Celebrating Christmas in Paradise: Maldives’ Festive Delights
23 September 2023
Shama Rashid

Travel Consultant

Celebrating Christmas in Paradise: Maldives’ Festive Delights

Christmas in Maldives is unlike any other you have ever experienced. It is a world away from the snowy scenes often associated with this merry holiday. Instead of the familiar chill, picture endless white sandy beaches framed by crystal-clear azure skies and the warm embrace of the sun. It is where the magic of Christmas meets the magic of tropical paradise. No matter what luxury resort you choose, Maldives is sure to offer a unique and blessed experience. As you plan your seaside holiday, let us guide you through the enchanting celebrations that await.

The weather: Embrace the tropical warmth

In the Maldives, a white Christmas does not promise layers of snow. Instead, you will find soft white beaches where you can make sand angels. Travellers will have to forgo the padded jackets and fur boots for light clothes and cotton dresses. The basking-in temperatures hover around 28-30°C during the day and rarely dip below a balmy 27°C at night. The latter half of December promises mostly dry days. Picture yourself soaking up the sun's warmth while partaking in Christmas bonfires, poolside parties, and enchanting outdoor soirées.

Festive preparations: Decking the halls in paradise

Before Christmas even arrives, the Maldives' resorts come alive with festive preparations and activities. At Fairmont Maldives, guests can actively participate in decorating for Christmas and join the magical Christmas tree lighting ceremony on December 20th. Imagine sipping a cocktail as you watch the Island Christmas tree come to life, serenaded by holiday carols.

Family fun: Creating cherished memories

Christmas is a time for family, and here, resorts go the extra mile to ensure your holiday is filled with opportunities to bond and create lasting memories. For example, at The Ritz Carlton Fari Islands, they invite you to share quality time with loved ones while decorating gingerbread houses amidst the enchanting Christmas magic. Meanwhile, at Anantara Kihavah Maldives, there's festive fun for the whole family with their Christmas Coconut Hunt and Painting for Kids—an enchanting holiday experience where young adventurers embark on an exciting treasure hunt amidst a tropical paradise. Maldives presents countless adventures that the whole family can enjoy together, creating treasured memories that will last a lifetime.

Santa's arrival: Seaside magic

Whether you are celebrating the year-end festivities at home, or in Maldives, Christmas is definitely incomplete without a jolly old white-beared man in red.  At Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, Santa Claus makes a grand entrance on Christmas Day at Ufaa Beach. Children eagerly await his arrival, knowing that presents and delightful surprises from the Majaa Explorers Hub and Furaavaru Teens Club await. It's a celebration that truly brings the North Pole to paradise.

Christmas gala dinner: Feasting in style

One of the most celebrated nights at the resorts is the Christmas Gala Dinner. At Velaa Private Island Resort, the festivities commence with an intimate gala dinner on Athiri Beach. The delicacies are accompanied by the talents of the in-house Pianist, Maksym, and Carte Blanche, the international jazz sensation. Regardless of the resort you choose to visit, Christmas night is sure to bring extraordinary magic to your holiday with the jamboree.

Culinary odyssey: Savouring global flavours

In the Maldives, the culinary scene during Christmas is a journey that promises to tantalise your taste buds. While Christmas morning may not bring the traditional roast turkey and potatoes, the options are bound to delight. Resorts like Milaidhoo Maldives offer sensory experiences that awaken your palate, while Gili Lankanfushi Maldives spoils food enthusiasts with a range of delights — from pan-Laccadive curry feasts to vibrant Mediterranean spice souk bazaars. Additionally, for those craving a culinary adventure, some resorts host theme nights that take you on a delectable trip around the world. For example, this year at Intercontinental Maldives, you can savour a diverse range of cuisines. From Italian delights to Japanese Teppanyaki, French cuisine to Texas BBQ, offering a delightful taste of the world's most beloved delicacies.

Soulful relaxation: Nurturing body and mind

Amidst all the festive activities, there's also time for soulful relaxation. Six Senses Laamu Maldives has prepared a haven for wellness and fitness enthusiasts. This year, the resort offers a variety of daily classes, from Yin Yang Yoga to Movida Fitness. And for those who simply wish to soak up the soulful magic, a comprehensive spa treatment menu is available throughout the whole stay.

Countdown to the New Year: New beginnings in paradise

The celebrations continue beyond Christmas, leading up to the New Year. If you are at Ozen Reserve Bolifushi, you’re in for an endless array of activities between Christmas and the New Year. Whether you are in the mood for Hawaiian Parties, or Cocktail Masterclasses, there is never a dull moment there. From Winter Wonderland Cocktail Nights to Venetian Carnivals, and DJ Nights, there’s a myriad of activities to enjoy as a couple, with friends, and family, or on your solo adventure.

New Year's dive: A fresh start beneath the waves

As the calendar turns to a new year in the Maldives, there's a sense of anticipation in the air. While every resort in this tropical paradise offers an exciting array of water sports and underwater adventures to greet the New Year with excitement, Baros Maldives takes it a step further. Their 'New Year's Day Dive' is not just an adventure; it's a fresh start like no other. A symbol of new beginnings, a thrilling and exhilarating way to welcome the dawn of a brand-new year. 

Christmas in the Maldives is an extraordinary adventure. It is where the sun and sandy beaches replace snow, and where countless adventures await. This holiday season, immerse yourself in the magic of Maldives and make it an adventure of a lifetime. Start planning your unforgettable Christmas getaway today!