Delray Beach | Happy Holidays 2017


November 29th, 2018 – 100 ft Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Start the holiday season off in Delray Beach and celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Famous 100 foot Christmas Tree! Festivities will begin at 5 p.m. and Santa will light the brand new 100 ft. Christmas Tree at 7:15pm. Directly following the the tree lighting, Santa will be available for photos! Enjoy ice skating, Putt'n Around Mini Golf & Carousel and much more! The event is free, activities for a nominal fee! Learn more at:

November 30 - January 1 - Visit the 100ft Christmas Tree daily from 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.* 

*Opens at 1 p.m. on Christmas Day and New Year's Day* $1 suggested donation. 

About the 100ft. Christmas Tree:

One of the best trees in the USA - For 25 years, Delray residents and visitors alike have marveled at our 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.  The Tree is open every day from the Tree Lighting on November 30th through January 1st from 10am-9pm. The most frequently asked question is “Is it real?”!   Visitors can walk through the 100ft. Christmas Tree and see the different scenes that include, a reindeer barn, Santa’s Workshop, Twas the Night before Christmas house and the kid’s favorite, the Train House!

November 29, 2018 - January 1, 2019: Downtown Holiday Window Decorating Contest 

The Downtown Merchant & Business Association and the Delray Beach DDA are hosting a Holiday Window Decorating Contest, and businesses downtown are creating festive displays in their windows and throughout their stores. Be sure to see them all beginning November 29 (for the 100 ft Christmas Tree Lighting). Winners will be announced on December 12 for Most Creative, Most Festive, Most Delray and Best Overall! Vote by sharing a photo of your favorite holiday window display on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #DelrayHoliday and tagging the business in your post!  Experience the magic of the season throughout the month of December in Downtown Delray Beach!

Other Key Dates:

December 1 - January 1 - Walk through Delray Beach's magical 100 ft Christmas Tree daily. Activities include “ice-skating”, mini-golf & Carousel!  Details & Hours:

November 30th - December 23rd – Visit with Santa in his Key West Style house next to the 100ft. Christmas Tree. Santa is available for photos December 1-23 Thursday through Sunday evenings from 5-9pm. Photos - $12. 

December 1 - Carols by Candlelight - 7:30 p.m. $20-100. The Pavilion at Old School Square invites you to get into the holiday spirit with a concert experience with this community tradition! Young, local performers will open the festivities, followed by headliners Orleans along with special guests! The evening culminates with the lighting of candles throughout the audience. It's a magical evening for the entire family. Proceeds benefit educational programming at Old School Square.561-243-7922,  

December 2nd – Menorah Lighting - Lighting of the first candle of the Menorah on the grounds of Old School Square. 6 p.m. Old School Square, 51 N Swinton Ave., Delray Beach. 561-278-0424 or

December 3rd -  Musical Hanukkah at the Library - 4 p.m. - Hanukkah Sing-A-Long and Stories with Sarah Freudenberger! Come listen to holiday stories, guitar strumming, and interactive songs! Dreidels and Holiday snacks will be provided after the fun!

December 5th – Create a Gingerbread House & Nanny Gingerbread - Delray Beach Public Library 3:30 p.m. Children ages 4 and up. Edible walls, ceilings and trim provided. Registration strongly encouraged.

December 8th – Delray Beach Holiday Parade – 6 p.m. Parade spans Atlantic Avenue from east of the bridge to SW 5th Avenue!

December 8, 15, 22- Cookie Cruises with Santa - 5 p.m. Ahoy! Join Santa for a once in a lifetime opportunity to cruise with him on the Intracoastal Waterway. Enjoy our Cookie Cruise with Delray Yacht Cruises and the Jolly Old Elf himself! $28. Reservations required. 561.243.0686.

December 14th – Holiday Boat Parade - 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Along the Intracoastal Waterway from Boynton Beach to Delray Beach.

December 29th - Kwanzaa Celebration - 2:30-6 p.m. at the Spady Museum.

December 31st – Delray Beach New Year’s Eve Family Celebration - Delray Beach will ring in the New Year on December 31st with a family friendly event from 5-9pm on the grounds of Old School Square.  Free activities include: kid’s craft activities, face-painting, Celebration Crowns, Resolution wall, vintage game room, live entertainment and DJ, outdoor family games and more! The Carousel, Mini-Golf and Ice Skating will be available for $3.  Food trucks will be on site.  The fireworks finale will launch from the Old School Square Parking Garage at 9pm.

For more information on the holiday festivities, visit:

*The photographs below are compliments of Carl Dawson, VMA Studios. 

Friday, November 30, 2018 to Tuesday, January 1, 2019
10:00am - 9:00pm
Old School Square Park
NE 2nd Avenue
Delray Beach, FL 33444