South Florida Holiday Bucket List


The weather outside is NOT frightful and you’re probably still sporting tank tops and sandals.  Doesn’t exactly put you into the holiday spirit.  BUT don’t fret, we have you covered!  Grab your hot chocolate and holiday leggings and visit the best local festivities South Florida has to offer!


  1. Tradewinds Park in Coconut Creek – 3 miles of giant animated holiday displays and illuminated trees.  6-10 PM every night until January 1.
  2. Gabriel Lane – Just south of Meadow Park Elementary School, this street knows how to light up the night!  Drive down the lane or park and walk to see the sights. 


  1. Palm Beach Outlets – As if shopping at the outlets isn’t great enough, now through Christmas eve receive two FREE 4×6 Santa photo prints and a high resolution digital download of single image for every family who visits Santa Claus!
  2. Ice Palace @ Wellington Mall – This is by far my favorite Santa!  Two years ago my son was very apprehensive about getting his photo taken, so Santa “hid” behind the couch.  I got a smile AND Santa, win-win!  
Jackson and santa 1
jackson and santa 2


  1. Cookie Cruises with Santa – Presented by Delray Yacht Cruises, for $25 enjoy a nautical sleigh ride with Mr. Claus!
  2. Polar Express Train Ride Miami – Be apart of this magical journey to the North Pole!  Sip hot chocolate and sing along during this 50- minute, one of a kind experience! 
  3. Hoffman’s Winter Wonderland – A FREE family event with over 75,000 lights, photo-ops, and of course – ice cream and chocolate!  Could you ask for a better night?

    Hoffman’s Winter Wonderland
  4. Dinner with Santa @ Chick-fil-A Boynton Beach – Consider this event the biggest holiday MOM WIN – dinner at Chick-fil-A (meaning you’re off the hook for cooking) PLUS your kids can play and see Santa!  Friday, December 8 from 5-7 P.M.  

*Movie Nights*

  1. Star – Sony Pictures Animation presents this comical retelling of the story of Christmas brought to life by all of the animals who are lead to witness the incredible event by a special star.  (Check your local theater for showtimes.)
  2. Elf – Hosted by Woo Creative, enjoy a family movie night outside in Delray Beach at Old School Square.  Popcorn, ice cream, soda, and ADULT beverages available for purchase (woo-hoo!)  Bring chairs, blankets, and a toy to donate to their toy drive.  Saturday, December 16 at 6:30 P.M.
  3. Polar Express – Enjoy this thrilling classic on the BIG screen at Mizner Park Amphitheater.  Bring chairs, blankets, and plenty of cash -hello, concessions!  Pizza, popcorn, and hot chocolate – all aboard!  Friday, December 22 starting at 5 P.M, movie at 6:30 P.M.
Watching Polar Express on one of South Florida’s chillier evenings!


Ok so they’re no Rockefeller, but these trees are still worth checking out!

  1.  CityPlace (and snow falls at night!)
  2. The SAND tree in downtown West Palm Beach
  3. Atlantic Avenue

*Library Events*

Plenty of fun FREE events ALL month long!  Holiday make & takes, holiday themed story times, dance parties, and MORE!  Don’t miss out, check the link above for dates and times at your local branch.

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Melissa Emmons
Melissa is a native Florida girl, originally from Boca Raton. She is the proud wife of a firefighter and mother to Jackson (3) and Juliet (1). She admits there are challenges, but enjoys balancing the busy yet exciting life of a firefighter wife, part-time teacher, and full-time mama of two. She loves writing, discount shopping (maxxinista mama!), trying new fitness classes, COFFEE, reality TV, going on adventures with her family, exploring new places in PBC, AND all things beauty (can you ever have enough lipstick?). Melissa is passionate about supporting fellow mamas and showing them how to “map out their month” to make the most of their precious family time, which combines her two favorite things – planners and family! Melissa’s ultimate dream is to be a published author. Keep up with Melissa on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest and read her favorite articles about motherhood, affordable style, party planning, and organizing, plus her latest discount finds!