Getting Into the Holiday Spirit: Our Favorite Puerto Rican Christmas Traditions
Just south of Florida in the Caribbean Sea is Puerto Rico, a small tropical island with big Christmas celebrations. Don’t be fooled by the year-round sunshine and stunning coastlines--we take Christmas very seriously and we want everyone to know it. Starting in the middle of November, and extending all the way into the middle of January, we find tons of reason to put on our party hats and gather with family and friends to honor and celebrate our traditions.
The biggest party of them all is Noche Buena, the night before Christmas, where we roast a pig, lechon, and drink coquito, Puerto Rican egg nog with coconut flavors. Neighbors sing aguinaldos, carols, in a tradition called, parranda. You can hear the locals singing songs and rejoicing in the festive customs. If you are lucky enough to spend the holidays in PR, head to Old San Juan, for the most spectacular display of holiday lights strewn throughout the old city. It’s impossible not to feel the holiday cheer when visiting.
Happy Holidays and we hope to see you soon!