Boca Sweet Home for the Holidays

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BOCA RATON, FL – Boca Raton held its annual tree-lighting ceremony at Mizner Amphitheater before Thanksgiving this year, on Nov. 25, with a stage show, games, “snow” and pictures with Santa, but there are still a whole host of holiday activities around town in December. Mark your calendars and don’t miss these other exciting family-oriented festivities: • Holiday Mile/Annual Holiday Parade – Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. (parade from 7:30-9 p.m.) – This year’s parade theme is “Storybook Holiday” and the festivities start with the annual running of the Holiday Mile (hundreds of runners along the parade route) followed by dozens of floats, bands, local dignitaries and heroes (police/firefighters) and much more along Federal Highway from Southeast 7th Street to North Mizner Park Blvd. • 39th Annual Boat Parade – Dec. 19 from 6:30-8 p.m. along the Intracoastal Waterway – Boats from 10-100-ft. long will light up the waterway for thousands of spectators. The parade begins at the C-15 Canal (Delray Beach/Boca Raton line) and travels south to the Hillsboro Bridge. Public viewing areas with bleachers will be at Red Reef Park and Silver Palm Park. Call (561) 393-7807 for details. • 2015 No-Snow Ball – Dec. 12 at Mizner Park Amphitheater, doors open at 5 p.m. – Featuring Third Eye Blind and Adam Lambert with performances by Chemradery, Snack Pack & The Value Meal Killahs, Meresha and the Dirty Voice winner. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Free parking is available at city hall and the downtown library. Limited VIP parking will be available adjacent to the amphitheater for $20 and behind the amphitheater at the First United Methodist Church for $10. For more details, visit www.myboca.us/pages/mizneramphi/faq. Tickets are on sale through AXS.com or by phone at (888) 929-7849. Visit www.wrmf.com for details. • FAU Tuba Christmas 2015 – Dec. 13 at 5 p.m. Free event at FAU campus presented by The City of Boca Raton – Enjoy the tradition of holiday music performed by tubas and euphoniums, started by Indiana University professor Harvey G. Phillips. FAU’s Sean Murray brings this tradition to the Boca Raton community for its fifth annual presentation. Outdoor event, bring chairs or blankets. • The Polar Express Movie & Activities – Dec. 18 with train ride and activities starting at 5 p.m.; movie starts at 6:30 p.m. Free event at Mizner Park Amphitheater presented by The City of Boca Raton – All aboard! Come in your pajamas for free train rides and activities, followed by a screening under the stars of The Polar Express. Pizza, popcorn, hot chocolate and other concessions will be available for purchase. Bring blankets and chairs, or rent one for $5. • Snow Day Piles of Smiles – Dec. 19 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Sugar Sand Park – Kids between age 4 and 12 will enjoy a day of fun in tons of snow with a giant slide, winter games, strolling characters, holiday activities, make-and-take crafts and much more. Visit http://www.sugarsandpark.org/piles-of-smiles for details. • Holiday Fun-tacular – Dec. 21-Jan. 4 at Sugar Sand Park – Enjoy a full line-up of exciting, fun-filled activities and camps for the kids while they’re out of school. Visit www.sugarsandpark.org/holiday-fun-tacular for more information. • MAC Team Pep Rally for the 2nd Annual Marmot Boca Raton Bowl – Dec. 21 at Mizner Park; Free event presented by The City of Boca Raton and The Marmot Boca Raton Bowl – Get in the spirit in anticipation of the second annual Boca Raton Bowl taking place the next day at the FAU Stadium. For more information, visit www.espnevents.com/boca-raton-bowl/. • Something Big 2016 Free Yoga event sponsored by Yoga Journey – Jan. 1 at Mizner Park Amphitheater; Check-in begins at 10 a.m.; live music yoga with Leslie begins at 11 a.m. Free outdoor public yoga class on New Year’s Day 2016. All levels, all ages, all welcome. Set your intentions and feel the vibration of hundreds of people practicing together. Visit www.yogajourney.com. • Deshi Winter Festival 2016 – Jan. 3 from 12 p.m.-11 p.m. at Mizner Amphitheater – All-day festival presented by The Dhaka Club of Florida – Enjoy a day full of Bangladeshi Indian dance, music and shows and Indian and Middle Eastern food and beverages. Tickets are available for $10 per person at any Indian/ Bangladeshi Grocery stores. For VIP tickets call Jay (561) 779-4154 or Anwar (561) 313-4187. • Florida Atlantic University’s Department of Music presents Handel’s “Messiah,” on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015 at 7 p.m. in the University Theatre, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at www.fauevents.com or by calling 800-564-9539. • The Florida Wind Symphony Jazz Orchestra will present “An Ellington Nutcracker” on Saturday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m., which will include Duke Ellington’s take on the “Nutcracker” Suite and more holiday favorites. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at www. fauevents.com or by calling 800-564- 9539. The Florida Wind Symphony is conducted by Kyle Prescott.