It’s hard to believe that it’s almost the holidays when we still have beautiful sunshine and 80-degree weather right here in South Florida.
Whether you’re looking to plan a trip down to South Florida, this is your first holiday season here, or you’re a native, it gets a little bit challenging to get into the holiday season because when we think of a white Christmas, we think of sand—not snow.
That’s why I’ve found some great ways you can get into the holiday spirit. We have interesting things like parades, boat parades, and a Santa’s workshop. And guess what? We even have our own version of a snowfall.
Here is a list of all the fun activities you can do to make your holiday season fun, exciting, and feel a little bit more like Christmas:
Ongoing: CityPlace Snow Fall—CityPlace, West Palm Beach. Nightly through December 31 (except for December 25).
Ongoing: Holiday Tree at Mizner Park—Mizner Park Amphitheatre, Boca Raton.
December 5-12 and December 14-16: Festival of Trees—Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, 2051 S. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach. Admission is $15 for members and seniors, $20 for non-member adults, and $7 for children.
December 5 and 11: The Symphonic Band of the Palm Beaches holiday concerts, featuring the music of Sousa and Tchaikovsky and holiday favorites. December 5, Duncan Theatre, Lake Worth; December 11, Eissey Campus Theatre in Palm Beach Gardens. Both shows start at 7:30 p.m.
December 11: Boynton Beach Holiday Boat Parade—Boynton Beach Inlet traveling south along the Intracoastal Waterway to the C-15 canal in Delray Beach.
December 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.
December 12: Ugly Holiday Sweater Crawl—Visit downtown West Palm Beach bars and restaurants from 2 p.m. to 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.
December 12: St. Lucie County Boat Parade — 772-692-7999.
December 13: Hanukkah Candle Lighting, Harbourside Place, Jupiter, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.; 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Mandel JCC, Boynton Beach. Includes concert, children’s activities, information booths and more.
December 10-23: Holiday Evening Tours of Whitehall—Flagler Museum, 1 Whitehall Way, Palm Beach.
December 16: Boca Raton Holiday Boat Parade—Intracoastal Waterway starting at the C-15 canal traveling south to Hillsboro Bridge. 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
December 1st-January 1st: World-Famous 100-Foot Tree—Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach. The tree is open until January 1, with visits from Santa and performances throughout the season.
Local holiday lights guide:
NORTH PALM BEACH COUNTY
The Heights of Jupiter: Dozens of houses are decorated in this huge neighborhood just east of I-95. Just wind your way up and down the streets, but don’t miss the Liberman’s home at 6198 Hollywood Street, where Donny’s handmade Flying Santa—his sleigh is pulled by a team of Dachshunds—is just landing on the roof. Pompano Street is another must-see. When the weather is nice, lots of the homeowners are out in their yards or puttering in the garage.
Snug Harbor Drive, Palm Beach Gardens: Some say as many as 350,000 lights are displayed in this neighborhood just off Prosperity Farms Road in Palm Beach Gardens.
The Sullivan’s (private home), 202 Woodbridge Drive, Jupiter
Cheri Newman (private home), 18119 126th Terrace, N., Jupiter
CENTRAL PALM BEACH COUNTY
Gabriel Lane, Lake Clarke Shores: This normally quiet street lights up like a pinball machine for the holidays. Lots of families park their cars and walk the street.
The Novak’s (private home), 4988 Palm Way, Lake Worth: Dan Novak’s tireless pursuit of Christmas light perfection called for, well, more lights. According to the Novaks, they now have over 75,000 lights! His annual display is a neighborhood tradition.
Kevin Olsen (private home), 3771 Engle Road, Lake Worth: This private home has lots of lights and a great walkway to tour the lights.
Bill and Deb Desantis (private home,) 3066 Crockett Way, Lake Worth: This house is best for small children who will want to get out and get a better look of all the scenes handmade by the DeSantis family.
The Imbriecos (private home), 1434 W. Trammel St., Lantana: This family has been decorating for many years, but there’s always something new. You’ll want to get out and walk around. There are display cases with tiny villages and collectible figures and big blowup figures and lots of moving parts.
7580 Woodland Creek Lane and 7559 Hazelwood Circle, Lake Worth: Super bright decorations on the first two houses you see.
308 Dartmouth Drive at Pennsylvania in College Park, Lake Worth: Tons of lights on this corner lot.
Hoffman’s Chocolates Winter Wonderland, 5190 Lake Worth Road, Lake Worth: From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. nightly until December 30, Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus arrive every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 6 p.m. Tour the magical display of ten thousand lights in the gardens, including a gazebo, cascading fountains, live fish, and electric trains and animated displays—including a life-size camel in the manger scene.
Whether you’re thinking of buying or selling, I want you to know that Treu Group Real Estate is committed to you this holiday season. Let’s face it—people are coming down to enjoy our beautiful weather and buy their Florida paradise.
In the meantime, be sure to schedule some fun time to enjoy our South Florida snow. Or is it sand?
If you have any questions or need our assistance, give us a call. We’d love to help you.