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Posted on: October 8, 2019

Light Up Downtown Boca Kicks Off With Annual Holiday Festival On Saturday, November 23

Christmas Tree. Boca Raton Happy Holidays flyer with information for Tree Lighting Festival, Street

BOCA RATON, FL – October 8, 2019Light Up Downtown Boca, a series of winter holiday festivities including parades, concerts and more, kicks off on Saturday, November 23 at the Mizner Park Amphitheater (MPA), 590 Plaza Real, from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. with a FREE Holiday Festival culminating with the City of Boca Raton’s and Mizner Park’s annual tree lighting ceremony.

The event will include free carnival rides and bounce houses, an artificial ice rink, Santa’s Circus variety show, holiday market vendors, Carolers, street performers, letters to Santa, photos with Santa ($5 each), carnival food for purchase, and more!

The highlight of the evening will be the ceremonial lighting of the City’s tree led by Mayor Scott Singer that will illuminate simultaneously with Mizner Park’s 47-foot animated tree at the south end of the center near Lord & Taylor, followed by a spectacular fireworks display above the MPA.

Throughout Mizner Park, 50,000 LED lights will adorn 75 palm trees; poles will be laced with garland; lights and four wreaths (each 60” in diameter) will be placed throughout the center; garland will be swooped throughout the gazebos and the valet parking station – all of which will be decorated with lights and holiday trimmings.

Located at the south end of the center near Lord & Taylor, Mizner Park’s “iTree” consists of more than 32,000 life-like PVC branches, red & gold bows, ornament clusters and 25,000 clear & multi-colored LED lights. There will be 20-minute musical light shows performed nightly at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. starting on Wednesday, November 22 and continuing through the holiday season.  The tree will be illuminated for photo opportunities between shows.

Your favorite Mizner Park restaurants will be open with special seating options offering great views of the holiday decor, lights, and fireworks. Please contact the restaurants directly for more information.

The event is sponsored by the City of Boca Raton, Mizner Park, and WPBF-TV.

Other holiday events, presented by the City of Boca Raton, include:

  • Sunday Jazz Brunch at the Mizner Park Amphitheater on Sunday, November 24 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with live music from DSG (Debbie Spring Group) from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the Jay Blue Band from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Enjoy brunch from a variety of food trucks and start your holiday shopping with pop-up vendors.  The event is free and open to the public.
  • Jingle Jam, presented by Vinsane at the Mizner Park Amphitheater on Saturday, December 7 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., is a special holiday event for adults only (18+) and will feature hundreds of attendees dressed in their favorite holiday attire (Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, Elves, Hanukkah Harry, and more!).  There will be live entertainment, DJs, food trucks and beverage concessions.  Tickets are $15 to $50 at
  • The 49th Annual Holiday Street Parade, themed “Out of this World” will be Wednesday, December 11 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. beginning at Federal Highway and SE 5th Street, traveling north to the Mizner Park Amphitheater.  More than 70 floats and groups will entertain viewers as they bring dance, lights, and song to Federal Highway in Boca Raton. For more information or to enter the parade, visit
  • Sunday Jazz Brunch at the Mizner Park Amphitheater on Sunday, December 8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. is a free event to feature live music by Dr. Ed Calle, a variety of food trucks and pop-up vendors for holiday shopping.  The event is free and open to the public.
  • Following the Jazz Brunch, enjoy FAU’s Tuba Christmas with music starting at 5 p.m.   Tuba Christmas concerts will be presented in 250 cities throughout the world, including Boca Raton. Enjoy the tradition of holiday music performed by tubas and euphoniums, started by Indiana University Professor Harvey G. Phillips. FAU's Sean Murray brings this tradition to the Boca Raton community for its sixth annual presentation.
  • The 43rd Annual Holiday Boat Parade on Sunday, December 15 will begin at 6:30 p.m. and light up the waterways beginning at C-15 Canal, traveling south, with bleacher viewing at Silver Palm Park, Red Reef Park, and the Wildflower Property. Free boat entry with $10,000 in cash and prizes with many categories in which to win. For more information or to enter the parade, visit

Attendees are encouraged to walk, bike, car pool and use free parking at City Hall, the Boca Raton Library and Downtown Boca Library. 

For more information visit or call 561.367.7073.

Hillary Reynolds

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