Festive Events to Help Get You in the Holiday Spirit

From ballet performances to concerts and Yuletide activations, there is no shortage of local fun to make you feel merry and bright

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If warm temps and swaying palms hinder your holiday spirit, a stacked lineup of local festivities should help. From Paris Ballet and Dance’s staging of The Nutcracker Suite at The Gardens Mall December 11 to the spectacular annual Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade December 3, there is no shortage of fun to make you feel merry and bright.

Photo courtesy of The Gardens Mall
Photo courtesy of The Gardens Mall

Festive Fun at The Gardens Mall

Stop by the Palm Beach Gardens mall for a packed schedule of holiday events through the New Year. Come snap a photo in Santa’s Enchanted Garden through December 24. Photo reservations are encouraged, and walk-ups are welcomed. Pets will also have their moment in the spotlight, with photos with Kris Kringle from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. December 4, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on December 11, and from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on December 18. Reservations for pet photos are required.

The Kids Corner Holiday Shop will run through Christmas Eve in the Nordstrom Court. This kids-only store lets young shoppers pick out gifts for their favorite people. Santa’s helpers are there to help each child spend one shiny coin from Santa’s golden bank. Proceeds from the shop benefit The Arc of Palm Beach County.

Santa's Enchanted Garden. Photo courtesy of The Gardens Mall
Santa’s Enchanted Garden. Photo courtesy of The Gardens Mall

The mall will also host a lineup of holiday performances. Dance Theatre of Florida kicks things off with a ballet performance December 4 at 12 p.m., and Paris Ballet and Dance will showcase The Nutcracker Suite December 11 at 3 p.m. The Maltz Jupiter Theatre keeps the fun going with Maltz Jupiter Theatre Holiday Performances and Shopping Day December 10. The Gardens Mall will donate five percent of the day’s logged sales to the theatre. 

The thirty-third Annual Musicthon returns December 17, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Nordstrom Court. The holiday musical extravaganza is provided by the Palm Beach Music Teachers Association and features festive performances from students in the Palm Beach County Schools music programs. The event is open to the public and all proceeds benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Panoramic boat parade scene. Photo courtesy of Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County
Panoramic boat parade scene. Photo courtesy of Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County

Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade

The Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County’s Twenty-Eighth Annual Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade and toy drive returns December 3, setting sail at 6 p.m. A floating Zambelli fireworks display will lead the parade along the Intracoastal Waterway, from Safe Harbor North Palm Beach Marina to the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse. Presented by Compass, the parade will benefit Toys for Tots and Little Smiles.

The free, family-friendly event will feature 80 boats of all sizes decked out with decorations and thousands of holiday lights. The Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County will collect toys by land and sea for Toys for Tots and Little Smiles.

“The Joy of Christmas: Our Songs of Joy”

Palm Beach Atlantic University’s second annual “Joy of Christmas” will celebrate all the joy, gratitude, and renewed hope of the holiday season December 1 at First Presbyterian Church of  North Palm Beach. The College of the Arts’ Wind Ensemble and Combined Choirs students will present holiday classics and beloved carols in both traditional and innovative ways. Tickets are $15; Palm Beach Atlantic students and guests ages 18 and younger are admitted free of charge.

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