by Dana Krangel, with additional contributions by Adam J. Sinclair
If you have seen “Deck the Halls”, you know that a good light show this time of year not only is a lot of work but it will set the holiday mood perfectly. However, we all know that Christmas time is just plain different in South Florida. While the rest of the country layers up and scrapes off their windshield, we cause a stir at the thought of wearing socks to bed. But while there is no white Christmas in sight, we celebrate in our own special South Floridian way– with sand and lights!
Downtown West Palm Beach, as well as the surrounding neighborhoods, really lights up when the holidays hit and this year is the biggest yet. To make sure you don’t miss any of the spectacular illumination our city has to offer, here are your must-see Christmas light attractions.
Downtown West Palm
The city’s annual 700 ton sand Christmas tree is truly a sight to see. The mammoth 35 foot tall sand sculpture is awe inspiring and has garnered national media attention this year. Everyday from 7-9pm on the quarter hour, the tree puts on a spectacular light show that you won’t want to miss.
But it’s no just the tree that gets all the attention. The swooping lights going up and down the entire length of Clematis street are something downtown WPBers look forward to all year long. They light up the entire downtown in a completely new way that makes us think seasons really do exist. Couple that with palm trees surrounded in lights and moving LED icicles and you’ve got yourself a great place to sight see during the holidays.
Local downtown champion and Twitter extraordinare, Aaron Wormus knows a thing or two about the finest lights in town: “One of the things that isn’t discussed much about about our downtown area is that it is truly surrounded by neighborhoods. Drive a mile north or south and you’ll hit quiet neighborhoods and beautiful homes that are have been decorated for the holiday season.”
So, what is the holiday vibe like in the neighborhoods?
“It’s always great to see everyone coming together to help light up their neighborhood.” said Aaron. “Even if it’s just a few strings of lights, when homes come together as a neighborhood it furthers the community spirit, and helps us remember what Christmas is about!”
While you’re out and about this holiday season, you might want to check out some of the following areas that truly have the Christmas spirit.
GABRIEL LANE, West Palm Beach
A street well – known to be one of the most decorated streets. Residents are even asked when the lights will be on by fans. Every year there is traffic from end to end from those interested in the decorations!
Check out this amazing drive through light display!
Does your house look like it was decorated by Clark W. Griswald himself? If so, then you might want to consider entering our Holiday Decorating Contest! Click here for details.