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Winter holidays festivals, parades in Palm Beach

Festive events, DIY workshops and exciting holiday displays are featured in parks, shopping plazas and other public places. Plenty of events are free. Some are relatively inexpensive, or offer discount opportunities.

Happy Holidays!

2022 events in greater Palm Beach

Please return to this feature as other events are added.

November 12-December 31

The Square in West Palm Beach hosts a holiday attraction November 12-December 31 that includes snowfalls, entertainment, and a light display. The Square is a shopping, dining and residential neighborhood at 700 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach, FL.

Light shows and snowfalls are 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., with extra entertainment and events occasionally.

Festivities 2 p.m. – 10 p.m. November 12 include:

  • Santa and elves 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • snowfall at 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m.
  • performances 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Tree light show after 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. 8:30 p.m.
  • artisan market 2 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Yuletide Carolers

Photo/Boynton Beach

November 18- January 3

Affordable Art Show is November 18  – January 3 in Boynton Beach. Items from South Florida artists and artisans at prices from $25 to $250. 

It’s at Boynton Beach arts & cultural center, 125 E. Ocean Avenue, Boynton Beach, FL.  It’s usually open 10 a.m. – 8 p,m. Mondays – Fridays, and 10 a.m. – 1 p.m Saturdays, with some exceptions.

November & December

Delray holiday lights Trail — drive  or walk along a variety of holiday displays and decorations on Atlantic Avenue and side streets in the downtown Delray district. Information is online.

November 19

Tree lighting with live entertainment, trackless train rides, food vendors and other fun in Boca is 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. November 19 at Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real Boca Raton, FL. The event includes snow flurries, photos with Santa for a fee, photo ops, and other fun. Information is on the website.

Photo/Downtown Delray Authority

November 26

Downtown Delray Beach Shop Small event November 25 and November 26 with entertainment November 26 and an opportunity for a free glass surfboard ornament by a local glass artist. Free ornaments are offered 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. November 26 to first 200 shoppers with receipts of at least $200 from November 25 or November 26 in Downtown Delray Beach shops. Information is online. ,

November 29

Delray Tree lighting 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. November 29 in Delray. Old School Square Pavilion, 51 N. Swinton Ave, Delray, FL. feature: Delray displays 100 foot tree and other holiday fun 

Photo/Delray Parks & Recreation

November 30-December 30

Holiday Village in Delray with 100 foot tree, displays and activities, Old School Square Pavilion, 51 N. Swinton Ave, Delray, FL. feature: Delray displays 100 foot tree and other holiday fun 

December 1

Photo/West Palm Beach

Holiday In Paradise Sand Tree display and ferris wheel

Holiday Light Shows in 2022 feature a fun sand tree & ferris wheel rides. Usually offered 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. December 1-31,  with some exceptions. 100 N. Clematis Street, West Palm Beach, FL, website. Free for spectators. Ferris wheel is $5 or $20 for unlimited rides per day.

December 2

Light Up Downtown Boynton 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. December 2 at Centennial Park & Amphitheater

December 2

Downtown Delray ArtWalk 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. December 2 with live holiday entertainment.

Photo/Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach

December 3

Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade, 6 p.m. December 3 on Intracoastal Waterway from North Palm Beach to Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse, website

December 3

Holiday Parade 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. December 3 on Federal Highway and Ocean Avenue in downtown Boynton Beach, FL.

December 4

FAU Tuba Christmas is 5 p.m. December 4 at Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, FL. featuring tubas and euphoniums. Entry is free.

December 7

Holiday Street Parade in Boca Raton with floats & entertainment and Groovy 70s vibe is 7:30 p.m. December 7, from Federal Highway and Southeast 5th Street north to Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, FL. website.

Recommended free parking is offered at City Hall, 201 W. Palmetto Park Road; Downtown Library. 400 NW 2nd Avenue; Building Administration, 200 NW 2nd Avenue.

December 9

Winterfest in Wellington offers fun activities and live entertainment including rapper Vanilla Ice, and entry is free. Festivities are  6 p.m. – 10 p.m. December 9 at Village Park, 11700 Pierson Road, Wellington 33414. Feature: Winterfest in Wellington

December 9

Boynton Beach & Delray Beach Holiday Boat Parade, 6:30 p.m. December 9, Intracoastal Waterway from Boynton Beach to Delray Beach, website 

December 10

Holiday Pajama Parade is 6 p.m. December 10, 414 Lake Avenue in downtown Lake Worth Beach. Information is online. Everyone is welcome to wear PJs, even Santa.

December 10

Delray Beach Holiday Parade is  6 p.m. December 10, on Atlantic Avenue in downtown Delray Beach.

December 10

Holiday Boat Parade in Lake Wellington features festively decorated vessels, is 6:30 p.m. December 10, and spectators are welcome to provide their own seating.

Delight in spectacle the from Town Center Promenade, 12150 Forest Hill Boulevard, Wellington. Parking is offered in lots around Village Hall, 12198 Forest Hill Boulevard. Feature: Holiday boat parade in Wellington

December 10

Holiday Artisan Festival, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. December 10, Venue at 1201, 1201 South Federal Highway, Lake Worth, FL. free entry, website

December 10

Breakfast With Santa is 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. December 10 at Intracoastal Park, 2240 N. Federal Highway, Boynton Beach 33435. Registration is required. Fees are $15 for Boynton residents and $18 for non-residents. Information is online

December 11

Wellington Holiday Parade is 1:30 p.m. December 11 with a theme of Favorite Holiday Destination.  Parade is on Forest Hill Boulevard. Information is online.

December 17

Holiday Boat Parade, December 17 on Intracoastal Waterway in Boca Raton, website. Route is C-15 canal south floating to Hillsboro Blvd. Bridge. 

Watch areas

  • Red Reef Park, 1400 N Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton, FL
  • Wildflower Park, 551 E Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton, FL, limited parking
  • Silver Palm Park, 600 E Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton, FL, limited parking

December 17

Santa is hanging out 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. December 17 in Royal Palm Beach. He’ll be at Royal Palm Beach Commons, 11600 Poinciana Blvd., Royal Palm Beach 33411.  Entry is free. Information is online.

December 18

Hanukkah festivities at The Square 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. December 18, 700 S. Rosemary Avenue, West Palm Beach. It’s presented by Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County and Mandel JCC of the Palm Beaches.  Information is online.

December 18

Festivities for menorah lighting 5:30 p.m. December 18 at Old School Square, 95 Northeast First Avenue, Delray Beach, FL. Information is online.

Photo/Spady museum

December 26

Free Kwanzaa event 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. December 26 at Spady Heritage Museum, 170 NW Fifth Ave., Delray Beach.  Donations are accepted. 

Parking is free. Information, 561-279-8883 or online.

December 30

Free Kwanzaa event featuring live performers is 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. December 30, with free entry. Parking is free. The venue is  Riviera Beach Marina, 200 E. 13th Street, Riviera Beach 33404. Information is online or Free Kwanzaa event in Riviera Beach

December 31

New Year’s Eve family event 6:30 p.m. December 31 with fireworks at 9 p.m. at Old School Square, 95 Northeast First Avenue, Delray Beach, FL. Information is online

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