Christmas on Norfolk Island is celebrated with a public holiday every 25 December, as it is in a majority of countries around the world. This Christian festivity commemorates the birth of Jesus, and is part of a 22-28 day season in the Christian calendar known as Advent.
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Christmas on Norfolk Island is a big deal. It is the occasion for the biggest celebration, both public and private, of the year.
First of all, there is the Christmas Pageant street parade that brings the whole community together. Many then spend time at the beaches or hiking through the island’s havens of undisturbed natural beauty. Church services and family reunions are also popular ways to spend the holiday.
Many tourists visit Norfolk Island around Christmas time to enjoy luxurious resorts, tour the island and learn of its history, or cruise over coral reefs on a glass-bottomed boat. Visiting historic sites to do with Norfolk Island’s convict settlement past is especially popular.