Celebrate the Season With These Holiday Happenings

November 18, 2022

Your 2022 guide to festivities and merriment in The Palm Beaches.

When it comes to celebrating the holidays, the North Pole has nothing on The Palm Beaches — not even snow. With a wide variety of events on the calendar, from light shows and parades to the performing arts and visiting Santa, there are plenty of ways to get into the spirit of the season this year.
 

Santa Sightings

Santa’s Enchanted Garden Photos at The Gardens Mall. Take a keepsake photo with Santa in his Enchanted Garden during mall hours from November 12th- December 24th, located on the Lower-Level Grand Court. Photo reservations are encouraged, and walk-ups are welcomed.
 
Location: The Gardens Mall (Level Grand Court), 3101 Pga Blvd, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410.

Santa at the Gardens Mall
Courtesy of the Gardens Mall

Pet Photos with Santa. Have your pet photographed with Santa during select times on Sundays in Santa’s Enchanted Garden! Photos are by reservation only. Reserve your spot here.
Dates & Time:
-       November 27, 6-8 pm
-       December 4, 6-8 pm
-       December 11, 7-9 pm
-       December 18, 8-10 pm
 
Location: The Gardens Mall (Level Grand Court), 3101 Pga Blvd, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410.

Enchanted garden at the Gardens Mall
Courtesy of The Gardens Mall

 
Weekend Photos with Santa at The SquareCommemorate the holidays and meet the jolly man himself during photos with Santa at The Square each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from November 12th - December 23rd. 
Date & Time:

  • Fridays & Saturdays: 6-8 pm
  • Sundays: 5-7 pm

 
Location: The Square, 700 South Rosemary Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33401.

Santa Claus at The Square in West Palm Beach
Courtesy of The Square​

Sandi and Santa’s Annual Pancake Breakfast. On December 17 at 9 am, enjoy a festive pancake breakfast and get private access to Santa and Mrs. Claus! Admission also includes a ticket to Ferris’ only daytime ride of the season.   
 
Location: Lake Pavilion, 101 S Flagler Dr, West Palm Beach, FL 33401.
 
Santa at The Boca Raton (For resort guests and Club members). In the midst of the magic leading up to Christmas, Santa checks into The Boca Raton for rest and relaxation before his big night! Children and their families are invited for a special meet-and-greet before he heads to the North Pole. $40/ 15-minute time slot. Reservations required. 
Dates & Time: December 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, from 5-7 pm.
 
Location: Cloister, The Boca Raton, 501 east Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432.
 

Lights and Decor

Winter Wonderland Laser Lights & BitesOn November 25, guests are invited to kick off the Winter Wonderland Laser Lights & Bites series and step into a starry night at the Cox Science Center and Aquarium! Guests of all ages can sing and dance to their holiday favorites during the spectacular outdoor laser concert. 
 
Location: Cox Science Center and Aquarium, 4801 Dreher Trl N, West Palm Beach, FL 33405.

Laser lights show at the Cox Science Center
Courtesy of the Cox Science Center and Aquarium

Hanukkah Menorah Lighting. (Exclusive to the Boca Raton guests and Club members). The Boca Raton’s sparkling annual tradition begins on December 18, with the Menorah Lighting on the Cloister Main Courtyard featuring songs, holiday cookies, and hot chocolate.
Time: 5:30 - 6:15 pm.
 
Location: Cloister Main Courtyard, The Boca Raton, 501 east Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432.

Hanukkah Menorah Lighting at the Boca Raton
Courtesy of The Boca Raton

Lightning and Decorations at The BreakersSoak up the magical ambiance of the holidays at the iconic resort, where you’ll find lush foliage, modern trimmings, and elegant embellishments that is the result of 11 months of planning and six days of decking the halls. Mainstay decorative highlights include two 18 ft. evergreen trees and a sculptural menorah in the hotel lobby.
 
Location: The Breakers, 1 S County Rd, Palm Beach, FL 33480.

The Breakers Holiday lights
Courtesy of The Breakers Palm Beach

 
Zoo Lights. The Palm Beach Zoo is illuminated for the holidays by more than one million eco-friendly lights. View the unique themed displays from 6 to 9 pm on select evenings through Jan. 2. Festive holiday fun also includes photos with Santa, a holiday dance party, seasonal treats and more. 
 
Location: Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society, 1301 Summit Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33405.

Zoo Lights at the Palm Beach Zoo
Courtesy of the Palm Beach Zoo

 
Lights 4 Hope at Okeeheelee Park. Organized by Lights 4 Hope, discover a holiday-themed drive-thru live show at Okeeheelee Park. From mid-November running through the beginning of January, the Light 4 Hope show includes over a mile of animated and musical holiday light displays. 
 
Location: Okeeheelee Park, 7715 Forest Hill Blvd, West Palm Beach FL 33413.
 
The Flagler Museum's Christmas Tree Lighting. What better way to kick off the holiday season than with a 16-foot-tall Grand Hall Christmas Tree lighting? On December 4th, the Flagler Museum's tree is lit by the descendants of the Flagler family at the push of a button. The night is complete with festive music, a special choir performance, and a visit by Santa Claus. The event is free with museum admission and is held from 12 to 5 pm.
 
Location: Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, One Whitehall Way, Palm Beach, FL 33480.
 
Boynton Beach Tree Lighting & Holiday Concert. Boynton Beach's tree-lighting ceremony is kicking off at 5 pm on December 2. The free event for all ages that includes holiday music from local performers, food, children's activities and more! 
 
Location: Boynton Beach Amphitheater, Event Address, 120 East Ocean Avenue, Boynton Beach, FL 33435.
 
Delray Beach Christmas Tree LightingJoin Delray Beach’s 100-foot Christmas tree lighting ceremony on November 29, from 6 pm to 9 pm. Gather your family and friends and welcome the holidays with festivities, delicious food, musical performances, crafts, and many more holiday surprises in Old School Square!
 
Location: Old School Square, 51 N Swinton Ave, Delray Beach, Florida 33444.
 
Greenacres Holiday in the Park. Celebrate a magical evening with Santa, a special tree-lighting ceremony, horse and carriage rides, school performances, face painting, arts and crafts, carolers and other amusements on December 3, from 5 to 9 pm, at Samuel J. Ferreri Community Park. 
 
Location: Samuel J. Ferreri Community Park, 2905 Jog Rd., Greenacres, FL 3346.
 

Parades 

The 28th Annual Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade. On December 3, from 6 pm to 8 pm, the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County (MIAPBC) will be hosting its 28th Annual Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade and toy drive. Presented by Compass, the parade will benefit two local nonprofits: Toys for Tots and Little Smiles. The parade features up to 80 holiday-themed boats that begin at Safe Harbor North Palm Beach Marina and navigate their way north on the Intracoastal Waterway, ending at the iconic Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse. 
 
Location: Intracoastal Waterway from North Palm Beach to Jupiter.

Boat with lights on it at night
Photo courtesy of the Marine Industries Association​

 
2022 Holiday Boat Parade. On December 9, see another can’t-be-missed colorful holiday parade: the annual Holiday Boat Parade! A flotilla of brightly decorated boats line up and motor south. The parade begins at 6.30 pm near the Boynton Beach Inlet north of Gateway Blvd. and proceeds south to the C-15 canal in Delray Beach. Participating boats of all sizes are adorned with lights, decorations, holiday displays, carolers and more.
 
Location: Intracoastal Waterway from Boynton Beach to Delray Beach.
 
Jupiter Tequesta Christmas Parade. Line up for a Santa-themed parade on December 11 at 1 pm, where floats will overflow with colorful garland, tinsel, candy canes, ornaments, sleighs, and other classic Claus displays. 
 
Location: Parade staging is on Old Dixie Highway, between Center Street and Indiantown Road.
 

Family-Friendly Activities

Kids Corner Holiday Shop and Gift-Wrap Suite. This is a wonderful place where kids can shop for their favorite people at The Gardens Mall’s Kids Corner Holiday Shop! A wonderful team of Santa’s helpers are here to assist each and every child spend their one shiny coin from Santa’s golden bank. Additional coins can be purchased at three for $5, and best of all, 100% of the $5 cost to shop will help The Arc of Palm Beach County!
Dates: November 11-December 24
 
Location: The Gardens Mall, 3101 PGA Boulevard, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410.

Exterior of a holiday store
Photo courtesy of The Gardens Mall​

 
Noon Year’s Eve Countdown at The Cox Science Center & AquariumKids of all ages are invited to countdown to the new year with Noon Year’s Eve at the Center! Beginning at 10 am on Saturday, December 31 on the Center’s science trail, guests can enjoy live science demonstrations, music and dancing, DIY confetti poppers, dry apple cider and more. Admission is $18.95 for adults, $16.95 for seniors, $14.95 for children, $15.95 for adult members, $11.95 for child members. Children under the age of three are free.
 
Location: Cox Science Center and Aquarium, 4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach, FL 33405.
 
Sandi the Christmas Tree and Ferris the Ferris WheelFrom 1-31 December, the world’s only 35-foot, 700-ton holiday sand tree returns to the West Palm Beach waterfront, and this year’s new element is Ferris the Ferris wheel. With the addition of Ferris to this year’s activities, guests will have a new, aerial view of HIP and Sandi. Ferris rides will be available from 6 – 10 pm nightly throughout the month of December. Tickets are $5 per rider for a single ride or $20 per rider for unlimited rides for one night.
 
Location: West Palm Beach Great Lawn, 100 N. Clematis St., West Palm Beach, FL 33401.

Sandi Land tree lighting
Photo courtesy of City of West Palm Beach​​

 
Screen on the Green (a holiday triple feature)On December 9 at 6 pm, bring blankets and chairs for a holiday triple feature (two short films, and one feature film). Movies to be shown are Olaf’s Frozen Adventure (G), Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice (G) and A Christmas Story 2 (PG).
 
Location: West Palm Beach Great Lawn, 100 N. Clematis St., West Palm Beach, FL 33401.

Three movies flyers

Art & Culture 

Maltz Jupiter Theatre Holiday Performances and Shopping Day. December 10 is a day of shopping and sharing! Enjoy live performances from the Maltz Jupiter Theatre in Grand Court from 10 am - 6 pm. The Gardens Mall will donate 5% of the day's logged sales at the Information Desk to the Maltz Jupiter Theatre. *Up to 5% of $100,000 in total.
 
Location: The Gardens Mall, 3101 PGA Boulevard, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410.
 
Hanukkah with Jewish Federation of PBC & Mandel JCC of the Palm Beaches on the lawnJoin Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County and the Mandel JCC of the Palm Beaches for a free, high-energy family friendly celebration at The Square featuring games on the lawn, live music, food sampling, and live characters.  A brief candle lighting ceremony will conclude the event.
Date & Time: December 18, 2 pm – 3:30 pm.
 
Location: The Square, 700 South Rosemary Avenue West Palm Beach, FL 33401.

Two kids celebrati Hanukkah at The Square
Courtesy of The Square

Kwanzaa Performance by Afrique Ngozi on Water PavilionAfrique Ngozi Dance & Drums brings an immersive cultural celebration of Kwanzaa to The Square. This family-friendly event will explore the seven principles that make up Kwanzaa and feature live West African dancing and drumming.
Date & Time: December 30, 5:30 pm – 6 pm.
 
Location: The Square, 700 South Rosemary Avenue West Palm Beach, FL 33401.

Kwanzaa Performance by Afrique Ngozi on Water Pavilion. A
Courtesy of The Square

The NutcrackerA holiday classic beloved by all with music by Tchaikovsky returns to the Kravis Center stage from December 3-4. When Marie is given an enchanted nutcracker doll as a Christmas gift, she has no idea the adventure that awaits her! A battle of toy soldiers and giant mice; a blustery snowstorm lead by a majestic Snow Queen and a fantastical kingdom belonging to a Prince! A magical holiday tradition!
 
Location: Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Boulevard, West Palm Beach, FL 33401.

Group of ballerinas performing The Nutcracker
Photo credit: Steven Caras​

 

Christmas Dining

Christmas Dining at Almond Palm Beach. Pop in on Saturday, December 24th, for the Almond’s world-famous brunch or enjoy the two-decade strong annual Christmas Eve suckling pig roast. Available for dine in or takeout, the a la carte entrée will feature two sides for $49 pp. For reservations call 561-355-5080.
 
Location: Almond Palm Beach, 207 Royal Poinciana Way, Palm Beach, FL 33480.
 
Christmas Grand Buffet Dinner at The Boca Raton (For resort guests and Club members only). On December 25, celebrate the joy of the season with a grand display of over-the-top holiday classics with a twist. This extravagant Christmas feast features traditional favorites like a savory carving station, iced seafoodstation, sushi bar, artisanal hand-carved cheeses, and winter harvest-inspired sides. There will be festiveactivities for children to enjoy.
Dinner is $175 adult (includes open bar), $85 ages 12-20, $70 ages 5-12. Children 4 and under complimentary. Reservations required. 
 
Location: Grand Ballroom at Mizner Center, The Boca Raton, 551 East Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432.

Christmas Buffet at the Boca Raton
Courtesy of the Boca Raton​

Holiday Tea. Holiday Tea, The Breakers’ timeless tradition, returns to HMF on the afternoons of December 22 – 24 and the 26 - 30, from 1:30 – 3:30 pm. Arrive in tea-time attire and enjoy delicacies such as handcrafted tea sandwiches, warm buttermilk scones with Devonshire cream, rose petal jam, fresh fruit preserves and delicate pastries, along with a curated selection of teas. Price: $115 per person (both adults and children). A menu of bespoke cocktails is also available for purchase.
 
Location: HMF by The Breakers, 1 S County Rd, Palm Beach, FL 33480.

Sunday Brunch at the Breakers
Courtesy of The Breakers Palm Beach

Flagler Steakhouse. Flagler Steakhouse, a vibrant take on the classic American chophouse, welcomes guests on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with special three-course, prix-fixe holiday lunch and dinner menus. Lunch is available from 11 am – 3 pm and is $195 per person; $75 for children ages 12 and under. Dinner is served from 4 – 9 pm and is $225 per person; $75 for children ages 12 and under. The restaurant is located on the second floor of The Breakers’ Golf and Tennis Clubhouse. 
 
Location: Flagler Steakhouse, 2 S County Rd, Palm Beach, FL 33480.

Flagler steakhouse
Courtesy of The Breakers Palm Beach

Ponce de Leon Ballroom - Holiday Buffet. The Ponce de Leon Ballroom - Holiday Buffet on December 25, remains the quintessential, all-inclusive Christmas Day feast, with an incredible scale of premium culinary specialties to wow visitors of all ages. In this grand venue crowned with glittering chandeliers, guests will savor traditional favorites, such as hand-carved beef tenderloin, savory rack of lamb, the day’s bounty of fresh catches (from shellfish to caviar and sushi rolls) and an array of indulgent and ornately decorated desserts. Available 2 – 6 pm for $250 per person; $95 for children ages 12 and under. 
 
Location: The Ponce de Leon Ballroom by The Breakers, 1 S County Rd, Palm Beach, FL 33480.
 
The Circle. The Circle–one of the resort’s most stunning spaces—will stage an opulent, Christmas Brunch set among arched windows with glimpses of the Atlantic Ocean. This luxurious experience includes a sumptuous menu with attended food stations, a selection of festive desserts and a harpist that plays tableside. Brunch will be served from 11 am – 3 pm for $250 per person; $95 for children ages 12 years old and younger.
 
Location: The Circle by The Breakers, 1 S County Rd, Palm Beach, FL 33480.

Holiday Tea at the Breakers
Courtesy of The Breakers Palm Beach

Ring in The New Year 

New Year’s Eve Celebrations at Almond Palm BeachOn New Year’s Eve, Almond Palm Beach will showcase an enhanced, a la carte menu, more fun than you can handle, and a midnight champagne toast. Look for unique offerings, including caviar additions, as well as the restaurant’s a la carte menu, ensuring a delightfully decadent celebration. 
In addition to the dinner special, the restaurant’s market-driven menu will feature classic cuisines with a twist, ethnic street food, and cocktail pairings to indulge. 
 
Location: Almond Palm Beach, 207 Royal Poinciana Way, Palm Beach, FL 33480.
 
Harborside New Year’s Eve Celebration at The Boca Raton (Resort guests and member only). This progressive-style celebration will transport you “Around the World in 8 Cuisines.” Discover multiple destinations each featuring interactive culinary stations, craft cocktails and entertainment. The event features a live band, dancing, and a sparkling midnight countdown.
Admission: Adults (21+) $495++, Young adults (ages 16-20) $395++Reservations required.
 
Location: Multiple Venues, The Boca Raton, 501 East Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432.

 New Year’s Eve Celebration at the Boca Raton
Courtesy of the Boca Raton

Beachside New Year’s Eve Celebration: A Night of Allure at The Boca Raton(Resort guests and member only). On New Year’s Eve, the lounge is transformed into a shimmering setting with a dance floor, and an energetic four-piece DJ Hybrid featuring drums, sax and electric violin, complete with a midnight countdown. Chef Gonzalo Rivera will serve delicious and decadent bites upon arrival and offer elaborate desserts throughout the evening Adults-only.
Cost: $700++ for two-top cocktail table; $1,400++ for four-top soft seating; $2,100++ for six-top soft seating.
 
Location: Beach Club Lounge, The Boca Raton, 501 East Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432.
 
New Year’s Eve & Day at The BreakersThe Breakers hosts a variety of memorable experiences to suit every preference for ringing in 2023. The Flagler Steakhouse will offer a special New Year’s Eve three-course, prix-fixe menu ($395); HMF will offer a Chef selected menu, live entertainment, party favors and a Champagne toast at midnight ($750); and the Seafood Bar will offer a New Year’s Eve three-course, prix-fixe menu ($350). Reservations are required and can be made by calling (561) 655-6611.
 
Locations:

  • Flagler Steakhouse, 2 S County Rd, Palm Beach, FL 33480
  • HMF by The Breakers, 1 S County Rd, Palm Beach, FL 33480
  • The Seafood Bar by The Breakers, 1 S County Rd, Palm Beach, FL 33480

New Year’s Eve at Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa. Dom Perignon presents Bubbles & Balloons” in Eau Palm Beach luxurious Grand Ballroom. Black Tie Dinner & Dancing with live music performances all evening featuring guitarists, dueling pianos and a horn band. Includes a 5-course dinner, champagne speakeasy experience, cocktail hour with hors d'oeuvres, open premium bar and valet parking. $525 per guest.
 
Location: Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, 100 South Ocean Blvd. Manalapan, FL 33462.

three wine glasses
Courtesy of Eau Palm Beach

Header image courtesy of The Breakers Palm Beach.
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