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St. Maarten Embraces 2012 With Island-Wide Celebrations & Events Throughout the Year

32nd Heineken Regatta, Dutch Side Carnival Among Highlights

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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten (Jan. 18, 2012) - St. Maarten embraces the New Year and introduces a 2012 calendar of events which welcomes guests from around the world and natives alike to help celebrate island festivities.

Experience the unique beaches, mouth-watering cuisine and eccentric night life that St. Maarten has to offer while enjoying decade-old traditions such as the Heineken Regatta and embracing the homeland's heritage during the Dutch Side Carnival. The St. Maarten 2012 calendar of events is as follows:

January

1

 

New Year's Day (Celebrations on the Boardwalk)

Every Tuesday night, January through April at 6 pm, Grand Case comes alive with exciting events including a blend of dining, street entertainment, music and fun. The main street is turned into a pedestrian zone, enabling visitors to stroll at their leisure while enjoying dancing, artisan stands, art galleries and the sidewalk shopping. All boutiques remain open late.

February

12

 

Art in the Park (Emilio Wilson Park)

14

 

Valentine's Day

22

 

Ash Wednesday

TriSport Triathlon (Xterra Triathlon)

29

 

32nd Annual Heineken Regatta Registration (St. Maarten Yacht Club)29 Welcome back sailors party (St. Maarten Yacht Club)

March

1 - 4

 

32nd Annual St. Maarten Heineken Regatta (Press Conference TBA)

St. Maarten will welcome avid yachters for several days of competitive racing with musical acts and an opening party at Port De Plaisance. The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta spinnaker class will be competing for the Commodores Cup.

2

 

First Day of Racing: The Race Around The Island (Party on the Boardwalk)

3

 

Second Day of Racing (Party in Marigot)

4

 

Final Day of Racing (Party on Kim Sha Beach; Award Ceremony)

17

 

St. Patrick's Day

April

8

 

Easter Sunday (stores closed)

9

 

Easter Sunday (stores closed)

15-May 3

 

Dutch Side Carnival 2012

St. Maarten's Festival Village turns into the largest open-air restaurant in the North Eastern Caribbean during Carnival featuring food booths which are open 24 hours a day offering a variety of local and international cuisines as well as a hotspot for all major concerts. For Carnival 2012, visitors can expect international shows with renowned artists, local cultural shows as well as the colorful and vibrant Grand Carnival Parade which spans two days. Its all about the Carnival and partying until the sun comes up. The bands keep the crowd grooving during the early morning street parade called the 'Jouvert.' The grand parade is full of flamboyantly costumed dancers, music and revelers jamming to the exciting rhythm of Soca and Caypso. The carnival village dishes out spicy island food, more music and partying until the last person leaves

22

 

National Day of Trees

May

1

 

Labour Day (Holiday)

Carnival Parade (Holiday)

6

 

Fish Day (held at the French Cul de Sac and featuring local and international entertainment, open stands for fish tasting)

13

 

Mother's Day

16 - 18

 

SMART Regional Tradeshow

June

TBA

 

Annual Book Fair

July

14

 

Bastille Day French National Holiday (French side)

17

 

Father's Day

21

 

GrandCase Fete

Families gather to celebrate their village and pay respect to the abolishment of slavery, the day is celebrated with a religious ceremony followed by the raising of the flag, races and traditional games and musical entertainment.

September

27

 

World Tourism Day

TBA

 

Annual Coastal Clean Up

TBA

 

DJ Outkast Annual Black and White Party

TBA

 

Emancipation Day Open House at the Museum

TBA

 

Family Day I love my Ram (Contest in the Village of Colombier)

November

1 - 30

 

Culinary Month

Month long events highlighting the island which is known as the "Culinary Capital of the Caribbean." St. Maarten features more than 365 different restaurants and over a dozen nationalities creating a melting pot of influences and heritage.

TBA

 

Fete De La Cuisine Event (first week in November)

4

 

Caribbean Tourism Day

11

 

St. Maarten/St. Martin Day (stores closed)

20

 

Santa Claus Home

Santa Claus House is a private home situated in cripple gate which opens to the public throughout December. Cake tastings and homemade punch with other Christmas entertainment is available from 6 to 11 pm. Admission is free.

22

 

Thanksgiving

December

1

 

Official opening of Christmas in Philipsburg (Lighting of Christmas tree)

Miss Caraibes Hibiscus

Santa comes to Philipsburg - Christmas Parade (first week in December)

15

 

Kingdom Day (Holiday)

25

 

Christmas Day (stores closed)

26

 

Boxing Day (Holiday)

Boxing Day Beach Bash – DJ Pauly and the Mix Master Crew present Beach Bash on Mullet Bay Beach

Dow's Pan in Paradise, folkloric steel pan concert

31

 

New Year's Eve – live entertainment on the Boardwalk and midnight Fireworks

St. Maarten

St. Maarten is the smallest island in the world to be shared by two nations, Kingdom of the Netherlands and France, creating a European-influenced vibe with a Caribbean flair. As "the culinary capital of the Caribbean," St. Maarten offers an eclectic array of cuisine fusion for food lovers with more than 365 restaurants, one for each day of the year to satisfy the tastes of every palate and pocketbook.

Located at the northern end of the Lesser Antilles, the island's 37 square miles has 37 breathtaking beaches and is home to many historical and family-oriented attractions. During the day, watersport enthusiasts can take full advantage of the island's scuba diving and snorkeling facilities. The capital of Philipsburg offers duty-free shopping with a bustling city atmosphere, while 14 casinos and numerous nightclubs provide endless entertainment.

Accommodations are varied and include elegant private villas, family oriented resorts, quaint cottages and luxury spa resorts. Air service is available to Princess Juliana International Airport from numerous U.S. and Canadian cities as well as from Europe, South America and the Caribbean.

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