The holiday season is a great time to get out and enjoy family-friendly events and activities in West Palm Beach and Fort Pierce, Fla. The entire family will have fun seeing the many colorful, sparkling lights, Santa Claus, boat parades, and more during the festive season in 2017.
Sandi Land Holiday Sand Tree
Nov. 30-Dec. 31
City of West Palm Beach, 401 Clematis St., West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Sandi is a unique holiday tradition in West Palm Beach. The 60- ton sand sculpture brought along a 15-foot-tall Great Dane Sand sculpture this year. Sandi and her friends come to life nightly and present light shows on the quarter hour.
Holiday Fantasy of Lights
Nov. 17-Jan. 1
Tradewinds Park, 4600 West Sample Rd., Coconut Creek, FL 330073
The Holiday Fantasy of Lights is a drive-through light show with three miles of lights and giant animated holiday displays to delight children and adults. A portion of the show’s proceeds will be donated to local charities. Admission is $16/Carload.
Hoffman Chocolates Winter Wonderland
Nov. 18-Dec. 30 @ 6 p.m.
Hoffman Chocolates, 5190 Lake Worth Rd., Greenacres, FL 33463
The 27th Annual Winter Wonderland at Hoffman Chocolate has added the Panthers in Palm Beach Ice Skating Rink to the festivities. The Wonderland features more than 125,000 LED lights, holiday displays, a giant Christmas tree, entertainment, and photo opportunities with Santa and Mrs. Claus. The holiday light show is free and open to the public. Skating at the real ice skating rink is $15 admission per person. The rink will be closed on Christmas Day.
Garden of Lights at Heathcote Botanical Gardens
Nov. 24-Dec. 30 (Fri. & Sat. Nights) @ 5 p.m.
Heathcote Botanical Gardens, 210 Savannah Rd., Fort Pierce, FL 34982
Heathcote’s five acres of gardens are illuminated with thousands of colorful holiday lights and whimsical displays. There will be special appearances by Santa and Mrs. Claus on Dec. 15, 16, 22, & 23. Refreshments will be available. There will be live entertainment by local groups, so enjoy the holidays at the Gardens. Tickets $3-$8.
Nightly Snowfalls at City Place
Nov. 11-Dec. 31 @ 6 p.m. (Closed on Dec. 25)
CityPlace, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Take the family to enjoy a touch of winter at City Place, so bring the family to enjoy the magic of snowfall in Southern Florida. The snow will at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Mon.-Wed. and at 6 p.m, 7 p.m, and 8 p.m. on Thurs.-Sun.
Sounds of the Season – A Free Community Concert
Dec. 15 @ 7 p.m.
Sunrise Theatre, Historic Downtown Fort Pierce, FL 34950
Take the family to enjoy holiday music at this free concert at Sunrise Theatre in Historic Fort Pierce. The event is a partnership between Children’s Services County of St. Lucie County
41st Annual Holiday Boat Parade in Boca Raton
Dec. 16 @ 6:30 p.m.
Red Reef Park, 1400 N. State Road A1A, Boca Raton, FL 33432
The holiday boat parade in Boca Raton is free to enter and free to attend. The “Light Up Boca” event will travel on the Intracoastal Waterway, starting at the C-15 canal, and will glide south to Hillsborough Bridge.
Indian River County Christmas Boat Parade
Dec. 16 @ 6 p.m.
Royal Palm Point and Vero Beach City Marina, Vero Beach, FL 32963
The boats will assemble at 5:30 p.m. and the parade will begin at 6 p.m. Crowds will assemble to view the lighted and decorated boats for a festive experience. Consider bringing lawn chairs and blankets to sit upon. Admission is free for spectators and participants.
Lake Osbourne Holiday Boat Parade & Fireworks
Dec. 15 @ 7:30 p.m.
Lake Osbourne, Lake Worth, FL 33461
The Lake Osbourne Holiday Boat Parade will also feature a show of fireworks. The parade will start and end at Lakeside Anchor INN, The most public viewing is at Lantana Rd and Lake Osborne Dr at about 8 p.m. The parade is free to view, but they will be collecting donations of unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots, so please bring an unwrapped toy.