Well, first remember that Christmas comes during Antarctica’s summer. And as most of the people in Antarctica this time of year are either scientists or cruisers, it does make for a non-traditional setting.
Here’s some interesting facts on Christmas in Antarctica:
- A White Christmas is guaranteed!
- Christmas Day is celebrated in 24 hour daylight, as it comes just a few days after the longest day in the southern hemisphere.
- Christmas is the time for the annual “Race Around the World,” which is a run, jog, walk around the geographic South Pole. This usually takes just a few minutes to accomplish.
- There is no Christmas shopping season, as there are no stores, and UPS/Fed Ex don’t deliver to this region.
- The Christmas meal may be traditional, yet supplemented with dried, tinned or frozen meats & vegetables.
Luckily, cruise passengers have many luxuries that ensure a more traditional holiday meal.