The Ultimate Guide to Holiday Celebrations in The Palm Beaches

November 18, 2020

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When it comes to celebrating the holidays, the North Pole has nothing on The Palm Beaches in South Florida – not even snow. Although many major festivals and events, including popular tree lightings and boat and street parades, were canceled this year due to COVID-19, there are still fun things to do this holiday season.

While appropriately social distancing and following local mask guidelines, plan to experience nightly “snowfalls,” see a holiday tree sculpted from sand in West Palm Beach and listen to music throughout The Palm Beaches to add to your holiday traditions.
 
Here’s a look at some of the activities and events available this holiday season in cities within The Palm Beaches.
 

Sandi the sand tree
The iconic Sandi Land "tree" in West Palm Beach; photo by Kim Seng

BOCA RATON

Sanborn Square: A 25-foot-tall holiday tree in Sanborn Square will glisten with 7,500 lights beginning Nov. 21 through the New Year.

Mizner Park: See 25-minute animated performances at the 47-foot-tall tree at 5:30, 6:30, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. daily through Jan. 1. The holiday “iTree” features 32,000 PVC branches, red and gold bows, ornament clusters, and 25,000 clear and multicolored LED lights.
 

BOYNTON BEACH

Breakfast with Santa: The City of Boynton Beach hosts the breakfast from 9 to 11 a.m. Dec. 12 at the Boynton Beach Senior Center. Santa will bring his elf along for the event, which also includes a holiday craft. Register in advance by visiting this link.
 

DELRAY BEACH

100-Foot Christmas Tree: The fabulous 26-year tradition continues in Delray Beach. From Dec. 5 to Jan. 1, see the 100-foot-tall tree that Travel & Leisure said was the best tree in Florida in 2016. The interior of the sphere tree is closed this year, but you can still enjoy all the lights on the tree. Find it at the Visitor Information Center at Atlantic Avenue and A1A.

 

Delray Beach's 100 foot Christmas tree
100-foot Christmas tree in Delray Beach

Very Merry Mondays: Downtown Delray Beach is offering holiday festivities – including a toy drive to benefit children in need – from 4 to 7 p.m. Mondays. The schedule is: Nov. 30, East Atlantic Avenue Stroll, from Swinton to 6th Avenue; Dec. 7, West Atlantic Stroll, from I-95 to Swinton; Dec. 14, Beachside Stroll, from 6th Avenue to A1A; and Dec. 21, Pineapple Grove Stroll, at Northeast 2nd Avenue and North, with the Yuletide Carolers and other live music. Make sure to check out the storefront windows; businesses are participating in a decorating contest and you can cast a vote for your favorite display. For more information, visit this link.

Downtown Delray Beach Decorations: Holiday decorations are lighting up Delray Beach. See the nautical motif at the Delray Beach Pavilion at Atlantic Avenue and A1A. Holiday decorations also adorn Libby Wesley Plaza at Atlantic and Southwest 5th avenues. See pineapple displays on the light pole along Pineapple Grove Way and the garland-wrapped poles with wreaths and beachy décor on Atlantic from I-95 to A1A.
 

PALM BEACH

Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade: The 26th annual flotilla of decorated boats will motor in the Intracoastal Waterway, from about 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 5, beginning at North Palm Beach Marina and ending at the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse. A Zambelli traveling fireworks display heads up the line of boats.

Christmas at Whitehall: Enjoy self-guided tours and shopping for unique Hanukkah and Christmas gifts at the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum store. The first floor of Whitehall is decorated in the Gilded Age tradition. This year’s decorating themes include “Under the Sea,” “Florida Tropical” and “Chinoiserie.” Special nighttime hours have been added to the schedule from Dec. 20 to 23. Find more details at this link.
 

RIVIERA BEACH

Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa: See the resort’s annual tradition, a gingerbread display crafted by Pastry Chef Kursten Restivo. The impressive artwork with a tropical holiday theme is in the lobby.

MNM Theatre Company: The company’s first production, Maltby and Shire’s “Closer Than Ever,” will be available for on-demand streaming through Dec. 31. Tickets are $20 and available at https://www.mnmtheatre.org.
 

WEST PALM BEACH

At the Waterfront: For the ninth year, the City of West Palm Beach is bringing back a 700-ton sand tree, known as Sandi, beginning Dec. 5. Light shows and music will be presented from 6 to 10 p.m. daily through Dec. 31 next to the 35-foot-tall “tree” in Sandi Land. Santa Claus will pose for photos sitting in a 6-foot-tall lifeguard chair, offering a safe distance between him and families.

Rosemary Square: All season long, pose for photos with Santa Claus under The Wishing Tree, a 32-foot banyan tree with LED lights, from 6 to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at other square locations on Thursdays. Every night through Dec. 31 (except Thanksgiving), watch “snow” fall from the tree; light shows begin at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m.  Enjoy a variety of other special events, including a Holiday Pup Party for you and your dogs from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 5, an Ornament Decorating Workshop by Sarah LaPierre from 1 to 2 p.m. Dec. 12, and an Ugly Sweater Brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 13. The Garden Shoppe is offering classes to make edible rosemary wreaths. A series of holiday music performances will include live music on both Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. Get your gifts wrapped with Rosemary Square’s signature wrapping paper; $5 per gift will be donated to United Way on Dec. 4-5, 11-12 and 18-19. Click here for a full schedule.
 

The Wishing Tree at Rosemary Square
The Wishing Tree at Rosemary Square

Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society: During Zoo Lights, guests can walk through themed areas with 1 million eco-friendly lights and extravagant holiday displays. Event hours are from 6 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 5-6, 11-13, 18-23 and 26-29 and Jan. 1-3 and 8-9. Festivities include eating s’mores by the fire and decorating holiday cookies. See details by visiting this link.

Okeeheelee Park: Lights 4 Hope Inc. is presenting a drive-thru holiday light display complete with music and animated characters. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit local children in hospitals and families in need. The event takes place Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 27; purchase tickets by clicking this link.
 
For a list of more events in The Palm Beaches, visit https://www.thepalmbeaches.com/events.
 
 

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