there 10th-25th November 08 which wasn't peak season Mellini's was busy every night and we had to wait until 9.20pm to get a table one night because we had not booked and the kitchen closed at 9.30pm. There is also Pete's Steakhouse we didn't eat there but again seemed busy, we did try to get in on a Friday evening but they was fully booked we went back on the Sunday to find they was closed for the evening.