On Thursday, November 29, Clematis by Night will officially kick off the holiday season and light up downtown West Palm Beach with its annual Holiday Lighting. The City of West Palm Beach has partnered with the Downtown Development Authority and KOOL 105.5 fm to create a special evening filled with lots of holiday wonder and enchantment. The Holiday Lighting event will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the 100 to 500 blocks of Clematis Street. Some special features at the Holiday Spot to Chill will include the following:
PARADE at 5:30 PM
This year’s holiday celebrations will include the 2nd annual West Palm Beach Mayor’s Parade presented by KOOL 105.5 fm. This magical parade will start at 5:30 p.m. in the 500 block of Clematis Street and will travel east on Clematis Street under a bright canopy of lights to Flagler Drive. The parade will feature lots of excitement and surprises including the Shriners of Palm Beach County with an amusing array of entertainment, cheerleaders and dancers from the Treasure Coast Dancers, the Lake Worth High School marching band, the Forest Hill High School marching band, and the West Palm Beach Fire and Police Departments. Other participants include the Diva Duck, Gracie Street with a Girl Scouts hayride, Roxy’s special mini cart, and Santa’s Trolley filled with elves.
The parade will also feature a number of floats presented by Good Samaritan Medical Center, the International Polo Club Palm Beach complete with polo players, the South Florida Fair with an animal and fair themed float, and Ballet Florida with a Nutcracker themed float. The parade would not be complete, however, without a visit from everyone’s favorite North Pole resident – SANTA, who’ll be riding on the United States Marines Corps’ Toys for Tots float. Also featured in the parade will be local television personalities from WPTV NewsChannel 5 and radio listeners’ favorite personalities from KOOL 105.5 fm, Wild 95.5 fm, Gater 98.7 fm, Classy 92.1 and WJNO Newsradio 1290 am. The grand marshals for this year’s parade are Mo & Sally from KOOL 105.5 fm and West Palm Beach Mayor Lois Frankel.
TREE LIGHTING at 7:00 PM
Mayor Frankel and Mo & Sally from KOOL 105.5 fm will flip the switch immediately following the parade to officially light up downtown West Palm Beach. This year they will light up a real 38-foot Norway spruce from Beech Mountain, North Carolina, the tallest real tree to be displayed in Palm Beach County, as well as a menorah and a kinara in Centennial Square.
COOKIE DECORATING WITH FLORIDA CULINARY
Kids can get into the spirit and have some fun decorating their own holiday cookies with the help of student chefs from the Florida Culinary Institute. Kids at Clematis by Night can make and take their very own holiday cookie treats for FREE at the Florida Culinary booth in Centennial Square while supplies last.
VISIT SANTA’S TROLLEY
After the parade, kids can make their way to Santa’s Trolley in the 200 block of Clematis Street and visit with Santa and his helpers. Kids will have the opportunity to go over their wish list with Santa and take their own photo with Santa or have their photo taken by the Children’s Coalition to download from the Clematis by Night website.
TOYS FOR TOTS
The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program will be at the event collecting new, unwrapped toys to distribute as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community. Guests to Clematis by Night can help needy children experience the joy of Christmas and deliver a message of hope by dropping off their new, unwrapped toys off at the USMC tent in Centennial Square.
CLEMATIS STREET ACTIVITIES
Clematis Street will also become festive with lots of holiday cheer and activities. Kids can enjoy lots of FREE holiday games and activities including Santa hat decorating, face painting, and a game master with lots of fun diversions. After the parade, kids can stop by the Resource Deport booth in the 200 block to make and take their own unique Santa hat while supplies last. The street will also feature stilt walkers dressed in costume and free holiday cookies next to Santa’s Trolley!
CLEMATIS BY NIGHT – HOLIDAY LIGHTING
Clematis by Night is the Holiday Spot to Chill this season! This year’s holiday celebrations in downtown West Palm Beach will include a magical parade down Clematis Street under a canopy of lights that covers five blocks. Then guests can watch as Mayor Frankel flips the switch and officially lights up a real holiday tree as well as a menorah and a kinara in Centennial Square. There will be plenty of cool winter fun and excitement with kid’s activities, live entertainment, a visit from Santa’s and many more holiday surprises.
The Clematis by Night Holiday Lighting is produced by the City of West Palm Beach in partnership with the Downtown Development Authority and KOOL 105.5 fm and brought to you by The Palm Beach Post, Wachovia, Clear Channel Radio, WPTV NewsChannel 5, Schumacher Automotive, the Corvette Club of the Palm Beaches, Coca-Cola, Coors Light, Heineken, Samuel Adams, the West Palm Beach Marriott, and many others. For more information, please contact the City of West Palm Beach, Community Events Division at 561-822-1515