When it comes to holiday spirit, you’ll find that Palm Beach County goes all in. Although you might not find your traditional snowy-white holiday season, you can celebrate the holidays in true Florida style – on the beach. Check out Delray Station’s top picks for must-see light displays and events that will spark your holiday spirit.
It’s 10 stories high, it has 15,000 LED lights and 12,000 ornaments, and it takes a month to build. What is it? Nothing but Delray Beach's own 100-foot Christmas tree. This iconic Christmas tree was named one of the best Christmas trees in all of the USA in 2012 and has become a much-anticipated tradition in the area. Watch the tree-lighting ceremony on Nov. 29 or head there all month long to enjoy celebrations for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and New Year’s. You can also enjoy ice skating, a visit to Santa's house, or just view one of Florida’s most iconic holiday trees.
Imagine being surrounded by twinkling, holiday-inspired lights with your favorite chocolate in hand. At Hoffman’s Chocolates’ 28th annual Winter Wonderland in Greenacres, that’s exactly what you can do. Hoffman’s Chocolates has transformed its chocolate factory into a true winter wonderland, with a 2,400-square-foot ice skating rink, a factory tour and chocolate class with Santa, and an enchanting garden that’s been decorated with 125,000 LED lights and features live entertainment. Join the party every night of the week from Nov. 17 to Dec. 30.
When it comes to putting a Floridian twist on the holiday season, West Palm Beach is doing it right with its very own Sandi Land. Sandi Land features the world’s only 700-ton sand castle carved into the shape of a tree and decorated with lights. You’ll also find palm trees decorated with lights and fun activities and entertainment for every age. Through the month of December, you can enjoy nightly light shows, live entertainment, and pun-tastic game areas like Glow Fore it Mini Golf.
When you live by the ocean, why not celebrate the holidays by it? For the 47th year, Delray Beach and Boynton Beach light up the canals and Intracoastal waterways for one night with a flotilla of the highly decorated boat parade. The fun starts at the Lantana Bridge at 6:30 PM on Dec. 14. Follow the water parade to Delray Beach’s C-15 Canal. Watch the boats wherever you are along the route to kick off your holiday season in tropical style.
You don’t have to live in a chilly climate to experience the joy of the seasons! Head to CityPlace to find twinkling lights and the wintry magic of snowfall. Enjoy regularly scheduled snowfalls that will give you all the holiday feels without those freezing temps. Cool fact about the snowfalls at CityPlace, just like the real deal: No snowflake is alike at CityPlace. Enjoy ice skating, great restaurants, and shopping while you’re here.