Holiday Events Around South Florida


Story by Victoria Fondeur, Staff Writer

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.” Well, not so much in South Florida. With our warm, sunny weather it’s hard to get into the holiday spirit. However, South Florida has a lot more holiday events than one would expect. 

The Holiday Tree Lighting in Mizner is free to attend and is loved by everyone. The evening starts on Saturday, November 23 with a ceremonial tree lighting that can be seen from all parts of the park. Afterward, this event has carnival rides, an ice skating rink, carolers and stilt walkers. There are varieties of different carnival foods and holiday knick-knacks for sale. 

On December 11, 2019 from 7:30-9:00 P.M. The City of Boca hosts a free Holiday Street Parade, where businesses and charities display their elaborate floats that drive along Federal Highway in East Boca. These floats are always very festive and they embody all kinds of themes – such as Hanukkah and Christmas. 

The Holiday Boat Parade on December 15, starts at 6:30 P.M. and goes until 8:00 P.M. To enjoy the parade, Red Reef Park (west), the Wildflower Property, and Silver Palm Park provide food and drinks while watching the decorated boats on the inter-coastal. If you have a boat that you would like to enter into the parade, an application can be found on the City of Boca website.

Holiday Fantasy of Lights in Coconut Creek is a drive-thru holiday lights display. It costs $18 per car and goes on from November 27th through December 31st, including Thanksgiving. To get tickets drivers should pay in cash at the door, because no tickets are sold pre-sale.

Ice skating is an activity that everyone enjoys all year long, although, this activity is the most prominent during the holiday season to set the festive spirit. Some places to go ice skating are Glacier Ice and Snow Arena, Palm Beach Skate Zone and Florida Panthers IceDen. The same goes for movies. Around the holidays, many Christmas movies come out either on Netflix or in the theaters.

These are just a few events that you can attend around South Florida, many more can be found online. Have a safe and fun holiday season bobcats!


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