From the palm trees to the "Sandi" holiday tree in downtown West Palm Beach, Christmas Day was a time step outside and enjoy sunny South Florida.
One family walking around the pavilion says they flew in from a Michigan. “We made sure to send all the beautiful pictures and they sent back a lot of snow pictures,so we couldn’t be happier,” Beth said. “It is such a great place to bring your entire family, no matter what age, to this area.”
On Clematis Street, employees at Dr. Limon Ceviche Bar were busy prepping for the dinner rush. It's a time that employee Andrea Rodriguez is looking forward too.
“I like to serve people, I like to make them feel like they are having a good time,” Rodriguez said.
She says she has worked in the service industry for years. Rodriguez says the holidays combined with tourism season helps her balance out a slow summer.
“We’re expecting to have a lot families and to have a good time for them and also for us,” Rodriguez said.
Back near the "Sandi" holiday tree, a longtime local resident said she likes what she sees.
“I think the impact of the tourists are really important in helping the city stay current and stay alive,” the resident said.