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Published on : Wednesday, November 13, 2013
The Delray Beach is once again welcoming all with its star topped 100-foot Christmas tree which will serve as a beacon, attracting visitors far and wide. This is one great place where you can enjoy great activities, great food and great shopping.
Stephanie Immelman, executive director of the Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative said that over the last two decades, the celebrations surrounding the 100-foot Christmas tree have brought hundreds of thousands of visitors to Delray Beach, which produces the holiday activities for the city. This year they are partnering with the Delray Beach Green Market and the Delray Beach Center for the Arts to offer Saturday-morning activities for the whole family during the month of December.
The new Family Fun Days, scheduled for December 7, 14 and 21, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., will offer everything from visits with Santa and Florida-style ice skating to carousel rides and face painting. There will be entertainment at the Center for the Arts pavilion and Budding Artists Craft Creations for children at the GreenMarket.
Immelman said with our world famous 100-Foot Christmas Tree and many of our activities on the grounds of the Delray Beach Center for the Arts, it made sense to partner with the GreenMarket, held on Saturday mornings right next door at Old School Square Park. Family Fun Days are just one small part of the holiday festivities surrounding the 100-Foot Christmas Tree this year.
The celebration begins on November 27 with the lighting of a giant menorah on the grounds of the Delray Beach Center for the Arts as part of the Hanukkah celebration.
December kicks off with the annual lighting of the 100-Foot Christmas Tree, scheduled for December 5. The event, which features Santa arriving by helicopter and a variety of entertainment, is expected to draw more than 40,000 visitors.
Activities at the tree, including an ice-skating rink designed for Florida, a carousel and the opportunity to meet Santa will continue through the month of December.
An annual favorite, Breakfast will Santa, will be held at the Delray Beach Marriott on Dec. 14, with seatings at 9, 10 and 11 a.m. and at noon. The Delray Beach Holiday Parade will take place that evening on Atlantic Avenue.
The holiday festivities conclude with the First Night celebration, an alcohol-free New Year’s Eve celebration for the whole family. This year, Immelman says, First Night will have a fresher look and will include additional activities for adults.
Other events in the Delray Beach include free Friday night concerts at the Delray Center for the Arts beginning at 7 p.m., Home for the Holidays on Ice at the Crest Theater December 20-22, and the Howard Alan Craft Show, December 28-29. This is one place you can check out in the holiday season.