Photo Courtesy of the Old Davie School Historical MuseumThe Old Davie School Historical Museum is celebrating their 17th Annual Old Davie Christmas, a free event focused on old-fashioned holiday fun. Activities include photos with Santa, pony rides, a petting zoo, old-fashioned games, a hayride, snacks and more! Anglin's Square, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea The Lauderdale-by-the-Sea community is hosting their annual Christmas-by-the-Sea event, a wonderful night for all ages featuring holiday music, dancing, and entertainment. Plus, peruse the festive and expanded Yuletide Market and visit with Santa, who will arrive by fire truck at 6 p.m. And don't miss the community tree lighting ceremony at 6:15 p.m.! Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, Fort Lauderdale Considered one of the most exciting events of the holiday season in South Florida, the Annual Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade should not be missed! Featuring a collection of decked-out boats covered in lights, the parade will set sail for 12 miles starting in downtown Fort Lauderdale, heading north to Lake Santa Barbara in Pompano Beach. Enjoy free viewing along the parade route, including one of the best vantage points — the Grandstand Viewing Area, located just north of Sunrise Boulevard. Make sure you don't miss Santa by downloading the Winterfest Santa app to track his exact location throughout the evening.
Photo Courtesy of Flamingo GardensOn the weekends leading up to Christmas, visit with Santa in the idyllic tropical setting at Flamingo Gardens. Mrs. Claus and the elves need assistance from Santa's little helpers to give the animals their presents at 3 p.m. The festivities continue as you visit with Santa and other holiday characters, hop on the bounce house, ride the animal train ride through the arboretum, and enjoy holiday music, contests, and holiday crafts. Stay after 5 p.m. for Garden of Lights, featuring tens of thousands of lights decorating the arboretum and Wray Home, holiday scenes adorning the garden pathways, and a spectacular musical light show.
Photo Courtesy of the Boca Raton Toy DriveHelp spread holiday cheer to children in need by bringing new, unwrapped toys to the Boca Raton Toy Drive at Sugar Sand Park. Enjoy free carousel rides, delightful food and a visit with Santa. The drive collects toys for the Wayne Barton Study Center, an organization designed to enhance the health, welfare, and education of children in need within the community. There are multiple drop-off locations throughout Boca Raton, where you can drop off new, unwrapped toys leading up to the event on December 2. Federal Highway and Southeast 5th Street Don't miss the 48th Annual Holiday Street Parade hosted by the City of Boca Raton. This year's theme is "Sights & Sounds of Broadway" and the parade will begin at Federal Highway and Southeast 5th Street, traveling north towards Mizner Park Amphitheater. This free, fun and festive event is the perfect cap to an evening spent shopping or dining at the area's many shops and restaurants. Mizner Park Amphitheater Temple Beth El of Boca Raton is celebrating Chanukah with its signature Chanukah Under the Stars event. This free community event allows members from the local South Florida Jewish community to come together to celebrate this joyous holiday. At 5 p.m., prior to the main service, enjoy a children's area with bounce houses, face painting, crafts and storytelling, followed by a Chanukah Tot Shabbat and songfest. During this time, there will be an array of dinner and snacks available for purchase, including traditional latkes. The Chanukah and Shabbat service will begin at 7:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public! Mizner Park Amphitheater Join in the festivities with Florida Atlantic University's annual Tuba Christmas performance at Mizner Park. This traditional outdoor concert features holiday music performed by tubas and euphoniums. Doors open at 4 p.m. and this event is free and open to the public! Chairs and blankets are welcome, and chairs will be available to rent for $5 cash inside the venue. Purchase food and beverages inside the venue and enjoy delightful Christmas songs from this talented group. Boca Raton Resort & Club Lynn University presents its 16th Annual Gingerbread Holiday Concert at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, featuring musical classics of the season performed by the Lynn Philharmonia. General admission tickets are $35. Event proceeds benefit the Lynn Conservatory of Music, which provides scholarships to talented student musicians from all over the world. Visits and photos with Santa start at 2 p.m. and the Philharmonia performance is at 3 p.m. Boca Raton Resort & Club Each Thursday evening during the month of December, Palm Beach Charters is hosting special Intracoastal Mansion Holiday Lights Cruises. This two-hour cruise offers views of some of the most beautiful estate mansions and yachts along the Intracoastal in Boca Raton. Sit back, relax, sip on a beverage, and take in the inspiring sights of surrounding scenery decked out in holiday decor. Town Center at Boca Raton Make sure your four-legged family member is included in all of the holiday fun this year! Bring your pet to sit, stay and pose for a photo with Santa in the Nordstrom courtyard at the Town Center at Boca Raton on Sunday, December 9 from 7–9 p.m. Mizner Park Amphitheater Enjoy a family-friendly movie night under the stars at Mizner Park Amphitheater. This year's holiday movie is Elf, starring Will Ferrell and Zooey Deschanel. Guests are welcome to bring their own chair and blanket, but chairs will be available for rent for $5 each inside the venue. There is no cost to attend this free community event! Sugar Sand Park
Photo Courtesy of Sugar Sand ParkExperience an unlikely phenomenon for South Florida — a snow day! Piles of Smiles will feature 25 tons of "real" snow for kids ages 5–10 to play in. Plus, enjoy an enormous slide, bounce houses, an obstacle course, visits with winter characters, a sock skating rink, food trucks and more! Advance registration is required for snow play; admission is $12 per child until December 3, and $15 beginning December 4. Intracoastal Waterway Starting at the C-15 Canal Experience the holidays in true South Florida fashion at the City of Boca Raton's annual Holiday Boat Parade, featuring stunning boats decked out in holiday lights and decor. You may either enter your boat to participate in the parade or simply enjoy the parade from the western portion of Red Reef Park, the Wild Flower Property, or Silver Palm Park viewing areas. The parade will start in the Intracoastal Waterway at the C-15 canal and travel south to Hillsboro Bridge. Register your boat in the parade for free, and you could win a cash prize if your boat wins!
Photo Courtesy of Angelo Elia Pizza, Bar and TapasAngelo Elia Pizza, Bar and Tapas is perhaps best known for their delicious pizzas — and rightfully so! This authentic Italian eatery serves an impressive selection of pizzas, tapas, pasta dishes, and other Italian specialties. Plus, the restaurant has a gorgeous wine bar serving a wide range of wines sourced from the finest wine regions, from Tuscany to Napa, and everywhere in between. This chic, modern and casual eatery is the perfect place to unwind with a glass of wine at the bar or indulge in a hearty Italian meal paired with a red or white wine. Peruse the impressive selection of wines available at Angelo Elia, including bottles to share or individual glasses. With a number of locations (most of which are in Pennsylvania!) and one in Delray Beach, this health-focused eatery is dedicated to all things local and sustainable. Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar was born out of a desire to create a dining experience focused on sustainable, health-conscious and locally sourced cuisine. That's why they work closely with 75 local farmers to source only the freshest and highest quality ingredients. The wine bar at this cozy, sophisticated eatery is just as focused on sustainability as the kitchen is. The progressive wine list features over 50 wines available by the glass, many of which are certified sustainable. Cozy up to the bar with a glass of wine or pair your wine selection with something on the fresh, seasonal menu at Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar. Keep things casual and unleash your creative side with a visit to Vino Van Gogh Paint Wine Bar, a paint and sip studio in Delray Beach. Follow the instruction of an art teacher as you complete your very own masterpiece while sipping on your drink of choice. You can bring your favorite bottle and food or order from the on-site bar serving beer, wine, and soft drinks. Plus, you can ask Vino Van Gogh to provide a delicious spread of food for your event, as they have partnered with several local restaurants and caterers. Vino Van Gogh Paint Wine Bar makes for an excellent date night, girls' night, birthday party or corporate event activity!
Photos Courtesy of La PouletteThis quaint, laid-back French eatery is known for their incredible chicken. Everything here is farm-to-table and packed with unbeatable flavor. But you may not realize that La Poulette is also equipped with a full wine bar, serving a variety of wines from around the world. They even offer monthly wine tastings! Whatever you do, top off your experience at La Poulette with a decadent French dessert — like their popular handmade crème brûlée.