Santa sightings, Christmas Tree Lightings, Parades & Holiday Events

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Boca Raton

Holiday Boat Parade
Saturday, December 16 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm along the Intracoastal Waterway starting at the C-15 canal (Boca Raton-Delray Beach city limits) traveling south to Hillsboro Bridge.

Holiday Street Parade
Wednesday, December 6 it's the 47th Annual Holiday Street Parade. This year’s parade theme will be “Light Up Boca”. The parade route begins at Federal Hwy & SE 5th Street, traveling north to Mizner Park Amphitheater. Wednesday, December 6 from 7:30 pm to 9 pm.

Snow Day Event
Sugar Sand Park Community Center invites your family to experience a South Florida rarity…SNOW! On Saturday, December 16 from 10am-4pm, children ages 5 to 12 will enjoy playing in 25 tons of “real” snow at the 7th annual Snow Day: Piles of Smiles event. Advance reservations are required for snow play.  The cost is $12 per child, $15 beginning December 4, and also includes access to all the other “cool” winter activities. Reservations can be booked in advance online or at the Willow Theatre Box Office. Space is limited. One free adult event admission with each paid child's wristband; each additional adult admission is $5.

Town Center Mall At Boca Raton
Pet Photos with Santa
Bring your pet to pose with Santa
Sunday, December 10 from 7 pm to 9 pm

Santa will be at the Nordstrom Courtyard

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Boca Raton Resort & Club

CHRISTMAS GRAND BUFFET
December 25 | Grand Ballroom | 3 to 8 pm
The Grand Ballroom comes alive with the warmth of the season and a sparkling display of our chefs' finest efforts.  The Holiday Craft corner will add to your "Grand" enjoyment, with festive face painting and more jolly fun with the team from Camp Boca. The Resident DJ will be there, too! RSVP at bocaresort.com/events.

Christmas Tree Lighting & Festivities
November 24 | Front Courtyard | 6:00 pm
Nothing compares to the look on their faces when thousands of holiday lights on the Resort & Club’s towering tree fill the night with sparkling wonder. The music of All-Star acapella group VoicePlay kicks off the evening, plus games, holiday crafts, colorful characters, photo opportunities and a sack full of family fun! Complimentary cookies, hot chocolate, and eggnog. The festivities conclude with the arrival of Santa Claus and festive photo ops will follow, accompanied by special costumed characters.

Family Beach Bonfire
December 25 | Beach Club | 7 pm to 9 pm
Beach bonfire with s’mores, complimentary hot chocolate, apple cider and coffee for Mom and Dad, plus, live music

Family Hanukkah Dinner
December 15 | 7 pm
Bring the whole family for a fun-filled dinner featuring:  Salmon, chicken fricassee, potato pancakes, yummy desserts and a festive kids buffet. Holiday crafts and games, DJ and dancing.
Adults $55++ / Teens $45++ / Children (5-12) $35++ /4 & under complimentary  

Holiday Central & Gingerbread House Making
December 10 | 4 – 6 pm
Get in the spirit with a holiday party for the whole family featuring:  Holiday arts & crafts and cookie decorating, Santa Bag Bingo and fun, festive dance games, Gingerbread house decorating, and a live DJ will keeping the tunes coming. Refreshments and holiday snacks will be served.
$25 per house (4 people).

Menorah Lighting
December 12 | Front Courtyard | Sunset 6 pm
Each year families gather to celebrate the holiday. This year, we kick off the first night of Hanukkah with Rabbi Ruvi New of Chabad of East Boca leading us in song and dance along with the ceremonial passing of the torch.  Complimentary snacks and refreshments served, plus goody bags for the kids

Boynton Beach

Annual Holiday Parade
The City of Boynton Beach invites the community to the Annual Holiday Parade at 3 p.m. on December 2. This traveling parade rolls north on Federal Highway from SE 12th Ave to Ocean Avenue. Come cheer on our local schools and organizations as they celebrate the holiday with this great annual tradition. The parade will highlight local high school marching bands, costumed characters, floats, drill teams, dance groups and a special appearance by Santa.

Boynton Beach and Delray Beach Holiday Boat Parade
Friday, December 8 at 6 pm a flotilla of brightly decorated boats line up and motor south from the Lantana Bridge along the Intracoastal Waterway to C-15 canal in Delray Beach. The breakwater is perfect for seeing a moonrise over the Atlantic Ocean as participating boats range in size are adorned with lights, decorations, holiday displays, carolers and more. A panel of judges will award trophies and cash prizes in varying categories.

Boynton Beach Mall

Santa's Parade
Saturday, November 25 from 10:30 am - 11:30 am.  Families are invited to join everyone’s favorite man in red as he strolls through the mall spreading cheer for his grand arrival!

Sensitive Santa
Sunday, November 26 from 9 am to 11 am. Sensitive Santa is an event for families with children with all spectrums of special needs, providing a more controlled and welcoming environment to visit The Santa Photo Experience. Simple adjustments are made to reduce sensory stimuli (muted lights, music and waiting to visit Santa at activity tables) to create a calming environment.

Pet photos with Santa
Boynton Beach Mall invites pet lovers out for a special photo opportunity, Tuesday, November 28 and Tuesday, December 5. Get your pet’s photo taken with Santa from 6 pm - 8 pm at the Santa set located in the mall’s Center Court. 

Storytime with Santa
Tuesday, December 19 from 1 pm - 2 pm is storytime in the play area with Santa. Santa is going to read his favorite holiday stories!

Delray Beach

Boynton Beach and Delray Beach Holiday Boat Parade
Friday, December 8 at 6 pm a flotilla of brightly decorated boats line up and motor south from the Lantana Bridge along the Intracoastal Waterway to C-15 canal in Delray Beach. The breakwater is perfect for seeing a moonrise over the Atlantic Ocean as participating boats range in size are adorned with lights, decorations, holiday displays, carolers and more. A panel of judges will award trophies and cash prizes in varying categories.

Delray Beach 100ft Christmas Tree Lighting
Thursday, November 30 start a month-long festive holiday season off in Delray Beach! Santa will light the brand new 100-foot Christmas Tree at 7:15 pm. At Old School Square Park from 5 pm - 9 pm! Local school performances on the stage at the Pavilion. Activities include kid’s crafts, carousel rides & “ice-skating”! Atlantic Avenue will be closed from Swinton until SE 4th Avenue.

Fort Lauderdale

The Polar Express: An IMAX 3D Experience
December 1 - 14 at the Museum of Discovery and Science.

Fort Pierce

Sights & Sounds on Second
The City of Fort Pierce, Main Street Fort Pierce and the Fort Pierce Sunrise Kiwanis will kick off the 29th Annual Sights & Sounds on Second Festival and Parade in Historic Downtown Fort Pierce on Sunday, December 3, 2017. This year’s theme is "Magical, Musical Christmas". 1 pm to 6 pm
Historic Downtown Fort Pierce (corner of Orange Avenue & Second Street).

Virginia College’s Second Annual Holiday Fest with Santa
Virginia College in Fort Pierce will host its second annual Holiday Fest with Santa Saturday, Dec. 9 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the campus located at 2810 S. Federal Highway. The event is free and open to the public, as the community is invited to join Virginia College for family-friendly activities and holiday cheer, including photos with Santa and writing, thank you notes for military troops in partnership with Operation Gratitude. The event will feature refreshments, a tacky sweater contest, crafts, giveaways and more. Attendees 18 and older can enter to win prizes such as Amazon gift cards. 2810 S. Federal Highway, Fort Pierce, FL 34982.

Greenacres

27th Annual Winter Wonderland
Featuring more than 125,000 LED lights, captivating holiday displays, a giant Christmas tree, live entertainment, and photo opportunities with Santa and Mrs. Claus, Winter Wonderland will be open nightly, November 18 through December 30, from 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. and is FREE to the public. Panthers in Palm Beach Ice Skating Rink will be open November 18  through December 30.  Ice skating tickets will be $15 each for general admission; $13 per person for groups of 10 or more; and $10 per person for military veterans and first responders; for a 60 minute skate session. The cost includes skate rental.  Hours of operation for the ice skating rink will be Monday through Friday, 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.  Both Winter Wonderland and the ice skating rink will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. The rink will have early closure on Christmas Eve at 6 p.m. (Winter Wonderland will be closed).

Hobe Sound

32nd Annual Hobe Sound Chamber Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 2. Crafts at 10 am and parade at 1 pm.

Jupiter

Donuts with Santa
This is the perfect event to kick off the holiday season while visiting with the man in the big red suit! Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast of donuts and juice as well as arts and crafts in Santa's workshop and some fun reindeer games! Santa will interact with the children as well as be available for pictures at the event. For ages 2+. 

Pre-registration is required for everyone. Spaces are limited. 
Fees: $10 Resident, $13 Non-Resident; Parents Free
https://webtrac.jupiter.fl.us/wbwsc/webtrac.wsc/splash.html
Activity Code: 534101-B

For more information call the Jupiter Community Center at 561-741-2400.

Holiday Block Party
Saturday, November 25 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. shop the boutiques and tents with local crafts, kids games, activities, cornhole tournament, and Santa!

Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade
Look up in the sky, not for Santa, but for fireworks, because that’s the parade on its way. See boats decorated with dancing lights, holiday decorations and more than a surprise or two. In 2014 the Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade began near North Palm Beach Marina and moved north to iconic Jupiter Lighthouse through the Intracoastal Waterway. There were more fireworks and fun activities at Riverwalk Events Plaza and Harbourside Place in Jupiter to close the parade. Saturday, December 2. The parade begins at 6 pm and arrives in Jupiter at approximately 8 pm.

Lake Worth

Holiday Parade
No information available except a save the date on Saturday, December 16.

North Palm Beach

Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade
Look up in the sky, not for Santa, but for fireworks, because that’s the parade on its way. See boats decorated with dancing lights, holiday decorations and more than a surprise or two. In 2014 the Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade began near North Palm Beach Marina and moved north to iconic Jupiter Lighthouse through the Intracoastal Waterway. There were more fireworks and fun activities at Riverwalk Events Plaza and Harbourside Place in Jupiter to close the parade. Saturday, December 2. Parade begins at 6 pm and arrives in Jupiter at approximately 8 pm.

Palm Beach Gardens

Annual Holiday Concert
The Palm Beach Gardens Concert Band presents our annual Holiday Concert - Wednesday, December 13th, 7:30 PM at the Eissey Campus Theatre, 11051 Campus Drive, Palm Beach Gardens. Under the direction of Randy Sonntag the band invites you to join us for our holiday spectacular featuring beloved classics, exciting new arrangements, and fun sing-a-longs. Tickets are $18.
To purchase tickets, contact the Eissey Campus Theatre Ticket Office at 561-207-5900.

Downtown at the Gardens

Candy Cane Hunt
Saturday, December 2, 2017 from11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
FREE. Downtown at the Gardens, 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave., Palm Beach Gardens
This fun and free community event invites visitors to hunt hundreds of candy canes hidden across Downtown at the Gardens on Saturday, December 2, 2017, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This event includes holiday crafts, bounce houses, festive activities and more. Special prize for the golden candy cane. Space is limited. Families are asked to check in at the Macaroni Kid tent 10 minutes before the hunt. The Big Kid Hunt will begin at 11:15 a.m. and the Toddler Hunt will begin at 12:15 p.m. Sponsored by Downtown at the Gardens, Just Dance Inc., Jupiter Bounce Resource Depot and Rhythm and Hues. Visit palmbeachgardens.macaronikid.com for details and tickets.

Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration
Saturday, November 25, 2017; 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm 
11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave., Palm Beach Gardens
Downtown at the Gardens’ holiday festivities kicks off on Saturday, November 25, 2017, from 5 pm to 8 pm. This free holiday event features a dazzling light show and tree lighting, Polar Express-themed train rides, a special visit from Mrs. Claus, cookies and milk station, holiday letter-writing station, festive stilt walkers and much more.

The Gardens Mall

Pet photos with Santa
Have your pet photographed with Santa! 
Sunday, November 26 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Sunday, December 3 from 7:30 – 9:30 pm
To reserve your spot, please visit the Information Desk to make an appointment, or call (561) 775-7750. 

FastPass for Santa's Enchanted Garden Photo Set
Buy online to skip the line! Available from November 18 through December 21, Santa's FastPass allows you to purchase your photo package online, select a day to visit Santa and skip the lines during your selected day. Friday, December 23 is the latest date available for FastPass selection. The last day to purchase a FastPass is Thursday, December 21.

The Salvation Army Angel Tree
Pick an Angel from the Salvation Army Angel Tree and give an underprivileged child in Palm Beach County a season to remember. Donations accepted at the tree set up. The Salvation Army Angel Tree will be located on the Lower Level, Sears Court starting on Friday, November 24 and will be open during all mall hours. 

Sugar Plum Dreams Holiday Brunch
The festive, family-friendly soiree is inspired by the classic “Nutcracker” ballet and is presented in partnership with Palm Beach Illustrated and The Gardens Mall to benefit Quantum House. Held on Sunday, December 3, from 10 am to noon at the Nordstrom Court. There will be a plated brunch with passed champagne and mimosas, as well as a dessert station. There will be plenty of activities and entertainment including an appearance by Santa, a snowfall, a performance by Paris Ballet and Dance of Jupiter and live music by the Palm Beach Symphony. A silent auction filled with fabulous items will get everyone in the holiday spirit as well as a mall-wide shop and share sponsored by The Gardens Mall. Tickets are $200 for adults and $50 for children. For more information and to purchase tickets visit quantumhouse.org/holidaybrunch.

Port St. Lucie

Holiday Tree Lighting at Tradition Square
Saturday, November 25 from 5 pm to 9 pm. Annual Holiday Tree Lighting In Tradition Square. There Will Be A D.J. Playing Classic Holiday Music, Santa & His Photographer, 4 Large Bounce Houses, Petting Zoo, Pony Rides, Local Food & Craft Vendors. The Tree Lighting And Lighting Of The Square Will Be Around 6:30 pm And Capping Off The Evening’s Activities Will Be A Fireworks Display At 8:30 pm. 

Winterfest 2017 at The Landings in Tradition
Saturday, December 16 from 10 am to noon.  Winter festivities, inflatables, face painters, games, costume characters, winter holiday hunt for kids. 

Stuart

Christmas on Main Street
Stuart Main Street and The Historic Downtown Stuart Business Association will ring in the holidays with Christmas on Main Street Friday, November 24 from 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. on the Riverwalk Stage in Downtown Stuart. there will be face painting, a bounce house and cookies and milk for the kids. Bring your camera and take a FREE “do-it-yourself” photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus. 

Wellington

34th Annual Wellington Holiday Parade
Sunday, December 10 at 1:30 pm. Holiday Park will be open from 11:00 am - 4 pm and will have food, music and more at the Wellington Amphitheater. Enjoy this festive day with a judged parade of imaginative floats created by school bands, local organizations, baton twirlers, and the biggest celebrity of all, Santa Claus! Vendors will be on-site with goodies available for purchase. Grab your family and your sneakers and come on out for this fantastic holiday event!

The Mall at Wellington Green's Events

Wishes and Photos with Santa
This is one of the most magical times of the year for children – time to visit with Santa and share their wish list. And for parents? It’s time to capture memories with photos of youngsters on Santa’s lap in The Ice Palace in Grand Court sponsored locally by Wellington Regional Medical Center and Lion Country Safari. As a special gift, kids who visit Santa will receive a complimentary Santa plate for the family. Those who purchase a photo package will receive a $20 promo card from Shutterfly and one free phone call from Santa.
 
Santa's Schedule
Friday, November 10 - Friday, Dec. 8 
Mondays - Saturdays, 10 am - 9 pm
Sundays: 11 am- 6 pm 

Saturday, December 9 - Friday, Dec. 15
Mondays - Saturdays: 9 am - 10 pm
Sunday: 10 am - 8 pm 

Saturday, December 16 - Saturday, Dec. 23
Mondays - Saturdays: 8 am - 10 pm
Sundays: 10 am - 9 pm

Sunday, December 24 from 8 am - 5 pm

*Santa will take periodic breaks from 1:15-2 pm and 6:15 - 7 pm

Tree of Hope Giving Tree
Wednesday, November 22 - Monday, December 18
Make the holidays memorable for someone in need by donating a new, unwrapped gift to our Tree of Hope Giving Tree located at Guest Services benefiting Place of Hope.
 
Thanksgiving and Black Friday
Thursday, November 23, 6 pm - Midnight and Friday, November 24, 6 am - 9 pm.
It’s happening – the year’s greatest shopping day is here! Shop The Mall at Wellington Green for the hottest holiday deals.

Paws with Claus Pet Photos
Sundays, November 26 and December 3, 6:30 - 8:30 pm.
While many of us take pictures of our pets every day, this is a special time of year for our furry family members (and their moms and dads). Well-mannered cats, dogs and other friendly pets are invited to spend time at The Ice Palace with Santa – and have photos taken to mark the occasion. Cats must be in a carrier at all times and dogs must be on a leash. Photos will be available for purchase.

MallStars Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, Dec. 2, 8:30 - 10 am
Families are invited to eat a holly, jolly breakfast and visit with Santa at the Food Court. Enjoy breakfast catered by Chick-fil-A and holiday entertainment for the entire family. Reservations are required and must be made in person at the Guest Services desk on the lower level in the center of the mall starting on Friday, November 17.

Musicthon
Saturday, December 2, 10 am - 6 pm
The sounds of the season are here. Listen to local students perform holiday music in Macy’s Court courtesy of the Palm Beach County Music Teachers Association.

#ShareTheSpirit Day
Saturday, December 9, Noon - 4 pm.
Sharing is part of the holiday season and this year, The Mall at Wellington Green representatives will randomly hand out gift cards throughout the day – a $50 gift card for the shopper and a $25 gift card to share with someone else.

Stuart

Stuart Christmas Parade
Friday, December 1 at 7 pm.

West Palm Beach

Holiday in Paradise
Beginning Monday, November 13 watch as "Sandi" the 35-foot Christmas tree is meticulously sculpted over a two week period. The tree will be lit on Thursday, November 30 during Clematis by Night.

Letters to Santa
Stop by the Madel Public Library holiday corner in KidSpace to write a FREE letter to Santa, or make a holiday card for family and friends, and drop it in our magical North Pole express mailbox. Then, be on the lookout for a special greeting back from Santa!  All ages welcome.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7703. December 3 – 30. During Library Hours, Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
KidSpace, 3rd Floor

Vero Beach

Annual Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 2 from 5 pm to 9 pm. Come enjoy one of the most fun community events of the year! You gotta love a parade! Especially one that ushers in Santa Claus! Come get a heaping dose of 'Holiday Spirit!' as Santa and his companions light up Ocean Drive. There will be and a Candy Kane Run prior to the start of the parade. For more information please and/or to participate in the parade contact Karen Dodson at 772-532-7983.

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