2020 South Florida Holiday Events Guide from Modern Boca Mom

In an effort to save our collective parental holiday sanity, MBMom has consolidated the BEST 2020 South Florida Holiday events and activations into a handy guide (***to be updated regularly***), with a star* next to the ones my family and I are making special efforts to attend (safely, of course). 🙂

They are organized from NORTH TO SOUTH for your convenience. Happy Holiday SEASON MBMoms!


2020 South Florida Holiday Events Guide: West Palm Beach

Deck The Palms Boutique Market at Palm Beach Outlets – Shop For A Cause | November 20 & November 21

Deck the Palms is the Junior League of the Palm Beaches’ largest fundraising event. The annual holiday boutique market is attended by several thousand people each year, bringing together more than 130 local and international artisans, clothiers, jewelers, specialty gifts, culinary vendors, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations. It is a one-stop shopping opportunity with a decidedly Palm Beach flair. 100% of the proceeds from the event benefit the community projects of the Junior League of the Palm Beaches.

With the health and safety concerns associated with the present COVID-19 pandemic in mind, the 12th Annual Deck the Palms Holiday Boutique Market has been reimagined as an outdoor event with social distancing and safety precautions as a top priority. MORE INFORMATION HERE

1751 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd. E121

West Palm Beach


Downtown Palm Beach Gardens Holiday Events | November 27-December 31

Holiday Light Show

  • WHEN: November 27-December 31– runs every hour on the hour from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • WHAT: The family-friendly Holiday Light Show features thousands of holiday lights synchronized to classic holiday tunes.
  • WHERE: By the waterfront at Downtown Palm Beach Gardens; MORE INFORMATION HERE

11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave.

Palm Beach Gardens


City of West Palm Beach’s Sandi Tree Will Bring Home ‘Hope’ for the Holidays| December 6-December 31 
  • Santa at Sandi (Sunday, 12/6 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.; Sunday, 12/20 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.) – Children will have the chance to share their annual wish lists with Santa, at a safe distance, with Santa tucked inside a snow globe. City staff will encourage social distancing while families wait in line, but visitors are welcome to take pictures from outside of Santa’s globe. Visits with Santa are free.
  • Sing-Along and Storytime with Sandi (Sunday, 12/20 at 5:00 p.m.) – Families are invited to gather at Sandi Tree’s base for an unforgettable experience. Sandi will lead a sing-along of holiday favorites and read holiday-themed books aloud. The event is free, but registration is required to ensure adequate space to social distance. Santa will appear in his snow globe immediately following at 6 p.m. Reservations can be made through the City’s website: www.wpb.org/events.
  • Sandi and Hope’s Last Fla-mingle (Thursday, 12/31 from 6:00 p.m. – midnight) – On New Year’s Eve, Sandi and Hope will present their last song and dance to usher in 2021 properly. The lights and music show will be extended for the holiday.
  • Surprise Pop-Up Entertainment – Unexpected entertainment elements will pop up throughout Sandi’s visit. Come often and stay alert so you do not miss out on the festive and memory-making fun!


Holiday Fun At Rosemary Square | November 14th-December 31st

As the second season at the newly redesigned Rosemary Square approaches, make plans to visit the enchanted destination anchored by a modern twist of a holiday tree. The majestic Wishing Tree, a 32-foot-tall LED banyan tree, will feature a spectacular light show every night from Nov. 14-Dec 31 topped with a holiday star!

  • Participate in edible wreath-making classes made of rosemary by the Garden Shoppe. It’s a retail garden shop that offers locally grown produce and edible plants by Master Gardener Mike Kane. People can join a socially distant workshop or tune in to Mike’s how-to video posted on Rosemary Square’s social channels.
  • Impress your loved ones with customized Rosemary Square gift-wrapping paper by local artist Sarah LaPierre, using the rosemary branch as the design. In addition, the United Way will be running gift wrapping stations on the following dates: Dec 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19. $5 per gift with all proceeds going to United Way.
  • Create lasting photo memories with Santa Claus under The Wishing Tree with no-contact visits available on weekends from Nov 14 through Dec 24 via reservation only.
  • Enjoy a mesmerizing nightly snowfall that will paint the town from at 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. complementing The Wishing Tree light show; with the exception of Thanksgiving. People can also tune in to the spectacle on Rosemary Square’s Instagram.
  • Pop-up musical performances with the first performance by Allegra Miles on Nov. 14th.

Additional socially-distant festive activities including a mistletoe photo trail, ugly sweater brunch and pet photos with Santa.

700 S Rosemary Ave. Suite 200

West Palm Beach


Zoo Lights at the Palm Beach Zoo| November 27-January 9; 6:00-9:00 p.m.
  • Zoo Lights presented by FPL Solar Now, will illuminate Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society with more than one-million eco-friendly LED lights this holiday season.
  • The Zoo will open after regular hours on select nights November 27th through January 9, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. for a WILD holiday celebration.
  • Enjoy a socially distanced outdoor stroll in nature, get your family photos with Santa, make s’mores, dance to the D.J. playing family-friendly holiday music and more! MORE INFORMATION HERE

1301 Summit Blvd.

West Palm Beach


Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island & Pebble Beach Resorts Gingerbread House | November 27 & December 1

In Riviera Beach, an over-the-top gingerbread display, one of the resort’s most treasured annual traditions, will be showcased in the lobby. This year’s work of art by Pastry Chef Kursten Restivo, will feature a tropical twist. And for the first time, the sugar-trimmed house will offer interactive elements.

Chef Kursten’s gingerbread displays are a labor of love. Last year’s gingerbread surf shack took over 1,000 hours to complete. 1,800 gumballs, 110 eggs and over 34 pounds of sugar were used to create the gingerbread confection. The anticipated unveiling will take place on November 27th. MORE INFORMATION HERE

3800 N Ocean Dr.

Riviera Beach


Holiday Happenings At Legacy Place | November 21-December 19

Drive-In Movies, family photos & drive-through milk & cookies with Santa Claus all support the Palm Beach Gardens Police & Fire Foundation Annual Joy Drive. MORE INFORMATION HERE

11290 Legacy Ave. #200

Palm Beach Gardens


2020 South Florida Holiday Events Guide: Delray/Boynton Beach

100 ft. Christmas Tree | December 5 – January 1
  • One of the best trees in the USA – For 26 years, Delray residents and visitors alike have marveled at the Famous 100 Ft Christmas Tree.
  • In 2016, it was named by Travel & Leisure the best Tree in the state of Florida, right up there with the trees at Rockefeller Center and the White House. Building the Tree is a month-long community event that brings together people of all ages and all walks of life.
*This year the Tree interior will be closed due to COVID-19, however you can still visit and marvel at the light and joy this massive tree brings to the season! 
Downtown Holiday Window Decorating Contest | December 1 – December 25
  • Downtown Delray Beach is hosting a Holiday Décor Window Contest and businesses are creating festive displays in their windows and throughout their stores.
  • Stroll downtown from December 1 – December 20 and vote for your favorite merchant for the #peopleschoiceaward.  A panel of Judges will also vote on different categories.
  • List of Participating stores COMING SOON! MORE INFORMATION HERE

2020 South Florida Holiday Events Guide: Boca Raton

2020 South Florida Holiday Events Guide
*BRiC’s Drive In Movie Theatre Elf! | November 18; 6:00 p.m. – SOLD OUT!
  • BRiC’s second drive-in movie night of the season will be supporting the Junior League of Boca Raton.
  • 100% of donations and snack pack proceeds benefit the Junior League of Boca Raton’s impactful mission.
  • Join Wednesday, November 18th (or 19th if we get rained out) for a relaxing movie night under the stars. BRiC’s Drive-In Theater is spreading holiday cheer with the hilarious holiday comedy “Elf.” 
  • Bring your family and friends for a nostalgic movie night out with delicious food trucks available on-site! MORE INFORMATION HERE

2020 South Florida Holiday Events Guide

*Hart-T-Tree Farms Hosts Christmas Kickoff Event | November 20; 5:30-8:00 p.m.
  • On Friday, November 20th Santa Claus will tour the streets of Boca Raton and Delray Beach to kick off the holiday season! His final stop will be at the Hart-T-Tree Farms’Merry & Bright Christmas Kickoff event.
  • This event will be open to the public with a special visit from local food vendors and Santa himself! This socially-distanced celebration includes mini tree decorating for the kids, a holiday obstacle course, games and more.
  • The first 30 children to arrive at the event will receive a free 2’ tree to decorate. Limited capacity to ensure the safety of all guests. Take your photo with Santa for a $5 cash donation to Boca Helping Hands.
  • Since 1980, Hart-T-Tree Farms has been providing Floridians in Broward and Palm Beach counties with the region’s freshest and most beautiful Christmas trees grown and harvested on our farm.  Throughout each holiday season, we harvest beautiful Fraser Fir trees which are quickly shuttled to 14 Hart-T-Tree lots throughout South Florida in order to ensure the long-lasting enjoyment of your Christmas tree. MORE INFORMATION HERE

4901 N. Federal Hwy.

Boca Raton (former Office Depot lot)


2020 South Florida Holiday Events Guide
Holiday Tree Magic At Mizner Park| November 21- January 1
  • Get into the holiday spirit at Mizner Park with decorations galore including a 47’ animated holiday tree located at the South end of the center near Yard House (not at the Mizner Park Amphitheater).
  • There will be no public holiday tree lighting ceremony or event this year.
  • Five 25-minute free musical Tree performances will happen nightly from November 21 through the holiday season at 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.  The tree will be illuminated between shows. MORE INFORMATION HERE

327 Plaza Real

Boca Raton


*Meet Santa Virtually At Boca Center| December 5

Bring your kids to enjoy a special time with Santa as he virtually livestreams from his North Pole workshop. You’ll not only get access to your digital photo but also receive a photo print onsite!

Please RSVP here by selecting a time slot as we aim to keep everyone socially-distanced and safe while having a merry time. $20 per guest ~ 100% of proceeds benefiting SPIRIT OF GIVING MORE INFORMATION HERE

5150 Town Center Cir.

Boca Raton


Hanukkah Celebration At We Rock The Spectrum | December 13;  10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 

9060 Kimberly Blvd. #36-39

Boca Raton


2020 South Florida Holiday Events Guide

*Safe Holiday Photos with Santa at Town Center at Boca Raton & Treasure Coast Square | November 27-December 24; Monday – Saturday from 1 – 7:00 p.m. and 1 – 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Simon® is pleased to announce a safe and socially distanced Santa visit for families as part of the Simon Santa Photo Experience at Town Center at Boca Raton and Treasure Coast Square. Santa arrives on Friday, November 27th and will be available for socially distanced visits until Christmas Eve.

Things to know before you go:
  • Reservations are required. Make Santa reservations today by clicking here.
  • For everyone’s safety, visiting Santa will be a socially distanced experience.
  • Santa and his helpers will be wearing masks throughout the duration of each visit. MORE INFORMATION HERE

6000 Glades Rd.

Boca Raton


2020 South Florida Holiday Events Guide: Ft. Lauderdale

*Holiday Fantasy of Lights Drive-Thru| November 20-January 2; 6:00-10:00 p.m. at Tradewinds Park Coconut Creek

The drive thru is a nightly experience where you can enjoy three miles of giant illuminated lights and displays.  This is a “stay in your car” event.

Online ticket purchase is available. MORE INFORMATION HERE

3600 W Sample Rd.

Coconut Creek


Polar Express Pajama Party| December 12 & December 19; 2:00 p.m. at Museum of Discovery & Science

Start a family tradition and wear your pajamas or elf costumes for this festive event! Enjoy all Museum exhibits and a holiday science show and holiday craft decorating. The ticket also includes an invitation to journey to see the Polar Express in the AutoNation® IMAX® Theater starting at 4 p.m.

  • Museum Member: $20 each adult/child
  • Non-members: $30 each adult/child

Price includes all activities, Museum exploration, movie and commemorative Polar Express bell. MORE INFORMATION HERE

401 SW 2nd Street

Fort Lauderdale


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