West Palm Beach is great to visit during the holidays. Not just because the weather is usually pleasant and mellow. The city is famous for its lavish holiday decorations as well as the 700-ton sand Christmas tree, called Sandi. It serves as the main attraction of WPB during this wonderful time of the year.
Sandi is part of the city's annual Holiday in Paradise celebration. It is available to see at Clematis Street’s Waterfront Park in downtown West Palm Beach from early December through New Year's Eve. Every night during this period, the 35-ft sand tree comes alive with music and light show from 6 to 10 pm. Other attractions in the park include SnowieVille, mini-golf, caroling, and visits with Santa on some days.
Rosemary Square in downtown is another must-see during the holidays. It features a nightly light show and a fake snowfall from mid-November through December 31. The shows begin at 6:30 pm, 7:30 pm, and 8:30 pm.
On New Year's Eve, there's no fireworks display in West Palm Beach, however, various family-friendly activities take place in the area. In downtown West Palm Beach, there are many restaurants offering special prix-fixe menus. Lounges, bars, and clubs hold NYE parties. There is also a black-tie gala at The Breakers Resort. West Palm Beach Zoo offers a kid-friendly Noon Year’s Eve celebration that lasts from 9 am to 1 pm with a hilarious alligator drop at the end, a dance party, and special beverages. South Florida Science Center and Aquarium hosts a similar celebration from 11 am to 1 pm with science demonstrations, music, dancing, and face painting.