Arrival and Installation of WPB Holiday Tree

The largest real tree in Palm Beach County arrives with cranes and guide wires to install it in a 7,000 lb. specially designed base. This is the first tree on the new waterfront. The lighting ceremony will take place this Thursday and is the start of a full month of free Holiday Circus events including a rare Ringling Brothers free preview circus performance on the great lawn on Dec.17 and a free vintage circus costume prop and costume exhibit which runs in the lake pavilion from December 9th through January 2nd.

The tree is a 31-foot Douglas fir from North Carolina. Its trunk measures 28 inches around and the canopy is 16-feet across at its widest point. The tree itself weighs 4,000 lbs. The tree will stand in a steel tree stand designed to hold water. It weighs 1,000 lbs. That stand is placed inside a concrete “donut” specially designed to secure the tree against winds as high as 75 mph. The concrete stand was poured by the city’s Public Works Department and is being installed this morning on the waterfront in front of the great lawn. It weighs 7,200 lbs. The tree will be placed inside the tree stand, secured by the “donut” and then secured with 4-guy wires anchoring the tree against any possibility of tipping over.

Here are the details of the lighting and other free holiday events:

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®. You’ll even be treated to a photographic sneak peek of many of the acts you’ll see when The Greatest Show On Earth® rolls into town for A Magical Holiday Circus Spectacular at the Palm Beach County Convention Center playing December 28 – January 2!

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 live performance also featuring holiday favorites.
Only on the West Palm Beach Waterfront where the summer meets the winter!