Holiday Happenings in Palm Beach County
Posted by Jeremy Olsher on Tuesday, November 15th, 2022 at 8:09pm.
The days are shorter, the weather is starting to cool, and our population is growing by the day – it’s officially “season” in South Florida. One of the best parts about the winter season in Palm Beach County is the abundance of holiday happenings available, which begs the question; what’s on your calendar for this season? From boat parades to tree lightings, to live performances, the Mizner Residential Group suggests starting with these events as your guide to merriment for the 2022 holiday season.
Lighting Events, Décor, and More:
100 Foot Christmas Tree Lighting – November 29th, 6 pm – 9 pm
Delray Beach, Old School Square Park
A local tradition dating back to 1993, the town of Delray Beach begins constructing their 100-foot Christmas tree and the surrounding holiday village about 6 weeks prior to its first lighting, with the tree itself taking nearly two weeks to construct! The main event will take place from 6-9 p.m. and provides plenty of live entertainment, games, food and vendors in addition the initial lighting of the 100 Foot Christmas Tree going down at 7 p.m. If you miss out on the opening evening not to worry, as they’re holding events each evening (and daily on the weekends as well) through the end of the year. For more information, click here.
Light the Lights – Holiday Tree Lighting – November 19th, 6 pm – 9 pm
Boca Raton, Mizner Park Amphitheater
Downtown Boca kicks off its holiday display on November 19th with their Light the Lights celebration, complete with a Holiday Tree Lighting to take place at 7:15. Surrounding the tree lighting event will be a DJ Disco Dance party for the kids, a Holiday Stage Show with live entertainment, photo ops (Santa included), crafts, train rides, food/beverage vendors and more! If you miss out on opening night check out the schedule of events being held at Mizner Park. For more information, click here.
Light Up the 4th Night of Chanukah – December 4th, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Boca Raton, The Shops at Boca Center
This free event features a jam-packed schedule full of fun and entertainment for the whole family. Make sure you get there at the start to enjoy crafts, story time, latkes and sufganiyot, musical entertainment and a candle lighting for the 4th night of Chanukah. For more information, click here.
Holiday In Paradise – December 1st – December 31st (times vary)
West Palm Beach, Great Lawn
Celebrating the holidays in the truest of Florida styles Holiday in Paradise is home to Sandi, the world’s only 35-foot holiday tree made entirely of sand – it is truly a spectacle! Be there for the initial lighting event on December 1st from 6-9 p.m. but if you miss it make sure you make it one night during the month of December to take a look at Sandi, enjoy some music, amazing photo opportunities and check out this year’s addition, a 65-foot Ferris wheel with gondola style seating and its very own light show. Voted the “Best Public Holiday Light Display” for 2021 by USA today, we’re positive 2022 won’t disappoint. For more information, click here.
Zoo Lights - (Varying Dates in November & December)
West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Zoo
When the animals go down, the lights come on. You may have visited the Palm Beach Zoo before, but have you seen it at night illuminated by over 1 million lights? If the answer is no, we highly recommend it. The display is available on select evenings throughout November and December. For more information, or to purchase tickets, click here.
Holiday Historic Home Tour – December 11th, 5 pm – 8 pm
West Palm Beach, Flamingo Park
We know it’s not just the Realtor in us when we say that there’s nothing like driving through the neighborhood seeing beautiful homes that have been fully decked out in holiday décor. Have you ever wondered what those homes might look like on the inside? This is a unique and fun-filled event that gives you the opportunity to do just that, and if you’re lucky enough to attend you won’t be disappointed. You’ll get to tour 11 private homes while enjoying bites from local restaurants. After two pandemic years the locals are very excited this event is back! Keep an eye out on the Flamingo Park website below for more information and ticket launch/availability: http://flamingoparkwpb.org/index.html
Holiday Boat Parades
Lantana to Delray - December 9th, 6:30 p.m.
Delray to Deerfield – December 17th, 6:30 p.m.
One of South Florida’s favorite holiday traditions – the Holiday Boat Parades. While you’ll find many options throughout Palm Beach County these are two of our favorites as they bring a large volume of vessels completely decked out in festive holiday décor, with routes directly down the intracoastal waterway. You’ll see a great variety of displays from jaw droppingly beautiful, to those that will make you laugh – these events are always a great time! For more information on each respective event, you can view the links below:
Holiday Pajama Parade – December 10th, 6 p.m.
Downtown Lake Worth Beach
Looking for an easy way to participate in a parade or an entertaining one to view? I’d recommend you check out Lake Worth Beach’s 56th Annual Holiday Parade, this year with a pajama theme. For more information on the event or on how to participate, click here.
Stars of David: Story to Song - Hanukkah Fest ’22 – December, 24th, 7:30 p.m.
Boynton Beach, Temple Torat Emet
Based on the best selling book by Abigail Pogrebin, this comical musical revue features original compositions celebrating the identity of some of the most well-known Jewish personalities and stars Avi Hoffman! Their stories have been transformed into songs that transcend a number of emotions, outlined by the works of numerous award-winning songwriters. For more information or to purchase tickets to this event, click here.
The Nutcracker – Varying Dates
West Palm Beach, Kravis Center
What’s a holiday season without a trip to see The Nutcracker? While this tradition goes well beyond Florida, we are lucky enough to host to Ballet Palm Beach and Miami City Ballet at the West Palm Beach Kravis Center for one of the most beautiful Nutcracker renditions you will ever see. Tickets are already scarce, but you can find them. For more information please visit the below sites for each ballet company:
Whether it’s at one of these events or huddled at home spending true quality time, we truly hope that in the hustle and bustle of this season you take some time out for you and your family to make some long-lasting holiday memories.
Jeremy Olsher, Mizner Residential Group at Compass
I'm Jeremy Olsher, a Delray Beach realtor, and the Principal of the Mizner Residential Group at Compass. I have 15 years of experience in the South Florida real estate market. Whether it's a permanent home, investment property, foreclosure or short sale you desire to purchase, or if you think it is time to sell your real property, I'm happy to offer any advice or assist you with your transaction. Call 561-495-1516 (office) 561-400-3737 (direct cell) or email me 7 days a week.