All December West Palm Beach Celebrates “Circus Holiday”


Special tree lighting, free vintage circus exhibition, free concert, even a rare FREE preview performance of
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® A Magical Holiday Spectacular!

23 November 2010

In December, the new West Palm Beach Waterfront is the Magical place to be. Beginning on December 2, Clematis Street will transform into a magical circus themed holiday venue as shop owners decorate their windows with colorful animals and props and the street magically illuminates with thousands of overhead lights which lead to the largest live Christmas tree in the county located on the Waterfront.

Then, beginning on December 9th, the free holiday circus exhibition opens at the Waterfront Pavilion.  Inside, a first of its kind exhibit featuring the pageantry and showmanship of “The greatest show on earth” as vintage props and costumes are on display from decades of performances of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® circus.

December 17th, before you go shopping or to dinner, bring your family and join your friends for a major event sure to put you in the holiday spirit…a RARE FREE preview performance of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® A Magical Holiday Spectacular!  This sampling of acts and animals from the holiday show includes magicians, acrobatic and kung fu performances, even Santa arriving on in a train of elephants. Immediately following the show, grab your hot chocolate and watch two classics on a giant movie screen, the “Grinch” cartoon and “Miracle on 34th street”.   All under the lights on the Waterfront!

The holiday festivities culminate on Sunday, December 19th as “Still Surfin’-Beach Boys Tribute Band “plays a mix of classic holiday tunes and summer classics.

These are just the highlights, for a full list of all the festive events on the waterfront please visit Additional details for these highlighted events are below.

Holiday Streetscape and Tree Lighting Ceremony
Kick off a magical Circus Holiday with the annual, holiday lighting of the largest live tree in Palm Beach County. As the Mayor and special guests throw the switch, watch the simultaneous and spectacular illumination of the length and breadth of Clematis Street. Festively decorated classic cars and motorcycles will cruise down Clematis followed by the tree lighting at 6pm. Additional highlights include caroling, photos with Santa, the Happy Holidays Boutique, Kids Kraft Corner, Toys for Tots collection, fabulous food and nonstop family fun. FREE!

Dec.9th – January 2nd:
Mon.-Fri. 6-10PM; Sat.8AM-10PM; Sun.2-8PM
Free Holiday Circus Pavilion Exhibition
Experience the exciting legacy of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®at this first of its kind FREE event!  Visit the Waterfront Pavilion to see authentic vintage circus wagons, complete with traditional 16-spoke wheels.  Dazzling colorful costumes worn by famous Ringmasters, performers, dancers and clowns, as well as ornate blankets custom crafted for elephants, horses and camels will be on display.   Learn about ongoing efforts to preserve the endangered Asian elephant for future generations through photos and artifacts from the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation®.

Free Holiday Circus Spectacular
You’re invited to come see a live, FREE event featuring select performers from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® presents A Magical Holiday Spectacular! Magicians, elephants and performers put the entire family in the holiday spirit. This holiday themed show features magical illusions, daring acrobats, Kung Fu Kings mixed martial arts and the Barons of Balance who reveal amazing agility leaping from one thin low-wire to another. Welcome Santa as he arrives on the elephants with candy canes for all as the magnificent creatures enjoy a holiday feast on the Great Lawn at the Waterfront.   The show will be immediately followed by the double feature classics, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and the 1947, “Miracle on 34th Street” on a giant screen.

Dec 19th
Sunday on the Waterfront ~ Still Surfin’ Beach Boys Tribute
Enjoy classic Beach Boys hits in a FREE live performance also featuring holiday favorites.
Only on the West Palm Beach Waterfront where the summer meets the winter!

December 28 – January 2
A Magical Holiday Circus Spectacular
The Greatest Show On Earth® rolls into West Palm Beach for special holiday performances at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.
Visit for show times and ticket prices.