Downtown West Palm Beach is at it again. In 2011, the city set the standard on holiday trees made of sand when the folks of Team Sandtastic sculpted a 35-foot tree to celebrate the season. Three years later, things are getting a bit more, ahem, sandy—600 tons of sand to be exact.
The tropical-themed Sand & Sea-Sun’s Greetings holiday spectacular has some new and exciting offerings this year, starting on Thursday, December 5 as Sandi the Giant Holiday Sand Tree (a 600-ton record breaker!) is painted in light for the first lighting of the season. Starting at 6 p.m. with a concert by local artist Brooke Eden and country star, Randy Houser, the switch on the new holiday tradition will flip, ushering in nightly light shows synchronized to music on the half hour starting at 7:30 through 9:30 p.m. through December 31. And don’t forget to bring the kiddies as the evening’s special guest, Santa, makes a grand entrance aboard a decorated boat at the City Docks.
2012’s tree lighting ceremony.
On December 12, a new and exciting family-fun activity will take over the Waterfront. Dolphin Golfin’, a nine-hole mini golf course will be setup amid the great sand tree and four additional sand sculptures that dot the Waterfront—each a 25-ton sand monument in their own right. Each hole has been designed and constructed out of recyclable material by EG2 (Educational Gallery Group), a community of young student artists throughout Palm Beach County.
- Golfers can hit the links daily, December 12-31, from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. for $5 a game.
Concurrently, downtown West Palm’s weekly schedule of community events will take on a decided Sand & Sea-Sun’s Greetings bent, with Santa sightings popping up at the GreenMarket and Clematis by Night throughout the month. Additionally, Ginger’s Dance Party on December 7 will take on a rocking 1950’s holiday theme, while the Screen on the Green will screen both The Smurfs Christmas Special and Polar Express on December 13, starting at 5:30 p.m.
- For a complete schedule of downtown West Palm Beach’s holiday fun, visit wpb.org/sand-and-sea-sun.
*Images courtesy of the City of West Palm Beach.