If you aren’t in the holiday spirit by now, you’ll definitely have a change of heart when the week is over. Events from boat parades to holiday home tours ramp up this weekend, but there’s plenty to do throughout the entire month. Though we can’t possibly feature all of the outstanding events in our ONE Sotheby’s International Realty’s communities, here’s a start for you to at least have a sense of this magical time of year. Enjoy the festivities.
Travel back in time to the Gilded Age during Flagler Museum’s holiday evening tours from December 19-22. Oil magnate and Florida developer Henry Flagler’s former Whitehall estate even features its original, turn-of-the-century light fixtures. Enjoy carolers in costume and complimentary Christmas crackers. The Café des Beaux Arts also serves high tea in the pavilion throughout season.
The iconic luxury island of Palm Beach is shaking up its staid past. Young families who live here year-round and the next generation of snowbirds and visitors are inspiring a new wave of chic shops, restaurants and art galleries. Fancy living here? Discover more local details and property listings with the following links.
Palm Beach | West Palm Beach |Royal Palm Beach
Gingerbread Holiday Concert & Boca Boat Parade
Lynn University’s annual Gingerbread Holiday Concert lights up the stage with holiday classics courtesy of Lynn Friends of the Conservatory of Music on December 11. Boca Raton’s 48th annual Holiday Boat Parade then lights up the Intracoastal from C-15 Canal to Hillsboro Boulevard Bridge on December 17 starting at 6:30 p.m.
lynn.edu | myboca.us
Perhaps most famous for its destination mall and namesake luxury resort, Boca Raton also delights snowbirds and locals alike for its arts, entertainment venues and proximity to down-home Delray Beach. Fancy living here? Discover more local details and property listings with the following link.
First Coast Festivities
See the immense talent of Jacksonville Historical Society’s 20th annual Gingerbread Extravaganza at Old St. Andrew’s Church from December 8-27; Santa will attend its new kids’ day on December 11. Reserve your spot on the tuk tuk for Garden Club of Jacksonville’s Luminaria Night on December 11. Music, lawn games and refreshments are part of the fun.
jaxhistory.org | gardenclubjax.org
Jacksonville, the largest city geographically in the contiguous U.S., boasts an incredible variety of green spaces and beaches, as well as prime waterfront from the Atlantic Ocean to St. Johns River with its iconic bridges. The city’s vast network of neighborhoods and islands further invites nonstop adventure. Fancy living here? Discover more local details and property listings with the following link.
Among many productions of “The Nutcracker” taking place around the state, Miami City Ballet presents George Balanchine’s beloved version. The company enhances the tale with cool digital technology and chic costumes by Isabel and Ruben Toledo. Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida presents its Nutcracker at Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Both offer special events.
miamicityballet.org | artsballettheatre.org
Known as the gateway to Latin America, the dynamic city of Miami is constantly evolving with the influx of new residents, visitors, businesses and brands from all over the world. There’s always something new and exciting to try, whether a starchitect-designed space, museum exhibit or hot restaurant. Fancy living here? Discover more local details and property listings with the following links.
Wynwood – Midtown | Brickell | Coconut Grove
Fort Lauderdale, the Venice of America, is a boater’s and beachgoer’s paradise. But it’s also home to a burgeoning art scene that spills over into art-centric neighborhoods and annual events. Fancy living here? Discover more local details and property listings with the following links.
Victoria Park | Fort Lauderdale Beach | Las Olas
West Palm Beach Home Tours
The Flamingo Park Historic Residential District’s Neighborhood Association hosts its 27th Holiday Historic Home Tour fundraiser on December 11 from 5-8 p.m. View approximately a dozen homes with complimentary bites by local restaurants. The Old Northwood Neighborhood Association’s 34th annual Candlelight Home Tour fundraiser and toy drive features 10 residences on December 18 from 5-9 p.m. Tickets available at 720 Ardmore Road and 3510 Spruce Avenue, respectively.
West Palm Beach sits on the mainland directly across from the island of Palm Beach. The growing city has become a destination in its own right for convention and performing art centers, hip restaurants and shopping of all kinds from major brands to vintage wares. Fancy living here? Discover more local details and property listings with the following links.
West Palm Beach | Palm Beach | Royal Palm Beach
Stroll, drive or hop on a hayride through the Space Coast Light Festival’s 1.3-mile tunnel in Fred Poppe Regional Park. For a more intimate experience, visit Light Up the Gardens at Rockledge Gardens. Sip hot cocoa (or wine) around its fire pits with food truck fare, live music and a kids’ garden gnome scavenger hunt.
spacecoastlightfestival.com | rockledgegardens.com
Named for the Kennedy Space Center, site of NASA’s SpaceX rocket launches, the Space Coast occupies much of Brevard County. It attracts surfers, cruise passengers (Port Canaveral) and nature lovers looking for pristine white beaches where sea turtles nest. Fancy living here? Discover more local details and property listings with the following links.
Melbourne Beach | Merritt Island