Start Getting In The Holiday Spirit So. Fla. Style


By: Heather McMechan Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers

When everyone is wearing scarves and hats up north, we are still wearing shorts, sundresses and sunscreen. It’s just the South Florida way.

With no real season other than the snowbirds visiting, we need something to help us get in the holiday mood even when it’s 90 degrees outside.

I’ve got the local mom scoop on some holiday activities that I’m sure will have you and your family ready for the holiday season.

Attend a tree lighting

Kick-off the Holiday season at the Boca Raton Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony held at Mizner Park Amphitheater! The event will include free carnival rides; an artificial ice rink, Bouncy, the World’s Largest Snowman, a bounce house standing 30 feet tall; Santa’s Circus variety show; Carolers; stilt walkers, aerial performances, letters to Santa station, photos with Santa ($5 each); carnival food for purchase, and more! Admission is FREE. For more information, call 561-367-7073.

Lighting of the Famous 100 Foot Christmas Tree in Delray Beach happens on Nov. 29. The festivities begin at 5 p.m. A month long celebration kicks off with Santa lighting the famous 100ft Christmas Tree at 7:15 p.m. Directly following the Tree Lighting Santa will be available for photos! Enjoy ice-skating, Putt’n Around Mini Golf & Carousel and much more! Event is free, activities for a nominal fee! Old School Square Park. For all of the holiday events, visit:

Make getting your Christmas tree a family tradition

Get your tree at Tree Town. Their locations range from Jupiter, Stuart/Jensen Beach, Boynton Beach, West Palm Beach, and Wellington. The lots are open for business starting Nov. 21st when the first shipment of trees arrives. They are open from 9 a.m.- 9 p.m., seven days a week! Make time for a few family photos as they always have little activities or festive photo ops. For more information call 561-697-9377.

See the lights

Hoffman’s Chocolates Winter Wonderland is back from Nov. 17 – Dec. 30. Dress up in your best Holiday outfits and explore the Winter Wonderland featuring more than 125,000 LED lights, captivating holiday displays, a giant Christmas tree, live entertainment, and photo opportunities with Santa and Mrs. Claus, Winter Wonderland will be open nightly, from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. and is FREE to the public. (closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve & Christmas Day)

The Boynton Beach CRA & the City of Delray Beach present the 47th Annual Boynton Beach – Delray Beach Holiday Boat Parade on Dec. 14 at 6 p.m. This flotilla of brightly-decorated boats will line up at the Lantana Bridge near Old Key Lime House and motor south along the Intracoastal Waterway to the C-15 canal in Delray. The event at the Boynton Harbor Marina starts at 6 p.m. with live music setting the stage for the parade to start at 6:30 p.m. Other viewing areas are located at Intracoastal Park and along the parade route. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. For more information: Boynton Beach 561-600-9097 or go to or the City of Delray at 561-243-7250 or go to

The 41st Boca Raton Holiday Boat Parade is the perfect way to cool off in the South Florida holiday heat. On Saturday, Dec. 16 the boats will “Light Up Boca!!” from 6:30 pm –8:00 pm  at the Intracoastal Waterway starting at the C-15 canal (Boca Raton-Delray Beach city limits) traveling south to Hillsboro Bridge. For more information call 561-367-7076