Get Your Holiday Event Calendars Out!
#SoooBoca has put together a list of holiday events in South Florida and has updated it for 2021. It looks like holiday events and happenings are in full swing this year so check out our big list of things to do in Boca Raton, around the Palm Beaches and South Florida!
Links to the websites for each of the events have been included. Click on them and confirm the locations and times – you know as well as us, sometimes things change. Plus scroll down and meet some of my blogger friends who have done a fabulous job putting their fun holiday round up of events together for you!
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South Florida Holiday Events
Discover The Palm Beaches has great information on the latest events throughout Palm Beach County.
ESPN Roofclaim.com Boca Raton Bowl December 18 – 11 am – FAU Stadium
BRIC – Boca Raton Innovation Campus (Date Update to 11/22/21)
This is a fabulous addition to our annual holiday event guide! Happening on November 22nd you can get all the deets right here and there is even a VIP tent option for you to enjoy. Benefiting Junior League of Boca Raton & Spirit of Giving make sure to attend this fun holiday event!
City of Boca Raton
Mizner Park has fun happenings including the holiday tree, virtual visits with Santa Clause and holiday decorations!
The City of Boca Raton tree lighting is back and better than ever at Mizner Park Amphitheater!
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 &
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.
Boca Raton Holiday Street Parade
The Boca Raton holiday street parade is happening too! Wednesday, December 8th from 7:30 pm – 9 pm. The City of Boca Raton shares the following: “The 50th Annual Holiday Street Parade will feature more than 50 floats and groups which will entertain viewers as they bring dance, lights, and song to Federal Highway in Downtown Boca. The parade will start at Federal Highway and SE 5th Street, and travel north to the Mizner Park Amphitheater. This year’s theme will be “What Are You Streaming?,” a nod to the popular pastime in recent years.” Will we see you there?
Boca Raton Holiday Boat Parade
Saturday, December 18, 2021 6:30pm – 8:30pm | Intracoastal Waterway. The 47th Annual Holiday Boat Parade lights up the waterways of the Intracoastal beginning at C-15 Canal, traveling south, with bleacher viewing at Red Reef Park. This year’s parade features boat entry for participants with $10,000 in cash and prizes in many categories in which to win
Sugar Sand Park Events for all ages during the holiday season!
‘Tis the Season for Photos with Santa
Santa is back at Town Center Mall in Boca Raton on November 19th! Make sure to check out the website for times and to make a reservation!
Boca Center Holiday Shopping Kickoff
Nutcracker Performances in South Florida
Starting with all the amazing The Nutcracker performances in South Florida which start in November and go through December. From Miami to the Palm Beaches there is a performance waiting for you! Many are doing “socially distanced” performances so way to get creative during this difficult time!
West Palm Beach
The City of West Palm Beach 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!
Mounts Botanical Garden Mounts Botanical will once again be all a-twinkle on 12 sparkling evenings during the holiday season. Visitors will discover the magic of Mounts at night as thousands of jewel-toned lights illuminate and amplify the lush tropical foliage, majestic trees and signature structures along an easy-to-follow route throughout various garden areas.
Hoffman’s Chocolates Winter Wonderland (Please check their website for 2021 dates) If you have never visited this awesome display of lights, make sure you do — and bring your camera. This walk through wonderland is simply beautiful. And, don’t forget to grab some yummy chocolate or ice cream on the way out! Visit their website for information on Santa’s visits, classes and more!
The Palm Beach Zoo –Zoo Lights presented by Florida Power & Light Company is sure to become a Florida holiday tradition for families and friends. For the first time, the Palm Beach Zoo will be illuminated for the holidays with over one million eco-friendly lights. Each evening from 6 – 10pm the Zoo will be aglow with unique themed displays from the entrance through the Florida Wetlands and Tropics of the Americas. The festive holiday fun features photos with Santa, special animal encounters and Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen featuring cookie decorating sponsored by Florida Crystals®.
Lion Country Safari – Please check for holiday happenings and hours. Lion Country Safari is situated on nearly 600 acres of natural area and home to over 1,000 animals. A recent study has shown that people can experience measurable benefits to both their mental and physical health by spending time in immersive, naturalistic areas with and around animals. Lion Country Safari’s drive-through safari park fulfills these criteria and is an outdoor recreation activity consistent with social distancing guidelines. With no contact admissions, daily capacity limits, mobile preserve audio tour and guide, and additional protocols for providing a healthy and safe environment for our staff, guests and animals, we are excited to open.
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Miracle on Delray Beach, Death or Glory Bar This “Pop-up-Bar” (located inside Death or Glory at the Falcon House) is open 4:00pm to 2:00am daily during the holiday season. If you are looking for a spot to enjoy a an adult beverage (we are) in the most fun location, this is it. Try one of their specialty cocktails amid some fabulous holiday decor.
Don’t forget to buzz by the community calendar section we have set up that will have holiday events in South Florida on them! Click here!
Delray Beach has several events including the The Delray Beach 100 Ft. Christmas Tree is one of the largest and most celebrated holiday events in Palm Beach County. 100 NW 1st Avenue Delray Beach Florida 33444
48th Annual Holiday Boat Parade in Boynton Beach Beautifully decorated boats with travel from the Lantana Bridge to the C-15 Canal in Delray. The festive parade can be viewed from multiple points along the route. If you are going to watch, please bring an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots.
Broward County & Greater Fort Lauderdale
Fantasy of Lights: This drive through holiday light display is always a favorite. Pile the kids in the car, grab some cocoa, crank up the holiday music and head on over to Tradewinds Park. Visit their website for complete details.
Fort Lauderdale is a ton of fun during the holidays! Check out Sunny.Org for all the holiday activities and fun happening just to the south of beautiful Boca Raton!
As always, one of the best events of the holiday season is The Seminole Hardrock Winterfest Boat Parade on the intracoastal in Fort Lauderdale! There are plenty of places to watch this spectacular holiday event so check out the deets right here!
Miami Holiday Celebrations
One of my favorite bloggers, Florida Trippers, has a great list of things happening in the Miami area so check out these festively fun events!
The Matzo Ball Is Back!
Don’t miss the fabulous Matzo Ball right here in Boca Raton and Miami! Such a great event that has been around forever and is on December 24th!
Jewish Federation Calendar of Events – Check in with Jewish Federation for local Hanukkah events around our community.
Do You Have Updates For Us?
If you have any updates for holiday events in South Florida, especially “local” to Boca and the Palm Beaches, please email us directly so we can update this post!
The #SoooBoca Squad wishes you very Happy and Healthy Holidays!
Give Your Holiday Tree a “Second Chance”
Help give your tree a second chance with the City of Boca Raton Holiday Tree Recycling program from December 26 through the 3rd Sunday in January!
With this program, residents can drop off their “clean” holiday trees at 751 Banyan Trail (east parking lot located adjacent to Mizner Bark Dog Park). The City’s Recreation Services Department will pick up the trees and chip them into mulch to be used at the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. ***Please make sure to remove ALL decorations including lights and tinsel from the tree.***
For single-family residents who are not able to drop off trees for recycling, please be sure to remove all decorations and place trees in the swale for regular vegetation collection. For additional information please call 561-393-7810.
As always please confirm all information in this post with the event coordinators.
About Michele Bellisari
Michele Bellisari is the founder of #SoooBoca® Lifestyle & Media based in Boca Raton and a Realtor with Real Broker. If you are thinking of buying or selling real estate in Boca Raton and any of the surrounding cities let her help you out! Thinking of purchasing a vacation home? Michele blogs, vlogs, posts and shares all things Boca Raton, South Florida & Beyond from events, people, food, travel, home decor, fashion, beauty and real estate! You can find more at www.soooboca.com and on all the socials @soooboca. Information in this post should be verified with your accountant, attorney and or financial planner as well as the state of Florida. Information in posts should be verified independently. Information deemed reliable, not guaranteed.