Holiday Season Festivities in The Palm Beaches

Tree-mendous Ways to See Santa This Holiday Season

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It is 10 stories high. It holds 39,500 ornaments. It has 30,000 pounds of metal framing supporting 9,800 pounds of foliage. Its branches twinkle with 15,000 LED lights. What is this tree-mendous structure? We're talking about the world-famous 100-Foot Christmas Tree in Delray Beach, a must-see holiday attraction in The Palm Beaches. Towering over Delray Beach, this spectacular sight comes to life early December when Santa arrives via helicopter and thousands of people gather round one of the best Christmas trees in the nation. Making this year's lighting ceremony even more exciting is the chance to participate in a world record for the largest gathering of people wearing holiday sweaters. London currently holds the mark with 639 holiday sweaters (or "Christmas jumpers," as they’re known in England). But Delray Beach officials are confident they can break that record by amassing a total of 700 sweater-bedecked revelers. The entire tree-lighting event takes place at 51 North Swinton Avenue in Delray Beach. However, if you can't make the Delray Beach event, there's no need to fret. With 38 cities and towns in The Palm Beaches, Santa makes plenty of appearances throughout the holiday season.

Here's a list of other opportunities to see Jolly Old St. Nick:

Early December - Sandi Land holiday celebration - Come see "Sandi" Claus - the world's only 35-foot tree created from 600 tons of sand in West Palm Beach. The City of West Palm Beach rings in the holiday season with the lighting of Sandi as part of a dazzling light show set to holiday music at the West Palm Beach Waterfront. This light show repeats nightly on the half hour – starting at 6:30 p.m. and ending at 9:30 p.m. – through Dec. 31.

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Second Annual Holiday Pup Crawl – This is your chance to play Santa for beloved four-legged family members. Palm Beach County’s largest pet holiday event includes more than 20 pet-related vendors at Downtown at the Gardens. Find unique, fun, and functional gifts for dogs, cats, birds, and even reptiles! Hours are noon to 4 p.m., and make sure to gather round the runway for a pet fashion show at 2 p.m.

Pet Photos with Santa – A second opportunity to bring your furry friends to the Town Center at Boca Raton between 7-9 pm for photos with St. Nick. Enter through the DaVinci’s of Boca and California Pizza Kitchen’s mall entrance. Call (720) 415-2976 to book your appointment.

CityPlace’s Family Fun Fest - Kids of all ages pose for photos with Santa at this annual event, which features a “Winter Wonderland” theme. Kids can also make toys with elves, hang out with winter princesses, enjoy a snowfall (of bubbles), ride trains and see holiday performances. Hours are 1 to 4 p.m. and guests are encouraged to bring a gift for the Toys for Tots toy drive.

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November through-Christmas Eve Daily Photos at Town Center – Stop by the Nordstrom Wing at Town Center at Boca Raton to have your photo taken with Santa Claus. The Palm Beaches are definitely the place to be this yuletide season. For more special events, visit our Events page.

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