It is the most wonderful time of year!  Here is a roundup of some of our favorite holiday happenings. This will continue to be updated so check back.  Happy Holidays Friends!


Garden Of Lights at Mounts Botanical Gardens 

Mounts Botanical will once again be all a-twinkle on 12 sparkling evenings during the holiday season. Visitors will discover the magic of Mounts at night as thousands of jewel-toned lights illuminate and amplify the lush tropical foliage, majestic trees and signature structures along an easy-to-follow route throughout various garden areas. Highlights include the massive, interactive Stickwork installation, Signature Ridge, Butterfly Garden and the Trellis Tunnel. It’s a magical way to light-up the holiday season for joyous visitors of every age, romantic disposition, and spiritual leaning.

 

December 13-29, 2019
Thursday-Sunday, 6-8:30 pm (last entry at 8 pm; no rain dates)
Monday (Dec. 23 only), 6-8:30 pm (last entry at 8 pm)
$8 for Mounts members; $12.50 for nonmembers; $5 for children ages 5-12

Details here.


Worth Avenue Tree Lighting

December 03, 2019 | 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm | 256 Worth Avenue

Led by Santa Claus, his elves, and entertainers, The Worth Avenue Association and Palm Beach Mayor, Gail Coniglio, welcome the holiday season with an annual parade that concludes with the signature, spectacular Christmas Tree Lighting Event, signifying the unofficial start of Palm Beach’s magical shopping season. The parade begins at 6pm, with the flip of the switch that lights the magnificent 40-foot tree happening at 6:29pm. Make sure to get there early and queue up the little tykes for a turn on Santa’s magical throne.

 

For more information, contact 561-659-6909


Polar Express on Brightline

*code PBMOM will get you 25% off tickets but not the Polar Express – so use the code to ride to Ft lauderdale or Miami for the experience.

Get into the holiday spirit, get your golden ticket and secure your spot on the “nice” list!

This year will be double the fun as we added a second departure to meet Santa from South Florida:

–  Miami departures on select weekdays beginning Nov. 19.
Fort Lauderdale departures will return weekends and select holiday dates beginning Nov. 16

Enjoy the re-creation of the classic children’s story on board a Brightline train. Guests will enjoy hot chocolate, treats by dancing chefs, a reading of the book by Chris Van Allsburg, and receive the first gift of Christmas (a silver sleigh bell) after Santa boards the train to greet families. Attendants lead guests in caroling and fun holiday activities on the return trip to the station. Visit ftlthepolarexpressride.com and miamithepolarexpressride.com to book your tickets.


Sandi

Save the date for the City of West Palm Beach’s annual holiday tree lighting! After nearly a month-long preparation, “Sandi,” the world’s only 700-ton sand tree will be ready to make her debut at Clematis by Night on Thursday, December 5.  Festivities will begin at 6:00 p.m. The 35-foot star of the City’s annual Holiday in Paradise campaign will bring merriment and cheer through December 31, including nightly light shows and a cast of supporting characters. Returning activities this year include “Glow FORE it Mini Golf,” “SnowieVille,” and Sandi’s dressing room. Santa will be in attendance to visit with guests and take photos. In addition to the main band, guests can also enjoy strolling a capella singers throughout the event singing holiday songs.

 


Flagler Museum Tree Lighting

For more than four decades the Flagler Museum has observed the tradition of Henry Flagler’s descendants and relatives lighting the Museum’s Christmas Tree on the first Sunday of December.

Schedule of Events

Seasonal refreshments in the West Room – 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Santa Claus in the Pavilion – 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Brief Organ Performances in the Music Room – 3:30 pm, 3:50 pm, and 4:10 pm

Brief Piano Performances in the Drawing Room – 3:40 pm, 4:00 pm, and 4:20 pm

Holiday Caroling in the Courtyard – 4:30 pm

Christmas Tree Lighting – 4:50 pm


Rosemary Square

SANTA UNDER THE WISHING TREE

Attention children of South Florida, meet the man himself – Ole Saint Nick – under The Wishing Tree taking requests ahead of his busiest night of the year.

DATE & TIME:

December 10th from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm
December 15th from 3:00 pm until 5:00 pm
December 21st from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm

NIGHTLY SNOWFALL ON THE SQUARE

Yes, it’s real. Yes, it magical. Take in the real magic of the holiday season with snowfall each evening at Rosemary Square beginning Saturday, November 30 – Tuesday, December 31.

  • Monday – Wednesday at 6 & 7PM
  • Thursday – Sunday at 6, 7 & 8PM

EVENT HOST:

Rosemary Square

DATE & TIME:

November 30th to December 31st at 6:00 pm


Zoo Lights is sure to become a Florida holiday tradition for families and friends. Palm Beach Zoo will be illuminated for the holidays with over one million eco-friendly lights. Each evening from 6 – 10pm the Zoo will be aglow with unique themed displays from the entrance through the Florida Wetlands and Tropics of the Americas. The festive holiday fun features photos with Santa, special animal encounters and Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen featuring cookie decorating and holiday themed treats.

 


Boat Parade

On December 7 from 6-8 in Palm Beach, the 25th Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade (PBHBP) will bring thousands of people, dozens of holiday-decorated boats, and over 10,000 toys together. The parade, led by a Zambelli Fireworks display, will travel up the Intercoastal Waterway, beginning in North Palm Beach and ending at the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse.

The parade will also feature the 20th Annual On The Water Toy Drive benefiting Toys for Tots and Little Smiles. Last year, the toy drive became the largest toy collection event for Toys for Tots in the country, bringing in over 11,000 toys for families in need.


100 ft Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony –  Delray Beach Dec 5th 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Start the holiday season off in Delray Beach and celebrate the 26th anniversary of the Famous 100 foot Christmas Tree!

SANTA WILL ARRIVE AT 6:00 PM!!! ENJOY THE HOLIDAY STREET FAIR EVENT (E. ATLANTIC AVE FROM N. SWINTON AVE TO 5TH AVE) WITH FOOD, MUSIC, ENTERTAINMENT, CRAFTS, AND HOLIDAY SURPRISES!

December 5 – January 1 – Visit the 100ft Christmas Tree daily from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.*  *Opens at 1 p.m. on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day* $1 suggested donation. 


Santa’s Enchanted Garden Photo Set at the Gardens Mall

November 15, 2019 – December 24, 2019

Santa’s Enchanted Garden Photo Set located in Grand Court will be open November 16th – December 24th during all mall hours.

Holiday Gift Wrap Suite | November 29 – December 24 | Complimentary guest amenities and gift wrapping for all Gardens Mall purchases | 11am – 7pm | Upper Level Nordstrom Court

Salvation Army Angel Tree | November 29 – December 24 | Pick an angel from The Salvation Army Angel Tree and give an underprivileged child a holiday to remember | Lower Level Sears Court

Pet Photos with Santa at the Gardens Mall

November 17 and 24th, 2019

Have your pet photographed with Santa! By reservation only. Visit the Information Desk to make an appointment or call 561-775-7750.


Downtown at the Gardens

Pie Making & Placements with Miss Nancy and Grace

  • WHAT: Something delicious is happening! Join Downtown at the Gardens for a fun filled weekend of Thanksgiving Pie Making and crafts with Miss Nancy and Grace! Each session features “Mayflower Munch” making, Thanksgiving pie preparation, and festive placemat decorating – call today to reserve your spot. Your $10 ticket will go to Pie it Forward charity.
  • WHEN:
    • Friday, November 15th  4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Saturday, November 16th 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
    • Sunday, November 17th 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • ADMISSION: $10 per ticket, space is limited to 30 children per session

Holiday Tree Lighting 

  • WHAT: Come celebrate the holidays with Santa and Mrs. Claus when Downtown at the Gardens transforms into a winter wonderland for its annual FREE Holiday Tree Lighting. This family-friendly event includes a light show featuring thousands of holiday lights synchronized to classic holiday tunes. The light show is on the hour, every hour starting at 6 p.m.

Other activities include a marching band, an interactive DJ, stilt walkers, jugglers, visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus and children will be able to write and mail letters to Santa. In addition, guests can enjoy crafts, snacks and activities from a variety of Downtown at the Gardens’ retailers.

  • WHEN: Saturday, November 30, 2019 – 5 to 8 p.m.
  • ADMISSION: FREE
  • CONTACT: For more information, please visit www.downtownatthegardens.com or call 561.727.2640.

Gingerbread House Decorating Workshop with Miss Nancy and Grace. 

  • WHAT: Join Downtown at the Gardens for a Gingerbread Decorating Workshop on Friday, Saturday and Sunday! Your $10 ticket includes an hour of gingerbread decorating with decadent delights like M&M’s, Twizzlers, Sour Patch Kids, and more. The sweetest part? All proceeds benefit Toys For Tots!
  • WHEN:
    • Friday, December 6th 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Saturday, December 7th 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
    • Sunday, December 8th 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • ADMISSION: $10 per ticket, space is limited to 30 children per session
  • CONTACT: For more information, please visit www.downtownatthegardens.com or call 561.727.2640.

Noon Year’s Eve

  • WHAT: Come ring in the New Year with your family at Downtown at the Gardens for its annual FREE Noon Year’s Eve celebration. This family-friendly event includes a DJ, face painters, balloon artist, games and tons of different activities for the kids to enjoy. There will also be a juice celebration toast as the kids’ countdown to the New Year at noon!
  • WHEN: Monday, December 31, 2019 – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • CONTACT: For more information, please visit www.downtownatthegardens.com or call 561.727.2640.

Holiday Parade & Light up the Park Boynton Beach

Come experience the magic of the holiday season in Boynton Beach on December 7, 2019. The festivities will kick-off with the 50th Annual Holiday Parade (time TBA) which will start at S.E. 12th Ave, rolling North on Federal Hwy. ending on N.E. 1st Ave. The parade will feature a variety of performances from local bands and dance teams.

Directly following the parade, join us as we light up the Banyan Trees in Dewey Park with a sparkling light display. The event will be held from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm with scheduled festivities to include, live music, libations and light bites, children’s activities, and a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus.

The public is invited to come out and enjoy both of these FREE holiday events! For more information about the Holiday Parade, contact the City of Boynton Beach at (561) 742-6243 or for Light Up the Park, contact the Boynton Beach CRA at (561) 600-9097 or CoppinM@bbfl.us.


Light Up Downtown Boca

A series of winter holiday festivities including parades, concerts and more, kicks off on Saturday, November 23 at the Mizner Park Amphitheater (MPA), 590 Plaza Real, from 4 p.m. –8 p.m. with a FREE Holiday Festival culminating with the City of Boca Raton’s and Mizner Park’s annual tree lighting ceremony.The event will include free carnival rides and bounce houses, an artificial ice rink, Santa’s Circus variety show, holiday market vendors, Carolers, street performers, letters to Santa, photos with Santa ($5 each), carnival food for purchase, and more!

The highlight of the evening will be the ceremonial lighting of the City’s tree led by the Mayor that will illuminate simultaneously with Mizner Park’s 47-foot animated tree at the south end of the center near Lord & Taylor, followed by a fireworks show.

Located at the south end of the center near Lord & Taylor, Mizner Park’s “iTree” consists of more than 32,000 life-like PVC branches, red & gold bows, ornament clusters and 25,000 clear & multi-colored LED lights. There will be 20-minute musical light shows performed nightly at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. starting on Wednesday, November 22 and continuing through the holiday season.  The tree will be illuminated for photo opportunities between shows.

Sunday Jazz Brunch at the Mizner Park Amphitheater on Sunday, November 24 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with live music from DSG (Debbie Spring Group) from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the Jay Blue Band from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Enjoy brunch from a variety of food trucks and start your holiday shopping with pop-up vendors.  The event is free and open to the public.

The 49th Annual Holiday Street Parade, themed “Out of this World” will be Wednesday, December 11 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. beginning at Federal Highway and SE 5th Street, traveling north to the Mizner Park Amphitheater.  More than 70 floats and groups will entertain viewers as they bring dance, lights, and song to Federal Highway in Boca Raton. For more information or to enter the parade, visit www.myboca.us/specialevents.

The 43rd Annual Holiday Boat Parade on Sunday, December 15 will begin at 6:30 p.m. and light up the waterways beginning at C-15 Canal, traveling south, with bleacher viewing at Silver Palm Park, Red Reef Park, and the Wildflower Property. Free boat entry with $10,000 in cash and prizes with many categories in which to win. For more information or to enter the parade, visitwww.myboca.us/specialevents.  Attendees are encouraged to walk, bike, car pool and use free parking at City Hall, theBoca Raton Library and Downtown Boca Library.

For more information visit www.myboca.us or call 561.367.7073.


Nov 29-Dec 1
+ Black Friday, Nov 29 at 7:00 pm
+ Saturday, Nov 30 at 1 pm & 7:00 pm
+ Sunday, Dec 1 at 4 pm
The King’s Academy-Page Family Center for Performing Arts
8401 Belvedere Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33411
Driving Directions: HERE
Box Office: 888.718.4253
$30-$45
10% off group discount for 10+; please contact BPB Patron Services at 561-630-6235 to arrange.

Dec 6-7
+Fri, Dec 6 at 7:30pm
+Sat, Dec 7 at 2pm & 7:30pm
Dreyfoos Hall, Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
701 Okeechobee Blvd,
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Driving Directions: HERE
Box Office: 561.832.7469 or 800.572.8471
$19-89
Contact Kravis Center Box Office for group discounts; 10% off for 15+ or 15% off for 50+

Ballet Palm Beach leaps into the season with holiday classic, The Nutcracker.
A repeat favorite at the holidays! (Greg Stepanich, Palm Beach ArtsPaper)
An extraordinary show! (Michelle Wright, What’s Trending Palm Beach)

The Nutcracker is the coming-of-age story of Marie who receives a mysterious gift on Christmas Eve. Adventures ensue as Tchaikovsky’s score draws Marie into a terrifying battle with the Mouse King, past a mystical snowstorm, and to the prince’s Enchanted Kingdom. A perfect treat for the young and the young-at heart!
Act 1- 60 min. Intermission- 20 min. Act 2- 45 min.


Boca Town Center – Photos with Santa

now until Dec 24th.  December 1st opportunity for special needs family to visit Santa while stores are closed for a “Caring Santa” experience.


 

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