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Celebrate With Florida Style at These 3 Holiday Events in Palm Beach County


Just because we live in balmy South Florida doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy all the magic of winter celebrations – we just do it with our own special flair. From University Park’s convenient location, you’re just a hop, skip, and a jump away from festivities happening around Palm Beach County this holiday season. Here are some of the events you won’t want to miss.

What Holiday Event Is Uniquely Boca Raton?

Get into the holiday spirit Boca Raton-style. Hit Red Reef Park on Dec. 18 by 6:30 PM to watch the 47th Annual Holiday Boat Parade. You’ll get to see the Intracoastal lit up with holiday magic, beginning at C-15 Canal and moving south. The boats will be decorated with beautiful lights, creating a spectacular sight on the water. There are over $10,000 in prizes awaiting the parade participants – so stay and find out which boats win! Just remember to head over as early as possible, as parking is very limited.

Where Can I Go for a Magical Holiday Experience in Palm Beach County?

If you haven’t been to the Mounts Botanical Garden’s Garden of Lights event, it’s a must-see. The botanical garden is famous for its tropical plant exhibits, stunning treescapes, and unique architectural structures, all of which you can see year-round. But when you visit during their holiday light exhibit, you get to see everything in a whole new way. The thousands of jewel-toned lights will illuminate a path through the garden and will transport you to a whimsical holiday fantasy land. The show runs Tuesday through Sunday from 6:30 to 8:30 PM until Dec. 23. Tickets must be purchased online in advance. 

What’s the Quirkiest Holiday Event in Palm Beach County?

If you want to see something uniquely Floridian, don’t miss Sandi Hangs 10 at the Holiday in Paradise event at the West Palm Beach waterfront. “Sandi” refers to Sandi Claus, a 35-foot, 700-ton sand sculpture of a holiday tree – a tradition that has been part of the county for the past 10 years. To celebrate this milestone anniversary, you can enjoy the nightly music and light shows through Dec. 31. It’s a great way to celebrate the holidays in true Florida style.

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