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Nelson’s Dockyard, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its monuments and ruins provides the perfect backdrop for celebrations of every kind, starting with the festivities of the Antigua Charter Yacht Show. This event is the Caribbean’s premier luxury charter yacht show and is known for its facilitation of both business and recreation. Along with Nelson’s Dockyard Marina, the Falmouth Harbour Marina and the Antigua Yacht Club Marina are show venues as well, each showcasing impressive charter yachts. For the show charter brokers from around the globe converge on the idyllic island to get a first-hand inspection of charter yachts available for the upcoming Caribbean winter for their clients. With eight days for yacht viewing, the last day of the show is an optional sailing day, allowing charter management companies an opportunity to invite visiting charter brokers to experience a ‘mini-charter,’ cruising Antigua’s stunning coastal waters and islands aboard some of the finest charter yachts in the world.

For fun and relaxation, Christmas in the Park is spot on. This year, the National Park introduces its new Christmas tree tradition, a 20-foot tree made out of recycled material, which keeps with Nelson’s Dockyard National Parks’ values of preservation and conservation. The “Light Up the Night” Christmas Tree lighting ceremony on December 4th is a can’t miss event along with the fireworks countdown and display on New Year’s Eve. For the past fifteen years, yacht charter guests have enjoyed the awe-inspiring pyrotechnic displays lighting up the night from Fort Berkeley. Music, dancing and champagne surrounded by other fun-loving party-goers make this the island’s ‘must’ event to ring in the New Year.

Christmas Day is not only a time to enjoy great sailing, friends, family and sumptuous dining, for the Park, it is a time to give back. The Christmas Day Champagne Party at Nelson’s Dockyard is a charity event that kicks off at 10am. With 500 bottles on ice, champagne flows well into the afternoon. Patrons purchase bottles of champagne to share with friends, in an atmosphere of great fun and camaraderie which the New York Times calls “one of the Five Best Christmas Events in the World.” All proceeds are donated to local charities — last year’s funds were given to the Cottage of Hope, a charity for abused and orphaned girls.

The National Parks and the Antigua Charter Yacht Show look forward to the best December yet!

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