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.

Malecon End of the Year Traditional Party 2012

Happy New Year!
Happy New Year!

The traditional New Years Eve celebration/ La fiesta de fin de año is on for Santo Domingo! The big end of the year concert will be on Avenida George Washington (The Malecon) on the corner of Maximo Gomez in Santo Domingo on Monday 31, 2012 and end on January 1, 2013. The fun starts at 9PM and ends….??

Performers for the big blow out event this year include Toño Rosario, Pochy Familia y La Coco Band, Kinito Méndez, Krisppy y Kiko El Presidente, Frank Reyes, Luis Vargas, Sexappeal, Yiyo Sarante, Los Pepe, Vakeró, Black Point, La Materialista, Milka, La Nueva Escuela, El Batallón and Willou de New.

It will be broadcast live on Channel 5 Telemicro, International Digital Telemicro 15 for those of you who do not want to enjoy the New Year celebration in the comfort of your home. You can see both of these Telemicro channels live on line.

Christmas Alcohol Sale Hours Announced

The Ministry of Interior and Police/ El Ministerio de Interior y Policía announced the yearly special Christmas hours for the sale of liquor for the Christmas Holiday season 2012 – 2013.

¡Cheers! and be careful out there.

The normal restrictions on the hour alcoholic beverages can be sold from December 10, 2012 until January 8, 2013 has been lifted for Christmas/ navideñas – New Years/ Año Nuevo celebrations. All places that serve drinks can stay open as long as they like. After Dia de los Reyes / 3 Kings’ Day also known as Epiphany all will go back to normal hours for these businesses.

Through a press release, José Ramón Fadul known as Monchy, said that the Interior and police will increase surveillance on these businesses for the purposes of preventing and avoiding actions that violate the security of the citizens and the public order.

How do Dominicans celebrate the Christmas holiday season and the and New Years traditions?

New Years Eve With Grupo Bonye 2011-12

Every Sunday Night here in the Colonial City Grupo Bonyé plays at one of the oldest historical sites in the Zona Colonial. The Ruinas del Monasterio de San Francisco, translated it is the Ruins or the Monastery of San Fransisco. This place has a history of being destroyed. Two times by earthquakes and once by Sir Francis Drake, known as Pirate Drake.

Group Bonje plays Son, Merengue, Salsa, and other types of Tropical music every Sunday evening in the open air with the backdrop of the eerie looking walls, half fallen. The dance floor may be a bit difficult to dance on. The terrain is not that easy to navigate as it sits on a steep slope. Yet, this place is full of people each and every Sunday as the sun sets ready to dance, listen to the music or just sit and talk to friends and have a cold drink. this is the place to be on a Sunday Night in the Colonial Zone.

So New Years Eve Grupo Bonye usually plays even if it is not on a Sunday night. They play into the night and this special night they play until they do not want to play any more.

Go and see what Grupo Bonye is all about. New Years Eve, all night, the place will be packed full of humans. People everywhere. Great music. Food to enjoy. Friends, neighbors. people you know and people you have not met yet. And even better it is free to enter. All you need to do is buy your drink and hope you can find a place to sit.

Happy New Years Dominican style. I will post more good stuff as I hear it.

Information about Dominican Republic New Years Traditions.

End of the Year Spectacular, Dominican Fiesta

End of the Year Spectacular/ “Fin de año espectacular” with el mayimbe Fernando Villalona, Omega, Toño Rosario, Alex Bueno, Juliana and Kinito Méndez plus a big surprise will be bringing in the New Year.

Celebrate 2012 with the rhythms of merengue and bachata while dancing with six of the most famous Dominican music stars coming together for the first time. Then at 6 in the morning when the party is over they will be serving a delicious Salcocho free for all attendees.

The concert – dance party will be held at the Salón Ámbar of the Hotel Dominican Fiesta (Avenida Anacaona, Santo Domingo) on December 31, 2011 to January 1, 2012 from 10 p.m until 6 a.m. the following day.
more information – 809-562-8222

Quezada and Ventura Christmas Merengue

Milly Quezada, Johnny Ventura, El Cata y Juliana present the 5th edition of their Christmas concert titled “Fin de Año por Adelantado” These two are the voices of Christmas here in Dominican Republic. This before New Year New Years party will have all the typical New Years Eve toys including streamers, confetti and Champagne as they count down the minutes til midnight.

Monday December 26, 2011/ Lunes 26 de diciembre 2011, 9 p.m,
at the Teatro La Fiesta in the Hotel Jaragua, Santo Domingo
More information: 809-482-1120
Advanced sale tickets are priced from $1,000 RDP to $2,500 RDP and can be purchased at the hotel.