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Experience Local Culture, Parades and Dishes with Special Holiday Packages Now Available for Booking

The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism (USVI) is welcoming visitors to celebrate the 70th annual St. Croix Crucian Christmas Festival this holiday season beginning Sunday, December 11 through Saturday, January 7. This annual treasured event returns in person following the success of St. Thomas and St. John Carnivals with the theme, Reflections of Culture, Music, Mas, and Revelry, and officially closing out the 2022 Carnival season in the Caribbean while simultaneously kicking it off in 2023.

"The U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) is proud to be the only destination in the Caribbean to host three carnival celebrations every year - each with its own flair and flavors, while providing a unique experience friendly for both adults and children," says Commissioner of Tourism Joseph Boschulte.

"The success of St. Thomas Carnival's official in person return this past Spring, followed by St. John this Summer, has allowed the St. Croix Crucian Christmas Festival to return, with the due recognition of being the official close of 2022 Carnival season in the Caribbean and the season opener in 2023.

"Our theme, Reflections of Culture, Music, Mas, and Revelry, represent the local people and our meditation over our history, the impact of these last two years, and return to celebrate our culture but also our resilience as a destination to always recover and return despite any obstacles we face," says Ian Turnbull, Division of Festivals Director.

The iconic event lineup for the festival represents a way of life in the Caribbean. Visitors can celebrate with locals as they listen to music set to the rhythms of calypso, soca and steel pan music. They can dance with Moko Jumbies (stilt walkers and dancers), indulge in local delicacies, and experience all facets of the USVI's diverse culture.

About the U.S. Virgin Islands

About 40 miles east of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands is a United States territory located in the northeastern Caribbean Sea. It's three main three islands are St. Croix, St. John, and St. Thomas, where the capital of Charlotte Amalie is located. Perfect for leisure or business travel, the U.S. Virgin Islands features breathtaking, world-renowned beaches, an international marine industry, European architecture, and a burgeoning restaurant industry. No passports are required from U.S. citizens traveling from the U.S. mainland or Puerto Rico. Entry requirements for non-U.S. citizens are equivalent to entering the United States from any international country. Upon departure, a passport is required for non-U.S. citizens. For more information about the United States Virgin Islands, go to, follow us on Instagram (@visitusvi) and Twitter (@usvitourism), and become a fan on Facebook (

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