Celebrate December with Festivals & Fun in The Palm Beaches

November 21, 2018

Bask in the warm winter sunshine this December while participating in the festive celebrations and family-friendly events bringing holiday magic to The Palm Beaches.


Sandi Land tree lighting
Courtesy City of West Palm Beach

December Forecast: Buckets of Sand, Sun & Fun

The City of West Palm Beach invites you to look up—way up!—and witness the amazing Sandi, back at her waterfront home for the annual Holiday in Paradise celebration. The world’s only 700-ton, 35-foot holiday tree is sculpted entirely from sand. Sandi and her new friend Merry the Mermaid will make a splash during the Clematis by Night Holiday Tree Lighting on Nov. 29. Sandi, dazzling with 5,000 twinkling lights, will shine brightly and sing sweetly nightly. More magic unfolds as visitors build their own life-size tropical snowmen in SnowieVille, peek into Sandi’s enormous dressing room, and take a swing at the nine-hole Glow FORE It Mini Golf course. Families can visit with Santa, wander through the Saturday-morning GreenMarket and catch a triple-feature on Dec. 14 during Screen on the Green. This family-friendly event is free to attend throughout the month of December.

Palm Beaches Marathon runners

The Fast and the Fabulous

It’s back, and it’s new! Runners entering the FITTEAM Palm Beaches Marathon will experience a brand-new route this year, racing down Flager Drive and along gorgeous waterside views. This premier winter weekend event begins with the Bill Bone 5K race on the night of Nov. 30. Running beneath the glow of holiday lights, racers start and finish under the watchful eye of the world-famous Sandi holiday tree. Enjoy a pre-race dinner at 5 p.m. on Dec. 1. Then sleep well, and return to catch the sunrise while participating in the marathon, half-marathon, 10K or relay race, all taking place on Dec. 2. Afterwards, tuck in to the “World’s Biggest Brunch,” with complimentary mimosas. The party runs all weekend long, with live music and brilliant fireworks every night.

Holiday Fun Sets Sail

Dozens of decorated vessels will light up the Intracoastal Waterway beneath glittering showers of traveling fireworks during the Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade. The parade starts at the north end of Lake Worth Lagoon and floats north for a grand finale at the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse. Watch for a special appearance by Santa Claus on the last boat in the parade. And keep your cell phone close, because this year attendees can vote for their favorite vessel. The boat with the most votes wins a $500 prize. The fun kicks off Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. in North Palm Beach.

Epicurean Extravaganza

What do you get when you take world-renowned chefs, pair them with mixologists, winemakers and Master Sommeliers, then add in the freshest ingredients and an island paradise? Culinary magic! Mix and mingle with celebrity chefs and foodie legends at the annual Palm Beach Food & Wine Fest. Savor an unprecedented array of gastronomic creations during this four-day festival. Sample dishes ranging from comfort foods to five-course dinners, and sip your way through world-class wines and spirits. Encourage your budding young chef-wannabes with cooking classes, and cheer on your favorite chefs as they compete for prizes. This foodie favorite runs Dec. 13-16.

Boynton Delray Holiday Boat Parade

A Flotilla of Festivities

Celebrate the season in Florida style with the annual Boynton Beach & Delray Beach Holiday Boat Parade. Starting at the Lantana Bridge, a flotilla decked out in holiday glitz will motor south to the C-15 Canal in Delray Beach. Join the landlubbers’ watch party and bring along a picnic meal to enjoy while you take in the colorful view from Boyton Beach at Boyton Harbor Marina. Then dance the night away to live music starting at 6 p.m. This family-friendly event takes place on Dec. 14.

Boca’s Biggest Annual Outdoor Party

It’s “Game on!” in The Palm Beaches when you watch Conference USA and American Athletic Conference players take to the field during the 2018 Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl. Catch the action while soaking up fantastic ocean views at Florida Atlantic University’s FAU Stadium. Arrive a week beforehand to score some pre-game fun out on PGA-level golf courses or while trying your hand at a variety of water sports. Participate in team welcome parties, beach parties and pep rallies that are all part of this annual holiday tradition. The game is at 7 p.m. on Dec. 18.

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