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Holiday in Paradise

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Nov 30, 2023 - Dec 31, 2023
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101 South Flagler Drive
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

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The World’s Only 700-Ton Holiday Sand Tree

The City of West Palm Beach is ready to say ‘ahoy’ to another season of Holiday in Paradise Presented by FPL. At the center of the month-long celebration are Sandi, the world’s only 700-ton holiday sand tree, and Ferris Powered by Land Rover Palm Beach.

Activities & Entertainment

The annual celebration features tons of free entertainment, 100 tons of other sand sculptures, nightly music and light shows, and daily things to see and do. This year’s extravaganza will “Treasure West Palm Beach” and feature a pirate theme. In celebration, the City is adding a new element & Paradise Island Presented by Dunkin’. The addition is a 50-ton sandbox with holiday- and pirate-themed activities. Sandi, Ferris, and all activities will debut on the Great Lawn (100 N. Clematis St.) on Thursday, Nov. 30, from 6 & 10 p.m.

This year’s theme features a new character and chapter in Sandi’s annual story. While sailing the ocean sea on a pirate ship, Captain Pauly the Parrot sees the glittery lights of Sandi and Ferris from afar through his spyglass. His band of merry men send him to see what treasure awaits. When they all descend on Sandiland, they discover that the true riches of the holiday lie in celebrating with community, family, and friends.

Music and Light Show

Starting on the night of the tree lighting, Sandi and the surrounding area will feature synchronized nightly music and light shows through Sunday, Dec. 31 from 6 & 10 p.m. (shows will be extended on New Year’s Eve through midnight). Shows start on the quarter hour except during special events. Rides on Ferris will be available during the same time for $5 per person per ride plus taxes and fees, and rules and restrictions apply (see for more info).

Save the Date!

Sandi fans should save the date for the following special events:

  • Clematis by Night Holiday Tree Lighting | Thursday, Nov. 30, from 6 & 10 p.m. | FREE
  • Screen on the Green | Friday, Dec. 8 from 6:30 & 10 p.m. | Holiday-themed double feature | FREE on the Great Lawn
  • Soul in the City Jazz Experience & Guitarist and Producer Adam Hawley | Wednesday, Dec. 13, from 7 & 9 p.m. | Lake Pavilion (101 S. Flagler Drive) | $25 – $31.25 per person
  • Sandi and Santa’s Annual Pancake Breakfast | Saturday, Dec. 16 | Seatings will be available on the hour from 9 & 11 a.m.
  • Sunday on the Waterfront featuring the Aloha Islanders Tropical Holiday Spectacular | Sunday, Dec. 17 from 4 & 7 p.m. | FREE on the Great Lawn
  • New Year’s Eve | Sunday, Dec. 31 from 6 p.m. & midnight


Parking is available in the City of West Palm Beach’s public garages, which are the Clematis, Banyan, City Center, Sapodilla and Evernia garages. The Banyan and Evernia garages are closest to the events. Those interested in arriving by boat can also take advantage of the City’s free public docks. The Clematis Street Dock is the closest dock to the events.


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