Light Up Downtown Boca

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Light Up Downtown Boca, a series of winter holiday festivities including parades, concerts and more, kicks off on Wednesday, November 26 at Mizner Park Amphitheater (590 Plaza Real) from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. with a FREE Holiday Festival culminating with the city’s annual tree lighting ceremony. The City of Boca Raton’s Annual Holiday Festival, a FREE event for the entire family, culminates with the ceremonial tree lighting led by Mayor Susan Haynie at 7 p.m. at the MPA and continues with numerous carnival rides and games; a festive stage show; a mountain of snow to play in; carolers; children’s crafts and activities; photos with Santa Claus and a spectacular fireworks finale. The merriment continues throughout Mizner Park (327 Plaza Real) that evening from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. with toy soldier stilt walkers, a special appearance by Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Mizner Park’s Magical Holiday Spectacle, a must-see 47-foot animated holiday tree at the south end of Mizner Park between Lord & Taylor and Jazziz, with shows at 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. running through the holiday season. There will be free trolley service throughout the evening from City Hall (201 West Palmetto Park Road) and the Old Downtown Library (200 NW 2nd Ave). Other holiday events include: The 44th Annual Holiday Street Parade on Wednesday, December 3 from 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. will bring “A Holiday Wish” theme throughout Downtown Boca along Federal Highway from SE 8th Street toward Mizner Park, with grandstand viewing at Sanborn Square. On Saturday, December 6 at 6:30 p.m. another long-time Boca Raton holiday tradition, the 38th Holiday Boat Parade, will light up the waterways beginning at C-15 Canal with bleacher viewing at Silver Palm Park and Red Reef Park. Free boat entry with $10,000 in cash and prizes with many categories in which to win, plus an award banquet and a picture of your boat in the parade. The forecast calls for a thrilling line-up of chart-topping bands including Gavin De Graw, Christina Perri and American Authors as 97.9 WRMF presents the 8th Annual No Snow Ball concert on Saturday, December 13 at 6:00pm at the MPA. Tickets for this general admission event are available at www.frontgatetickets.com. Merry Tuba Christmas Concerts will be presented in 250 cities throughout the world, including Boca Raton on Sunday, December 14 at 5 p.m. at the Mizner Park Amphitheater with FAU Tuba Christmas 2014. Tuba and euphonium students of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to perform at this free concert. Register at www.tubachristmas.com or on site at the amphitheater starting at 2 pm. Temple Beth El of Boca Raton will celebrate Chanukah Under the Stars from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, December 19 at the Mizner Park Amphitheater. This free community event will include face painting, bounce house and arts and crafts; a Young Children’s Chanukah Shabbat and songfest; and 7:30 p.m. Chanukah and Shabbat service. A variety of food will be available for purchase. Climb aboard the Polar Express on Saturday, December 20 with FREE family fun activities – train rides and “snow” – starting at 5:00 p.m. at the MPA. Dress in your pajamas for a showing of the Polar Express movie at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments including hot chocolate, movie theater popcorn and pizza will be available for purchase. Journey Church presents Christmas Eve in Mizner Park on Wednesday, December 24 with three identical services at 3 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Attendees of events in Downtown Boca are encouraged to walk, bike, car pool and use free parking at City Hall, the Boca Raton Library and new Downtown Boca Library. For more information visit www.myboca.us or call 561-367-7073 or 561- 544-8600 for recorded information about amphitheater events.