Enjoy a Very Merry Niuean Christmas!
Christmas: it’s the same every year, right? Buying presents they your loved ones probably don’t need and getting time off work that you don’t know what to do with. Well, how about using the time to do something different this year? How about spending time in Niue this Christmas?
Christmas is a special time in Niue, more for feasting, going to church and spending time with loved ones on this tropical island. For visitors, you can join in on the local celebrations filled with cultural singing, dancing and South Pacific cuisine. Or, you can simply hide away in a quiet corner of this tranquil island and spend Christmas your way.
1. Do Something Different…
Ok, so this might be an obvious start, but of course, going to Niue for Christmas is something totally different from the norm. The island is one of the world’s smallest and least-visited countries, so it’s undoubtedly something different from the usual Christmas routine. It’s a place where you can snorkel in crystal clear waters, walk to chasms, caves and all sorts of places of natural beauty, and so much more. If you somehow need convincing that this raised coral atoll is worth exploring, then see the 10 Amazing Reasons to Visit Niue.
2. … But You’ll Also Find Something Familiar
Christmas in Niue can be as different as you want, but you will still find something familiar if you crave some traditions. For instance, the capital town, Alofi, hosts several Christmas events on the lead up to the big day, from festive karaoke competitions with participants dressed as Santa to children’s Christmas parties. Just head to the Visitor Information Centre when you arrive in Niue to see what events are lined up!
3. Try a Niuean Christmas Feast
You might be used to having the same Christmas Lunch or Christmas Dinner year-after-year, but Niue’s Christmas lunches prove to be something different yet delicious! The Scenic Matavai Resort puts on a Christmas Eve dinner and entertainment each year, as well as a Christmas Day lunch buffet showcasing an array of South Pacific and Niuean cuisine! You’ll feel stuffed like a Christmas turkey by the end of it (yet, you won’t be eating any Christmas turkey – how ironic)! Learn more about Niuean food in 8 Unique Foods in Niue You Have to Try.
4. Listen to Some of the Best Carol Singing You’ll Probably Ever Hear
Niue is a country of devout Christians where going to a Sunday church service is all part of their weekly routine. However, the Christmas church services are something special, where locals sing carols with enthusiasm to create uplifting yet moving harmonies – there’s nothing like it! Don’t miss the chance to attend a Christmas church service while you’re here, as visitors are always welcome. See the 5 Best Churches in Niue to Experience as a Visitor for recommended churches.
5. Take a Break from Consumerism
Niue is not a country of large shopping malls so there certainly isn’t a vibe of over-consumerism. This takes the stress out of Christmas, eliminating obligatory Christmas shopping and reminding you to enjoy the simple things in life.
6. Enjoy Christmas in the Tropical Sun
Forget a white Christmas. Not only is Niue a tropical country with warm temperatures all year round, but Christmas falls into Niue’s summer season. The weather is at its hottest in the year, while there’s also the chance to see some tropical downpours too! Check out the typical weather in December in our guide to the Niue Weather in December.
7. Find Your Own Quiet Corner of the Island
And if joining in on Christmas feasts, going to church or attending Christmas events is not your thing, then you might just prefer to spend a quiet Christmas in your own tranquil corner of Niue. With a small population and a limited number of visitors, it’s never too hard to find a quiet place in Niue, whether it’s an off-the-beaten-track beach or your own private holiday home tucked away on the coast.