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Celebrate the Season! Best Holiday Events in Palm Beach County

Posted by Elizabeth Powell on Wednesday, November 24th, 2021 at 6:03am.

From colorful displays of decorations to giant Christmas trees, here's a roundup of the best events in Palm Beach County.

Boca Raton Tree Lighting

Boca Raton will kick off its holiday events season with Light the Lights, a festive evening of music, performances, a tree lighting, fireworks, and a movie under the stars.

When: Friday, Nov. 19, 5-9pm. 
Where: Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real

Christmas lights: Zoo Lights at the Palm Beach Zoo

Presented by Florida Power & Light Company, FPL SolarNow, this holiday tradition is set to make the season sparkle once again with more than one million eco-friendly lights spread out over the zoo's 23 acres. 

When: 6-9 p.m. Nov. 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28; Dec. 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17-23, 26-30; Jan.1, 2
Where: 1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach
Cost: see website for ticket prices and available time slots
Information: 561-547-9453;

Zoo Lights is back at The Palm Beach Zoo for the holidays. Presented by Florida Power & light Company, FPL SolarNow the event will run on select dates from Nov. 19 through Jan. 2 and feature one million lights throughout the zoo. Bruce Bennett, The Palm Beach Post

Rosemary Square Holiday Happenings

Whether you've been naughty or nice (he knows, but will always play nice for the cameras) there are Weekend Photos with Santa through Dec. 19 on Fridays and Saturdays 6-8 p.m. and on Sundays 5-7 p.m.

Snowfall and a lightshow at The Wishing Tree three times every night at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. through Dec. 31.

There's the Mistletoe Trail, where intrepid adventurers can explore the neighborhood and take pictures under all five of the hanging holiday smooch inducers and then post them with the hashtag #thesquarewestpalm for a chance to be featured on their Instagram page.

Want a classic holiday movie to get you in the spirit? How about Family Movie Night on the Lawn with "The Polar Express" on Dec. 18 and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" on Dec. 19.

In addition, there will be an 'Ugly Sweater Brunch' at Copper Blues on Dec. 19 and on Christmas Day there will be live holiday music by saxophonist Reggie Ellison.

So even if you've been naughty up until just now, change your ways, be patient in traffic, kind to people just because, reach out to loved ones, count all of your blessings and have a great holiday!

Where: Rosemary Square 700 S Rosemary Ave Suite 200, West Palm Beach

Wishing Tree lights up the night at Rosemary square in West Palm Beach

The Nutcracker

Paris Ballet and Dance's full-length production of the classic ballet will feature thrilling choreography by the school’s founder and director Jean-Hugues Feray and showcase the talents of 75 young dancers.

When: Performances are 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday Nov. 20 and Sunday Nov. 21.
Where: Palm Beach State College Eissey Campus Theatre, 11051 Campus Drive, Palm Beach Gardens.
Cost: $35.
Information: 561-207-5900;

Paris Ballet and Dance's full-length production of "The Nutcracker" will kick off the holidays on Saturday and Sunday at the Palm Beach State College Eissey Campus Theatre. Photo By Julie Luxton

Downtown Palm Beach Gardens Tree Lighting

Downtown Palm Beach Gardens is kicking-off the Holiday season with a tree lighting ceremony in the Downtown Park with live music and holiday themed entertainment, and don't forget to drop off your letter for Santa in the holiday mailbox. Help support Toys for Tots with an unwrapped toy to donate to local children for the holidays. 

When: Saturday, Nov. 27th, 5-8 p.m.
Where: Downtown Palm Beach Gardens, 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave.

Frank Braider IV, 4, of Jupiter asks Santa for a two-wheeled bike during the holiday tree lighting at Downtown at the Gardens shopping center in Palm Beach Gardens on Saturday November 24th 2018. James Wooldridge

Hanukkah Celebration

Join Chabad Boynton at the Boynton Beach Mall for the 27th Annual Menorah Lighting Ceremony located in the food court. Kids will receive a free giveaway bag filled with crafts, Hanukkah gelt (chocolate coins) and a dreidel.

When: Sunday, Nov. 28,  5:30pm
Where: Boynton Beach Mall, 801 North Congress Avenue
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Boynton Beach Mayor Steven B. Grant lights the menorah during a Hanukkah Celebration in the food court of the Boynton Beach Mall Sunday, December 29, 2019. Bruce Bennett, The Palm Beach

Delray Beach Tree Lighting

The 100 Foot Christmas Tree lighting, a beloved Delray Beach tradition, dates back to 1993. Since then, it has become one of the largest and most celebrated holiday events in Palm Beach County. 

When: Nov. 30, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave.

The lighting of the Delray Beach Christmas tree in Old School Square in Delray Beach, November 29, 2018. Greg Lovett, The Palm Beach Post

Sandi the Holiday Tree Lighting

Construction on Sandi the event's 35-foot sand holiday tree begins in November, and her grand unveiling will take place Dec. 2 during the formal Clematis by Night Holiday Tree lighting. Following that, there be nightly music and light shows on the quarter-hour from 6 to 10 p.m., through Dec. 30. In celebration of New Year’s Eve on Dec. 31, Sandi shows will run until midnight. The city’s Centennial Fountain will be synchronized to the music for  Sandi’s shows.

When: Dec. 2-31
Where: Great Lawn, 100 N. Clematis St., West Palm Beach

Hitting double digits this year, Sandi will make her return for the holiday season in downtown West Palm Beach. Courtesy of West Palm Beach

Boynton Beach Tree Lighting

The City will kick off the 2021 Holiday Season with an event for all ages that includes holiday music from local performers, food, children's activities and more! 

When: Friday, December 3, 2021 5-8pm
Where: Boynton Beach Amphitheater, 120 East Ocean Avenue

Palm Beach Gardens Tree Lighting

Kick off the holiday season with us as we light our beautiful community tree. We'll have music, children's activities, refreshments available for purchase, a special visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus, and so much more.

When: Friday, Dec. 3rd, 6-8 p.m.
Where:  Burns Road Community Center, 4404 Burns Road

Palm Beach Outlets Santa's Holiday Celebration

Meet and greet with Santa - and his favorite reindeer, Rudolph - while you enjoy sweet treats, holiday musical performance from Alyssa Coon, a balloon artist, a nature craft activity from Mounts Botanical Garden. Schumacher Auto Group will also hold a free raffle to win one of two children's electric vehicles.

When: Saturday Dec. 4, 12-3 p.m.
Where: 1751 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., West Palm Beach

Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade and Toy Drive

The 27th annual parade, which benefits Toys for Tots and Little Smiles, kicks off the holiday season spreading cheer with small boats, sailboats, and mega yachts, all decked out from top to bottom with millions of holiday lights illuminating the waterways.  

When: 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 4
Where: Starting in North Palm Beach and finishing at the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse

A host of lit-up boats is seen moving north in the Intracoastal Waterway from the Indiantown Road bridge in Jupiter during the Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade on Saturday December 2, 2017. Andres Leiva, The Palm Beach Post


Featuring headliner Vanilla Ice, this festival is back and will also feature Michaela Paige, Tom Blake, Nicky Greed and more as well as retail and holiday shopping, delicious food from vendors, a lounge for adults and Blizzard Beach kids activities.

When: Dec. 10, 6-10 p.m.
Where: Wellington Amphitheatre, 12100 Forest Hill Blvd.

Rob Van Winkle, aka "Vanilla Ice", will wonce again host Winterfest at the Wellington Amphitheatre. The event will also include artists Michaela Paige, Tom Blake, and Nicky Greed. Allen Eyestone, The Palm Beach Post

Boynton and Delray Holiday Boat Parade

Featuring vessels decked out with dazzling lights, holiday décor, and costumed captains in this wildly popular event is not to be missed. Though the official watch location is the Boynton Harbor Marina, other great spots to watch from include Intracoastal Park, Jaycee Park, Veterans Park and Knowles Park.

When: 6:30-9 p.m. Dec. 10
Where: Begins at the Boynton Inlet then travels south along the Intracoastal Waterway to the C-15 canal.

Boats line up for the start of the 2015 Boynton Beach Boat Parade Friday December 11, 2015. in Lantana. Close to 40 boats took part in the event that travel from Lantana to Delray Beach. Bill Ingram, The Palm Beach Post

Article By: Palm Beach Post

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