Things To Do For Christmas 2016 In The Palm Beach Area
We're in the home stretch. The malls are buzzing, the delivery trucks are dropping off orders, and Christmas is just days away.
Now that we've kicked off our favorite time of year with majestic boat parades and spectacular tree lightings, let's take a peek at some of our other favorite holiday happenings in Palm Beach and beyond.
Here are some festive events and deals to have on your radar as Christmas rolls around:
Let’s be real: You’re going to be spending a lot of time at the mall, so why not let the staff give you a helping hand? The Gardens-on-the-Go holiday pop-up shop helps guests find gifts from several mall retailers—including Vineyard Vines, Nordstrom and Williams-Sonoma—all in one spot. Plus, head to the Holiday Wrap Suite for help getting your gifts all gussied up with bows and festive paper. (P.S. Be sure to check out the mall’s new text concierge.) And you don't want to miss your chance to take a photo with Santa before he takes off for North Pole duties on Dec. 24.
Through Dec. 24, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m (closing at 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve); 3101 PGA Blvd. in Palm Beach Gardens
Dine at Sinclair’s Ocean Grill on Christmas Eve, with a menu featuring ahi tuna, roasted halibut, Berkshire pork shank and prime rib. Or opt for a Christmas Day buffet at the Grand Ballroom, featuring pastries, quiches, fruit, cheeses, a raw bar and a carving station with turkey, prime rib and leg of lamb. Call 561.745.7129 to reserve.
Dec. 24 (5 p.m. to 9 p.m.), Dec. 25 (11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.); 5 N. A1A in Jupiter
Brunch and festive cocktails are definitely on our wish list this year—and Prosecco Cafe is offering both. Head to the PGA Commons restaurant for a menu featuring omelets, breakfast sandwiches, waffles, pancakes, scones and more. Plus, there’ll be Christmas Crantinis, featuring housemade infused cranberry vodka, grapefruit juice and lime. And don’t forget about dessert.
Dec. 24 (7 a.m. to 4 p.m.), Dec. 25 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.), 4580 PGA Blvd. in Palm Beach Gardens
In addition to its regular menu, this farm-to-table restaurant will be offering potato latkes, berbere-spiced grilled lamb lollipops, slow-braised beef brisket and the Hong Kong roasted half duck. For reservations, call 561.622.0032.
Dec. 24, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; 4610 PGA Blvd. in Palm Beach Gardens
Let the pros do the cooking for you. Enjoy a three-course Christmas feast with options including lobster bisque, spiced lamb sliders, grilled hangar steak, butternut squash risotto, seared scallops, pan-seared and beef tenderloin. Dessert options abound with items like pecan pie, Nutella avocado mousse, dulce de leche lava cake and more.
Dec. 25, 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.; 125 Datura St. in West Palm Beach; $49.50 (adults), $25 (children)
Head to this waterfront restaurant at Kimpton Tideline Ocean Resort and Spa for a decadent buffet. Start the meal off with selections from the charcuterie and cheese displays, then enjoy roasted cauliflower soup, sushi, organic salads, stuffing, slow-roasted pork shoulder, salmon, vegetables and more. Cap the evening off with desserts including Christmas cookies and petite fours. Call 561.540.6440 for reservations.
Dec. 25, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.; 2842 S. Ocean Blvd. in Palm Beach; $85 (adults), $40 (kids)
Celebrate the season with scrumptious seafood at this hot spot. The restaurant will be serving a special holiday menu including Bluepoint oysters, littleneck clams, Maine steamers, Southern-style blackened shrimp and grits, and more. There will also be a prime rib dinner special, along with white chocolate and macadamia nut pie for dessert.
Dec. 25, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; 4560 PGA Blvd. in Palm Beach Gardens
For those buying spa packages for family and friends, listen up. With the purchase of a $350 gift card, you earn a one-night stay at this Palm Beach Gardens escape. (Word to the wise: The perks increase as the gift card value increases, with a $550 gift card including a stay, round of golf for two, and $50 voucher to Ironwood Steak & Seafood.) If you want to enjoy the facilities for yourself, a special Spa Retreat Package ($365) includes a Swedish massage, deep-cleansing marine facial, plus a mani/pedi.
400 Avenue of the Champions in Palm Beach Gardens; prices vary
Celebrate the holidays in style with various offerings at The Breakers Palm Beach. Whether you opt for the HMF Holiday Tea—featuring tea sandwiches, warm buttermilk scones, rose petal jam and more—Christmas brunch at The Circle, or dinner at Flagler Steakhouse, you’re sure to be in for a treat. If you’re in the area, make sure to check out the fabulous resort-wide holiday decorations made up of 4,000 ornaments, 160,000 lights, 9,500 feet of ribbon, 126 bows and eight nutcrackers.
Various events through Dec. 30; 1 S. County Road in Palm Beach
Forget snowmen and all those other icy sculptures. Here in South Florida, we’re all playing with sand for the holidays. It’s not too late to catch a glimpse at Sandi, the 35-foot-tall sand sculpture at West Palm Beach's Waterfront. The sculpture—made up of 600 tons of sand—features 5,000 colorful lights, LED snowflakes and four other impressive creations by its side.
Through Jan. 1, 101 S. Flagler Drive at the West Palm Beach Waterfront; free
Congrats, you are in Palm Beach for the holidays. Now brag to your northerner friends with snapshots from Breeze Ocean Kitchen’s lobster bake, the marvelous spread at Temple Orange Mediterranean Bistro’s Christmas Eve buffet, the four-course menu at Angle’s Christmas Day dinner, the Festival of Lights feast and more. Oh, and did we mention the award-winning Eau Spa is offering a VIP Black Card Day Pass Program that grants the holder access to 365 day passes to give away to family and friends? Now that's paradise.
Various events through Jan. 1; 100 S. Ocean Blvd. in Manalapan
Disconnect from the stress of the season. Unwind with a winter rescue treatment that includes an Ayurvedic scalp massage, essential oils and more meant to help you decongest and boost natural immunity (50 minutes, $99). Or you can opt to show your nails some love with the Hot Toddy Mani-Pedi, which includes a Bourbon Bubbler scrub, Red Hot Cinnamon Oil massage and more (100 minutes, $99).
Available through January; 3800 N. Ocean Drive in Riviera Beach
They say there’s no place like home, but the folks at the charming Brazilian Court Hotel are willing to bet their luxury accommodations will win you over. Enjoy six nights in the Hepburn Suite (with a personal interior designer who will set up the room like your residence), daily breakfast, private chef’s dining experience with wine pairings at Cafe Boulud, personal shopper and gift-wrapper, horse carriage ride through downtown West Palm and a tour of local holiday lights.
Available through Jan. 31; 301 Australian Ave. in Palm Beach; starting at $24,200 per six-night stay.
(Lead photo of Sandi Land from our December 2016 issue)