After all the Christmas excitement come the New Year thrills! In Saint Lucia we use the term ‘Ole Year’s Night’ rather than ‘New Year’s Eve’. Just as at Christmas, and like so many places worldwide, there is an air of anticipation and hope, and a desire to see out the old year and to welcome in the new year in party mode.

Unlike places further north, from where many of our visitors arrive, Saint Lucia offers wonderful warm evenings, perfect for outdoor festivities and for viewing the firework displays.

One of the most popular places to congregate is Rodney Bay where revellers line the main street to soak up the atmosphere and voice ‘ooohs!’ and ‘aaahs!’ as the fireworks explode. The crowds emerge from the bars towards midnight, ready for the illuminated action. A new venue to bide your time until midnight is Jam Rock Reggae Café and Caribbean Grill.

There is plenty of time for dinner beforehand. We recommend Big Chef Steakhouse which will offer party favours plus live music by Boo Hinkson. At Tapas on the Bay Rob Zi Taylor and Phyness will entertain diners.

Many resorts are offering special event nights and packages to usher in 2018. Here are some of them.

Royal St Lucia Resort and Spa

Rodney Bay, tel. 457 3131

Royal Ball

7.30 p.m. – 2 a.m. $350 inclusive of welcome cocktails, horse

and carriage photo moment, Royal buffet, theatrical love stories

under the stars, fireworks, special entertainment.

(Special package 11 p.m. – 2 a.m.)

Coco Palm

Rodney Bay, tel. 456 2800

Old Year’s Night of Phantom

Six-course menu, entertainment, party favours, half a bottle of wine and bubbles for midnight. $68 USD ($180 XCD) early bird pricing ($75 from

1st December, 2017). Add free-flowing, selected drinks from the

Phantom’s Bar for a total price of $90 USD ($240 XCD) early bird pricing ($100 USD from 1st December, 2017).

Spinnakers

Reduit Beach, Rodney Bay, tel. 452 8491

Gala Dinner

8 p.m. – 1.30 a.m. US$115 for an all-night dinner party with live entertainment and a wonderful view of the firework displays. The price includes all taxes, a welcome drink and a half bottle of wine per person.

The Landings

Near Pigeon Island, tel. 458 7300

Gourmet four-course Dinner at The Palms Restaurant

US$90 to include one glass of champagne.

Gala Buffet at The Beach Club US$225 inclusive of food and beverages ($150 dinner only option, to include one glass of champagne), New Year’s Eve party with live band 8.30 p.m. – 11 p.m. then DJ until 1 a.m.

(Prices subject to tax and service charge.)

The Bodyholiday at Le Sport

Cap Estate, tel. 457 7800

New Year’s Eve Red & Silver Ball

Commencing 7 p.m. at the Oasis with a champagne cocktail party.

Grand buffet, live bands 8.30 p.m. – 2 a.m. DJ until 4 a.m.

Firework display at midnight. Non-resident dinner pass US$275.

Ladera

Soufriere, tel. 459 6600

Wear White New Year’s Eve Party

Dinner with exclusive menu and inclusions

6 p.m. – 9.30 p.m. (Reservations required.)

Countdown party with DJ Hollywood HP 10 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Admission fee for party only: EC$100. Includes welcome

drink, party favours and midnight snacks.