SOUTH FLORIDA HOLIDAY EVENTS GUIDE IS HERE!
Are you wondering what to do with kids in South Florida this Christmas?
Get out your calendar and start planning for tree lightings, boat parades, and other holiday happenings.
Local Mom Scoop has all of your South Florida Holiday Scoop for 2019.
You can check out my list of Holiday Events in South Florida below.
- Boca Raton
- Delray Beach
- Coconut Creek
- Coral Springs
- Fort Lauderdale (more to come)
- Miami (more to come)
- Palm Beach
- Palm Beach Gardens
Palm Beach County
BOCA RATON Holiday Events
Jingle All the Way Holiday Tree Lighting Friday
November 15, 2019 at 5:30 PM – 7 PM
Boca Center, Crocker Partners, Junior League of Boca Raton and Spirit of Giving invite you to this year’s Jingle All the Way Holiday Tree Lighting celebration at Boca Center Courtyard Friday, Nov. 15 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Enjoy live entertainment, kids activities and a special photo opportunity with Santa himself!
Save the date for this festive experience and come early for a Sip & Shop pre-party with Boca Center retailers beginning at 3:30 p.m until 5:30 p.m. Receive a free gift with a purchase of a $100 minimum.
General Admission is free with a new unwrapped toy or cash donation for Spirit of Giving.
VIP tickets are $45 per person and include valet parking, open bar for those 21+, lite bites from TAP42 and Rocco’s Taco’s, sweet treats from Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, fast lane access to Santa, and special activities for kids. Limited VIP tickets available at jinglealltheway2019.eventbrite.com
Boca Raton Tree Lighting
Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 4:00pm to 8:00pm
The event will include free carnival rides, an artificial ice rink, holiday bounce houses, Santa’s Circus variety show, Carolers, stilt walkers, aerial performances, letters to Santa station, photos with Santa ($5 each), carnival food for purchase, and more!
The ceremonial lighting of the City’s tree led by Mayor Scott Singer that will illuminate simultaneously with Mizner Park’s tree at the south end of the center near Lord & Taylor and followed by a spectacular fireworks display above the amphitheater.
Admission is FREE.
For more information, please call 561.367.7073.
Mizner Park Amphitheater is located at 590 Plaza Real
(Federal Hwy, S of Glades Road) in Boca Raton, FL 33432.
Jingle Jam Fest – Adult Event
Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 5 PM – 11 PM
Join hundreds of your favorite friends dressed as Santa, Hanukkah Harry, and Mrs. Claus this holiday season. Located at Mizner Park Amphitheater for our 1st Annual Jingle Jam Fest. Enjoy live entertainment, food trucks and a VIP Tent! Entertainment line up TBA soon.
No Refunds // Rain Or Shine Event.
18 To Jingle 21 To Jam – Must be 21+ to drink.
Please drink responsibly. Drinking alcoholic beverages is not mandatory to attend the event. Tickets here.
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Boca Raton HOLIDAY STREET PARADE
Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Parade route begins at Federal Hwy & SE 5th Street, traveling north to Mizner Park Amphitheater
Please 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.
Boca Raton HOLIDAY BOAT PARADE
Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 6:30pm to 8:00pm
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.
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:•
6:50pm – Spanish River
• 7:20pm – Palmetto Park
• 7:30pm – Camino Real
Deerfield Beach Holiday Events
Ocean Way Holiday
Saturday, December 7th 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
The 6th Annual Deerfield Beach Ocean Way Holiday Celebration presented by the Deerfield Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, Saturday, December 7th, at the Main Beach Parking Lot (149 SE 21st Ave). Festivities will begin at 5:00 PMand run until 9:00 PM. Come out for a family night of fun while walking the parade of lights display, taking your photo with Santa, kid’s activities, an ice skating rink and live entertainment throughout the event!
~ Snow ~ Ice Skating Rink ~ Holiday Character Show ~ Photo with Santa ~ Face Painting ~ Arts & Crafts ~ Kids Activities ~ Giant Snow Globe ~ A variety of food & drinks will be available for purchase.
|Strings of South Florida||5:00 PM – 5:15 PM|
|Holiday Carolers||5:20 PM – 6:10 PM|
|Elected Officials/Lighting||6:10 PM – 6:15 PM|
|Santa Arrival||6:20 PM – 6:25 PM |
|Butts Boulevard Dance Team||6:30 PM – 6:45 PM|
|Holiday Character Show Part I||7:00 PM – 7:45 PM|
|TBD||7:45 PM – 8:00 PM|
|Holiday Character Show Part II||8:00 PM – 8:30 PM|
Schedule subject to change with no advance notice.
Complimentary Shuttle Information
Parking on the barrier island will be limited during the event. Complimentary parking will be available at the Cove Shopping Center (1500 E. Hillsboro Blvd). Attendees can make the short walk across the bridge to the event or take the complimentary shuttle service between the Cove Shopping Center and the beach. The shuttle service will run as follows:
- Continuous from 4:30pm to 9:30pm.
Delray Beach Holiday Events
Sparkle Night at Delray Marketplace
Monday, November 18, 2019 at 6 PM – 8 PM
Tree Lighting at Dusk. Visit with Santa. See Live Reindeer. Snow.
• Trackless Train
• Face Painting
• Hot Cocoa
• Local Dignitaries
Rain date: Tuesday, November 19, 2019. While supplies last. Weather permitting.
Event subject to change without notice.
Delray Marketplace located at 14851 Lyons Rd Ste 121, Delray Beach, Florida 33446.
20th Annual Downtown Delray Beach Thanksgiving Weekend Art Festival
Nov 30 – Dec 1
This annual juried art festival of hand-crafted artwork including glass, photography, painting, mixed media, fiber, jewelry and much more, hosts hundreds of artists exhibiting and selling their work in an outdoor gallery. The show starts at the entrance of E Atlantic Ave and NE 4th Ave in the heart of downtown. The show will proceed north on NE 4th Ave for two full blocks. The show then heads east on NE 2nd St to SE 5th Ave.
Event is located at 401 E Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33483-4536.
100 ft Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
December 5th, 2019 – – 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
About the 100ft. Christmas Tree:
One of the best trees in the USA – For 26 years, Delray residents and visitors alike have marveled at our Famous 100 Ft Christmas Tree.
The Tree is open every day from the Tree Lighting on December 5th through January 1st from 10am-9pm. Visitors can walk through the 100ft. Christmas Tree and see the different scenes that include, a reindeer barn, Santa’s Workshop, ‘Twas the Night before Christmas house and the kid’s favorite, the Train House!
Boynton Beach & Delray Beach Annual Holiday Boat Parade
Friday, December 13, 2019 at 6:00 PM
The Boynton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency and the City of Delray Beach invite you to celebrate the holiday season Florida style, as a flotilla of brightly-decorated boats light-up the Intracoastal Waterways for the annual Holiday Boat Parade.
This holiday illumination show can be viewed from Veterans Park and Knowles Park and along the parade course.
Watch party at the Boynton Harbor Marina starts at 6:00 PM.
Map of viewing areas: Holiday Boat Parade Watch Locations
For more information: Boynton Beach- 561-600-9097 or City of Delray- 561-243-7250
Palm Beach Holiday Events
Worth Avenue Christmas Tree Lighting
Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 5 PM – 8 PM
Led by Santa Claus, his elves, and entertainers, The Worth Avenue Association and Palm Beach Mayor, Gail Coniglio, welcome the holiday season with an annual parade that concludes with the signature, spectacular Christmas Tree Lighting Event, signifying the unofficial start of Palm Beach’s magical shopping season.
The parade begins at 6pm, with the flip of the switch that lights the magnificent 40-foot tree happening at 6:29pm.
For more information, visit: worth-avenue.com/event/christmas-tree-lighting/
Worth Avenue is located in Palm Beach, Florida 33480
Palm Beach Gardens Holiday Events
The Holidays Happen at The Gardens Mall
Friday, November 15 at 6 p.m.
Guests will enjoy retail and restaurant pop-ups, and photos taken with Santa. Please bring an unwrapped toy to be donated to Florida Cares Charity.
Visit Santa’s Enchanted Garden in the Grand Court
November 15 through December 24, during all mall hours.
Skip the hassle of waiting in line by getting a Fast Pass. The vouchers, which are valid through December 20, allow users to select a date and time for their photos with Santa. Please visit https://www.santasfastpass.com/scheduling/v9wqsOm3:the-gardens-mall to set up your Fast Pass.
Pet’s photo taken with Santa
Sunday, November 17 and Sunday, November 24 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., or on Sunday, December 1 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Pet photos are by reservation only. Visit the Information Desk to make an appointment or call (561) 775-7750.
The Gardens Kids’ Corner Holiday Shop opens on November 15 on the upper level near Nordstrom. For $5, children can pick out gifts for mom and dad. Santa’s helpers will assist young shoppers to make sure the gifts remain a surprise.
The Holiday Gift Wrap Suite
Upper level near Nordstrom for complimentary gift-wrapping. From November 29 through December 24,
The Angel Tree
On display on the lower level in the Sears Court, November 29 through December 24.
Dancers from Paris Ballet & Dance will perform excerpts from The Nutcracker
Sunday, December 1,
Performances are in Nordstrom Court at 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Downtown at the Gardens Holiday Events
Holiday Tree Lighting Festival
Saturday, November 30, 2019 at 5 PM – 8 PM
Downtown at the Gardens 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave., Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
West Palm Beach Holiday Events
Free Santa Photo at the Palm Beach Outlets
Saturday, November 23 through Tuesday, December 24
Santa has a holiday gift just for you! Receive two free 4” x 6″ photo prints and a digital download of a single image for every family who gets their photo taken with Santa Claus. Additional photo packages and Christmas merchandise will be available for purchase. For additional information, visit www.palmbeachoutlets.com.
- Thanksgiving- 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.
- Black Friday – 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Holiday hours vary throughout the season. For hours, visit www.palmbeachoutlets.com.
Palm Beach Outlets is located at 1751 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., West Palm Beach. For more information, call (561) 515-4400 or visit www.palmbeachoutlets.com.
Visit Palm Beach Outlets on Instagram.com/palmbeachoutlets and Facebook.com/palmbeachoutlet.
Sandi Tree – Holiday In Paradise
- Thursday, December 5 at 6:00 p.m
This month-long celebration will include nightly synchronized light shows and tons of free events for the entire family including additional sand sculptures, Glow FORE It mini golf, Sandi’s Surf Shack, SnowieVille and much more!
City of West Palm Beach | 401 Clematis Street | West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Movie Night showing “Elf” at Manatee Lagoon
Sunday, December 8, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Manatee Lagoon, an FPL Eco-Discovery Center
Free to the public
Manatee Lagoon invites you to join us for an outdoor movie night under the stars on Sunday, Dec. 8, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. featuring the movie “Elf”.
Food and beverages will be for sale for the duration of the event. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and arrive early for the best seats. The movie will begin at sunset. Please note, this event will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather.
Parking: Parking is free and available on a first come, first served basis.
Restrictions: Restrictions include pets, smoking and the use of personal coolers.
RSVP: Please note, we are asking for RSVPs for planning purposes only. You do not need to present a ticket to enter the event.
COCONUT CREEK Holiday Events
Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 6 PM – 8 PM – FREE
Promenade at Coconut Creek’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony! This festive gathering will once again bring the Coconut Creek community together around the Holiday lights and Christmas tree. Join us for Holiday music, special performances, sweet treats and a very special appearance by the one and only, Santa Claus.
Promenade at Coconut Creek is located at 4443 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek, Florida 33073.
Holiday Fun Day presented by Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital
Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 11 AM – 4 PM
This annual Holiday Fun Day will include more than 40 exhibitors, with interactive fun and games for kids, festive music, face painters, on-stage performances, fire truck rides and more! The one and only Santa Claus will be available starting at 12 p.m. for pictures with the entire family!
Event is free to the public and offers entertainment for the young and young-at-heart. Enjoy complimentary tote bags by Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.
Promenade at Coconut Creek is located at 4443 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek, Florida 33073.
Annual Chanukah Wonderland and Daily Menorah Lighting
Dec 18 at 12 AM – Dec 29 at 3 PM
Promenade at Coconut Creek is located at 4443 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek, Florida 33073.
Coral Springs Holiday Events
Downtown in December 2019
Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 5 PM – 9 PM
Make our fun-filled Downtown in December event your family’s annual holiday tradition!
Guests will experience the season’s first snowfall on the great lawn, live entertainment, a showing of a movie, a train ride around City Hall and ice skating!
Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and an appetite – there will be a wide variety of food trucks, and of course, cookies and milk for dessert.
Movie: The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
Food Trucks: TBA
Coral Springs City Hall is located 9500 W. Sample Rd., Coral Springs, Florida 33065.
Coral Springs Holiday Parade 2019
Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 7 PM – 9:30 PM
During the Holiday Parade over 60 floats, bands and other entries!
Parade will take place along Sample Road from Coral Springs Drive to City Hall.
Fort Lauderdale Holiday Events
Christmas On Las Olas
Tuesday, December 3 from 5-10 p.m.
The 57th annual event will transform Fort Lauderdale’s Las Olas Blvd. (between SE 6th Ave. and SE 11th Ave.) into a magical winter wonderland for both locals and visitors.
Highlights include 30 performances on four stages, Snow Mountain (with real snow!), ice skating, photos with Santa, a holiday-themed bounce house and more. A lighted menorah will also mark the Hanukkah celebration. The event is free to attend and open to the public.
Following are some of the highlights of this year’s event:
- Holiday favorite Snow Mountain, featuringa70-ft. sled ride down REAL snow,will be located on Las Olas and SE 9th Ave.
- Back by popular demand is Skate Las Olas for one magical night, located directly across from Snow Mountain.
- The ever popular children’s fun zone will return with an expanded children’s area, One Beat CPR’s Enchanted Village, located at 788 E. Las Olas. Attendees can make memories by taking photos with Santa, and enjoying a winter-themed bounce house and free holiday activities while learning the value of life-saving CPR.
- Adding to the spirit of the season, Bacardi, Grey Goose, Bombay Sapphire, Josh Cellars, and Funky Buddha will be serving libations up and down the Boulevard, with proceeds benefiting the event’s chosen charities.
- iHeart Radio radio personalities from BIG 105.9, Y100, 93.9MIA will be located at the three large performance stages, and offer free giveaways throughout the evening.
- Extended hours make it easy to shop at the 100 local retailers, restaurants and art galleries. An eclectic array of 70 food vendors will offer holiday treats.
“LIGHT UP THE NIGHT” COMMUNITY HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA
Thursday, DECEMBER 5, 2019. 7-10pm.
Then think the spirit of these kids to help foster the magical healing power of the holiday season and create a STONEMAN DOUGLAS EAGLES pop up holiday dessert cafe at the uber magical “LIGHT UP THE NIGHT” Winter Wonderland ALL FREE to the Community Holiday party.
Hosted by the Law Offices of Zimmerman & Frachtman, PA, the 7th ANNUAL “Light Up the Night” Charity event is as exciting to OUR area as the Rockefeller Plaza tree lighting is to NY!! An old fashioned evening of camaraderie, friendship, food, fun & killer LIVE music should be! All under the stars, all within a few minute drive (NW corner/State Rd 7 & Hillsboro Blvd), and all COST FREE to make us feel a bit more connected, at a time we could ALL use to feel more connected.
Each year dozens of local restaurants, caterers, bakeries & others DONATE their food & fare, as their “give back” gift to this community to add to the magic of this night. A sold-out 50 vendor HOLIDAY SHOPPING VILLAGE of goods, games, crafts & homegrown fun!
An optional Silent & CHINESE auction raises awareness & funds for the inspirational ANTHONY RIZZO FAMILY FOUNDATION (Rizzo44.com) that supports those going through a cancer crisis both financially and emotionally, and the beloved IN JACOB’S SHOES, born from tragedy, blossoming to a legacy, IJS provides gently used & new shoes, school supplies & athletic gear to LOCAL families and children truly in need.
If you can find it in your heart to help in some way, (sponsorships still available, prizes still needed!) Please call/text Mindi Rudan (954-554-9058) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
16th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony with Santa’s Arrival
Thursday, November 21, at 6 p.m.
One of the largest tree lighting ceremonies and holiday celebrations in South Florida, the event will include the 50’ tree-lighting, live entertainment, interactive activities, retailer pop-up stations and the highly anticipated appearance by Santa Claus.
The popular event is centered around a majestic 50-foot tree adorned with 55,000 colorful twinkling bulbs. Shops at Merrick Park will transform into a winter wonderland with live performances by the Miami Royal Ballet, Coral Gables High School Choir & Band and Miami Senior High School Marching Band plus greetings from holiday characters, giveaways and more. Shops at Merrick Park retailers will pop-up throughout the garden with special promotions and gifts.
One of the event highlights is Santa’s grand arrival down San Lorenzo Avenue on the Coral Gables Fire Department’s fire truck. Master of Ceremonies Belkys Nerey, award-winning co-anchor of WSVN Channel 7 News, Coral Gables Mayor Raúl Valdés-Fauli andNicklaus Children’s Health System Interim President and CEO Matthew Love,will flip the magical switch to illuminate the tree, signaling the official start of the holiday shopping season. Shoppers can view and pose with the holiday tree through early January 2020.
In addition, there will be an interactive coloring station compliments of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Adrienne Arsht Center December 3 – 8. For more show information, please visit www.charlieonbroadway.com.
Attendees are encouraged to bring unwrapped toys for children in care of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. Toy contributors and others can enter to win a variety of exciting prizes from Shops at Merrick Park plus tickets to a performance of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
For more information about Shops at Merrick Park, please call (305) 529-1215, visit us online at www.shopsatmerrickpark.com or follow Shops at Merrick Park on Facebook at www.facebook.com/shopsatmerrickpark.
Tri-Rail’s Winter Wonderland
Saturday, December 14, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The free, family-friendly event will feature 20 tons of snow, bounce houses, food trucks, face painting, cookie decorating, a coloring station, holiday carolers and a Broadway Across America ticket raffle.
Event-goers are encouraged to ride the train to the event. Tickets are $5 to ride Tri-Rail for the entire day or $2.50 for students, seniors, and persons with disabilities who have a registered discount EASY Card. Kids under 5 years ride for free.
In addition to the activities, there will be an interactive coloring station hosted by Disney’s ALADDIN at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts January 8 – 19, 2020. For more show information, please visit https://www.browardcenter.org/events/detail/disneys-aladdin.
Tri-Rail’s Miami Airport Station is located at 3861 NW 21Street, Miami, Florida 33142. To learn more about Tri-Rail’s Winter Wonderland celebration, call 954-446-0815. For train schedules and more information, call 1-800-TRI-RAIL.