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The month-long Crucian Christmas Festival will open Dec. 3 with a mini-festival presentation to the residents and staff of the Herbert Grigg Homes for the Aged, a mini-parade, troupes, music and more, the festival organization announced.
The annual Soup du Cure, benefiting the Caribbean Education Initiative, will be Dec. 4, at Pirate’s Tavern in Salt River Marina from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. This annual soup competition is open to amateur chefs and local restaurants.

The mini-village, the smaller precursor to the main festival village, opens in Christiansted Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. Then Dec. 11, the old-time night parade winds its way down King Street in Christiansted beginning at 6:30 p.m. The prince, princess and duchess pageant is at John H. Woodson School Dec. 11, with a start time of 2 p.m.

The Miss St. Croix pageant will be Dec. 18 at Island Center for the Performing Arts, starting at 5 p.m. Christmas Day in Buddhoe Park at 6:30 p.m. will be a Christmas concert for children, with gospel singers and cartoon characters.

Jouvert line up is Jan. 4, 6 a.m. at Hannah’s Rest corner and the food arts and crafts fair follows at noon Wednesday on the Frederiksted waterfront around the Eliza McBean Clock Tower.

Local favorites will perform in the Festival Village including Pumpa, UMB, Fusion, Stroka, Hartatak, Outta Limits, Rudy, Dennis the Mennis, Image, Express, Complex, Heritage Dancers, The General, Sabor Latino, Liquid Sounds, Prince Galloway, King Derby and many more.