Over the holidays, I headed to Senegal’s southern region looking to experience its unique local culture, far from Dakar’s urban center. In Casamance, I found locals and tourists alike all celebrating the season while enjoying some of the area’s best beaches, bars, and restaurants. Here are just a few of our favorite images from this year’s festivities we hope you’ll enjoy.

Dancers lead street festival Casamance, Senegal

Dancers lead street festival Casamance, Senegal

Mystic "Forest Spirit" Performs at Festival. Abéné, Senegal.

Mystic “Forest Spirit” Performs at Festival. Abéné, Senegal.

Neighborhood Children wait for candy from Santa Claus. Cap Skirring, Senegal

Neighborhood Children wait for candy from Santa Claus. Cap Skirring, Senegal

Ballet Performance Abéné Festival. Abéné Senegal.

Ballet Performance Abéné Festival. Abéné Senegal.

Performance at Abéné Festival. Abéné, Senegal.

Performance at Abéné Festival. Abéné, Senegal.

Diola women dance in street festival. Bignona, Senegal

Diola women dance in street festival. Bignona, Senegal