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Holiday Happenings and Festivities in South Florida

It’s Holiday Time #SoooBoca Style!

Just because we won’t be expecting snow this winter doesn’t mean we won’t be celebrating.  Those of you who know us understand how much we LOVE the holiday season!  Lucky for us, there is SO MUCH to do!!  

 

We’ve put together a list of local holiday events.  Because we know you like to celebrate as much as us, we’ve included holiday happenings held beyond the city limits, but nearby, mostly in southern Palm Beach County.  Looks like we will be super-busy this year.
 
Events below are presented in chronological order, beginning in November and running through New Years Eve.   It’s easy to add them to your calendar! Take a look at what is going on, but remember, this list isn’t all inclusive – new events and celebrations are announced all the time.  If you are aware of something we have missed, PLEASE let us know so we can share it with everyone.  We can always squeeze in one more fabulous outing!
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.
 
Are you ready?  Let’s go! Oh and Ho Ho Ho don’t forget The Nutcracker performances in South Florida! 
 
Hoffman’s Chocolates Winter Wonderland, November 17th – December 30th, 6:00pm -10:00pm: 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!
 
Fantasy of Lights, November 21st – January 1st, 6:00 – 10:00pm: 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.
 
 
Miracle on Delray Beach, November 23rd – December 31st:  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.
Menorah Lighting in Delray Beach, December 2nd, Time TBD:  Visit Old School Square in Delray for the lighting of the first candle celebrating Hanukkah!
48th Annual Holiday Street Parade in Downtown Boca, December 5th, 7:30 – 9:00:  With a theme of the Sights & Sounds of Broadway, this annual favorite is sure to put you in the holiday spirit.  The parade begins at Federal Highway and SE 5th street and travels to the Mizner Park Amphitheater.  Grab you spot on the street early and enjoy the music and floats!
 
Lego Menorah Lighting, December 6th, 6:00pm:  Sponsored by the Chabad of Boca Raton, this event features the construction of a six foot lego menorah, latkes, treats and more, all at the Town Center Mall in Boca. Visit their website for details.
 
Chanukah Under The Stars, December 7th, 5:00pm: This evening  Chanukah celebration includes a tot shabbat, bounce houses, face painting, fabulous food and a menorah lighting, all in beautiful Mizner Park.  Check out their website for complete details.

Mounts Botanical Garden Get into the holiday spirit as we light up for 35 nights!

Visitors of all ages will discover thousands of holiday lights in festive LED installations, glowing orbs, beautifully wrapped signature trees and more along an easy-to-follow route throughout 15 different garden areas. Bring family and friends for the unique experience of seeing this beautiful botanical garden in a completely different light!

DATES / HOURS / ADMISSION November 24-December 30 Closed December 24th & 25th 5:30 to 8:30 pm – Last entry and ticket sold at 7:45 pm$10 per person; $5 for children ages 5 to 12; $8 for Mounts membersTickets are also available for purchase at the Garden’s main gate.

Delray Beach Holiday Parade, December 8th, 6:00pm: The city of Delray is hosting its annual parade, “Seas and Greetings”  down Atlantic Avenue.  Arrive early and grab some prime real estate! Maybe plan to grab dinner and drinks when the parade is over!
 
Lynn University Gingerbread Holiday Concert, December 9th, 2:00pm: This fabulous holiday sing-a-long concert is fun for all members of the family.  The concert begins at 3:00, but you can take a picture with  Santa at 2:00.  Purchase tickets on their website.
 

Tuba Christmas, December 9th, 5:00pmVisit the Mizner Park Amphitheater for the 8th anniversary of this holiday concert.  Bring you chairs and blankets and enjoy the holiday music.  This event is free! Check out one of Mizner’s fabulous restaurants for dinner after the show.

,December 14th, 6:30 – 9:00: 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.
 
Piles of Smiles, December 15th, 10:00am – 4:00pm: Want to see snow in Boca?  Bring your kids to Sugar Sand Park for this day of winter fun! In addition to the snow there will be carnival type events, sock skating, food trucks and more.  You can purchase tickets in advance on their website.
 
Photos With Santa at The Palm Beach Zoo, December 15th and 22nd, 9:00am – 2:00pm:  Take your picture with Santa, make a holiday craft, ride the carousel and enjoy this fabulous park!  Visit their webpage for more details.
 
Santa Toy Delivery, December 15th and 16th, 9:00am – 2:00pm: This is the 28th year the Firefighters and Paramedics of Boca Raton will run their toy delivery event.  Imagine how excited your child will be to have a gift delivered to their house.  Check out their website for details on the process and timing.
 
Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl, December 18th, 7:00pm: Love football?  If so, this is not to be missed. Held at FAU Stadium, this game is the BEST way to experience Football and beautiful weather.  Details on all things Cheribundi are available on their website.
 
Christmas With the Chimps, Lion Country Safari, December 20th, 10:30am:  Those participating in this event are encouraged to arrive early.  Visit the park and watch the chimps receive their holiday gifts from Santa!  More information is available on their website.
 

42nd Annual Intracoastal Boat Parade, December 22nd, 6:30 – 8:00pm: Nothing says holiday time in South Florida quite like this extravagant boat parade.  It begins at the C-15 canal, on the Boca/Delray boarder and continues south to the Hillsboro Bridge.  The boats then turn around and head back “home”.  Boats are adorned with lights and holiday decorations.  Visit their website for specific viewing locations!  Remember to allow time for holiday traffic when traveling to this event.  If you love a boat parade, consider checking out the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade on December 15th in Fort Lauderdale.

Noon Year’s Eve Countdown, Palm Beach Zoo, 9:00am – 1:00pm: Celebrate New Year’s Eve with your kidS, IN THE AFTERNOON!  There will be a dance party with faceprinting and a countdown to NOON!  Visit their website for more information.
 
Delray Beach New Year’s Eve Celebration, December 31st, 5:00pm-9:00pm:  This family friendly New Year’s celebration is well-known and always well attended.  Visit Old School Square for tons of fun activities for kids of all ages!  Visit their website for more details.
 
Wow!  That’s A LOT to consider. But we love all of the options South Florida provides during the holiday season.  Keep your eyes open for us as you celebrate and say hello!  Share what you love to do this time of year.
 
The #SoooBoca Squad wishes you very Happy Holidays!  If you have not yet watched our YouTube channel buzz on by!

PS…

Give Your Holiday Tree a “Second Chance”

Holiday Trees laying in lot to be recycled

Help give your tree a second chance with the City of Boca Raton Holiday Tree Recycling program from December 26 through January 19, 2018.

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.

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