January is fast approaching and we are still going to be in holiday-mode. There are so many Puerto Rico events to enjoy. The holidays last through the 3rd week of January. In addition to the Puerto Rico events listed below, keep your eyes out for Parrandas (caroling caravans) and such holiday treats such as Turron and Coquito.
Here are the big things happening on the island this January:
January 3: San German Three Kings Festival – 1pm. Children’s event, with traditional holiday music and gifts for the kids. Town Plaza in San Germán
January 3: Manati Three Kings Festival – 1pm. Children’s event, with traditional holiday music and gifts for the kids. Town Plaza in Manati
January 3: Aguada Children’s Festival – 1pm. Children’s event, with traditional holiday music and gifts for the kids. Town Plaza in Aguada
January 4: Aguadilla Children’s Festival – 1pm. Children’s event, with traditional holiday music and gifts for the kids. Barrio San Antonio & Rafael Hernandez Plaza in Aguadilla
January 4: Medalla Light Electric Holiday at the Puerto Rico Convention Center. Featuring: CALVIN HARRIS, R3HAB, ZEDD, BOYS NOIZE, and A-TRAK
January 5: Visitation of the Three Kings in Camuy’s Town Plaza. Featuring artisans, food kiosks, a Mass, sung Rosary, and live entertainment.
January 5:Toys Giveaway in Arroyo. Children’s event, with traditional holiday music and gifts for the kids.
January 5: Traditional Three Kings Concert by the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra Christmas concert at the Luís A Ferré Fine Arts Center in Santurce
January 5: Dorado’s Three Kings Eve Celebration. Annual Three Kings celebration at the Gran Parque El Dorado in Dorado
Thru January 6: Holiday Garden at Botanical Garden in Caguas. Visit the garden at night to see the holiday lights.
January 6: Three King’s Day. This holiday celebrates the Three King’s arrival to give gifts to the baby Jesus. It is celebrated with a charming tradition of setting out a box of hay at the foot of your bed the night before with small gifts. Be sure to leave some hay and treats for the Three King’s along with their camels! In Old San Juan, head to Luis Muñoz Marín Park for the live music, parades, food and drink, and plenty of revelry.
Thru Jan 15 @ 6:30pm: Light Show & Artificial Snow at Fun Valley Park in Arecibo
Enjoy the rides during the day, then stay for the show after dark.
January 16-19: The largest street fair in Old San Juan is the San Sebastián Patron Saint Festival, when thousands descend on San Sebastián Street to commemorate and celebrate. It’s by far the biggest patron saint celebration on the island. Expect fairground rides, food stalls and live music, parades of traditional Puerto Rican masked figures called vejigantes, and plenty of dancing at night. A day earlier, the town of San Sebastián kicks off its own festival to honor its patron saint.
January 21-28: Hard-core cyclists will want to register for La Vuelta Puerto Rico, a three-day, 375-mile spin around the island. Registration is open until January 15.
January 25-27: Local artisans exhibit at EL Portal Visitor’s Center in EL Yunque Rainforest
January 30: Harlem Globetrooters are at the Humacao Arena.
Through January 31: Beginning of whale-watching season in Rincón and the west coast of the island. An excellent spot to see them is the observation park at the Rincón lighthouse.
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