I have rounded up all my favorite South Florida Christmas Events in South Florida and Holiday things to do in Boca Raton and the surrounding cities. As well as the best places to see Christmas lights in South Florida. From tree lightening to holiday parades mark your calendar so you don’t miss anything this Christmas in South Florida!
South Florida Christmas Events 2021
Holiday Kickoff at The Square
When: Saturday, November 13th
What: Experience the magic of the holiday season at The Square (formerly CityPlace) starting on November 13th with a visit from Santa, holiday performance by Ballet Florida, seasonal sweet treats by The Salty Donut, and the annual snowfall and Wishing Tree light show.
Where: The Square in West Palm Beach (used to be called CityPlace)
4-9PM: The Salty Donut pop up
6-8PM: Photos with Santa under The Wishing Tree
6:15PM, 7:15PM, 8:15PM: Ballet Florida performance on Water Pavilion West Palm
6:30PM, 7:30PM, 8:30PM: Nightly snowfall and The Wishing Tree light show
5-10PM: Live music
Other Notes: Please note special event parking of $15 starting at 3PM.
Santa at Hart T Tree Farms
Santa Claus will be visiting a selection of our Hart-T-Tree farms lots this year across South Florida. Pick out your tree and visit with Santa at the same time. And save 10% on your tree using the code SNOWFLAKE 2. Take photos and don’t forget to bring your list! He will check it twice! We got our tree at Hart T Trees the last two trees. They have the best selection of trees. Our tree last year lasted into mid January.
When: November 20th-21st and December 4th-5th
Where: Get all the details here for the locations.
When: Thursday, November 18, 2019 at 5:30 – 7:30pm – POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER!!!
What: The holiday magic begins the moment you enter BRiC’s main entrance, transformed as Snowflake Lane. Surrounding the majestic 40-foot Christmas tree, family and friends will enjoy photo opportunities with Santa, festive music and dance performances by local schools and organizations, engaging themed children’s activities, a delicious line-up of food trucks, and more.
RSVP Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cp-groups-annual-holiday-tree-lighting-tickets-164011122683
The event benefits Spirit of Giving and Junior League of Boca Raton, spreading holiday cheer throughout the greater Boca Raton community and beyond.
General admission is FREE with an unwrapped new toy or discretionary monetary donation to Spirit of Giving, collected upon entry to support the nonprofit’s Annual Holiday Gift Drive, bringing joy to thousands of children throughout Palm Beach County. The Spirit of Giving network creates alliances with nonprofit organizations by sharing resources and providing education to strengthen our communities.
VIP tickets are available at $50/adult, including access to a VIP hospitality tent, specialty cocktails and light bites. Kids VIP tickets will also be available for $15 each (12 years and under) and will include access to a “Kids Corner” within the tent that will serve up children’s treats and beverages. 100% of VIP sales will benefit the Junior League of Boca Raton, an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.
Where: Boca Raton Innovation Campus (IBM campus)
When: November 19th from 5-9pm
Light Up Downtown Boca kicks off Friday, November 19 with “Light the Lights,” a celebration featuring a holiday tree lighting, movie and more.
- 5pm | Holiday Festival
The Light the Lights Holiday Festival begins!
- 5:30pm | Holiday Stage Show
A Holiday Stage Show will entertain attendees with performances, music, and fun.
- 6:45pm | Ceremonial Tree Lighting &
- Fireworks Display
The highlight of the evening will be the ceremonial lighting of the City’s tree led by Mayor Scott Singer, which will illuminate simultaneously with Mizner Park’s 47-foot animated tree at the south end of the center. Attendees can view a spectacular fireworks display above the MPA.
- 7pm | DJ & Snow Flurries
Dance under the snow flurries, grab some treats and get your spot for the movie!
- 7:15pm | Holiday Movie Under the Stars
The evening will conclude will a holiday movie screening under the stars on the MPA lawn. This year’s feature film is Home Alone. Bring your own blankets and chairs or rent a chair for $5 (while supplies last).
Mizner Park transforms into a holiday wonderland, with 50,000 LED lights adorning 75 palm trees throughout the park, plus garland, wreaths, and holiday trimming.
The Light the Lights event is sponsored by the City of Boca Raton, Mizner Park, and WPBF-TV.
Where: Mizner Park
Merry in Mizner
The City will also host Merry in Mizner, evening weekend holiday entertainment and strolling pop-ups in Mizner Park on the following weekend nights, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., throughout the holidays:
Friday, December 3
Saturday, December 4
Friday, December 10
Saturday, December 11
When: Drop off Day – Monday, November 29th from 6-9pm
What: Annually the Firefighters & Paramedics of Boca Raton supported by special volunteers provide programs as part of our commitment to serving the residents of Boca Raton. One of the most exciting and successful programs is the Santa Toy Delivery each holiday season. Santa Clause will arrive at your home in jolly spirits upon a fire engine with lights and sirens supported by a cast of characters. On your assigned delivery date Santa will personally deliver a pre-wrapped gift to your child and pose for pictures before moving on to spread cheer to more boys and girls in the Boca Raton city limits. This wonderful program generates funds to send Holiday Care Packages to our troops overseas as well as provide College Scholarships for eligible students within the community.
Boca Raton Fire Station 5
2333 W Glades Road
Boca Raton, 33431
Locations SOUTH of Palmetto Park Rd will be delivered
Saturday, December 11, 2021 delivery times 9-4PM
Locations NORTH of Palmetto Park Rd will be delivered
Sunday, December 12, 2021 delivery times 9-4PM
South Florida Christmas Events – One Day Events in December
When: Thursday, December 2nd
What: Save the date for the City of West Palm Beach’s holiday tree lighting on Thursday, December 2, 2021! Sandi, the 35-foot star of the City’s annual Holiday in Paradise campaign will celebrate her 10th birthday with her famed light shows and a cast of supporting characters. Santa will be in attendance to visit with guests and take photos. See you soon, Sandi!
Where: 100 N. Clematis Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
When: November 30th 5:30-9pm Santa arrives at 6:45 PM. Tree lighting at 7 PM.
What: The Delray Beach 100 Ft. Christmas Tree is one of the largest and most celebrated holiday events in Palm Beach County, and has been for the past 26 years!
Take photos with Santa, walk inside the 100’ Christmas Tree, play Puttn’ Around Mini-Golf, skate in our ice skating rink, ride the carousel and enjoy food, music, entertainment, crafts and holiday surprises.
This is a free event.
For more information call 561-243-7250.
Where: Old School Square (51 N Swinton Ave.) in Delray Beach, FL
Santa at Sandi the Sand Tree in West Palm
- Thursday, December 2 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Sandi’s tree lighting and 10th birthday celebration.
- Friday, December 10 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. immediately following Sandi’s Story Time.
- Saturday, December 18 from 9:00 to noon during Sandi’s Pancake Breakfast at the West Palm Beach GreenMarket. *This third annual activity features a $6 per person (plus processing fee) pancake breakfast, and tickets can be purchased here. Tables will be appropriately spaced and CDC guidelines followed. Breakfast attendees will have private access to photos with Santa in his snow globe.
What: Santa – and kids looking to share their annual wish lists – will be safely distanced from each other, with Santa & Mrs. Claus tucked inside a snow globe. Children and families can stand outside of the globe for photos and text their greetings and wishes to Santa. Most visits with Santa are free*, and families are welcome to take pictures with their mobile phones.
Where: Sandi in downtown West Palm Beach
100 N. Clematis Street, West Palm Beach, FL 3340
When: Fridays & Saturdays, December 3 & 4, 10 & 11
6pm – 10pm
Where: Mizner Park
What: Experience surprise pop-up entertainment sprinkled throughout Mizner Park under the holiday lights. Each night features unique strolling performers that may include:
- Stilt walkers
- Stationary cirque acts
- Poi performers
- Holiday musicians
- Interactive Santa’s letter booth
- Walk around giant inflatable winter characters
- Snow flurries
- Photo ops
When: Saturday, December 4th 5:00-9:00pm
Join us for annual Ocean Way Holiday on Saturday, December 4th, 2021 at the Main Beach Parking Lot. We will be bringing back our lighting ceremony, live entertainment, holiday character show, photos with Santa, giant interactive snow globe, stilt walkers, and more! Be sure to check back at a later date for details.
The City of Deerfield Beach Parks and Recreation Department is following and monitoring the current COVID-19 situation and will be following the recommended CDC & Broward County guidelines.
Where: International Fishing Pier, 200 NE 21st Avenue
When: Sunday, December 5th from 3-5pm
The annual Gingerbread Holiday Concert attracts parents, grandparents and kids of all ages to the Boca Raton Resort & Hotel’s Great Hall to enjoy seasonal classics performed by the Lynn University Philharmonia Orchestra.
When: December 11th & 12th
Festival at the American-German Club of the Palm Beaches shares the holiday cheer and excitement of an authentic German outdoor Christmas market. Visitors have plenty of opportunity pick up some German language essentials and learn more about German culture without having to travel to Europe.
When: Sunday, December 12th at 5pm (doors open at 4pm).
What: Enjoy the tradition of holiday music performed by tubas and euphoniums, started by Indiana University Professor Harvey G. Phillips. Tuba Christmas. Outdoor event, bring chairs or blankets. Free event.
Where: Mizner Park
When: Wednesday, December 8th at 7:30pm to 9:00pm
What: Parade route begins at Federal Hwy & SE 5th Street, traveling north to Mizner Park AmphitheaterPlease note: Federal Hwy. will be closed to vehicular traffic from Glades Road going south to Camino Real starting at 5pm to approx. 11pm.The City of Boca Raton’s 49th Holiday Street Parade welcomes more than 70 floats and groups to entertain viewers as they bring dance, lights and song to Federal Highway in Boca Raton.Wednesday, December 5th
When: December 10th & 11th
What: Don’t miss our crowd favorite Coral Ridge Christmas Spectacular! From White Christmas to Carol of the Bells, this concert is full of holiday favorites for the whole family. This year we will feature the internationally renowned gentleman’s trio, GENTRI! The Coral Ridge Concert Choir and Orchestra, youth choirs, featured artists, and dancers, will surround you with the sights and sounds of Christmas. Make the Coral Ridge Christmas Spectacular a part of your family’s Christmas tradition today!
Where: Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church
5555 NORTH FEDERAL HIGHWAY,
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL 33308
When: December 11th at 6:00pm
What: Parade with over 70 entries to help you celebrate the holidays! Through a special connection to the North Pole, The Delray Beach Fire Department will have Santa riding along on their Fire Truck. 561-243-7277, [email protected]
Where: Beginning east of the Intracoastal and continuing west to the Fire Dept
When: Saturday, December 11th
What: The Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade is the “Best Show on H2O” and the traditional kickoff to the South Florida Holiday Season. Bringing together our community and visitors from around the world, this one-of-a-kind parade of beautifully decorated boats of all sizes is a can’t miss extravaganza. With over a million viewers along the 12 mile parade route and an economic impact to Broward County of over $50 million, the parade where the floats really float is a Fort Lauderdale institution.
Where: Sunday, December 18th at 6:30pm to 8:00pm
What: Intracoastal Waterway starting at the C-15 canal (Boca Raton-Delray Beach city limits) traveling south to Hillsboro Bridge
The 43rd Annual Boca Raton Holiday Boat Parade is the perfect way to experience the Holiday season! Enjoy the parade, food, and drinks from Red Reef Park (west), the Wildflower Property, or Silver Palm Park viewing areas.
Where: Bridges are held in the up position for approximately 45 minutes during the parade. Please avoid these areas during estimated closing times to avoid traffic delays. The estimated bridge closing times are:
• 6:30pm –7:20pm Spanish River
• 7:20pm – 8:10pm Palmetto Park
• 7:30pm – 8:20 Camino Real
When: Saturday, December 18th at 11am
What: College Football Bowl game offering music, food and activities for kids and much more before the game.
Where: The bowl game will be played at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Fla., on the campus of Florida Atlantic University and nationally televised on ESPN or ESPN2. The open-air stadium opened in 2011 and seats just under 30,000 fan
On going Holiday Events
Weekend Photos With Santa at The Square
When: Friday & Saturday from 6-8pm and Sunday 5-7pm November 13th-December 19th
What: Commemorate the holidays and meet the jolly man himself during photos with Santa under The Wishing Tree take your own photos with Santa.
Other: Snowfall occurs each evening at 6:30pm, 7:30pm & 8:30pm
Santa will take a 5-minute break during the snowfalls at 6:30pm and 7:30pm.
Where: The Square (used to be called CityPlace)
Mizner Park iTree
When: nightly at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m
What: “iTree” consists of more than 32,000 life-like PVC branches, red & gold bows, ornament clusters and 25,000 clear & multi-colored LED lights. There will be 20-minute musical light shows p
Where: Located at the south end of the center near the former Lord & Taylor in Mizner Park’s.
When: Starting November 19th. Click the link before for the days and times as they vary.
What: Photos with Santa. Previous years there was a $10 fee and it can be applied to your photo purchase. The least expensive package is almost $25. We did it and had a great experience, but I felt like the feel was high.
Where: Town Center Mall in Boca Raton
Sandi the Sand Christmas Tree in West Pam Beach
When: Starts December 2nd
What: Holiday in Paradise celebration is located on the beautiful West Palm Beach Waterfront and filled with tons of FREE entertainment and family-friendly holiday activities. The star of the festivities is “Sandi”, the world’s ONLY holiday sand tree made of 600-tons of sand! This staggering 35-feet-tall holiday tree will dazzle the crowds nightly with light and music shows.
Where:100 N. Clematis Street, West Palm Beach, FL 3340
Santa’s Winterland at Bass Pro
When: November 6th-December 24th
What: This is one of our favorite places to go and see Santa. They give you a free photo and Kurt loves going to Bass Pro. I love it because they have Christmas crafts and a Winter wonderland. It runs. Make an appointment online before you go.
Where: Bass Pro Shop
When: November 19th-January 2nd
What: Enjoy the fantasy of color, lights and design this holiday season with 3 miles of giant animated holiday displays. . Drive-thru the lights for $15/car or $40/bus.
Where: Tradewinds Park 3600 West Sample Road, Coconut Creek, FL 33073
Symphony Of Lights at GulfStream Park
When: November 13th- December 31st
What: GulfStream Park’s popular holiday tradition, Symphony of Lights, features more than one million lights with new music synchronized to the lights, a 50-foot tree and entertainment with shows on every honor.
Where: Gulfstream Park
What: The magical story comes to life
Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, passengers will relive the magic of the story as they are whisked away on THE POLAR EXPRESS™. Once onboard, hot chocolate and treats are served as passengers read along with the classic children’s book, The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg. Santa and his helpers greet passengers at the North Pole and then board the train, where each child is given the first gift of Christmas – a silver sleigh bell. Chefs aboard each car lead passengers in singing Christmas carols on the ride. Families are encouraged to wear their pajamas for the ride!
Where: Brightline Miami Station
When: Through January 4th 6:00-9:00 p.m. with REQUIRED Timed Entry
What: Zoo Lights presented by Florida Power & Light Company, FPL SolarNow has become a Florida holiday tradition for families and friends. While the animals slumber, Palm Beach Zoo is illuminated for the holidays with over one million eco-friendly lights. he festive holiday fun also features photos with Santa (until Dec. 23rd), a DJ holiday dance party, seasonal treats and more!
Where: Palm Beach Zoo – 1301 Summit Blvd. West Palm Beach
When: December 1st-23rd Tuesday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (last entry at 3 p.m.)
What: This new exhibition from acclaimed artist Sean Kenney features over 40 sculptures made from more than 800,000 LEGO® pieces and explores the beauty of nature through highly stylized, colorful displays that stand in striking contrast with their surroundings. Produced by Imagine Exhibitions, Nature POP! blends art, science, and innovation in the display of these sculptures. Known for his ability to make striking works of art using simple LEGO toys, Kenney pushes the boundaries of the medium in this new exhibition through his use of vibrant colors and a bold, graphical style. Inspired by the Pop art movement, Kenney’s work on Nature POP! plays on that movement’s principles by blurring the boundaries between austere and the everyday, and draws from a belief that everything is interconnected.
Cost: Tickets: $15 adults; $12 seniors, college students and military with ID; $7 ages 6-17; FREE for MBG members and children under 6. Ticket sales open December 2021.
Where: Mounts Botanical Garden
531 North Military Trail
West Palm Beach, Fl 33415
If you are looking for a great weekend getaway in driving distance Gaylord Palms puts on the best Christmas celebration in Orlando. Get all the details about their SO. MUCH. CHRISTMAS here.
Canceled for 2021
I am hopeful that this event will come back next year so I am keeping it on the list so I don’t miss it next year.
When: Canceled for 2021
What: This is a re-creation of the city of Bethlehem the night that Jesus was born. More than 10,000 visitors per year experience the first Christmas in a profoundly personal way.
Where: First United Methodist Church of Coral Springs