2021 South Florida Holiday Events Guide from Modern Boca Mom

In an effort to save our collective parental holiday sanity, MBMom has consolidated the BEST 2021 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. 🙂

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


2021 South Florida Holiday Events Guide: Riviera Beach, Palm Beach Gardens & West Palm Beach

South Florida Holiday Events in Riviera Beach


Downtown Palm Beach Gardens Holiday Events | Through December 31

FREE 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 Holiday In Paradise| December 2-December 31 

When it comes to celebrating the holidays, the North Pole has nothing on The Palm Beaches in South Florida – not even snow!

  • WHAT: Come see “Sandi” Claus, the world’s only 35-foot tree created from 700 tons of sand, in West Palm Beach. Sandi comes to life nightly with dazzling musical light shows, with over 5,000 lights
  • WHEN: Starting the beginning of December, during the annual Holiday Tree Lighting at Clematis by Night. This annual holiday tradition draws thousands of visitors to the waterfront and offers guests an enchanting opportunity to enjoy Sandi’s magical music and light show and get in the holiday spirit.
  • WHERE: 100 N. Clematis Street, West Palm Beach; MORE INFORMATION HERE

Holidays in Rosemary Square | Starting November 13

WHEN: The holidays at The Square kick off with a family friendly celebration on Saturday, November 13th!

WHAT: Experience the season of cheer with Santa, a nightly snowfall, lighting of The Wishing Tree star, sweet treats and more.

WHERE: 700 S Rosemary Ave. Suite 200, West Palm Beach

    • 4-9 p.m.: The Salty Donut pop up
    • 6-8 p.m.: Photos with Santa under The Wishing Tree
    • 6:15 p.m.: Ballet Florida performance on Water Pavilion West Palm
    • 6:30, 7:30, 8:30 p.m.: First nightly snowfall and The Wishing Tree lightshow
    • 7-10 p.m.: Live music
Additional South Florida Holiday Events at The Square throughout the Season:
  • Diwali Celebration with Rohi’s Readery by Urban Outfitters on November 6th from 4-5pm
  • Attend the Holiday Kickoff November 13th and enjoy treats from Salty Donut pop-up, photos with Santa under The Wishing Tree, Ballet Florida performance on Water Pavilion West Palm and culminate the evening with a snowfall, The Wishing Tree lightshow and live music  
  • Kravis on Broadway kick off celebration on the lawn with family-friendly activities, pop-ups and performances on November 14th
  • Science FUNdamentals with South Florida Science Center & Aquarium under the majestic Wishing Tree, a 32-foot-tall LED banyan tree
  • Holiday craft activity with Rhythm & Hues on Nov. 26th
  • Family-friendly ornament-making class with Norton Museum of Art on Dec. 4th at 3pm
  • Hanukkah celebration with Jewish Federation of PBC on Dec. 5th
  • The King’s Academy jazz ensemble performance on the lawn on Dec. 17th
  • Palm Beach Symphony performance on the lawn on Dec. 17th
  • Families can partake in a Polar Express-themed outdoor Pajama Party (inspired by the Brightline ride) on Dec. 18th

Zoo Lights at the Palm Beach Zoo| Through January 2; 6:00-9:00 p.m. – REQUIRED Timed Entry
  • WHAT: Zoo Lights presented by Florida Power & Light Company, FPL SolarNow has become a Florida holiday tradition for families and friends. While the animals slumber, Palm Beach Zoo is illuminated for the holidays with over one million eco-friendly lights.
  • WHEN: Each evening from 6-9 p.m. the Zoo will be aglow with unique themed displays throughout the entire 23 acres. The festive holiday fun also features photos with Santa (until Dec. 23rd), a DJ holiday dance party, seasonal treats and more! MORE INFORMATION HERE
  • WHERE: 1301 Summit Blvd. West Palm Beach

*Garden of Lights At Mounts Botanical Gardens | December 1-23

  • WHEN: December 1-23; Tuesday-Sunday, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm (last entry at 8 pm)
  • WHAT: Reconnect with Magic as Mounts Botanical lights up the gardens for 20 sparkling evenings during the holiday season. Visitors of all ages will enjoy discovering the magic of Mounts at night as thousands of jewel-toned lights illuminate and amplify the lush tropical foliage, majestic trees, and signature structures along an easy-to-follow route throughout various garden areas.
  • FREE for Mounts members and children 5 and under; $15 for nonmember adults; $12 for seniors, active military, and college students with ID; $7 for children, 6-17. Tickets available at www.mounts.org 
  • WHERE: 531 N Military Trail, West Palm Beach

Santa’s Holiday Celebration at The Palm Beach Outlets| December 4
  • WHAT: Meet and greet with Santa – and his favorite reindeer, Rudolph – while you enjoy sweet treats, holiday musical performance from Alyssa Coon, a balloon artist, a nature craft activity from Mounts Botanical Garden.
  • Presenting Sponsor Schumacher Auto Group will be hosting a Toy Donation Drive and every toy donated at the event enters you into a sweepstakes to win one of two children’s electric vehicles, the VW Bus 6-Volt Battery Ride-On Vehicle & the Rollplay GMC Denali 12 Volt Battery Powered Ride-On Vehicle. All toys collected will be donated to the Tree of Life Resource Center and distributed to area children in need this holiday season. All toys should be new and unwrapped. Sweepstakes winner does not need to be present at event at the time of the drawing.
  • WHERE: 1751 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd, West Palm Beach

2021 South Florida Holiday Events Guide: Lake Worth, Boynton Beach & Delray Beach

Downtown Delray Beach Holiday Events | November 30 – December 18

100 Ft. Christmas Tree Lighting Event

  • November 30th @ Old School Square Grounds & E. Atlantic Avenue Street Fest (Swinton to Federal closure at 2pm) Event begins at 6pm with musical entertainment, holiday displays, carolers, and a visit from Santa!

Boynton/Delray Beach Boat Parade

  • December 10th @ Intracoastal Waterways – Please visit here for more details

Delray Beach  Holiday Street Parade

  • December 11th @ Atlantic Avenue – beginning at 6 p.m. from Atlantic Ave bridge to NW 5th Avenue.  Plenty of room to watch the parade along Atlantic Avenue – over 20 blocks.

Jingle Bell Jog 5K 

  • December 18th @ Anchor Park – Registration NOW OPEN!! – Please visit here for more Jingle Bell Jog details.

South Florida holiday events

*Death or Glory Miracle Christmas Popup | Starting November 6
  • WHAT: Sleigh bills will be ringing at Death or Glory! The Delray Beach spirits mecca will once again welcome “Miracle”, its Christmas pop-up, complete with wall-to-wall decorations inside and out, festive cocktails and all good cheer!
  • Favorites like the Christmapolitan and the Bad Santa will get spirits bright alongside the restaurant’s award-winning menu, chock-full of vegan and vegetarian options. The Winter Wonderland has been a favorite among locals and tourists alike for the past five seasons, making reservations strongly recommended.
  • WHERE: 116 NE 6th Avenue, Delray Beach

South Florida holiday events

Christkindlmarkt At The American German Club | December 11-12
  • WHEN: December 11-12; Saturday 2-10 p.m. and Sunday 12-8 p.m.
  • WHAT: $10 ages 21 and over, $5 ages 12-20, Kids under 12 are FREE. Free parking on Club Grounds.
  • WHERE: 5111 Lantana Road, Lake Worth

2021 South Florida Holiday Events Guide: Boca Raton

Christmas on the Hill | December 5 & December 11
  • WHAT: Enjoy a FREE outdoor Christmas Concert or movie two weekends in a row this December! There will be tons of family activities, Kona Ice and more!
  • WHEN: December 5 (concert) and December 11 (outdoor movie); times on the flier above.
  • WHERE: Church on the Hill- 251 SW 4th Ave., Boca Raton | GET YOUR FREE TICKETS HERE

50th Annual Boca Raton Holiday Street Parade | December 8
  • WHEN/WHERE: 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. along Federal Highway
  • WHAT: The 50th Annual Holiday Street Parade will feature more than 50 floats and groups which will entertain viewers as they bring dance, lights, and song to Federal Highway in Downtown Boca. The parade will start at Federal Highway and SE 5th Street, and travel north to the Mizner Park Amphitheater.  This year’s theme will be “What Are You Streaming?,” a nod to the popular pastime in recent years.
  • As a reminder, traffic will be congested in the area as Federal Highway will be closed. Parking for attendees at the City lots listed below is free, ample and highly recommended:
    • City Hall – 201 W. Palmetto Park Road
    • Downtown Library – 400 NW 2nd Avenue
    • Building Administration – 200 NW 2nd Avenue
  • And BEFORE the parade, participate in a family-friendly 1 mile “Boca Mile Run” with the Boca Raton Police Athletic League. Visit their Facebook event page for more details and registration.

Boca Center Holiday Event Celebration | December 9

WHAT:

  • Snow Globe photo opportunity
  • Mr. & Mrs. Claus
  • Face Painter/Glitter Tattoos/Air Brush Tattoos
  • Stilt walkers
  • Christmas carolers
  • Band
  • Balloon Arch
  • Giant Coloring Board
  • Custom Backdrop (for Mr. & Mrs. Claus)
  • Stage Décor
  • Snow Machine
  • Video Mapping/Projection
  • Cotton Candy Kiosk
  • WHEN: Friends and family are welcome to attend this FREE event starting at 5:00 p.m. on December 9.
  • WHERE: 5150 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton

FAU Tuba Christmas | December 12
  • WHAT/WHERE: Tuba Christmas is back in Boca Raton at the lovely Mizner Park Amphitheater! Celebrate the holidays with the lowest instruments. Brings chairs, blankets, and be ready to sing along with many favorites!
  • WHEN: Friends and family are welcome to attend this FREE concert starting at 5:00 p.m. on December 12.

47th Annual Boca Raton Holiday Boat Parade | December 18
  • WHEN/WHERE:6:30pm – 8:30pm | Intracoastal Waterway
  • WHAT: The 47th Annual Holiday Boat Parade lights up the waterways of the Intracoastal beginning at C-15 Canal, traveling south, with bleacher viewing at Red Reef Park. This year’s parade features boat entry for participants with $10,000 in cash and prizes in many categories in which to win.
  • The previous viewing sites of the Wildflower Property and Silver Palm Park are closed due to construction. The viewing site for this year will only be at Red Reef Park. Limited parking is available at Red Reef Park. Please plan accordingly.
  • As a reminder, bridges will have extended closure times for the parade on December 18th:
    • Spanish River Blvd. Bridge- 6:30pm – 7:20pm
    • Palmetto Park Rd. Bridge – 7:20pm – 8:10pm
    • Camino Real Bridge – 7:30pm – 8:20pm

Winter Wonderland At We Rock The Spectrum | December 19

South Florida holiday events

*Holiday Photos with Santa at Town Center at Boca Raton | November 19 – December 24

2021 South Florida Holiday Events Guide: Ft. Lauderdale & Miami

*Holiday Fantasy of Lights at Tradewinds Park | Through January 2
    • WHAT: Tradewinds Park is once again a fantasy of color, lights and design this holiday season. The Holiday Fantasy of Lights, Broward County’s spectacular drive thru holiday lighting event is returning to Coconut Creek for 2021. This year marks the 27th edition of the Holiday Fantasy of Lights! Drive through three miles of giant animated holiday displays and illuminated trees. The event is larger than ever blending the favorites of the past and the excitement of new creations by Brandano Displays.
    • WHEN: Through January 2, 2022
    • WHERE: 3600 W Sample Rd, Coconut Creek

North Pole Pajama Party at Museum of Discovery & Science | December 11 & 18
  • WHEN: 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
  • WHAT: 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
  • WHERE: 401 SW 2nd Street, Fort Lauderdale

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Noon Years Eve at Museum of Discovery & Science | December 31
  • WHEN: 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
  • WHAT: Join at MODS as they resume full daily operations to the community and ring in 2021 with the return of one of their most popular events!
    • Ball Drop– Countdown ‘til 12:00 p.m. (noon) with a special MODS ball drop to usher in 2021!
    • Noise Makers– Craft along with our MODS makers to get some noise going when the clock hits 12:00 p.m.!
    • Kids Pop Dance Floor– Boogie on down and bounce around on our dance floor with extra pop!
  • Free with Museum admission. Registration required. MORE INFORMATION HERE
  • WHERE: 401 SW 2nd Street, Fort Lauderdale

South Florida holiday eventsSymphony In Lights at Gulfstream Park | November 13 – December 31
  • WHAT/WHEN: The holidays have arrived at Gulfstream Park Village! From November 13 – December 31, families are invited to come and see the beautiful lights display in the open-air lifestyle center.
    • The property will be illuminated in more than 250,000 LED lights, all set to the sounds of holiday favorites from yesterday and today. A 10-minute light show will begin at the top of every hour from 6-11 p.m.
    • The public is invited to the ‘Symphony in Lights’ kick-off event on Saturday, November 13 from 7-10 p.m. Emmy award-winning newscaster Calvin Hughes will serve as the emcee and the Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida will perform a lively set along with a 7-piece band. Even Santa Claus himself will ride in to kick off the festivities!
  • WHERE: 901 South Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach

Dania Pointe Hosts Two Winter Wonderland Events | Through December 27
  • WHAT: Let It Snow
  • The forecast calls for flurries at Dania Pointe and Let It Snow is inviting everyone to participate in the Winter amusement. The snow globe spectacle will take place every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from November 26 through December 26 (except on December 24) at 7 p.m. with additional snowfalls at 8:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Even more nightly snow showers will greet guests and encourage holiday cheer at 7 and 8:30 p.m. on December 19 through Christmas Day (except on December 24).
  • Snowman Experience
  • Dania Pointe guests can also pose for selfies with real snowmen this year! The Snowman Experience brings our favorite frosty friends being built in live time for everyone to enjoy. The one-of-a-kind experience is the only place in Florida this year where families enjoy the magic of winter while snowmen are created under the sun on Dania Pointe’s Lawn. The Snowman Experience takes place every Saturday and Sunday from November 27 through December 19 from 1 – 6 p.m. on the Lawn at Dania Pointe.
  • WHERE: 139 S Compass Way, Dania Beach

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The LOOP Fort Lauderdale Turns To Wonderland! | November 23 – December 31
  • WHAT/WHEN: ‘Tis the sea-sun! Las Olas Oceanside Park will transform into a holiday wonderland filled with exciting experiences, Nov. 23 – Dec. 31, and its rumored Santa may be stopping by!
  • During “WONDERLAND,” locals and visitors of all ages will make lasting memories (and capture Instagramable moments!) through an array of themed sights, sounds, special activities and performances.
  • Larger-than-life dreamlike holiday vignettes will unfold weekly themes, which include The Grinch Who Rocked Christmas (Dec. 2 – 5), Nutcrackers & Sweets (Dec. 9 – 12) and Let’s Jingle and Flamingle (Dec. 16 – 19).
  • The six-week series of events include holiday markets, strolling characters, children’s activities, live music, dance performances, contests and games, selfie stations, holiday movies and more.
  • Additionally, a Toy Drive will take place Dec 16 – 19, where new, unwrapped toys will be accepted for the children at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, in partnership with the Greater Fort Lauderdale Food & Wine Festival.
  • WHERE: 3000 East Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale

South Florida holiday events

Nightgarden At Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden | Through January 2
    • WHEN: November 12-January 2
    • WHAT: Fairchild is brought to life with stunning illumination! Enjoy enchanted activities, interactive light and sound experiences and solve the mystery surrounding the FairyScope(TM) app. MORE INFORMATION HERE
    • WHERE: 10901 Old Cutler Road, Miami