It may not look like a traditional Christmas with snow and cold weather, but you’d be surprised at how festive Palm Beach County becomes during the winter holidays! Whether you’re here for a weekend escape or longer, there’s such much to see and do from West Palm Beach to Boca Raton, the most wonderful time of year to visit.
TREE LIGHTING CEREMONIES
Rosemary Square’s nightly snowfalls, music and dance performances, and the widely anticipated unveiling of the 32-foot tall LED banyan tree, The Wishing Tree, is set for November 30th from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Enjoy the nightly snow falls every evening at 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., with an extra snowfall Thursday – Sunday evenings at 8:00 p.m.
Get ready for what may be the first glimpse of the holiday season as Downtown at the Gardens will be illuminating their holiday tree on November 30th. Festivities begin at 5:00 p.m. through 8:00 p.m. in Centre Court.
Enjoy the first on many Christmas tree lighting ceremonies at the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum on December 1st. Enjoy holiday music played on Whitehall’s original 1,249-pipe Odell organ and the 1902 Steinway art-case grand piano. Refreshments, choir performances, lighting of the 16-foot Grand Hall tree, and of course a visit from Santa Claus himself are sure to get you into the holiday spirit. Activities begin at 2:00 p.m.
Signature Christmas Tree Lighting Event on Worth Avenue – December 3rd 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Join Santa Claus, his elves, and Gail Coniglio the mayor of Palm Beach for a holiday parade that concludes with the annual flip of the switch that lights up the magnificent tree on Worth Avenue.
On December 4th, head over to Downtown Boynton Beach for their very special tree lighting event which begins at 4:00 p.m.
If you have not yet experienced Sandi Land, the largest holiday tree made from sand, then you need to check out the official lighting on Thursday, December 5th. Taking place in downtown West Palm Beach along the waterfront, this very unique experience will entertain the crowds with beautiful synchronized light shows. Sandi’s debut officially launches city of West Palm Beach Christmas events. Festivities will begin at 6:00 p.m. with live music, free activities for the whole family, and so much more as Sandi performs nightly melodies and light shows from the Great Lawn, west of Flagler Drive on North Clematis Street through New Years Eve.
The 100-foot Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Old School Square in Delray Beach is a full-day event beginning at 10:00 a.m. on December 5th!
If you’re out west in the Wellington area on December 5th, head over to the Wellington Amphitheater for their tree lighting at 6:30 p.m.
Explore an amazing lineup of opulent events at the Boca Festive Season at the Boca Raton Resort & Club
What better way to spend an evening than by watching ornately decorated boats make their way up and down the Intracoastal. There are quite a few holiday boat parades to choose from!
Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade
The 25th Annual Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade, led by a Zambelli travelling fireworks display, will take place on Saturday, December 7 at 6:00 p.m. Enjoy the festively decorated boats travel from the North Palm Beach Marina to the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse.
48th Annual Boynton Beach Holiday Boat Parade
On December 13th, at 6:30 p.m., enjoy the brightly decorated boats line up at the Lantana Bridge by the infamous Key Lime House and travel south along the Intracoastal waterway.
42nd Annual Boca Raton Holiday Boat Parade
Wrap up the boat parade calendar of events with the Boca Raton Holiday Boat Parade on December 15th at 6:30 p.m. The parade begins on the Intracoastal waterway at the Boca Raton – Delray Beach city limits, and travels south to Hillsboro Bridge.
Flagler Museum Holiday Evening Tour
Take advantage of this rare opportunity to tour Whitehall after hours and see for yourself what a Gilded Age Christmas looks like. Take part in holiday-themed activities, listen to the carolers sing, and enjoy the breathtaking tour. Advance ticket purchase for this special evening event taking place December 19 – 23 is required via phone (561) 655-2833 extension 27.
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