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Santa sightings, Christmas Tree Lightings, Parades & Holiday Events

Posted at 10:38 AM, Nov 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-09 10:12:50-05

This article is constantly updated as we receive and discover new information.  Feel free to submit your own event.

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.

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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Boynton Beach

Boynton Beach Mall

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!

Fort Lauderdale

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

Fort Pierce

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.


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).


Holiday School's Out Camp
December 22, 27, 28, 29 from 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Activities may include team sports, group games, craft projects, movies, game room time and field trips.  See the Town of Jupiter's website for more info.

JTAA Holiday Parade
December 10 watch this year's JTAA Holiday Parade. The parade starts on Old Dixie Highway just west of the railroad tracks, and this year's theme is "The Twelve Days of Christmas." See the JTAA's website for more information. 

Storytime with Suzy: Nanny
December 13 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.  $10 for residents and $12 for non-residents. Nanny Gingerbread will do a story-telling magic show all about the Gingerbread Man. See the Town of Jupiter's website for more info.

Lake Worth

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


Christmas on the Farm
Kicks off at 4 p.m., December 9th. Young and old are invited to the 5-acre farm, located at 16651 Rembrandt Drive, Loxahatchee for a Christmas holiday celebration. The family-friendly event will include caroling hayrides, a petting zoo, and other surprises. The day will culminate with a back to basics, concert-type worship service under the stars, featuring Christmas music and a brief telling of the Nativity story. Vendors will be available to guests at the all-day event, but your entry to Christmas on the Farm is free. 

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.

The Gardens Mall

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. 

Port St. Lucie

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. 


2017 Lights on the Lagoon: A Winter Wonderland
The Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center will be transformed into a winter wonderland including a showcase of decorated trees and thousands of shining holiday lights. New this year will be an exciting Grand Opening Laser Light Show Spectacular in conjunction with the VIP Preview party on December 7th. Proceeds from the show go to support the work of the Florida Oceanographic Society.
Thursday - Sunday evenings, December 7 - 30 from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Tickets are $12 for Adults, $6 for kids, Free for kids 2 and under.


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.

#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.

West Palm Beach

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 or call 561-868-7703. December 3 – 30. During Library Hours, Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
KidSpace, 3rd Floor

Nightly Snowfalls
CityPlace transforms into a tropical winter wonderland each year, and the nightly “Snowfalls” on the Plaza is part of the Downtown West Palm Beach tradition. Experience the magic of snow and enjoy nightly fountain shows along with the numerous shops and restaurants CityPlace has to offer. Snow falls  Monday through Wednesday at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Thursday through Sunday at 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. For more information, visit


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