Christmas – New Year Happenings 2017

Christmas and New Years Events and Happenings

in the Colonial Zone – Santo Domingo area during the holiday season 2017

There are so many things going on during the holiday season it is difficult to keep track of it all. I will try and add events and stuff happening in the Colonial Zone – Santo Domingo area as I find them.

Holiday Hours

– The hours for all Bars, Discotheques, Restaurants, Colmados and other businesses selling alcoholic beverages are non existent. These establishments can be open for as long as they wish with no closing time restrictions. The Ministry of Interior and Police announced that it is lifting alcohol sales restrictions from Monday December 11, 2015 until Sunday January 7, 2018. Have a good time and be careful out there.

Colonial Gate presents during the holiday season “Sleigh Ride, A Festive Holiday Adventure.” Accompany Santa and his elves and a very special reindeer distribute gifts to children all over the world. There are also other special 4-D adventures. Contact Colonial Gate at (809) 682-4829 for hours and shows.

Parque del Este will be lit up for Christmas with a spectacle of lights and colors called “Vive la Navidad.” The park is open for visitors from 6 PM to midnight during the holidays.

December 14

Traditional National Concert – Coro Nacional – 2017

Tradicional Concierto Navidad 2017 del Coro Nacional Dominicano
at 8:30PM. Traditional Christmas songs that will be performed include: Silent Night (Franz Gruber), White Christmas (Irving Berling), Feliz Navidad (Jose Feliciano), Campanitas de cristal (Rafael Hernandez), El burrito sabanero (Hugo Blanco), Mi Navidad (Apolinar Bueno), Jingle Bells (James Pierpoint), and many more.

Nutcracker Suite at the National Theater – Thursday December 14 to Sunday December 17 – The Christmas classic, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite will be presented. The ballet will be performed at 8:30PM Thursday to Saturday and 5pm on Sunday. Tickets cost RD$500, RD$800, RD$1,000, RD$1,500 and can be purchased at the National Theater box office.

December 16

Mercado Navideño Aleman / German Christmas Market at the Centro Dominico-Aleman on Calle Isabel La Católica #212 almost across form BancoReservas and Plasa España, Zona Colonial. Lots of German food, crafts and other items for sale. Saturday from 11 AM – 6 PM.

December 17

Christmas Arts & Crafts Market on Calle el Conde at Isabel la Católica. Sunday from 2 PM – 9 PM

December 23

El Hombrecito, spoken word musicians and poets, will be playing at Colmado Familiar located on the corners of Calle Padre Billini and Sánchez. Starting at 8PM until..?

December 24

Noche Buena – Many businesses are closed for this special family – night.Some open later in the evening after the evening meal. Have a blessed Christmas Eve.

Midnight Mass/ La Misa del Gallo – is celebrated at 10PM in the Cathedral de Santa Maria in front of Parque Colon on Christmas Eve/ Noche Buena

Buffet Navideno at Harry’s Restauarnt and Bar 2017

Buffet Navideno – Harry’s Bar and Restaurant, Plaza España. The Christmas Buffet starts at 7PM until closing.

December 25

Christmas Day. Some businesses may open late or not at all to rest after a busy Christmas Eve.

Christmas Day Choral Concert in the Cathedral de Santa Maria starting at 8PM. Get there hours early if you want a seat inside. The choir will be singing traditional religious Christmas songs.

December 31

Buffet Navideno at Harry’s Restauarnt and Bar 2017

Buffet Navideno – Harry’s Bar and Restaurant, Plaza España. The Christmas Buffet starts at 7PM until closing.

New Year’s Mass/ la Misa de Año Nuevo at 11PM in the Cathedral de Santa Maria

New Years Eve / Año Nuevo “Rally del Borracho” The 45th Anniversary of this giant street party starts at 10AM Thursday December 31, 2015 until the rising of the sun on January 1, 2016 or until the last man (or woman) is left standing. A map and more information about the Rally del Borracho from an old post.

Noche Larga De Museos Navidad 2017

Long Night of Museums / Noche Larga de Museos

It is that time again for the day and night of free museums and more on Saturday December, 9, 2017 from 10 in the morning to 12 midnight.

Noche Largo de los Museos Navidad 12-9-2017

La Alegría de la Navidad

is this years theme for the winter version of the 4 times a year free night of museums. There will be fun for the entire family. Education, music, dance, entertainment and more.

All of the museums will be open and free of charge to all the public, with cultural activities in the streets and parks.

To close there will be a concert with Dionny Fernández, Rasputín, Diómedes Núñez and Ileana Reynoso on the stage in Plaza España at 10PM.

Calle el Conde Christmas Tree with the Edificio Diez in the distance.

The Colonial City is in full holiday mode with lights and Christmas happiness everywhere. Make sure to come and visit this holiday season.
¡Feliz Navidad! / Merry Christmas!

Peruvian Naval Ship Visits Santo Domingo

Buque Escuela BAP “Unión” de la Marina de Guerra del Perú / BAP “Union” Navy Ship of the Peruvian Navy is in port Santo Domingo. You can visit it for free.

Buque de la Armada Peruana, BAP Unión del Perú, is visiting Dominican Republic for the first time.

It will be open to the general public for visiting on Tuesday, October 10 and Wednesday, October 11, from 10:00 am to 05:00 pm.

Abierto al público en general el martes 10 y miércoles 11 de octubre, en horario de 10:00 am hasta 05:00 pm.

BAP “Unión” – Buque Escuela in Facebook.

Buque de la Armada Peruana in Port Don Diego, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic October 10, 2017

Buque de la Armada Peruana in Port Don Diego, Rio Ozama October 10, 2017. The Dominican Dogs, Inteliperra and Buenagente are investigating.


Buque de la Armada Peruana in Port Don Diego October 10, 2017

Buque de la Armada Peruana in port early morning with lights reflecting off Rio Ozama October 10, 2017

Buque de la Armada Peruana in port early morning October 10, 2017


Buque de la Armada Peruana in port early morning as seen from Plaza España October 10, 2017

Buque de la Armada Peruana seen at sea from the from the Faro a Colón October 9, 2017.
Buque de la Armada Peruana seen at sea from the Parque Punta Torrecilla, Faro a Sans Souci October 6, 2017
Buque de la Armada Peruana seen at sea from the Parque Punta Torrecilla, Faro a Sans Souci October 6, 2017

Puente Flotanante Opening

I have never caught the Puente Flotante / Floating Bridge opening or closing until today.

The Puente Flotante connects Santo Domingo Este, Ave. España (Ave Malecon), to Districo Nacional, Zona Colonial and Av Francisco Alberto Caamaño Deñó (El Malecon). It has had many problems and is not in the best shape. Large trucks are not permitted to use the bridge and it is shut down often for repair work.

Walking the dogs, Inteliperra and Buenagente (Dominican Dog Blog) this morning the motors were running as we crossed the bridge. This never happened before.

The motors and cables of Puente Flotante over Rio Ozama, Santo Domingo

We just made it across as they closed the blockades stopping humans, dogs and traffic from crossing.

They put the barricades down before all the vehicles had passed through so some of the fishermen came and lifted the block so the 3 vehicles could get out.

The road blocks are down at the Puente Flotante over Rio Ozama, Santo Domingo

There were many official looking humans on the bridge as we crossed. It looked like they were doing an inspection because I saw no large boats approaching the bridge.

A Harbor Pilot, what I would call a tug boat, ship pulled up to the bridge then a larger boat with large vehicle tires surround it came and ran into the bridge.

The Harbor Pilots at the Puente Flotante over Rio Ozama, Santo Domingo

The middle platform connecting both sides of the bridge slowly lifted.

Puente Flotante deck rising over Rio Ozama, Santo Domingo

The large boat kept pushing the bridge and it was moving.

The opening of Puente Flotante over Rio Ozama, Santo Domingo
The opening of Puente Flotante over Rio Ozama, Santo Domingo
The opening of Puente Flotante over Rio Ozama, Santo Domingo

It was interesting to watch.

Holi Colors Fest Republica Dominicana 2017

MCE Events presents, for the first time in the Dominican Republic, MCE Holi Colors Fest! The event will be full of magic, color and good music. The all night event will be held Saturday, August 19, 2017 at Puerto Sans Souci, Santo Domingo.


All concert goers will be presented with “The Kit”. The kit includes a T-Shirt which can be picked-up in advance and 5 colors of Holi Powder that be handed out at the door.


DJ’s Include: Firebeatz, Vanic, Jack Novac, Happy Colors and more.

Jack Novak in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Tickets can be purchased at uepatickets, Supermercados Nacional and Jumbo.

Carnival Santo Domingo 2017 Events

Desfile Nacional de Carnaval 2017 / National Carnival Parade 2017

Dedicated to the provincias de la Región del Nordeste / Dedicated to the Northeast Provinces.

Carnaval Nacional 2017
Carnaval Nacional 2017

Carnaval con el Califé

Feb. 25 and 26 – 3PM – Starting at the Obelisco Hembra and ends at the Obelisco Macho.

Carnaval con el Califé 2017
Carnaval con el Califé 2017



There will be more than 60 Carnaval groups coming from different neighborhoods throughout the entire country who will be sharing their unique versions of Carnaval.

Both days will end with music including salsa, merengue and urban music at Parque Eugenio María de Hostos:

*Saturday 25 Los Hermanos Rosario, La Revolución Salsera y Shadow Blow.

*Sunday 26 Héctor Acosta, El Torito, Davicito Kada and el Súper Nuevo.


February Monday 27 – Independence Day

Independence Day celebrations with the Military Parade on the Malecon.
Plaza Juan Barón – 6 PM – 12 different live bands will be playing.

March Friday 3

In many different plazas throughout Santo Domingo – 2 to 8 PM
Living Statues representing different carnival personalities

March Saturday 4

– 2 to 6 PM – Plaza ESpaña
Youth Carnival – Infantil de Carnaval

March Saturday 4

– 6 PM – Plaza España
Different youth groups from all over the country will be participating.
Festival de Coreografía Alí Babá
Entrega de premios Felipe Abreu


March Sunday 5

Desfile Nacional de Carnaval / Carnival National Parade – 2 PM – Malecón Santo Domingo
Route – West to East, from Máximo Gómez to Obelisco Macho.

Gran Cierre Desfile Nacional de Carnaval 2017 / Grand Closing National Carnival Parade 2017. Starting at 7 PM until ???. Plaza Juan Barón. Sponsors Kola Real.

A great show presenting Sergio Vargas, Mozart La Para,
Chiquito Team Band and Don Miguelo.

Remember you can not enter the carnival and concert areas with:
• Firearms, white weapons, sharp items or any object that could be used for violent acts.

• Alcoholic beverages, glass bottles or glasses.

•Fireworks.

There will be 580 security and police who will ensure the safety of all.

This is a party for big and small. Come with your family! Get dressed up! Fill the Malecon with fun, dancing and colors of Carnaval!

History and traditions Dominican Carnival.

Information about the masks and Carnaval Characters.

Our collection of hundreds of pictures of the Carnival.