Delray Beach | Happy Holidays 2017


December 5th, 2019 – 100 ft Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony -  5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Start the holiday season off in Delray Beach and celebrate the 26th anniversary of the Famous 100 foot Christmas Tree!

Santa will arrive at 7 PM & the tree lighting takes place at 7:15 PM!!!

Enjoy the Holiday Street Fair event (E. Atlantic Ave from N. Swinton Ave to 5th Ave) with Food, Music, Entertainment, Crafts, and holiday surprises!


December 5 - 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 26 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 December 5th through January 1st from 10 am-9 pm. 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, 2019 - 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. 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!

December 14, 2019 - Holiday Parade: A Comic-Con Holiday Parade

The parade begins on the west side of the Intracoastal Waterway and heads west towards NW 5th Ave.

Time: 6 PM

Through a special connection to the North Pole, the Delray Beach Fire Department will have Santa riding along on their fire truck. Awards will be awarded to the Grand Float, Best Non-Profit, Best Dance/Cheer Group, Best Business/Commercial, Best Marching Band and Best Civic Organization.

Get Involved

To participate in the parade please submit the Holiday Parade General Application 2019.


For more information, contact Danielle Beardsley, Delray Beach Parks and Recreation at (561) 243-7277 or

Check back for more information regarding upcoming Holiday Festivities & Events in Downtown Delray Beach!

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


Annual Thanksgiving Weekend Art Festival
Sat, 11/30/2019 to Sun, 12/01/2019
10:00am - 5:00pm

This annual juried art festival of hand-crafted artwork including glass, photography, painting, mixed media, fiber, jewelry and much more, hosts hundreds of artists exhibiting and selling their work in an outdoor gallery.

Admission is FREE!!

Location: entrance of E Atlantic Ave and NE 4th Ave

Holly Jolly First Friday Art Walk
Fri, 12/06/2019
6:00pm - 9:00pm

The First Friday Art Walk is a perfect way to experience an evening of art, education, and relaxation in our award-winning Arts Town.

This is a FREE event (no ticket, pass, coupon required) - just show up and start wherever you'd like!

Carols by Candlelight
Sat, 12/07/2019

Young, local performers will open the festivities, followed by special guest performances and headlined by Gloria Gaynor! The event culminates with the lighting of candles throughout the audience. It’s a magical evening for the entire family!

Location: Old School Square Grounds

Christmas Holiday Carousel
Thu, 12/05/2019 to Wed, 01/01/2020

52 places of magic and enchantment!!

$3 per ride

Fri, 12/13/2019

This flotilla of brightly-decorated boats can be viewed from Veterans Park and Knowles Park and along the parade course that starts in Boynton Beach sailing along the Intracoastal Waterways.

Produced by the City of Delray Beach and the Boynton Beach CRA

Delray Beach Holiday Parade
Sat, 12/14/2019

Over 70 floats, marching bands and walking groups will march along Atlantic Ave. in Downtown Delray Beach to NW 5th Ave.

Location: Along Atlantic Avenue, strating at A1A.

Produced by the City of Delray Beach.

Sun, 12/22/2019

Lighting of the first candle of the Menorah on the grounds of Old School Square.

Time: Sundown
Location: Old School Square Grounds

Produced by the City of Delray Beach

Tue, 12/31/2019
5:00pm - 9:00pm

Delray Beach will ring in the New Year on December 31st with a family friendly event from 5-9pm.

Location: Old School Square Grounds an along Atlantic Avenue

Produced by the City of Delray Beach

Thursday, December 5, 2019 to Wednesday, January 1, 2020
10:00am - 9:00pm
Old School Square Park
NE 2nd Avenue
Delray Beach, FL 33444