Holiday Season in Cuba

Christmas and Thanksgiving

Whether you want to celebrate with the whole family or are simply looking for a stunning sunny alternative to the festive season, at Cuba Private Travel we aim to strike the perfect balance.

Cuba is not a particularly ‘Christmassy’ destination per se, due to 60 years of Communism. However, many Cubans do still celebrate Christmas (and if you want a traditional, Catholic take on Christmas, you can still find it in Havana’s Jesuit-built Baroque-style Cathedral in Plaza de Cathedral offers an authentic and simply spiritual experience. The Twentieth century writer Alejo Carpentier described the cathedral as ‘music set in stone.’). Moreover, it’s a wonderful season to be in Havana – not too hot and humid, with refreshing fronts coming off the Gulf Stream and a time to immerse in the country’s rich culture of music, dance, art, photography and more.

“My favorite town outside Havana is Remedios, especially on Christmas with their wild and historic fireworks battle.”

Elias Asself

AfroCuban religion expert - Cuba Private Travel Team

Although many Cubans do celebrate Christmas, it is easy to escape the festivities all together. The December climate is sunny and relatively mild and refreshing weather fronts coming in off the Gulf Stream chase away the usual tropical heat and humidity. Temperatures range from a comfortable 18 degrees C at night to a high of 27 degrees during the day and you can expect to bath in an average of eight hours of glorious sunlight. In our opinion this makes December one of the best months to enjoy an active Cuban break, immersing yourself in the country’s rich cultural mix of music, art, photograph and sports.

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