Church – Attend a Watch Night Service
The tradition of Watch Night began on December 31, 1862. Slaves in the U.S. gathered in churches to await news that President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation had taken effect. Watch Night services have always been a favorite of those who prefer to start the new year on a reflective and holy note. Locations like Family Church on the Rock in Montego Bay or Fellowship Tabernacle in Kingston are both popular venues. Starting just prior to midnight, communities come together to see in the New Year.
FCOTR, Reading Pen, Montego Bay, Jamaica + 1 876 9400 2989
Black-Tie Party – Celebrate at Round Hill Hotel
Round Hill hotel is one of the most exclusive hotels in Jamaica. Popular with international celebrities and Royals, this is a glamorous venue to see in the new year. This exclusive black-tie event attracts both a Jamaican and a global crowd to one of the most beautiful settings on the island.
Beach Party At Treasure Beach
If celebrating barefoot is more your style, then head to Treasure Beach. Ring in 2017 with a cold Red Stripe and the sound of reggae beats. Six miles of sandy beaches, private coves, and rocky shorelines make Treasure Beach the perfect escape. This beach is popular with tourists and locals who flock there annually for the party. The legendary Jakes hosts a party where Jamaican chill meets reggae vibes in a tropical, picturesque setting.
Caribbean Chic at Goldeneye
Goldeneye opens its doors for one of biggest star-studded New Year’s Eve parties on the island. Owned by Chris Blackwell of Island Records, the party attracts a plethora of global stars, and live music acts and DJs keep people dancing throughout the night. A spectacular fireworks display on the beach rings in the new year with a bang at the place where James Bond was created. Tickets aren’t cheap but champagne and world-class music might be worth it.
Goldeneye, Race Course, Oracabessa, Jamaica +1 876 622 9007
Public Celebrations – Harbour Fest and Fireworks
Harbour Fest and Fireworks are a free public event held on the waterfront in downtown Kingston. An immensely enjoyable way to bring in the new year, this is where many Kingstonians gather. The sound systems energize the dancing crowds in true Jamaican style, and jerk and rum are in ample supply to keep the revelers fueled all night long. The incredible firework display lights up the Kingston skies. You don’t have to be on the waterfront though to take in the action — some of the best views of the fireworks are to be found in the suburban hills of Kingston.
Getting Together (Liming) with Friends
Some of the best New Year’s Eve parties are those held in private homes. For many Jamaicans, NYE is a time to invite friends and family over to lime. Liming is popular across the Caribbean and is synonymous with hanging out, socializing and getting together. On New Year’s Eve, many Jamaicans will get together with close friends and family to eat, drink and be merry.
All-Inclusive New Year’s Day Party by Frenchmen
The Frenchmen party on New Year’s Day is a Jamaican institution. Established in 1989 by trio Juicey, TC & Doc, Frenchmen has become nationally famous for its all-inclusive parties. Climax is considered Frenchmen’s signature event and one of the liveliest parties of the year. Kicking off at 4 p.m. on January 1st, this is the ultimate embodiment of the Jamaican party. Tickets can be in short supply, so it pays to get one early; this is a fully catered all-inclusive event with as much food and alcohol as your body can handle.
Frenchmen Party, Climax, Caymanas Golf Club, Kingston, Jamaica +1 876 928 5542