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Coastal Living "America's 10 Best Beach Towns Christmas"
Photo courtesy of City of West Palm Beach
We all know Santa comes by boat, so it’s only fitting that we all get to the beach as quickly as possible for the holidays. Here, our travel editor’s favorite beach towns that do it up right for Christmas, from old-fashioned style to all-out light extravaganzas.
By Tracey Minkin 12/5/2016 Coastal LIving
West Palm Beach, Florida
Why do we love it? Because there is nothing more amazing than a Christmas tree built out of 600 tons of beach sand. Nothing. “Sandi” is lit up at night and synched with music, adding a touch of Vegas and a boatload of whimsy. The spectacle goes on throughout the month of December with other fun holiday stuff, like twinkly-lit mini golf. Read More
- Nantucket, Massachusetts
- Ogunquit, Maine
- Naples, Florida
- Beaufort, North Carolina
- Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
- Newport, Rhode Island
- Mackinac Island, Michigan
- Newport Beach, California
- West Palm Beach, Florida
- Stanwood, Washington
How to Spend the Holidays in Palm Beach
BY KRISTOPHER NEILD
Spending the holidays in Palm Beach can be a magical experience if you are in the know. While your friends up north might chide you for missing out on the snow, the brisk air and the Christmas lights, you can assure them that you can have a similar, if not better experience in sunny South Florida.
What is all the talk of no snow in Florida? If you venture over to CityPlace on select nights during November and December, you can legitimately see snow. The City Place team will dump over three feet of snow on visitors during the six week magical event.
If it's brisk air you are looking for, why not take a Christmas themed sail up the Intracoastal on the Majestic Princess. Enjoy dinner and live music, then head out to the balcony to breathe in that fresh December sea air.
If you are hoping for Christmas decorations, look no further than the houses in Northwood Village, which will be fixed up to the nines in Christmas garb. The spectacularly unique homes will be open to the public as part of the annual holiday touring event.
So yes, while the holidays won't be exactly the same in South Florida as they are in say, Maine, there is something special and awe-inspiring about a warmer version.
2017 Holiday Guide PB County
Sandi, the world’s ONLY 600-ton sand tree, is back with quite the holiday “tail” to tell!
A beloved South Florida holiday tradition, her fans eagerly anticipate her 35 feet of sculpted perfection and the fun-filled kingdom of Sandi Land. Sandi’s dazzling 2017 debut and her nightly music and light shows start at the November 30 Clematis by Night Tree Lighting, with a full lineup of special events and FREE family fun planned on the waterfront throughout the season. Sandi also shares the limelight with unique holiday happenings in downtown West Palm Beach, Northwood Village, and the Historic Northwest District.
During the holiday tree lighting Sandi will reveal a big, new personality, and the next chapter in her story, “Sandi’s Holiday Tail.” Since leaving her West Palm Beach home less than a year ago, Sandi has fallen in love, and added to her family!
Come down to the West Palm Beach Waterfront starting Monday, November 13 and watch as “Sandi” is meticulously sculpted over two weeks by Team Sandtastic, a world-renowned group of sand sculptors. Guests exploring the waterfront – Sandi’s seasonal home – can go behind the scenes and watch Team Sandtastic as they bring Sandi to life. The intricate sculpting and preparation of the synchronized light show all lead up to the Holiday Tree Lighting on Thursday, November 30 during Clematis by Night.
Sandi’s 2017 adventure includes an all-out effort to assist in the adoption of her furry friends in Palm Beach County. In partnership with several local rescue organizations, Sandi will give holiday cheer to pets too. Word on the street is that cats and dogs will be “ho, ho, home” for the holidays!
Come celebrate the Holidays in Paradise! We look forward to welcoming you to Sandi Land.
Holidays in Paradise
Palm Beach Post
Click on the menu icon ( arrow ) in the upper left corner of the map to see a list of the holiday parades, Christmas tree and menorah lightings, concerts and other holiday events on the map. Use the map controls at the bottom right to zoom in for a closer look.
Where to get your holiday on this week in Palm Beach County and more holiday happenings at Quick Pulse »
Holiday Events in Palm Beach County
A guide to the best holiday events in Palm Beach County
Presentation by Laura Lordi Cover photo by Greg Lovett/The Palm Beach Post
It’s time to start strategizing your December holiday event calendar. There are boat parades, giant Christmas trees, menorah lightings and all the twinkle and glitter we associate with the season.
Here is our guide to all the major events of the holiday season.
- Ongoing: CityPlace Snow Fall — CityPlace, West Palm Beach. Nightly through Dec. 31 (except for Dec. 25).
- Dec. 3: West Palm Beach Holiday Tree Lighting — The Great Lawn at the Waterfront. 101 N. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach. 6 p.m. The country group Parmalee will perform as well as Wellington’s Emily Brooke, an “American Idol” contestant.
That kicks off a month of fun, with the big 600-ton “Sandi” sand tree, complete with light and music show, glow-in-the-dark mini golf, and more events along the downtown waterfront.
- Dec. 10: World-Famous 100-Foot Tree-Lighting Ceremony — Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach. The tree is open until Jan. 1, with visits with Santa and performances throughout the season. Info: 561-279-1380.
- Dec. 5: Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade — North Palm Beach to the Jupiter Lighthouse.
- Dec. 5-12 and Dec. 14-16:
Festival of Trees — Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, 2051 S. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach. Info: Members and seniors $15; nonmember adults $20, children $7. 561-832-5328.
- Dec. 6: Flagler Museum Tree Lighting — 1 Whitehall Way, Palm Beach. Info: 561-655-2833.
- Dec. 11: Boynton Beach Holiday Boat Parade — Boynton Beach Inlet traveling south along the Intracoastal Waterway to the C-15 canal in Delray Beach. Info: 561-600-9097.
- Dec. 12: Delray Beach Holiday Parade — Along Atlantic Avenue begins east of the Intracoastal and travels west to the Fire Department. More than 70 entries plus Santa riding on the fire truck.
- Dec. 18-23: Holiday Evening Tours of Whitehall — Flagler Museum, 1 Whitehall Way, Palm Beach.
All other holiday events
- Ongoing: Holiday Tree at Mizner Park — Mizner Park Amphitheatre, Boca Raton. Information: 561-393-7995.
- Nov. 28: Harbourside Place Tree Lighting, 6-10 p.m. With Santa, performances, games and crafts. Info: 561-935-9533.
- Dec. 1: Worth Avenue Christmas Tree Lighting, 6-9 p.m. Parade with Santa and tree lighting at 6:29 p.m.. Hibiscus and Worth Ave. Info: 561-659-6909
- Dec. 5, Dec. 11: The Symphonic Band of the Palm Beaches holiday concerts, featuring music of Sousa and Tchaikovsky and holiday favorites.
- Dec. 5, Duncan Theatre, Lake Worth;
- Dec. 11, Eissey Campus Theatre in Palm Beach Gardens. Both shows: 7:30 p.m. Information: 561-832-3115.
- Dec. 5: Holiday Boat Parade Celebration at the Riverwalk — Riverwalk Events Plaza, Jupiter. 561-863-0012.
- Dec. 7: Hannukah Candle Lighting, Downtown at the Gardens, Palm Beach Gardens, 4-6 p.m. Includes concert, children’s activities, information booths and more. Information: jcconline.com.
- Dec. 12: Ugly Holiday Sweater Crawl — Visit downtown West Palm Beach bars and restaurants from 2-9 p.m. wearing ugly sweaters and costumes, with drink deals and food specials. Info and ticket prices: email@example.com or 561-837-8066.
- Dec. 12: St. Lucie County Boat Parade — 772-692-7999.
- Dec. 13: Hannukah Candle Lighting, Harbourside Place, Jupiter, 4-6 p.m.; 2-4 p.m., Mandel JCC, Boynton Beach. Includes concert, children’s activities, information booths and more.
- Dec. 19: Boca Raton Holiday Boat Parade — Intracoastal Waterway starting at the C-15 canal traveling south to Hillsboro Bridge. 6:30-8 p.m. Info: 561-393-7995.
Northwood Village Holiday Events
Sun, December 17, 2017
5:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST
Tour Begins @ The Old Northwood Community Center
3510 Spruce Ave West Palm Beacch, FL 33407
December 17th, 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of the Candlelight Home Tour. For thirty years we have opened our homes to showcase beautiful Old Northwood, founded in 1924 during the Florida Land Boom. The neighborhood boasts a diverse architectural history, including homes in the Mediterranean Revival Style, Bungalow Craftsman, American Foursquare, and Spanish Mission Style made famous by Addison Mizner. The well-known architect John Volk made part of his Palm Beach debut on 32nd Street. Old Northwood was West Palm Beach’s first designated historic district, and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994.
This year’s tour will feature 12 homes and have tastings from several local restaurants. Our very own Humberto Lazo will again cater the very popular VIP party, which will feature extensive hors d’oeuvres, libations and have live music. Vendor booths will line the street near the music and ticket sales area so visitors can shop for pre-Christmas gifts. The VIP party will start at 3:30 and the homes will open their doors from 5-9pm. VIPs will have the ability to jump the lines at each home.
A special addition to this year’s event will be the Historian’s Tour. We are selling a limited number of tickets for a trolley tour through the neighborhood guided by a local historian. Important homes and architectural features will be pointed out and, of course, there will be colorful stories!
Northwood Village Funky Holiday Tree LightingSaturday, December 2 6:00 PM
Joel T Daves Park (Northwood Rd. and Dixie Highway) Free
Guests can experience the creative lifestyle in Northwood Village and get in the holiday spirit at the annual Northwood Village Holiday Tree Lighting. The eclectic holiday celebration features an artistic holiday tree made completely from wood with a tree lighting at 6PM accompanied by the St. Ann’ Children’s Choir. Guests can also enjoy hot chocolate and cookies and take their picture with Santa and Mrs. Clause, kids and pets welcome. There will also be a Christmas tree lot to benefit The Hurricane Relief Fund and toy drive for the children of St. Mary’s Hospital. Visitors can experience the charm of Northwood Village during the holidays while visiting unique shops, fine restaurants, art galleries and more. For more information: http://northwoodvillage.com or facebook.com/northwoodvillagefanpage Presented by Northwood Village Main Street
Art Night Out : Modern Bohemian
Friday December 29
Northwood Village : 201 Broadway West Palm Beach 33407
Sunday, December 3, 2017
3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Free with Museum Admission
Holiday Evening Tours
December 19 - 23, 2017
Reception at 6:30 pm
Tours begin at:
6:50 pm, 7:05 pm,
7:15 pm, and 7:25 pm
Children under 18 $15
During this beloved annual event, families tour Whitehall after hours and discover the origins of American Christmas traditions. Each evening begins with a reception featuring carols, refreshments, and holiday-themed activities, followed by a special holiday tour of Whitehall.
For more than four decades the Flagler Museum has observed the tradition of Henry Flagler's descendants and relatives lighting the Museum's Christmas Tree on the first Sunday of December.
- Seasonal refreshments in the West Room 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
- Santa Claus in the Pavilion - 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
- Brief Organ Performances in the Music Room 3:30 p.m., 3:50 p.m., and 4:10 p.m.
- Brief Piano Performances in the Drawing Room 3:40 p.m., 4:00 p.m., and 4:20 p.m.
- Holiday Caroling in the Courtyard - 4:30 p.m.
- Christmas Tree Lighting - 4:55 p.m.
Christmas on the Homefront: Lecture 2017
Celebrating the Holiday During Wartime
by Dr. Penne Restad Sunday, December 3, 2:00 p.m.