The holidays are in full swing, and so are all the festivities. The holiday spirit is visible around Guam with fundraising, giving events, and productions taking place throughout December. 

In Guam, the spirits are bright, with a “home for the holidays” adoption event, and holiday melodies played at the mall by local music groups. The Guam Home for the Holidays pet adoption day allows animals to match with a forever family just before the holidays. It contributes to solving the prevalent issue of Guam’s large stray animal population.

Keeping up the holiday cheer, the 721st Army Band has been performing across the island as a part of their Christmas performance series; the musicians played festive songs to ring in the season and entertain all types of audiences. 

The Mangilao Christmas Festival started on December 10 and was hosted at the Mangilo market grounds. Entertainment was not lacking, as festival attendees could watch performances and shop for unique market items. Rock climbing, a parade, train rides, and food were other options open to all, which makes the event a very family-friendly holiday kickoff. Children had plenty of opportunities to enjoy themselves as well, as the festival featured a petting zoo and a fireworks show to conclude the evening. These types of events require a significant amount of support and community organizing, and many community members assisted in these productions.

As life returns to normal after the pandemic, community engagement is returning, and it is very important to support events like these as communities attempt to return to normal. The holiday season is in full force and many community festivals and events are coming up to help everyone celebrate. On December 20, the Chamorro Village Night Market takes place, and on the 21st Mangilao Market takes place again. There are many ways to celebrate the holidays this season in Guam, and there is sure to be something for everyone.