Holidays in Delray Beach: Tree Lighting & More

Holidays in Delray Beach

Holidays in Delray Beach are magical! The month of December brings a record number of visitors to the area each year. Here are some of our favorite ways to enjoy the season and participate in local festivities and traditions:

Christmas Tree Lighting

The month-long Holiday Celebration kicks off with the lighting of the marvelous 100-foot tree located at Old School Square Park (50 NE 2nd Ave) on the Thursday following Thanksgiving.

We like to get downtown early for Happy Hour or an early dinner, so we can get to scoping out the perfect location from which to watch the lighting.

A brand new 100-foot tree was unveiled this year and it is spectacular! Visitors here to enjoy the holidays in Delray are welcome to go inside the tree. There, you can admire the various Christmas scenes and displays that are set up there.

Post-lighting Marvels

After Santa lights the tree, we enjoy walking along Atlantic Avenue. It’s closed to cars fort he evening, allowing for entertainment and activities for all ages along The Ave. The entertainment on the main Old School Square stage starts at 5:00 with the actual lighting (by Santa himself!) is around 7:00 PM. Surrounding the tree are activities for kids of every age: Enjoy Santa’s House, an antique carousel, ice skating rink, mini golf area, a holiday gift shop, and so much more!

Vignettes showcase Santa’s elves in the workshop along with an elaborate model train display… and one or two other surprises.. The Tree is open daily during the day into the evening, however seeing the tree all lit up inside and out is a treat not to miss, so go at night! It’s truly one of the most joyful ways to experience the holidays in Delray.

Holiday Fun All Month Long

The Celebration of the Holidays in Delray continues throughout the month with The Holiday Boat Parade, Breakfast with Santa, The Parade, outdoor movies and concerts, and more. It all culminates with the finale of New Year’s Eve, another awesome outdoor event that we look forward to every year!

Share Your Experiences with the Holidays in Delray

If you get to enjoy any of these events we’d love to hear about your experience too!