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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: 

 

Holiday Help at The Gardens Mall 

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 

 

Christmas at Jupiter Beach Resort

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 at Prosecco Cafe 

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 

 

Christmas Eve at The Cooper

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 

 

Christmas Dinner at Avocado Grill

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)

 

Brandon’s Annual Oceanfront Christmas Buffet

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)

 

Spoto’s Oyster Bar Christmas Menu

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 

 

Holiday Escape at PGA National Resort & Spa

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

 

Christmas at The Breakers

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

 

Sandi Land

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

 

Eau Palm Beach Holiday Celebrations 

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 

 

SiSpa Treatments at Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa 

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
 

Home Suite Home for the Holidays at the Brazilian Court Hotel

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)

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Palm Beach Area Restaurants Serving Christmas Dinners On Dec. 24 and Dec. 25

If there’s one thing Palm Beach County residents have in common, it’s a love of good food.

Luckily, the holidays are the perfect time to indulge in top-notch meals prepared by some of the area’s best chefs. There are plenty of restaurants whipping up decadent feasts for Christmas, so grab your loved ones, loosen your belt and get ready to make some reservations for brunch or dinner. 

Here are restaurants serving up Christmas meals in the Palm Beach area. 

Avocado Grill

Owner and chef Julien Gremaud will be serving up a three-course Christmas dinner on Dec. 25. The $45 meal, taking place from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., will feature options like cream of mushroom soup, tuna avocado spring roll, roasted prime rib, leg of lamb, scallops and more. Dessert will include creme brûlée, passion fruit tiramisu, cinnamon white chocolate bread pudding and more. 

125 Datura St., West Palm Beach

 

The Breakers

Named among the hotels with the best Christmas decorations, this Palm Beach resort will be serving up a holiday brunch ($140) at The Circle restaurant on Dec. 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. A Christmas dinner buffet ($140) at the Ponce de Leon ballroom will be served from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Guests can enjoy food, eggnog and a live three-piece band. Additionally, the Flagler Steakhouse will be offering holiday specials from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

1 S. County Road, Palm Beach 

 

Cafe Boulud Palm Beach

If you haven’t already checked out the new renovations at Cafe Boulud, head there for the holidays. The restaurant will be serving up a three-course prix fix dinner with appetizers like oysters, gazpacho and steak tartare, sweet potato gnocchi, trout, bass venison and more. Dinner is $125 on Dec. 24 and $105 on Dec. 25. There will also be a Christmas Day brunch from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for $65.

301 Australian Ave., Palm Beach

 

Eau Palm Beach

Bring the family to Angle for an a la carte dinner or to Temple Orange for a Mediterranean seafood buffet ($65) on Dec. 24 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Indulge in soup, salad, roasted swordfish, steamed clams, seafood paella, prime rib, calamari and more. And don’t forget to check out the dessert buffet filled with nearly 20 choices of tasty treats. 

Start Christmas Day with a breakfast buffet ($36) in the Ocean Ballroom I & II on Dec. 25, or a Mediterranean bistro brunch ($72) at Temple Orange with a complimentary champagne toast. For dinner, Temple Orange will be offering an a la carte menu with baked oysters Rockefeller, filet mignon, short ribs and a red velvet eggnog cheesecake. There will also be a four-course tasting menu with wine pairings ($85+) at Angle. 

100 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan

 

Four Seasons Palm Beach

This top-rated resort is offering a Christmas Eve dinner at Graze from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Dec. 24. The three-course prix fixe dinner ($65) includes slow braised lamb shank, lemon and thyme roast chicken, five spice maple mustard glazed Atlantic Salmon and more. On Dec. 25, head to the restaurant between 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m for a decadent buffet ($125) featuring a carving station, chilled seafood, sushi, artisanal cheeses, a dessert spread, eggnog, bellinis, mimosas and more. 

Looking to dine at home? The resort is offering a Christmas dinner “on the fly” available for pick up on Dec. 25. The $395 meal, which serves up to six people, includes a whole roasted turkey or honey baked ham with a bourbon molasses glaze, side dishes like candied yams, mushroom bread stuffing, Yukon potato puree, roasted root vegetables, creamed spinach, pie and more. 

2800 S. Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach 

 

Pitsache French Bistro 

Enjoy a three-course menu for $59 on Dec. 25. The restaurant, offering French classics and American fare, will be serving up appetizers like roasted Brussels sprouts, escargot and salmon tartare, along with delectable entrees including beef short ribs, jumbo sea scallops and slow-roasted duck. For dessert, there will be creme brûlée, molten chocolate cake, brioche bread pudding and more. Reservations can be made starting at 3 p.m. 

101 N. Clematis St., West Palm Beach

 

Spoto's Oyster Bar

Celebrate Christmas with fresh seafood on Dec. 25. In addition to a wide selection of oysters on the half shell, the PGA Commons restaurant will be serving New Orleans crab cakes, rum honey-glazed salmon, filet mignon, shrimp scampi, king crab and more starting at 4 p.m. The special will be prime rib with coconut jasmine rice and fresh steamed asparagus. 

4560 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens

 

Vic & Angelo's

On Dec. 25, the restaurant will be serving dishes off its regular menu, plus two specials. The grouper piccata will be served with artichokes, sun dried tomatoes, Capellini pasta and lemon butter sauce. The slow roasted veal osso bucco will come with homemade San Marzano sauce and wild mushroom risotto. 

4520 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens

19 Palm Beach County Boutiques Where You Can Do Your Holiday Shopping

The time has come for big-box brands to bow down to boutique businesses. From clothiers to furniture-makers to purveyors of pet accessories, take a step into one of these local shops in the Palm Beaches during this holiday season.

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Women’s

1. Bala Boutique

Bala Boutique

 

The philanthropy-minded owners of Bala Boutique source much of their merchandise from World Fair Trade Organization members, whose mission of lifting artisans, farmers and other producers out of poverty has changed the lives of millions. The vibe: Eco-friendly, with organic, sustainable products; and pet-friendly, with store mascots and rescue dogs Mako, Minnie and Pepper greeting guests. The goods: Candles, clothes, hats, jewelry, makeup, scarves, soaps and stationery.

354 Cypress Drive, Tequesta / 561.406.6867 / balaboutiquefl.com

 

2. Blessed Boutique

Blessed Boutique

Blessed Boutique was founded on the principle that women should feel confident in the way they look and inspired by their inner beauty, whether attending a business meeting or going out to dinner with friends. The vibe: Charming, contemporary and feminine with clothing that caters to granddaughters to grandmothers. The goods: Bandeaus and camisoles, tailored blouses and dresses, flip-flops, wedges and Swarovski crystal bracelets.

11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave., Palm Beach Gardens / 561.320.2355 / blessedboutique.com

 

3. Ceci Palm Beach

Ceci Palm Beach

Island flair can be found at Ceci Palm Beach, which includes casually cool clothes ideal for all occasions, including a relaxed day at the beach or an adventurous night out on the town. The vibe: Fashion befitting of spring, summer, fall and winter, with a Palm Beach twist. The goods: Dresses of all lengths, sandals, shorts, skirt sets, tops and tunics.

11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave., Palm Beach Gardens / 561.626.8500 / facebook.com/cecipalmbeach

 

4. Rulon Reed

Rulon Reed is a lifestyle brand for girls and women. Its prints and silhouettes pay tribute to the past with a nod to the future. The vibe: A showroom of vividly colored dresses that brighten the spirit. The goods: The Avery dress in orange and pink, the Darcy dress in pineapple and the Julie dress in blue-and-red stripes.

11440 U.S. Highway 1, North Palm Beach / 561.420.6350 / rulonreed.com

 

5. CJ Laing

From fun rompers and soft knits to fashionable tunics and Oaxaca tops, CJ Laing has a captivating collection of couture that speaks to the good life. Its Palm Beach store is complemented by stores in Nantucket and Siasconset, Massachusetts. The vibe: Coastal chic mixed with international intrigue. The goods: Resort wear suitable for morning, afternoon and evening, and travel wear for donning around the world.

34 Via Mizner, Palm Beach / 561.820.0039 / cjlaingshop.com

 

6. Maggie & Mae Boutique

Maggie & Mae Boutique

Carefully curated merchandise, crack customer service and affordably cute clothing make Maggie & Mae Boutique a popular spot for shoppers in search of a certain style. The vibe: A little bit boho, a little bit SoHo and eclectic all around. The goods: Bralettes, crop tops, skinny jeans, T-shirts with pithy quotes, vegan lipstick and water bottles designed to match any outfit.

6390 W. Indiantown Road, Jupiter / 561.972.4872 / facebook.com/maggieandmaeboutique/boutique

 

7. Chic Boutique Fashion

Chic Boutique Fashion

New York style has arrived in Jupiter. Chic Boutique Fashion aims to please with trend-setting clothing and jewelry that customers aspire to wear. The store offers Champagne and wine to browsers to top off the experience. The vibe: Sexy, sophisticated and spacious. The goods: Bottoms, tops, denim, dresses, jackets, sweaters, vests and Free People footwear.

113 N. Coastal Way, Jupiter / 917.678.8640 / chicboutique.fashion

 

Men’s

8. John Craig

John Craig

Timeless menswear defines the John Craig philosophy. The exceptional clothing company offers high-end apparel for the discerning man, in addition to accessories and shoes. The vibe: Elegant, energetic, masculine, modern, tasteful and traditional. The goods: Designers such as Canali, Hickey Freeman, Hiltl, Peter Millar, Robert Talbott, Salvatore Ferragamo, Samuelsohn and Zanella.

135 Breakwater Court, Jupiter / 561.406.6858 / johncraigclothier.com

 

9. Strong Boalt

Strong Boalt

With a trident for a logo and a signature swimwear line, Strong Boalt epitomizes the nautical man who likes to have fun and look good doing so. The vibe: Practical, preppy and ready-to-wear. The goods: Pima cotton pants, sun shirts and trusty trunks.

326 Peruvian Ave., Palm Beach / 561.530.7333 / strongboalt.com

 

Children’s

10. A Pink Princess

A Pink Princess

A fancy, frilly children’s store, A Pink Princess is all about dolls and dress-up. It carries exquisite Madame Alexander dolls, as well as sparkly gowns and tutus. The vibe: A palace of pink that is a little girl’s dream come true. The goods: Angels and ballerinas, dolls and dollhouses, and tea sets and tiaras.

113 Soundings Ave., Jupiter / 561.744.3124 / apinkprincess.com

 

Home

11. Pineapple, Palms, Etc.

Pineapple

A home-accessories-turned-home-furnishings store, Pineapples, Palms, Etc. has been beautifying abodes in South Florida for 15 years to rave reviews, including one by television personality and Jupiter resident Bryant Gumbel. The vibe: Warm, welcoming and filled with light and lovely pieces for every room in the house. The goods: Floor and table lamps, frames, mirrors and, of course, fine furniture.

287 E. Indiantown Road, Jupiter / 561.748.8303 / pineapplespalms.com

 

12. HIVE Home, Gift & Garden

HIVE Home, Gift & Garden

A destination for the most-discerning of decorators, HIVE Home, Gift & Garden is a wonderland for the well-appointed home. The stunning showroom abounds with furniture, lighting and everything else in between and provides a one-stop shop for comprehensive interior design. The vibe: Dynamic vignettes arranged within an enviable emporium. The goods: Custom upholstery, table settings, wall sconces and women’s accessories.

424 Palm St., West Palm Beach / 561.514.0322 / hivepalmbeach.com

 

13. Excentricities

Excentricities

For whimsical wares perfect for the water’s edge, head to Excentricities. The flagship store in North Palm Beach overflows with 8,000 square feet of delightful décor. The vibe: From casually sophisticated to playfully elegant to sumptuously formal. The goods: The Cassapanca bench in hand-finished wood, the Manhattan swivel stool in rattan and the Moravian star pendant chandelier in gilded iron.

1400 Old Dixie Highway, North Palm Beach;  561.845.3250 / 225 E. Indiantown Road, Jupiter; 561.748.5440 / excentricities.com

 

14. Maurice’s Furnishings

Maurice’s Furnishings

Maurice’s Furnishings started out as an antique shop in Juno Beach more than three decades ago and has since grown into a custom furniture factory known for its gorgeous wood pieces. The vibe: Family-owned and operated with a showroom of distinctively designed furniture. The goods: Bars, bookcases, specialty cabinets, handcrafted chairs and tables, and architectural creations such as carved entryways.

950 Jupiter Park Drive, Jupiter / 561.747.4539 / mauricesfurniture.com

 

15. Iconic Snob Galeries

Much like its name implies, Iconic Snob Galeries prides itself on bold modernism, a touch of Old World class and an element of funk in between when creating living spaces for those with open minds. The vibe: Random, raucous and rich home accents in the heart of Palm Beach County’s renowned antiques district. The goods: Candelabras, credenzas, sculptures and pedestals.

2800 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach / 561.832.2801 / iconicsnobgaleries.com

 

16. Maryanna Suzanna

Maryanna Suzanna

Upon arriving at Maryanna Suzanna’s stunning storefront, those who enter will find an array of tasteful treasures to take home. Its assorted accessories, home furnishings and great gifts are influenced by American and Italian culture. The vibe: An oasis of originality on Palm Beach’s premiere shopping strip. The goods: Hand-painted ceramics, Murano glass, silk flowers, Tuscan urns and Venetian chandeliers.

313 Worth Ave., Palm Beach / 561.833.0204 / worth-avenue.com/stores/maryanna-suzanna

Accessories

 

17. iCLASS Eyewear

Fashionable yet functional frames can be found at iCLASS Eyewear, where a specially trained staff of technicians fits customers with both prescription and nonprescription glasses. The vibe: Smart and stylish shapes and sizes for every personality displayed in an inviting setting infused with music. The goods: Bvlgari, Cartier, Fendi, Gucci, Prada, as well Roberto Cavalli, Tom Ford and Oliver Peoples frames.

124 N. Coastal Way, Jupiter / 561.406.2351 / iclasseyewear.com

 

18. Moonlight Radiance Artisan Shoppe

Moonlight Radiance Artisan Shoppe

Soap artistry shines through at Moonlight Radiance Artisan Shoppe. Each cleansing bar contains fresh, organic and pure oils that are aged, cured and dried to perfection for the right amount of bubbles, emollients, scent and strength. The vibe: A brightly painted shop offering an awesome olfactory experience. The goods: Bath and body products, candles, lip butters and natural soaps.

510 Northwood Road, West Palm Beach / 561.503.8986 / moonlightradiance.com

 

Pet

19. Pucci & Catana Luxury Pet Boutique

Dogs and puppies, cats and kittens can be pampered by their indulgent owners at Pucci & Catana Luxury Pet Boutique, which features furry finds for four-legged friends. The vibe: A store that connects people with their pets through products not found anywhere else. The goods: Cuddle carriers, hair bows, pet jackets, playpens, strollers and toys.

108 Breakwater Court, Jupiter / 561.320.9968 / pucciandcatana.com

 

Correction: The print version of this story included 20 local shops. Unfortunately, Peace Boutique has closed. 

This Gift Guide For Cats Has Just What Your Furry Friends Needs This Holiday Season

Friends and family might not be the only ones who want a gift this holiday season.

 

1. Cat tie

Cat tie

PETCO

Costume tie; $4.99; Available at Petco in Stuart and Jupiter, petco.com

 

2. Gingerbread hair bow

Gingerbread hair bow

PUCCI & CATANA

Gingerbread hair bow by Susan Lanci; $15; Available at Pucci & Catana Pet Boutique in Harbourside Place, pucciandcatana.com

 

3. Candy cane hair bow

Candy cane hair bow

PETSMART

Pet holiday candy cane stripe hair bows; $9.99; Available at PetSmart in Stuart, petsmart.com

 

4. Christmas tree cat hat

Christmas tree cat hat

PETSMART

Whisker City Pet holiday Christmas tree cat hat; $7.99; Available at PetSmart in Stuart, petsmart.com

 

5. Hanukkah mouse and dreidel

Hanukkah mouse and dreidel

PETCO

Holiday Hanukkah mouse and dreidel; $4.99; Available at Petco in Stuart and Jupiter, petco.com

 

6. Holiday tunnel toy 

Holiday tunnel toy 

MARTHA STEWART

Pets stripe tunnel holiday cat toy; $19.99; Available at PetSmart in Stuart, petsmart.com

 

7. Ornament

Ornament

HALLMARK

Mischievous kittens ornament; $12.95; Available at Amy's Hallmark Shop in Stuart and Suzie's Hallmark Shop in Port St. Lucie, hallmark.com

 

8. Santa hat

Santa hat

PETCO

Santa hat; $4.99; Available at Petco in Stuart and Jupiter, petco.com

 

9. Cat mistletoe

Cat mistletoe

PETCO

Holiday mistletoe for cats; $4.99; Available at Petco in Stuart and Jupiter, petco.com


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How To Celebrate The Holidays From The Palm Beaches To Orlando

The most wonderful time of the year has arrived, bringing a sleigh full of events and experiences, magic and music, and plenty of cheer to Florida’s east coast. Take advantage of our holiday festivals preview so that your days will be merry and bright.

Santa’s Enchanted Garden Photo Set

Through Dec. 24 at The Gardens Mall

The Gardens Mall
Santa Claus at The Gardens Mall

A photo with Jolly Old Saint Nick makes the perfect Christmas keepsake for the family—whether the kids have been naughty or nice. Guests can get a professional portrait made with Santa Claus in The Gardens Mall’s grand court, which during the holidays is transformed into the Enchanted Garden.

Everybody knows Kris Kringle loves cocoa and cookies, but not everybody knows he loves animals, too. Pet owners who want to pose for pictures with their dogs and cats—and even rabbits—can visit on Dec. 4 for the Pet Photos with Santa event.

The Salvation Army Angel Tree has become a mall tradition, helping those in need during a season of giving. Visit the tree set up outside of Sears, and adopt an angel from it. Paper ornaments are printed with the age and gift request of a less-fortunate child in the community. Gifts can be purchased and dropped off at the tree, or monetary donations for gifts can be made to The Salvation Army.

3101 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens / 561.775.7750 / thegardensmall.com/events

Santa’s Enchanted Garden
Denise and Matt Brestle take pet photos at Santa’s Enchanted Garden

 

Stuart Christmas Parade

Dec. 2 at Smithfield Plaza

Christian School float
First Baptist Christian School float

The 56th annual event—one that Martin County residents have come to treasure—will bring floats up to 40 feet in length barreling down Monterey Road, vying for the Judges’ Choice, Illuminations and Musical awards. This year’s theme is “Christmas Under the Stars.”

School marching bands will follow along, with students belting out their best beats in order to earn the top middle and high school performance.

The Visiting Nurse Association of Florida, a non-profit home-health agency, will manage the parade for the third year, after taking over the reins from Stuart Main Street.

2400 SE Monterey Road, Stuart / 772.286.1844 / stuartchristmasparade.com

 

Christmas Tree Lighting

Dec. 4 at Flagler Museum

Christmas Tree Lighting Grand Hall
Christmas Tree Lighting Grand Hall

The Gilded Age glory of the Christmas season comes to life during December at Henry Flagler’s Whitehall. The main attraction is a 16-foot-tall tree in the Grand Hall festooned with ornaments from the turn-of-the-century period and encircled by beautifully wrapped vintage packages.

An afternoon of activities awaits. Visitors to the museum will delight in sweets and treats, enjoy a choral performance, hear music on a grand piano and pipe organ, and take home a box of Barnum’s Animals Crackers. Santa and Mrs. Claus will greet guests in the pavilion. The official lighting of the tree, ceremoniously done by Flagler’s youngest descendants, concludes the day.

On select evenings between Dec. 18 and 23, elegant evening tours of the national historic landmark will be offered. Those who take them will get a glimpse into the origins of the earliest Christmas traditions and see the mansion glow as it did more than a century ago. 

1 Whitehall Way, Palm Beach / 561.655.2833 / flaglermuseum.us/programs/christmas-at-whitehall

 

Christmas Boat Parade

Dec. 2 in Indian River County, Dec. 3 in Martin County and Dec. 10 in St. Lucie County

Christmas Boat Parade

The Treasure Coast is preparing for this year’s holiday hoopla of hulls organized by the local Marine Industries Association.

In Indian River County, a Tree Lighting Ceremony at Royal Palm Point signals the start of the trek that ends at the Vero Beach Municipal Marina. In Martin County, boats will begin at Wahoo’s Riverhouse and wind up at The Twisted Tuna. In St. Lucie County, the route runs from Taylor Creek to the Fort Pierce Inlet.

The event is free for boaters and spectators.

772.692.7599 / miatc.com

 

Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade Viewing Party

Dec. 3 at Harbourside Place

Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade Viewing Party

The aquatic affair attracts tens of thousands of viewers to various vantage points along the Intracoastal Waterway as a flotilla of festively lit boats motors from North Palm Beach to Jupiter. The event, put on by the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County, epitomizes the tropical holiday spirit South Florida residents anticipate every year.

The 2016 parade will feature a new grand marshal—local country-music artist and American Idol finalist Emily Brooke. Brooke will join radio personalities Mo Foster and Sally Sevareid of WOLL-FM in leading more than 50 vessels down the route.

The parade benefits the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Foundation. Those watching along the waterway who want to donate a toy can do so by waving a flashlight, and a volunteer will pick it up dockside.

200 N. U.S. Highway 1, Jupiter / 561.935.9533 / palmbeachboatparade.com

American Idol finalist Emily Brooke
American Idol finalist Emily Brooke

 

Christmas at Gaylord Palms

Through Jan. 1, 2017 at Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center

Gaylord Palms Atrium
Gaylord Palms Atrium

The Orlando hotel outdoes itself every Christmas, and this year is no exception. Charlie Brown and the “Peanuts” gang join the holiday fun for the installment of ICE!, an intricate display of frozen sculptures made from 2 million pounds of hand-carved blocks. The winter wonderland is housed in a weatherproof tent kept at a chilly 9 F.

The Charles Schulz characters also star in a new event, Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends, an interactive experience that includes a buffet of themed dishes such as Charlie Brown’s Build-Your-Own-French-Toast Station with Snoopy’s Maple Syrup, Pig Pen’s Dirty Hash Browns, Lucy’s Flap Jacks and Woodstock’s Granola.

The spectacular centerpiece is a 60-foot-tall Christmas tree in the center of the atrium.

6000 W. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee / 407.586.4423 / christmasatgaylordpalms.com

 

Sandi Land

Through Jan. 1 at West Palm Beach Waterfront

Holiday tree lightings traditionally involve firs, pines and spruces, from whose boughs hang garland, ornaments and tinsel. West Palm Beach does it differently. The city’s holiday tree lighting will illuminate a 35-foot-tall sculpture made out of 600 tons of sand. Sandi is said to be the only one of its kind in the world.

Throughout the month, Sandi will be bathed in more than 5,000 colorful lights during dazzling nightly displays that include LED snowflakes that seemingly fall from the sky, simulating a rare occurrence in South Florida. Four additional 25-ton sand sculptures, each with a yuletide vibe, will dot the lawn for visitors to admire. All five are created by Team Sandtastic, which has been featured on CNN and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” for its creative work.

The free festivities kick off during the Dec. 1 Clematis by Night. Santa Claus will pay a visit, and a troupe of Rockettes-style dancers will kick out a routine. Glow FORE It Mini Golf, Holiday FantaSea and SnowieVille round out the family  friendly activities.

101 S. Flagler Drive,West Palm Beach / 561.822.1515 / wpb.org/departments/waterfront/community-events/sandi-land

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Check out the endless lights, Christmas trees and menorahs with these different events around Palm Beach County. Enjoy the holiday cheer!

NOTE: This post is from 2014. For a list of restaurants serving up delicious Christmas feasts in 2015, visit our most recent article here.

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