Counting Down to the New Year Celebration in Aruba

The holiday cheer in Aruba does not stop once Christmas celebrations come to an end, rather it is time for part two! Yes, New Year celebrations are up next! In Aruba, this means getting together with loved ones, hopping from one party to the next, setting off pagara and fireworks, indulging in good food, and toasting to the good life!

If you are in Aruba for this fun time of year or if you plan to visit next holiday season here is an overview of what to expect:

Pagara and Champagne toasts all day long

For those of you not familiar with Pagara, it is a long string of Chinese firecrackers. The Pagara is set off all around the island on New Year’s Eve Day and marks the end of the year for local businesses. It’s main purpose is to celebrate success of the past year and to ward off any evil spirits that may come their way.

Photo by Hilton Aruba Resort

By now it is not just done by businesses but also by families. It’s tradition to gather with your friends, family or coworkers, light the pagara, and have a Champagne toast (or three). This tradition kicks off the New Year celebration rather early in the day and can last until late afternoon.

One of the longest Pagaras set off on the island is hosted by Renaissance Resort, this year it starts at 1:00 PM, get the event details here so you don’t miss out on the Annual Big Bang Pagara Show!

New Year’s Eve festivities

Once the pagara celebrations have come to an end it’s time to freshen up and get ready for the main attraction, New Year’s Eve of course!

Once the sun sets the fireworks madness begins! Fireworks are set off at all hours of the night throughout the island’s neighborhoods. And at last, for the final hooray, just before midnight, many resorts begin their grand fireworks show. Find a high spot on the island to witness the spectacular panoramic island view of magic from above, or plop down on the beach and gaze up at the sky for a breathtaking show.

Photo by Hilton Aruba Resort

There are plenty of special dinners and parties held at restaurants, bars and resorts… all including a great view of fireworks. The most popular areas to attend dinners, parties and to watch the fireworks are Palm Beach or Eagle Beach.  Discover some of the biggest New Year’s Eve events here!

New Year’s Day calls for brunch and beach!

After a long night (and early morning) of partying there are two types of people, those that crawl right into bed to get some shut eye and rest, and those that want to keep the party going. If you find yourself as the latter, then this clearly calls for a delicious and satisfying New Year’s Day Brunch (mimosa please!), followed by hitting the beach for some sun, dip in the sea and fun (or a much needed nap).

Photo by Holiday Inn Resort Aruba

PS – Make sure you book your brunch reservation ahead of time because many restaurants fill up quick, it’s quite the busy day!

Photo by Hilton Aruba Resort

As you may have been able to tell, the holiday tradition here in Aruba is one of a kind, you really must try it for yourself. But please, do remember to celebrate responsibly and to always clean up after yourself!

We look forward to bringing you more fun and helpful Aruba content in 2020 so make sure to stay tuned!

Happy New Year from our VisitAruba Team to you and yours!